Dancing with the Stars Season 6: The Semi-finals

The Dancing with the Stars semi-finals are through and Kristy Yamaguchi reclaimed the top spot of the judges’ leader board, despite the judges continuing to judge her more critically than the other contestants. I really wish that there would be more consistency with the judging, but I suppose when much of it is subjective, it is difficult to do so.

In his first dance, Cristià¡n de la Fuente did more standing around than dancing, but still got a good score. The judges are always more generous with the points when they feel the contestant is overcoming some physical disability. That was evident earlier this season when Marlee Matlin was scored higher than she deserved because the judges were continually awed by the fact that she could dance without hearing the music. I guess they are equally awed by Cristià¡n’s one-armed dancing. I am not.

Marissa Jaret Winokur continues to improve and I thought her Rumba tonight was great. Part of me has wondered this if she is judged differently because she is not thin like the other contestants, both by the judges and the fans. When ballroom dancing is filled with teeny-tiny women, she is hardly the typical looking dancer, but I would hope that people have looked past that. Despite my love for her and her infectious enthusiasm, I don’t see her going any farther than the semis.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 6: Mario Eliminated

mario.jpg I did not really watch too much of the two hour 100th episode special of Dancing with the Stars.  In fact I had it on a small television next to my big TV, which was focused on the primary election results.  I have my priorities!

Marissa Jaret Winokur was the first one saved!  I was so happy because I actually voted yesterday (for the first time ever) for her.

The last two contestants were Mario and Jason Taylor.  And Mario was eliminated.  He made a nice comment at the end about how he may be an inspiration for young people, but the soldiers fighting overseas should be the real inspiration.

Dancing with the Stars Season 6: Week 8 Recap

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas – Dance 1: (Quick Step): They had a permitted lift at the end per the new rules. It wasn’t that exciting. The rest of dance was pretty entertaining though. I especially like their solo dancing part. Scores 9/10/10; Dance 2: (Samba): A very fun routine, although Kristi looked like she had a Tweety Bird in her hair. I really liked all of the spins. The judges were not as impressed with her and they usually are. Scores: 8/9/9

Mario and Karina Smirnoff – Dance 1: (Viennese Waltz) What a beautiful and romantic dance. I thought that Mario did a wonderful job and was very impressed with their lift. Scores: 9/9/9 Dance 2: (Jive): This was an entertaining routine throughout, but the lift thing at the end was awkward and rough. Len called his feet big and ugly, while Bruno called it “the spirit of rock and roll.” Scores: 9/8/9

Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani – Dance 1: (Fox Trot): This was a very good routine, although not really spectacular. Their lift was good at the end. I predicted at least one judge would say that it had too many Broadway elements for Fox Trot and Bruno did just that. Scores: 9/8/8 ; Dance 2: (Mambo): I liked this one quite a bit, especially the spins at the end. She has great enthusiasm that I can’t help but love. Scores: 8/8/9.

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska –Dance 1: (Tango) Although it was a good technical dance, I thought it was a bit boring. The lift was not that impressive to me, I guess because he just picked her up and is so strong it didn’t look like much work? Maybe I am expecting too much. Scores: 10/9/10 ; Dance 2: (Samba) Scores: He kept looking down again and I thought that she was doing a lot of the moves and he was not doing so much. The lift at the end was very impressive, though, where Edyta practically did a headstand on his shoulders at the end. Scores: 8/7/8

Cristià¡n de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke – Dance 1: (Tango): I have to admit that the one arm lift was pretty impressive, but the rest of the dance he was obviously trying not to move one side of his body. The judges said that they couldn’t tell he was injured, but I disagree. (what’s new?) Scores: 10/9/9 ; Dance 2: (Mambo): I was more impressed with his one-armed dancing in this routine, I think because of the speed.  It was quite energetic and fun.  Scores: 10/9/10

Who do you think is going home? It will probably be Marissa, although I would like to see her around some more. So much so that I actually voted for the first time since I started watching this show.

Jason Taylor Named one of People’s Most Beautiful


Dancing with the Stars contestant and Miami Dolphins football player Jason Taylor has been named one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People.

Jason predicts that he will get even more teasing from his teammates over this, saying “This article will be plastered in the locker room.”


Karina Smirnoff denies she and Mario Lopez broke up

Despite rumors earlier today that Karina Smirnoff and former Dancing with the Stars partner Mario Lopez had broken up, it appears now that it may not be the case.

Karina told People “We’re going on strong . . . For the record, I am not moving out. Everything is great.” She also said, “As much as I love and appreciate the attention, this isn’t true.” I thought that second statement was a bit of an odd thing to say. If people were wrongly reporting a break-up about me, I doubt I would be thinking about how much I like the attention.

Karina also told People that she had a bouquet of roses in her production trailer from Lopez, which makes me think that, they got into a big fight, she told a friend who then told People that they were breaking up, and Lopez has since apologized for whatever he did wrong.

What is it about this show that creates such off-the-floor drama anyway?

Dancing with the Stars Week 7: Shannon Elizabeth Eliminated

shannon-elizabeth-derek-hough.jpgAfter learning that Cristià¡n de la Fuente was announced as safe this week and revealed that he would continue on the show despite his ruptured tendon, I knew that Shannon Elizabeth and Marissa Jaret Winokur would be in the bottom two.

I was surprised to see it was Marissa who was saved by the voters and not Shannon, as Shannon and partner Derek Hough were eliminated from the competition.

What do you think turned off voters to Shannon and Derek? Their angry reaction to their scores last week? Their romance, which many have perceived was for publicity? Or do you think that they just fell victim to Cristià¡n de la Fuente pulling a lot sympathy votes?

It was probably a combination of all those factors and also just the fact that we are at the stage of the competition where everyone left has had great performances and there is no clear “loser” to be sent home.

Despite ruptured tendon, Cristià¡n de la Fuente will continue on Dancing with the Stars

I think the EMT that works on the set of Dancing with the Stars might need a refresher course. Despite the fact that he diagnosed Cristià¡n de la Fuente with a “severe cramp” last night, Cristià¡n actually ruptured a tendon in his arm!

Cristià¡n’s doctor told him that he needs surgery to correct the injury, but told him that he can continue with the competition and get the surgery after his time on Dancing with the Stars concludes.

That will be at least one more week, as the voters put Cristià¡n and partner Cheryl Burke through to the next round. I am guessing it was a great deal of sympathy votes, given his extremely low judge scores.

Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez Break-up

Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Karina Smirnoff and former DWTS contestant Mario Lopez have broken up, according to People.  The article reports that Karina was seen “canoodling” with E! Entertainment personality Michael Yo.

This will also fuel rumors that Karina is romantically involved with her current DWTS partner, R&B singer Mario.  Maybe she has a thing for guys named Mario?

Video of Cristià¡n de la Fuente injuring his arm

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Here is a video showing  Cristià¡n de la Fuente dance last night on Dancing with the Stars in which he injured his arm.

Dancing with the Stars 6: Week 7 Recap

The big news this week on the show was that during his second routine, Cristià¡n de la Fuente injured his arm. He tried to dance through it, but by the end he was visibly grabbing his arm and kind of dropped his partner Cheryl Burke at the end. The preliminary diagnosis was a severe muscle cramp, although he went to the hospital to have it checked out. Looks like the Dancing with the Stars curse continues?

This week each couple had two dances. I put the recap of both dances next to the person’s name, even though they obviously did not dance both back-to-back.

Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani – Dance 1: (Tango): I liked this routine a lot and her personality really worked in this dance, as she has such a dramatic flair. (Also, it just me or is she getting thinner each week?) Len called it her best dance yet. Scores: 9/9/9; Dance 2: (Rumba): I thought it was a bit dull. The first half of the routine just did not have enough actual dancing and I was a bit bored. Bruno said that he wanted more dirt and for her to push a little more “of the sex.” Scores: 9/8/8

Cristià¡n de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke – Dance 1: (Vienesse Waltz): This was a pretty and elegant routine, although I do not understand why the band was singing “I’ll make love to you,” a slow song, at triple speed. It isn’t as romantic that way. I enjoyed the fluidity of the routine (hey! Carrie Ann said that too. They are totally eavesdropping on me again). Len said it was not as traditional as he would have liked and Carrie Ann also said that it was lacking that something extra that shows that he wants to win. Scores: 8/8/9; Dance 2: (Samba): This was the routine I mentioned above where he injured his arm. The dance was pretty good prior to that, although she was doing most of the dancing. I wasn’t able to pinpoint exactly when he hurt himself, so I am unsure how much of that is attributable to his injury. Scores (based on performance up until time of injury): 7/7/7

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