Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann week one

drew-lachey.jpgDancing with the Stars hosts Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba debuted their new show Dance War. I thought it was okay. I thought that Bruno and Carrie Ann were annoying during the auditions. Rather than watching/listening, they were chatting to each other the whole time. It was very distracting.

The majority of this week’s episode was the auditions in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Similar to So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol, there were good and bad auditions. The difference being that the contestants had to dance and sing. Some of them were great dancers with so-so voices and vice versa. I thought that they were too overly impressed with dancers who would have not even made it to the callbacks on So You Think You Can Dance. I guess they are looking for something “different.” Perhaps they are focusing on who will make a better moldable character for the series.

Drew Lachey, former 98 Degrees singer and Dancing with the Stars champion is the host of the show. I like him and think he was the highlight of the first episode. He even donned a costume and pretended to be a contestant, which, although I knew it was him, was pretty funny.

After an hour of the show, I wondered why it wasn’t winding down. I had no idea it was two long excruciating hours. I think if I continue to review this show it needs to be on the TiVo because this is not worth watching live.

The top 30 dancers went to Hollywood for the callbacks. They had two days to learn a group routine singing/dancing routine. Although it had some good choreography in the whole group part, overall it was pretty cheesy. For some reason the breakdown of the singing, where each person had a line or two, reminded me of Kids, Incorporated or Mickey Mouse Club. Perhaps it was the shear number of performers? It was not something I would pay to go see, that is for sure.

The final 14 contestants, none of whom impressed me enough to bother to remember their names, performed live. Again the dancing was good and I enjoyed the choreography but the singing was cheesy.

Twelve of the 14 finalists will be put into two teams, one coached by each DWTS judge for a six week competition.

What did you all think? Did you like it? Will you be watching the rest of the series? I hope it gets better.

Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann debuts Monday

dance-war-bruno-vs-carrie-ann.jpgDancing with the Stars fans don’t have to wait until March to see their favorite DWTS judges (unless, of course, their favorite judge in Len Goodman).  Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli’s new show debuts on Monday, January 7th.

Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann will have the two judges coaching teams of dancers (who will also sing apparently) in the ultimate showdown of choreographers.

Will you be watching?  The season kicks off Monday on ABC at 8/7 central.

Cheryl Burke Returns to the DWTS Tour

cheryl-burke-dwts.jpgAs I previously reported, Cheryl Burke had to take herself out of the Dancing with the Stars tour when a doctor diagnosed her side pain as appendicitis. However, TV Guide is now reporting that after a second opinion, she has been cleared to return to the show.

They have not revealed what ailment that she did suffer from, but indicated that it was not appendicitis. Hopefully this is not one of those situations where someone goes to several doctors until they find one that gives them the answer they want. Such actions have led to serious illness and death in cases of athletes and other people who “shop around” for a good diagnosis. Kanye West’s mother also comes to mind. Certainly there is no evidence that is the case with Cheryl, but I always get nervous when I hear that someone is “fine” after being previously diagnosed with a serious illness.

Hopefully she really is okay.  Cheryl is expected to be in the line-up tonight.

So You Think YOU Can Dance?

According to TVGasm, the audition dates have been set for the next season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Dallas – Jan. 17
– Jan. 31
Washington D.C.
– Feb. 21
Los Angeles – March 6
Milwaukee – March 20
Salt Lake City – April 3

Call backs will be in Las Vegas, per the Fox website.  That timeline makes me a bit sad, because I was hoping that they would be pushing the start date of the season up to early spring because of the writer’s strike.  Looks  like we will have to wait until late spring/early summer like normal, however.

I am disappointed they are not back in Chicago for the auditions because I was hoping to head over and interview some folks.  If anyone attends any of the auditions, let me know how it goes!

Sabrina Bryan misses Mark Ballas on tour

sabrina-bryan-elimination.jpgAfter spending the entire season together, and a romance blossoming, Sabrina Bryan is finding it difficult to dance with a new partner on the Dancing with the Stars tour.  Mark Ballas is off the tour until at least after Christmas due to a dislocated arm.  The injury happened in the finale of the show.

Sabrina has been partnered temporarily with Derek Hough, who was Jennie Garth’s partner this season.  Sabrina said, “At first it was so weird to do the new numbers with someone else. And when Derek and I do the cha cha, it’s just hard.”

Of course the cha cha was their signature dance of the season and the on they are most remembered for.  It certainly has to be strange for her to be dancing with another person, especially where she and Mark has developed such a strong connection.  She will have to learn how to create chemistry with someone she is not actually in love with.

Source: TV Guide

Cheryl Burke misses DWTS tour due to illness

cheryl-burke.jpgThe Dancing with the Stars curse appears to have continued, even though the season is over. Professional star Cheryl Burke had to leave the tour due to illness. She has been diagnosed with possible appendicitis and is seeking a second opinion.

Cheryl headed to the hospital after experiencing terrible cramping and could not even stand up straight. She is hoping that she will not have to have surgery.

As for its effect on the tour, Louis van Amstel, who is choreographing the tour had to change the lineup and has brought in Karina Smirnoff in to partner with Drew Lachey. He said that Cheryl better be back in under a week.

Source: TV Guide

Hot Girls and Guys: Photos from the So you Think You Can Dance Tour

Here are some more photos from the So you Think You Can Dance tour stop in Cincinnati. Since every episode of SYTYCD seems to need the obligatory topless guy or skimpily dressed girl, here are some photos to fill that niche.


Here is Pasha Kovalev topless. His ribs are showing. I hope he is getting enough to eat. From the looks of the cape, he must have been performing a solo Paso Doble routine.


Sabra Johnson and Lauren Gottlieb look hot dressed in corsets and tights.


And here is Neil Haskell in a tank top.

Thanks again to Paul for the photos.  See my previously posted photos here.

Sabra Johnson and Hok Konishi: Photos from the So You Think You Can Dance Tour

Here are some photos of our favorite So You Think You Can Dance contestants at their tour stop in Cincinnati.


I love this shot of SYTYCD winner Sabra Johnson. It really shows off her great leg and arm muscles. She may be small, but she is strong!


Although he did not make the top ten Hok Konishi was invited on the tour due to his popularity. I think that adding him to the tour was a smart move because his skills add a lot to the group and the show.

Thanks to Paul for the photos! I will post more later this week!

Dancing with the Stars returns in March

Fans of Dancing with the Stars will not have to wait too long for their show to return to the air. Due to the writer’s strike, ABC announced that the next season of the show will be set to premiere on March 17th.

Of course that does not give the show’s producers very long to find eager new contestants.  It will also not give any returning professionals too much time off between the end of the tour and the start of the new season.  It also makes it less likely that fan favorite Julianne Hough will return this season, considering how hard at work she is on her new album.

If you cannot wait until March to get your DWTS fix, don’t forget that judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli’s new show will debut in January.  On Monday January 7, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann will premiere at 8:00 p.m. eastern time.