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Season 16, Season 10
Episode Name: Week 6
Air date: 4/22/2013
8:00 AM , ABC Family
Summary: The sixth week of performances features celebrities dancing to songs performed by Stevie Wonder.
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After dodging elimination several times, Gavin DeGraw was sent home in the fifth week of “Dancing with the Stars“. The singer/songwriter landed on the bottom two along with Jaleel White on Tuesday, April 17 night.
Gavin and his pro dancer partner Karina Smirnoff as well as Jaleel and his team mate Kym Johnson were then put up against each other in a dance-off. They danced the cha-cha at the same time in front of the judges.
Explaining that they made their decisions based “purely on the quality of the dances they’re seeing right now,” the judges opted to save Jaleel and eliminate Gavin. “It’s been amazing to be part of the show,” so the “Not Over You” singer delivered his final words on the show, praising Karina as a great mentor.
Before the results were announced, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough kicked off the Tuesday show with an encore of their sexy salsa. Instead of kissing each other like they did on Monday night, this time Maria let Bruno Tonioli kiss her cheeks while Derek landed a smooch on Carrie Ann Inaba.
At the end of their routine, Maria almost had a wardrobe malfunction as her top had ridden up on the left side a little. Luckily, the “Extra” host noticed it and turned from the camera to pull the teeny outfit back down.
Also on the results show, Train and Selena Gomez made live performances.
Tonight’s Dancing with the Stars introduces the first of several theme nights in Season 14, this first one being “The Most Memorable Year of My life” which is simply personal story night. The celebrity contestants will dance out a memorable story from their lives, set to any dance they have chosen. Here are the dances the couples have chosen to tell their personal story in week 3:
-Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy: jive
-Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: slow waltz
-William Levy & Cheryl Burke: salsa
-Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus: foxtrot
-Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunksaya: samba
-Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: samba
-Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: rumba
-Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: rumba
-Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: rumba
-Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: rumba
-Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff: rumba
This personal story theme is usually well received by viewers and fans, as long as the contestants use a story the audience can relate to on an emotional level. When they don’t, it can go terribly wrong. Case in point: Kristin Cavallari in Dancing with the Stars Season 13. While her competitors danced out sadness, pain and triumph from issues with family, divorce and addiction, Ms.Cavallari chose a story about having to decide between pursuing acting or attending college. Although one of the better dancers cast that season, Kristin found herself booted off the next night. Now maybe she was too young to have suffered any real hardship in her life as of yet, but that emotionally devoid story simply turned off the viewers. Hopefully these contestants got the memo. Oh, and they have to dance well too of course!
So how will they do? The rumba is a lot harder than it might seem, so I worry for Gavin with this one. He hasn’t shown all that much promise thus far. Sherri is likely to bring the good emotional story, but the steps could prove challenging. Donald should do okay with the movement, and ordinarily I’d say Jaleel would too, except that he tweeted that he hasn’t had much time to rehearse for tomorrow. Don’t know what he’s been busy with aside from deflecting some nasty allegations made by an ex-girlfriend. Not sure that Melissa can handle the energetic kicks and flicks of the jive. William will probably nail his salsa since it’s the one dance he claims he could do pre-Dancing with the Stars. With partner Cheryl helping him refine it, he should be fine.
Roshon should do well with the samba, as long as he stays disciplined and doesn’t add the hip hop. Jack is a bit challenged by technicality (so says Len Goodman) and by hip action (by his own admission) but according to his tweets, he’s putting a lot of time into his samba. He will be dancing to one of his own songs, which in theory could be a plus, but could the band’s rendition distract him? Gladys had some issues with her quickstep, and the foxtrot is similar, though at a much slower pace. Hard to make a call on that one. Katherine will ace the waltz because she has the elegance and refinement that a waltz absolutely requires.
The Dancing with the Stars 2 hour live performance show for week 3 kicks off tonight, Monday, April 3 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC.
Dancing With the Stars I mean, is it really a stretch for me to say that Nancy Grace is absolutely going home tonight? Len pretty much told the audience, “Alright, enough of this shit” after the instant jive last night, and it seems like she’d lost interest a few weeks ago at the earliest.
Bergeron kicks us off with a grrl-power dance by the female troupers and pros to a song called “I Am Woman.” I see Lacey and Anna in there, but as always, I have no idea who anyone else is until Karina slinks in and they show a close-up of Kym’s face. Sexy.
Recap package for Team Cherbert. Lots of blathering about Rob’s ass. And then they go right into rehearsing the jive. Rob gets a good-luck kiss from Kris Jenner and an attaboy on the ass from Bruno. They’re both pretty excited about potentially making the final four. Hope and Maks are next, and we get some more of Maks’ awkward nice-guy thing again. Bruno squeaks that he has no idea what’s going on. Len seemed ready to give Maks a hug after their first dance. And then, after Len goes bonkers over the second dance, Carrie Ann and Bruno ask about Hope’s iffy hands and he screams “I DON’T CARE! IT WAS FULL ON!!” and then makes this weird jackhammering motion with his fist. Oh dear. J.R. and Karina are the next recap package, and there are a lot of servicemen in the audience. I only saw two or three last night but it’s a whole section. Lots of sailors in particular. J.R. is so fucking happy over his 30s. It’s adorable.
DanceCenter!!! Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice accost Tristan the Dancing Irishman backstage and try to get him to say “third” in his Irish accent (“turd”), and then Len joins in on the ragging. I’m laughing. Nice bookending to his and Nancy’s pending elimination, since the season began with her laughing at him saying “turd.”
Back from break, Bergeron lines up the first three couples and spares J.R. and Karina and Hope and Maks, sending Rob and Cheryl to the bottom two.
DanceCenter again with an in-depth look at the dancers’ pros and cons. Ricki is “old enough to be Derek’s mom” and has a “barnyard smell?” The fuck? Anyway, they say Derek is a lot like Ballas except blond and not as creepy. TEN. And then there is this thing where they go through a bunch of clips of Ricki and Derek rehearsing that could be sexual in context that actually made me laugh out loud. I can’t even describe it, I wouldn’t do it justice. Suffice it to say, one such clip is Ricki watching Derek execute some elaborate move and groaning wistfully, “I want to nail it. You have no idea how bad I want it.” J.R.’s nickname is “Volcano Crotch” and they think he might be totally gaywad because he was going so bonkers for Broadway Week. Rob’s weakness is that he “has the Kardashian ass,” but Kenny Mayne notes he’s been in the competition for longer than his sister’s marriage. Zing! Meanwhile, I’m so disappointed I didn’t think of that ass joke sooner. So, so disappointed. I mean, I made the joke, but not the Kim connection. Fuck it all.
Give the producers credit: they somehow managed to get Andrea Bocelli and Flo Rida in the same room, and on camera at the same time. That had to be on somebody’s bucket list right there.
Brooke shmoozes with the remaining couples. Next!
Andrea Bocelli is up with a cover of “More,” an Oscar-nominated song from Mondo Cane that’s been covered by a ton of people, most notably Frank Sinatra. That’s who Andrea Bocelli seems to be channelling in any case. The troupe comes out to do a routine along with the singing. Lovely.
Another DanceCenter thing where Kenny and Jerry stand on either of the giant moving staircases, hands outstretched, until they come together for a high-five. HA.
Back from break, we finish up with the last DanceCenter segment analyzing the contestants. Nancy is up, and Kenny deadpans that Tristan the Dancing Irishman is a leprechaun. And then Jerry Rice insinuates he wants to bang Nancy. Wonderful. They introduce Hope as “Han” Solo, and list one of her strengths as “Better Abs Than Maks” and Kenny labels her as “the girl next door who can beat your ever-loving ass.” They show footage from Hope’s nude-in-the-suburbs shoot for ESPN the Magazine, and then they show Len (good God) doing the same poses. Kenny deadpan-groans that that’s the third time he’s seen Len naked. And then they rag on Maks for the “it’s my show” comment, but replay the credits for that week with every name changed to “Maksim Chmerkovskiy.” Funny.
The Macy’s Stars of Dance thing is next, and it’s the “Smooth Criminal” bit from the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil (nice timing assholes). Frankly, it’s kind of a baffling routine , but there is a contortionist dressed up like a spangly Green Man and a one-legged breakdancer. It ends with five dudes doing one of Michael’s routines, but here’s the thing about that: the gap between “Michael Jackson doing a Michael Jackson dance” and “everyone else doing a Michael Jackson dance” is fucking unfathomable. There is truly no substitute. That said, they’re good, and major props for not overkilling the moonwalk. The whole thing transitions into an epic “Billie Jean” routine and that’s about all she wrote. Wow. That was pretty impressive.
Flo Rida is next doing a medley of “Club Can’t Handle Me” and “Good Feeling.” He’s good, and it helps when his songs are so damn catchy, but his mic isn’t loud enough to compete with the first song so he’s just screaming trying to get his voice heard; and he’s singing along with his own voice on “Good Feeling,” so it takes away from the whole thing, to be honest. And the woman who’s singing the “Good Feeling” hook totally misses her cue on the second verse. Gah.
Final recap packages. Nancy and Tristan the Dancing Irishman decide the best strategy to get nines is to scare the shit out of the judges with Nancy’s angry face. Tristan the Dancing Irishman is totally leading Nancy through the last dance by the seat of her ass. One upside: after Len destroys her, Nancy at least gets some pep backstage when she sees her kids. Derek and Ricki are their typical goofball selves, although Ricki’s mental breakdown after the trip eights is strangely telling. She could completely flame out next week and miss the finals.
Anyway, Bergeron spares Ricki and Derek and sends Nancy and Tristan the Dancing Irishman to join Rob and Cheryl. Judging by the picture of Nancy they’re putting on the big screen behind them, Ms. Grace has lost a LOT of weight during this competition. Wow.
Bergeron brings up the remaining couples for the big moment. Unsurprisingly, Nancy and Tristan the Dancing Irishman are selected to go home. There was a nice clap going from the crowd, though, Tristan the Dancing Irishman had this look like he was ready to keep it going. Nancy gives a nice exit interview where she attributes any and all success to Tristan the Dancing Irishman. He looks somewhat boggled at this.
Chaz Bono with dancing partner Lacey Schwimmer
In defense of the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars, I will admit that I actually recognize over half the people on the list of “celebrity” dancers (although that is a somewhat dubious honor for Ron Artest, who I only know for trying to punch a fan). The season has an interesting array of people, from former reality stars like Kristin Cavallari and Carson Kressley, to athletes like Artest and Hope Solo, and, of course, Chaz Bono who has been the target of some truly hateful vitriol.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Dancing with the Stars if they didn’t have a couple of completely inexplicable choices. This season that honor goes to Elisabetta Canalis, a pseudo star who showed us that “dated George Clooney” in no way equals “entertaining to watch on TV” and Nancy Grace, whose presence causes me to ponder whether I would rather stab out my own eyes so I no longer have to see her overly-Botoxed sneer or stab out my own ears so I don’t have to hear her strident shrieks.
Other than that, it turned out to be a fairly entertaining premiere, with a couple of pleasant surprises and even a couple of touching moments. Let’s check out the AfterElton.com SnapCap scale.
BEEFCAKE: Maksim Chmerkovskiy has a brother? How did I not know this? While this season doesn’t have any obvious Gilles Marini-like dreamboats, this show is far from lacking when it comes to hot men to ogle. David Arquette and J.R. Martinez both looked quite dashing in their tuxedos, while Carson Kressley managed to glam the floor up with a ridiculous amount of sparkles.
Of course, the professional dancers are always nice to look at (case in point being the aforementioned Chmerkovskiy brothers), and I couldn’t help but notice that the camera always seems to focus primarily on Derek Hough’s butt (no complaints, he has a really nice butt). However, the one that caught my eye immediately was the newest professional dancer, Tristan MacManus. Not only is he completely gorgeous, he also has an adorable accent and I am a little bit in love with him.
JUDGING: I actually think that Dancing with the Stars has one of the best judging panels on TV. Len Goodman can be critical and tough, without going full Simon Cowell and making the contestants feel suicidal (plus he used the word malarkey, which is just funny), while Carrie Ann Inaba manages to walk the line of being encouraging while still being realistic and helpful, and Bruno Tonioli always makes me laugh (In this episode, it was when he commented about Ron Artest’s “Length of bone” but that’s just because I have the mentality of a 13-year-old boy).
However, while the judges are great, the same cannot be said about the hosting. Tom Bergeron is fine, but Brooke Burke has got to be the worst host in the history of television. Her fake smile is terrifying, she asks the same terrible questions to all the competitors, plus she doesn’t seem to have worked out how to use the microphone properly and she looks like she hates everyone that she is talking to. It’s disturbing.
AFTERELTON BAIT: This season has both the hilarious and highly entertaining Carson Kressley, who really paved the way for all future generations of fabulous reality show gays with his show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Of course, the contestant that has been getting the most attention is Chaz Bono, the transgender son of Sonny and Cher. Both did well enough in the dancing that they will hopefully be around for a while. While out professional dancer Louis van Amstel is not partnered with a contestant this season, he is supposed to be involved in the show in a different capacity and judge Bruno Tonioli is also openly gay.
PERFORMANCES: While the first couple weeks of this show are always a little rough, there were a couple of surprises. J.R. Martinez and Chyna Phillips stood out as the initial leaders, each earning a score of 22 (who knew soldiers could be so graceful?) Carson Kressley had what Carrie Ann said was her favorite dance of the night, with his incredibly entertaining Cha Cha Cha, plus he was really funny for the backstage cameras, voicing his regret that he had not been paired with the smoking hot Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Ron Artest and Elisabetta Canalis ended up being the two worst, with incredibly stiff performances, although Ron Artest didn’t try to beat anyone up, so that should be acknowledged. The judges praised Hope Solo for the fact that she was able to keep her body in such close contact with Maks through the whole dance, which is kinda like being praised for your perseverance and fortitude because you were able to eat an entire container of ice cream in one sitting. The rest of the performers showed promise and it will be interesting to see which of them get better and which end up being stagnant.
TRAINWRECK QUOTIENT: Oh, Kristin Cavallari, you know surprisingly little about being a successful reality show star. Don’t introduce yourself as “not a bitch” (it makes people immediately assume that you are, in fact, a bitch) and don’t try to garner sympathy votes by explaining that you are doing this lucrative reality competition to take your mind off of being dumped. That goes beyond being a “first-world problems” joke into a “completely out of touch with reality and the fact that 10% of the people voting for you are unemployed right now” joke, with the punch line being you getting eliminated.
And seriously, how many freaking Karadashians are there? I keep thinking that we have reached the end and the all of a sudden, another one pops out of the woodwork. For the most part though, the episode was trainwreck free, but fear not! As the contestants get more and more exhausted, there is sure to be a highly entertaining blow up to witness.
So what did you guys think? Will you be watching the results show or just Googling who got kicked off when Glee is over? Can anyone explain what demographic ABC is trying to cater to with performances by Harry Connick, Jr. and LMFAO in the same hour? Anyone want to make a bet about whether Ron Artest will punch someone if he gets kicked off?
Actress Portia de Rossi has turned down the opportunity to become one half of the first same sex couple to compete on U.S. reality show “Dancing with the Stars“.
The former “Ally McBeal” star, who is married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, recently admitted to radio personality Ryan Seacrest she would consider taking part in the competition, after learning TV producers were keen to have her dance opposite a professional female on the next season of the hit programme.
But De Rossi has since decided against the idea and rejected a formal offer from “Dancing with the Stars”. Her representative tells Eonline.com, “Yes, she was asked but she declined.”
Portia occupies herself with her new book “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain” which was released last month.
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Bristol Palin is through to the final round of “Dancing with the Stars” as Brandy leaves the show in this week’s elimination. Bristol was again the lowest scorer on Monday’s performance night but audience voting revealed she is much loved on the dance floor.
Bristol indeed scored her first triple 9s last night with her Paso Doble but her competitors excelled higher with scores no less than 9. Brandy scored the same with Bristol on the Paso Doble but she received a perfect score for Argentine Tango while Bristol earned only 26/30 for her Waltz.
“I don’t know how I feel right now,” said tearful Brandy who was stunned by the announcement. Co-host Brooke Burke said it was a shocking elimination, backed up by judge Bruno Tonioli who had expected Brandy to do a freestyle in the finale. He gave the singer an open invitation to appear on the finale anyway, but she did not reply.
The two-night finale on November 22 and 23 will now be a competition between Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin.