Captivating Season 8 premiere. Liked the diversity in terms of celebs. There's no one I really want to see go home right away, so it looks like it's going to be a fun, enjoyable season. ABC landing Melissa for DWTS: Brilliant! And judging from her only 48-hours-to-train performance and her immense popularity with voters, she's going to stick around for a while.
Here's a quick critique of the dancers (and their labels), in the order of their performances:
Black Barbie (Lil’ Kim) - Not bad. Liked the labels she gave herself and Derek, er, I mean Ken. She's not Final Three material yet, but she could be. BTW this blog also is dedicated to all her girls in the Federal Detention Center. I'm sure they're reading.
Go-Go Dancer (Belinda Carlisle) - I wasn't 'mad about her' with this number, but it wasn't horrible either. Slightly awkward at times but generally nice. And no, Bruno, that was NOT Frau Phyllis - no way, no how! LT (Lawrence Taylor) - I liked this number. Lots of moves, especially solo stuff. A fun cha-cha to watch. Deserving of better scores.
MTV Jack--- (Steve-O) - Everyone just had to work "jackass" into their spiel, didn't they? Agreed with Len: I expected much, much worse. Creepy music, kind of Edward Scissorhandsish, accompanying a funeral waltz. Kept my attention, though.
French Guy (Gilles Marini) - Maybe Cheryl wouldn't have to tell him to look like a man and not dance so feminine if his first name wasn't pronounced JILL. A sexy cha-cha. Lady's favorite, I'm sure. BTW was Bruno taking a shot at World's Fastest Man when he told Cheryl: "Now you have something to play with"?
Julianne's Boyfriend (Chuck Wicks) - Looked like a wedding dance. Noted the lift before Carrie Ann scolded them. LOL at Len: "Your posture is a little bit bizzare." Agreed with Carrie Ann: He's gracefull.
Bimbo (Holly Madison) - Wasn't horrible. Well, maybe it was. A newborn deer: Bambi? Another appropriate name. Thought Bruno would like her.
Rodeo Dude (Ty Murray) - He has the potential to show the most improvement. There's always next week. At least Jewel isn't waiting too long into the season to perform in front of her hubby. I'd say next week is probably a good idea. I do like his personality, though. He's very real. Liked his line: "That's like a cheerleader thing."
Olympic Gymnast (Shawn Johnson) - Paired with Mark, she looked like a little Cheetah Girl (Sabrina). Graceful. Elegant. Great start for the early favorite.
Bill Gates' Rival (Steve Wozniak) - Were there really TWO 4s in the judges' scoring? Wow. A teletubby? Ouch. Still, was it as bad as Kenny Mayne's lone DWTS performance? Judge for yourself by clicking here.
DAG (David Alan Grier) - Looking forward to his comic relief each week. Enjoyable waltz, even if his bottom did stick out. BTW - did you know Carrie Ann was a Fly Girl on "In Living Color" from 1990 to 1992? Should she be allowed to judge DAG? Inquiring minds want to know...
Charlie's Ex (Denise Richards) - She says she can take the criticism but she obviously CAN'T take the criticism. A little restrictive and guarded on her dance. Not as bad as several others.
Melissa (Melissa Rycroft) - All sorts of label name possibilities here: Jilted Bachelorette; He Loves Me He, Loves Me Not; Ex Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader; Not Molly. But in the end, it's simply Melissa. And let me tell you, wow! Only 48 hours, and she earned a pair of 8s and a 7. That doesn't bode well for all those people who had six weeks and scored 4s, 5s and 6s. Beautiful, fluid waltz. Great posture. BTW - did you know she's got a new boyfriend already? Read about it here.
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So that's the recap. Again, looks like it will be a fun season. Welcome back, everyone. It's your comments that make this a fun blog, so keep up the good work. And for all you first-time viewers, welcome!
Something the regulars on this blog already know: We all give our Week 1 "Final Three" predictions, and then when we get to the finals, I call up this post and review what we all thought and award a Mirror Ball Trophy to the closest guesser. Last season BarB won it, so she's the reigning champ.
Here's that post. First I'll share my prediction. Then I look forward to yours.
Final Three: Olympic Gymnast, French Guy and Melissa. Now let's hear from all of you!