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September 2011


Elisabetta and Val on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" right after their devastating elimination on "Dancing With the Stars" last night.


What do you think?  Is Jimmy right?  Does America hate beautiful women?  Ha, I think not :)


A Somewhat Surprising Elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars'

The guys kicked off the “Dancing With the Stars” results show with a rock n’ roll inspired dance.  They did a great job of pumping up the crowd for the exciting night ahead.


Then it was time for the audience favorites who tied at 18 last night to go up for their results.  David Arquette & Kym Johnson and Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya were up first to learn their fate.  The first couple saved was Carson & Anna.  David & Kym learned that they were still in jeopardy.


The judge’s chose Ricki and Derek’s Jive as the dance they wanted to see again.  What can I say; they tore the stage up again!  These two are a force to be reckoned with!


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Jive and Quick Step Rule the Night on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It’s week two on “Dancing With the Stars” and tensions are rising already, but there were some standout performances to take notice of and talk about.



First up for the night with the Jive is Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.  The soccer theme totally worked with this fast paced dance.  Unfortunately, in the middle they totally fell out of sync on their side by side kicks.  Even their twirls ended up getting a little tangled up in their legs.  Hope seemed to be having a hard time keeping up with the choreography.  It was cute at the end though because she ended it by kissing Len’s bald head.  Len said it was crisp and he liked it, but he noticed how she lost her timing here and there.  Bruno said that all of her power is not enough without precision and she lost it a lot during the dance.  He also wants her to learn the difference between a flick and a kick.  Carrie Ann said that she thought it was a great performance.  She added that she agreed with Bruno and she wants her to relax into the dance a little bit more.


Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Len –7, and Bruno – 6, for a total of 19 out of 30.  Honestly I would give it a 5, it was just too sloppy looking for me!  The 6’s I can agree with but a 7 seems way too high.



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Behind the Scenes with David Arquette!

Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson caught up with David Arquette during one of his rehearsals for tonight's upcoming show!



So much for Metta World Peace

So after last night’s debut, tonight we the first couple is voted off Dancing With The Stars.


It’s a full hour show leaving the stars on their heels until the last few minutes when they announce who will be voted off.  


Now the Giants don’t play tonight (in fact they actually won that game somehow last night), so I will watch the entire results show.


If I were a betting man taking a guess before the show, I’d say the bottom two were the two who had the least amount of points.  Ron Artest and George Clooney’s former girlfriend.  I would think there’s more fans of Artest out there in the world, so I’m going to say Elisabetta is the one that gets the boot. Only time will tell.


Oh wow, LMFAO is on tonight.  “Every day I’m shuffling”.


BTW tonight it took just 4 minutes before we saw the Kardashian clan. 


The first 3 groups are out there to find out who is saved and it is (long pause) Ricki Lake and Derek Hough.  Also coming back next week is Elisabetta and Val.  So there goes my theory just 6 minutes into the show.  It turns out Rob Kardashian and my favorite Cheryl Burke are in jeopardy.  I’m willing to bet they are doing that just so that the Kardashian’s get more face time during this show.  I think Ron Artest is officially in trouble.


So now it’s Harry Connick Jr. performing.  So Harry Connick and LMFAO in one show.  Wonder if either of them thought that would ever happen.


Time for the next 3 couples to find out will they stay or will they go.  (Another dramatic long pause, oh and a commercial)...Hope and Max are safe.  Metta (Ron Artest) is officially in jeopardy.  Kristin and Mark are safe.  Artest is changing is name to Metta World Peace.  So now we’ll have that and Chad Ochocinco in the sports world.  I’m trying to think what I would change my name to.


Oh here we go with LMFAO.  Where can I get a pair of pants like this?  Oh and the pro dancers are getting involved.  How come they didn’t break down when Harry Connick was out there? Also is that guy in LMFAO wearing a computer on his head? 


Here we go with another set of couples who will learn their fate.  J.R. Martinez who has well deservedly become a fan favorite, Chynna Phillips and Chaz.  The next couple continuing is Chynna and Tony.  J.R. is also coming back as is Chaz Bono.  All 3 couples hugged on the stage after the announcement.


The last group will be Nancy Grace, David Arquette, and Carson Kressley.  I’m guessing one of these 3 are ‘NOT’ going to be safe, and my money is with Nancy.


Only 9 minutes left in the show, and we haven’t seen the Kardashian’s since the beginning of the show.  Oh, David and Kym are safe!  As I suspected Nancy Grace is in jeopardy, and Carson Kressley is safe!


So either Nancy Grace, Ron Artest, or Rob Kardashian are getting the boot.  After this last break we will find out who it will be.


And now the moment of truth.  Rob and Cheryl are safe, so just as I said, there will be another week of the Kardashian’s. 


The couple that will NOT be returning next week and voted off on Week 1 of Dancing With the Stars is (long pause) don’t look yet, not yet, not yet, and the one not returning for next week’s show is, we are about to find out, and the one’s with the lowest overall total issssssssssssss Meta and Peta.  Woo Hoo Nancy Grace stays!


So the first one to dance last night is the first one voted off.  Artest has a big smile on his face and I don’t think he realizes that he was voted off.  He’s acting like he just won the NBA Championship.  And how did he get that blonde hair to go away overnight?   


Oh well, I guess in closing all I can think, is so much for World Peace.  Hope you enjoyed the blog, and look forward to Jen returning next week on The Mirror Ball Blog!








Dancing With The Stars Premiere

Another season of Dancing With The Stars.  Our normal blogger, Jennifer Matarese is on a much deserved vacation, so I’m filling in.  However, I must admit I’m a huge Giants fan and they are playing tonight, but I promised Jen to focus at least 97 percent of my attention to Dancing With the Stars.


It’s an interesting cast this season, and I don’t know that there is a clear cut favorite like in seasons past.  Some say Ricki Lake, or Hope Solo, but if I always say look out for the athletes, so in addition to Solo, keep your eye on Ron Artest.  However, I think a long shot here could be Rob Kardashian.  I feel like everyone watches that show, so he’s going to get a lot of fan votes.


First up is Los Angeles Lakers star and former St. John’s player Ron Artest.  Artest says he’s doing the show in honor of his daughter who has battled Cancer.  He’s dancing the Cha Cha with his partner first time DWTS dancer,  Peta Murgatroyd.  I have no idea what they are dancing to, but it sounds like a bad Kid N Play remix.  These guys were out of sync, but I’d imagine it’s pretty difficult to dance with someone who’s 6’7”.   


DWTS has a new set and it seems the dancers had to walk a mile from the dance floor to the perch to receive their scores.  The judges scored 5, 4, 5.  I agree with Bruno’s 4.  These guys have a lot of work to do beginning with Ron’s hair color.


Well it only took 10 minutes to mention the Kardashian’s.  Everyone loves this reality family, and brother Rob is dancing with my personal favorite Cheryl Burke.  Rob says he’s doing the show to ‘boost’ his confidence and step out of his sisters shadows.   They are dancing the Waltz. 


Not a bad dance, both looked pretty elegant out there on the dance floor.  The crowd is going crazy, and again I could see this guy holding up the trophy at the end of the competition.  The scores were 6, 5, 5.  I give them a 6.


Next up is Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas.  She started her intro off with saying that she is “Not a Bitch”.  Thanks for clearing that up.  I guess that is how her character was perceived on “The Hills”.  All I know about her, is she broke up with boyfriend Jay Cutler, and as she just mentioned, this show will get her mind off things.  They are dancing the Cha Cha Cha.


These two seem to have the best chemistry of the first three couples.  Moved around the dance floor well with each other.  Only real criticism I have is Kristin might want to make some different facial expressions.  She smiled the same smile the entire dance.  We shall see.   Scores are 7, 6, and 6.  I think if I could give a 6.5 I would, but would lean towards the 6 more than the 7. So 6!



Chynna Phillips and her partner Dovolani are next up on the dance floor.  Phillips of course from the group Wilson Phillips will be leading off with the Waltz.  Another good chemistry pairing.  There were some missteps, but overall I think they did a great job.  This could be a duo to watch.  The judges loved her!  Before the judges give their scores, I will tell you I’d give an 8.  Judges scores are 8, 7, 7. 


Nancy Grace up next with first time pro Tristan McManus.  Now everyone has an opinion about Nancy Grace, but one thing is for sure, she loves her jobs.  If she puts as much into the dancing as she puts into her work, she’s going to be just fine, but I’m a little skeptical. 

During the commercial break I flipped over to the Giants game.  Eli Manning threw an interception and I give him a 1 on that play!  Okay, I know these are two different demographics, so I’ll keep from making too many football references, but work with me :)


Okay, back to Nancy and Tristan.  They are going to be dancing the Cha Cha Cha and Nancy already seems into it.  Oh boy, after watching this intro, this could be a long night for Nancy.  We shall see.  Starting out behind the news desk, and rips off her jacket and breaks into dance.   These two have a long way to go, but Nancy seemed to be having a good time.  The problem here is, I wonder how many fan votes she’ll get, cause it seems a lot of people have strong opinions against her usually.  Her scores, 5, 5, 6.  I’d give her a 5.


Next up is defending champion Kym Johnson and David Arquette.  For me this is the most intriguing group.  Arquette in the news lately for his marital problems with Courtney Cox and at any moment he can ‘go off the deep end’  Arquette says he has been sober for 8 months, and kudos to him for that!  I think if anything, he could be the most entertaining cast member this season.   Kym and David start off dancing the Waltz.   


A very nice dance with these two.  Good chemistry, and Arquette was out there having a good time, and seemed nervous for the scores.   6, 6, 6 for Arquette, seems appropriate for a guy that starred in the “Scream” movies.  I agree with the scores.  Oh, and Courtney in the audience with their daughter, nice touch!


Now for a little brotherly rivalry.  Sure there’s Peyton and Eli in the NFL, but on DWTS it’s Max and Val Chemerkovskiy.  Val is first up dancing with former George Clooney girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis.  Apparently she’s a model, but is it possible she’s more famous for dating George?


They were fast moving and were having fun out there.  I’m really glad Val didn’t drop her at the end.  The judges are kind of ripping her, and basically saying she needs to step it up or she’s done.  Before they give their scores, I’d give her a 5.  C’mon judges let’s remember this is week 1 and these are NOT professionals.  Scores are 5, 5, 5.  So the judges agreed with me, but were pretty harsh on their comments.


Next up brother Maksim and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo.  Maks is a fan favorite (I’m assuming with the ladies) and I was surprised to hear he had never won before.  I’m guessing the girls who watch this show are pulling for Maks, and the guys who are watching are big Hope Solo fans. 


Good chemistry with these two, but they have a ton of work to do.  There were out of sync on some of their moves.  I can’t imagine the nerves with these first time dancers.  These two I think are going far into the competition.  7, 7, 7 for these two on Channel 7, so I’ll agree and give a 7!


Up next Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya.  Carson the fashion guru is very update about this competition.  They begin with the Cha Cha Cha. Now I’m not sure about the moves, but Carson was having a really good time out there.  The judges were egging him on, and the crowd seemed to love him.  He brings energy to the dance floor, and he’s going to be sticking around for a while.  I’d give him a 7 for his first dance, let’s see what the judges say.  6, 5, 6 were the scores which seem kind of low since the judges were raving about the performance.


Next up a remarkable story with veteran J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff.  Martinez was in an accident while serving our country in Iraq and after serving and being injured by a road bomb, he became an actor on a soap opera.  Their first dance was The Waltz, and Martinez knocked it out of the park.  He was having fun and the chemistry with these two was some of the best of the night.  It did not seem like week 1 for these two, and if I were judging I would probably give them an 8, just to show they were the best of the night.  8, 7, 7 were the scores.  Apparently myself and Carrie Ann are on the same page.


Next up former talk-show host Ricki Lake and Derek Hough.  Hough didn’t dance last season, but has come back.  Ricki said Kirstie Alley inspired her to join the cast this season, and she’s hoping to lose some weight. 


Ricki and Derek started out the season dancing the Waltz.  It was a good opening dance, and Hough seems to be a good teacher, so this could be a duo to watch.  7, 6, 7 were the scores.  I’d agree with the 6, but these two should advance.


Finally it’s Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer.  Chaz got most of the press coming into this season, and now it’s time to see what he’s got. 


First dance for these two is the Cha Cha Cha. There was chemistry, and they definitely were having fun out there.  Just like everyone else, tons of work to do.  Judges loved Chaz in their remarks.  I’d give him a 6 after the first dance.  Judges went  6, 5, and 6.


So that’s it for night one of Dancing With The Stars.  I think one thing is for sure, this is a WIDE OPEN competition this season.


Results show tomorrow at 9 p.m. on Channel 7, following a special at 8 p.m. where you can learn more about the cast.


Carson Kressley & Kristin Cavallari on the 'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere

Fashion Guru Carson Kressley and reality TV star Kristin Cavallari took some time ahead of Monday's big "Dancing With the Stars" premiere to talk about how rehearsals are going and what we can expect to see at home. 

Of course, I asked Cavallari about the rumors swirling about her and her pro partner Mark Ballas, you'll have to watch to see her answer!


Season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC!


Rehearsal Footage from 'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere

Here is a sneak peek of all of your favorite new stars rehearsin on Season 13's "Dancing With the Stars"!




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Carson Kressley Shows off His Moves in NYC

Fashion guru Carson Kressley showed off his moves to Eyewitness News reporter Jamie Roth!


Check out their moves in the video below:


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