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October 2011


More Treats than Trick on 'Dancing With the Stars'!

The show started with showing the transformation of the stage and the transformation of the stars backstage for this week’s Halloween spectacular!


Tom Bergeron didn’t dress up, but Brooke Burke looked fabulous in a spider web dress with a black wig on.



David Arquette and Kym Johnson were up first with their Halloween Cha Cha Cha as he dressed up as a vampire and she was his victim.  I love spunk that David brought to this Abra Cadabra dance.  It had great energy the whole way though and I thought that he was able to hold his frame quite well too.  He even did a little magic at the end where he threw a spider web, but it landed right on top of him.  I’m not sure if that was how it was supposed to go.  Len said that it was full of tricks and treats.  He said he turned himself into a dancer there, but he could have had a little more rhythm but it was well done.  Bruno said that David was a natural at turning tricks!  Bruno called Carrie Ann a “Naughty little *****”. Carrie Ann said that he had polish and finesse, but thought his hold could be a little bit stronger.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 8, and Bruno – 8 for a total of 24 out of 30.  I would have given it a 9!


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Maks Talks About What He Meant to Say, As Another Star Falls

After last night, I have to admit, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen between Maks and the judges.  Would they make up and be nice to each other or could it blow up even worse?


Len started off by saying it was a mix of frights, fights and delights.  He said that there were two outstanding performances, but they chose J.R. and Karina to show off their Quick Step again.  They did amazing, of course!  It was just so light and carefree, but obviously complex.  I think Ricki and Derek have their work cut out for them in the weeks going forward to defeat these two in the end!


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Let's Get Read To Rummmmmmmmmbleee!!!!

Here we go with another week of Dancing With The Stars.  Our normal blogger Jen Matarese has taken the day off, so I (Scott Curkin) have told her I will hold down the dance floor while she’s out.  Last time I complained because the Giants were on Monday Night Football.  I guess I can’t complain that there’s plenty of baseball, hockey and football to watch tonight too :)

This week’s theme is Broadway, and I’d assume that excites most of the DWTS audience.   I have watched over the last couple of weeks, and although I’m  a little surprised Nancy Grace is still in the competition, I think the race for the mirror ball will come down to J.R. and Ricki Lake.

The show kicked off with a performance by the cast of Sister Act.  It’s just not the same without Whoopi, but a good performance.

So apparently there are two dances for the ‘stars’ tonight, including the group dance.

First up Rob Kardashian and have I mentioned she’s my favorite Cheryl Burke.  They are dancing the Cha-Cha to a Jersey Boys song.  Oh excellent, Rob’s mom Kris Jenner came to check in on him.  I just love this Kardashian family and how they hate to be in front of TV cameras at all times.  Where’s Kim? 

As for the dance, the song “Walk Like a Man” is now going to be in my head all night.  They seemed a little off and not completely in sync in the beginning, but seemed to rebound in the end.  OH THERE’S KIM!!!!  How exciting! OH AND KHLOE AND LAMAR, give me a break! 

I wonder if this competition is like in boxing where it looks a lot different in person than it does on TV.  The crowd seems upset with the judges saying they were ‘off’, when that’s what I saw on the tube.  I’d give them a 7, but as for the judges scores (OH Kim again!), 8, 7, 7, for a 22 out of 30. 

Next up Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus.  They are dancing a Foxtrot to a Monty Python number.  Nancy was her feisty self in the pre-dance piece.  She says they are stepping up the chorography and are going to try and please all the judges. I think Nancy just dropped an F-bomb, but she is determined and says she’s going to nail this dance.

As for the dance, I’m just giving Tristan props for dressing like that.  This is the most in sync these two have looked in weeks.  Nancy had a big smile on her face and seemed to be keeping her footwork throughout the dance. They really seemed to be having fun out there.  Based on how she’s looked over the past weeks, I thought this was by far her best dance.  I’d actually give her a 9 on this one.  Judges scores, 9, 7, 8, for a total of 24 out of 30.  This really was like boxing with the way the judge’s scores were.

Next up David Arquette and Kym Johnson dancing the Quick Step to a Grease song.  Arquette is coming off his best week, and he says he’s in it to win it.

Now I’m not sure these two were like Danny Zucko and Sandra D out there on the floor, but Arquette definitely got away with wearing blue socks like nobody else could.  They were a little out of sync if you asked me, but overall they seemed to enjoy the performance and had a ton of energy.  I think I’d give them an 8.  The judges gave 8, 7, 8, for a total of 23 out of 30.  I could totally be a judge!

Next up Ricki Lake and Derek Hough.  Now I’ve grown to like Ricki Lake but in full disclosure Derek Hough just bothers me.  He seems to think he’s the ‘star’ and is always butting in on questions and conversations, but the guy can dance. 

These two were also dancing the Quick Step and Ricki seems to be a little nervous out on the floor.  I wonder how long she had to sit there to get her hair to be done like that?  These two finished strong and had the audience and the judges on their feet.  Pretty impressive, I think I’d give a 9, but wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one 10.    Judges scores, 10, 9, 10 for a 29 out of 30 AND Derek didn’t get a word in during the interview, although he tried. 

Next up Chaz and Lacey.  I have no idea how Chaz is still in this competition and if I were a betting man, I would say Chaz is in trouble this week.  Tons of heart and courage, but the dancing skills just aren’t there.

These two are dancing the Tango to Phantom of the Opera.  Chaz seemed uncomfortable throughout the dance and I’m guessing his knees were hurting him based on the way he was moving out there.  Overall not a bad performance, but I still think he’s the one in trouble this week.  I’d give a 6.  Judges scores, 7, 6, 6, for a 19 out of 20.  Chaz seems to be upset with his scores, but I’m sorry dude, it just wasn’t that good.

Next up Maks and Hope.  The judges really don’t seem to like Hope, but I think she’s been doing a pretty good job.  She’s definitely taking things personally, and hopefully she uses their criticism to motivate herself this week.

Maks and Hope dancing the Ramba this week to music from RENT.  I’m not sure how I feel about this one.  Was kind of a boring dance to me.  I didn’t see any major mistakes to the average eye but overall it was just blah to me.  I’m thinking Hope could also be in trouble.  I’m thinking a 6 here.  Wow, Maks really went after the judges here and the host had to jump in to break things up.  Maks said he was sticking up for his partner, but there was some anger there.  Judges give 7, 6, 7, for a total of 20 out of 30.  Maks goes off on the show a little bit there, saying this is “His show”.  Ummmmm Maks, if memory serves me, you’ve never won one of those trophies at the end of the season, and it’s called Dancing With the STARS. I'm pretty sure you can't disrespect a judge (no matter how annoying he might be), when you have NOTHING to back it up with. This is going to be VERY interesting what comes out of this.   This really is like a boxing match tonight.

Next up someone that could possibly win this season J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff.  So it seems J.R. is worried about Ricki, and Ricki is worried about J.R.  It’s like Yankees Red Sox all over again.  I wonder which one will miss the playoffs.  J.R. is a crowd favorite and quite frankly how can you cheer against this guy?

 As for the dance, J.R. always seems to be having a good time out there.  The footwork was outstanding, and there is no way this dance doesn’t receive 10’s across the board.  Judges?  10, 9, 10, for a 29 out of 30.  C’mon Len, what was wrong there?

 Now comes the group dance.  I’m not sure what happens in this one, but I’m wondering if Maks regains his focus here.  He’s the talk of the newsroom at the moment.

So it seems the DWTS staff brought Carson back after being voted off last week to help lead the group dance.

 Must’ve been a tough week to be a competitor on this show.  Learn your main dance and this group dance.  Thumbs up to them!

So overall an interesting week.  I think Hope and Chaz are going to be in the bottom two and the question is going to be do the viewers think the judges were ganging up on Hope or did they think Maks’ comments were uncalled for? 

Jen’s back for the results show.  Last time I got a banana pudding for filling in, so Jen if you’re reading this, this was a chocolate chip cookie kind of performance. 








A Fair but Tough Elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars'

This week began with an 80’s dance tribute to Madonna by the dance troop.  I have to say, the dancing was fabulous but I would have liked them to start with The Bengals again like they did last night!



The first couples up for results were Ricki & Derek and Hope & Maks.  The first couple saved was Ricki & Derek.  Hope & Maks learned that they were in jeopardy and Hope did not seem surprised by that.


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Some new Contenders Emerge on 80's Week on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Its 80’s week on “Dancing With the Stars” and oh my goodness!  It kicks right off with The Bangles!  They sang their hit “Eternal Flame”!  That’s one of the best songs ever, and the pro dancers did a great job doing a lyrical dance to it.  Then, they went right into “Walk Like an Egyptian”!  And don’t you know it, they all started walking like Egyptians! 


Then, it was time to start the show.  Brooke was even wearing high hair and a dress with some giant shoulder pads to properly honor the night.  I love the 80’s costumes all the dancers are wearing, totally takes me back to all of the bad fashion choices I once made.


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80's Night Tonight on 'DWTS' and News about Karina's Wedding

First thing's first, Karina Smirnoff and her fiance Brad Penny, the baseball player, have postponed their wedding!  Yikes.  The couple says it's mutual, but something is definitely up, don't you think?  Karina said that with their schedules, they've hardly seen each other the past few months and they didn't have enough time to plan their wedding.  Aren't there people they can pay to do that for them?  To read more about this, check out our sister station at OnTheRedCarpet.com.

This is Karina and her dance partner J.R. Martinez on "Dancing With the Stars"

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No Second Chances on Tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' Elimination

Grammy winner Raphael Saadiq kicked things off by performing “Soul Man”.  It was high energy and full of soul, but I found the dancing a little bland for the start of a results show! 



Susan Boyle was out next to perform “Unchained Melody” off of her “Somebody to Watch Over Me” album.  I was really interested to see her because it’s been a really long time since we’ve heard very much about her.  She first became famous for her beautiful voice, and then for her crazy antics before performances.  This seemed to be pretty calm though, other than a few off notes (at least that’s what they sounded like to me).  She did a great job of bringing such raw emotion to the song and that was only enhanced by the beautiful dancing by the pros Peta and Val.



At last, it was finally time for some results!  Rob & Cheryl, J.R. & Karina, and Ricki & Derek were up first.  The first couple saved was Ricki & Derek.  The next couple safe was J.R. & Karina.  Rob & Cheryl found out that they were in jeopardy.  I’m hoping that they were just using this as a scare tactic and they weren’t really in the bottom, but we’ll have to wait and see.


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Stars Sparkle on Movie Score Night on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It’s Movie Scores Night on “Dancing With the Stars” and the stars are dressed to impress.  I can’t believe the transformation made by Carson Kressley!  He’s working some fake facial hair!  This has to be one of the most high pressure yet fun weeks for the costume department.  The band was even enhanced for the night to give it a real movie sound!


The pros kicked things off by dancing to a variety of movie score hits including “Star Wars”!  It was complete with lifesabers!  It was a great way to kick off the night and get the crowd in the mood for some movie magic.


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It's Movie Night on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It's going to be an exciting night on "Dancing With the Stars" tonight! The remaining nine pairs will dance to iconic movie scores! 

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There's also been a lot of talk about Julianne Hough coming back and she is, but that will be on Tuesday's elimination show.  She'll be there to dance with her "Footloose" movie costar Kenny Wormald, and if we're lucky maybe a little extra dance at some point.  It's also going to be a great show performance wise because Blake Shelton, Raphael Saadiq, and the always unpredictable Susan Boyle will be there!

Check back later tonight for a full recap of the dance performances by our remaining 9 competing pairs!


Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Fresh off their elimination from "Dancing With the Stars" Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

You can see why Jimmy thought they were cut loose in the two clips below!  Keep reading!

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