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Dancing with the Stars: Week 9

by Michael Pascua, posted May 5th 2009 12:23AM
Shawn Johnson on Dancing with the Stars(S08E16) Tonight we found out how badly Melissa's injury affected her: not at all. If anything, the injury made her work harder. We're provided with two dances per celebrity tonight (one ballroom, one Latin), and even though the show could be accomplished in an hour and a half, we're given another half hour of padding.

We start the night with a professional group dance demonstrating ballroom. The best part of the professional dance was that there was an audience shot right after, and no one looked impressed. After ten minutes of padding we start the night with Shawn Johnson.

Dancing' Show Photos

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Samantha Harris, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance - one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Samantha Harris, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Tom Bergeron, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC


Round 1 - Ballroom Round

Shawn & Mark - Quickstep – Mark's over-enthusiastic teaching style has finally started to grate on me. He does redeem himself by covering Shawn from the camera as she starts to breathe heavily. I was worried that without a Disney Channel star, ABC would have to slip the Disney product in somehow. We're given the song "Friend like Me" from Aladdin. Luckily for Shawn, her dress channels the genie really well. The performance is quite Broadway, but they cover a great amount of the floor.

Len loved the fun, joy, and carefree style. He loved that her personality emerged. She broke the rules when she didn't stay in hold. Bruno thought that she was Sporty Spice; although I get his reference, she has nothing on Mel B. Carrie Ann thought it was her best dance ever, but she had to take a point off for the hold. Score: (9, 9, 9)

Ty & ChelsieArgentine Tango – Aww, Ty studies at home. Jewel jealously stares at him as he doesn't go to bed. Ty starts off bashful, but when the music kicks in, it's actually nice. Most notable about the dance is Chelsie's powerful legwork even with her height. That girl is all legs.

Bruno loves his strength and determination. He wanted some subtlety in some of the steps. Carrie Ann commends him for progressing, but she points out a stumble. Len thought that he captured the essence of the Argentine tango. Ty produced his best dance. Score: 25 (8, 9, 8)

Lil Kim & DerekWaltz - Lil Kim has surprised me, being the leader the past few weeks, but with the waltz, she struggles with her grace and reserve. As they start to dance, the really constipated singing is distracting. One day, I wish that there was a crossover episode of this and American Idol where an idol sings while the celebrity dances. Lil Kim seems smooth enough and actually has a non-porn smile on her face.

Carrie Ann loves the performance, but her hands don't extend far enough. There were also a few stumbles. Len knows that the waltz is a challenging dance. He did note the stumbles, but saw the quality level of the dance. Bruno thought that she was less of Lady and more of Tramp. He then regrets saying this. Bruno felt a hesitation and uncomfortable feeling in her movements. Score: 25 (8, 9, 8)

Gilles & Cheryl Foxtrot - Gilles is gaining momentum, but like Lil Kim, his weakness is his ballroom. Cheryl brings them to a real ballroom competition for inspiration. The way he flicked his hat into the audience was so stylish. There was something a little too sassy for me about the dance. Cheryl is a frantic kind of dancer and even in slow dances, manages to slip that frantic choreography in.

Len enjoyed watching the dance and the interpretation; he thought that Gilles' posture was bad. He didn't stretch his legs to reach his full height. Bruno loved the quality of the performance. There's heat and sophistication. Carrie Ann thought the performance would bring him into the semi-finals. Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Melissa & TonyViennese Waltz – Melissa's rib treatment is going well, but Tony makes sure that she takes it easy. There's something effortless watching Melissa's dancing. It still feels like she's leading with her toes, but the dance is beautiful. I think Tony abused the move where Melissa spins on her toe.

Bruno loved the lightness and the angel arms. He thought it was balletic, but she could get away with it. Carrie Ann doesn't see the torque of the body in the dance. Len loved the romance, musicality, and extensions. Her feet are still troublesome. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

We get some more padding before round two. We're given a quick update of the professional dancer competition. Genya Mazo got cut and the other three candidates got their celebrities. Luckily the celebrities are mid-level dancers and all had the potential to win. Afton got Cody Linley (Disney representative), Anya got Maurice Green, Mayo got Lisa Rinna.

Round 2 – The Latin Round

Like the ballroom round, we get another professional group dance. Seeing Lisa Rinna followed by Louis makes me remember how much Louis looks like her husband Harry Hamlin. We're reminded that the Latin section has a 15 second celebrity solo.

Shawn & MarkPaso Doble – Mark is really dramatic trying to describe the Paso to Shawn, but she's giggly. Well, at least he's positive. Her solo is placed in the beginning. The dress helps a lot with the passion, but even I can see her posture is still hunched. Her steps are sharp and precise, but her arm movements still seem too stiff.

Carrie Ann knew the song was a hard song, but she delivered. She loved that Shawn gave the evil glare. She was dynamic. Len loved the solo and twist-turns. It had good footwork, but it wasn't exciting to him. Bruno loves that she got the killer instinct and compared her to a guided missile. Score: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Ty & Chelsie Rumba – Chelsie is a great teacher. She's so patient teaching Ty. As they dance, Ty's hip action is funny to watch, but the fact that he's trying is endearing. Unfortunately, he lifted Chelsie a little too high for some standard steps and her feet went off the ground. I'm assuming that his solo was at the end, which felt like five seconds, when he tried to impress his wife. She just laughed at him.

Len thought it had charm and saw movements. He then compared Ty's two dances as a peacock and a feather duster. Bruno loves his likability, but it's not ability. Carrie Ann knows that he's improved, but it's not enough. She also knocks off a point for the unintentional lift. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)

Lil Kim & DerekSalsa – Lil Kim wants to shake her ass it like a pepper shaker. Derek doesn't like tricks, but he wants to be ambitious. To figure out Kim's solo, Derek made Lil Kim improvise; she immediately started dancing on the floor. Thanks editors. I love the combination of the slow and the fast, but some of her timing looked off tonight. She did this really cool split in her solo. I loved Derek's head chopper sequence at the end of the dance.

Bruno sings a lyric from "You Spin Me Round." She's in her element, but her foot was wrong in the beginning. After hearing the comment Lil Kim whispers "shit" and the producers attempted to mute it, but hit the edit button too early so it was silence followed by the word shit. Carrie Ann thought the dance was a little out of control. Len thought she was like spotted dick and custard but she lost some control. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Gilles & CherylRumba – Gilles' biggest goal of this show was to learn the rumba. Gilles starts his dance with his solo and it's really cute, but not as sexual as I hoped. Cheryl's frantic choreography still exists, even with the slow music. In the end, Gilles and Cheryl roll around on the floor.

Carrie Ann knew that the rumba delivered, except for the solo which was weird and self-indulgent. Len thought it looked fantastic but the solo was bad (as well as the rolling on the floor). Bruno thought it started off as Showgirls but ended ravaged by the savage. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Melissa & TonySamba – Tony reminds Melissa that each celebrity has to do a solo. She quickly quips that she's not a celebrity. Well, at least she admits it. Melissa has a rocking body. Her samba feels too slow for me. Unlike the pros last week, Melissa made it to top of the table. As she walks to Tom she fears that her boob popped out. If it did, it was when she was facing the band.

Len thought that she should 100% be competing next week. Bruno thought the samba had everything in it. There was a great variety and execution. Carrie Ann knows the competition was tight and she thought the dance was flawless. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)

Tomorrow we find out if Ty goes home or not. Cody, Maurice, and Lisa will dance with their pros. Jamie Cullum will be performing and Dance Center makes its seasonal return.


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MARY NUMA

Shame on Dancing with the Stars, Lil Kim gone, the dancing cowboy still in the running? This is not a rodeo, its a dance contest for Gods sake.
This show needs a revamping, the concept is good the voting is flawed. Some how common sense needs to be used, in the voting process.

May 06 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Michael, no doubt you put the fear of death in Len with your Expendable Judges article. They weren't kidding that he seemed medicated. He did a complete about-face from last week's judging performance. But it's not enough for me - Len should still go :)

May 05 2009 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denise

Well... I agree that his comment to Lil Kim was thoughtless, but I honestly don't think he intended that the way it came out, and he said as much. He seemed sincerely horrified immediately after he said that, and he actually did apologize. She seems like a pretty sharp girl, I'm sure she gets it.

May 05 2009 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sis Seabrooks

What a rude thing Bruno said to Lil Kim last night.
I think he should apologize to her.
What a mean thing to say.
She danced like a lady and she is a lady.
She has conducted herself like the lady she is.
She is not a Tramp.

May 05 2009 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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