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Dancing with the Stars: Week 10

by Michael Pascua, posted May 12th 2009 1:04AM
Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars(S08E18) Tonight's episode didn't have to be two hours. I already suffered from watching a three-hour finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, and when I saw the show start with a professional group dance, I knew this episode was going to be padded. That three-minute buffer of dancing could be worse; Samantha Harris could have tried to interview the celebrities for three minutes.

I caught Samantha Harris this afternoon on the syndicated version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, covering for Meredith Vieira, and she was a little better on that show. I have to think that she just can't roll with the punches as well as Tom Bergeron. Her flaws really kicked in tonight as she fumbled through the whole show. Can't we have a contest to find a new co-host?

Tonight has one Ballroom and Latin dance. I have to admit that Chelsie looks more like Julianne with her hair as they walked down the stairs. Just in case Julianne jumps ship, I think we have a solid, likable professional dancer in Chelsie Hightower.

Commentary - It's weird seeing the DVD style commentaries, especially seeing that no one really brought much to the table. The celebrities mentioned several of the same dances (Foxtrot, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Samba, and Lindy Hop), most of them being in Week 9. They mention the strengths of each competitor, but the judges told us their strengths for the past nine weeks. If I just knew that the first 20 minutes were padded, I would have made a sandwich.

Ballroom Round

Melissa & TonyQuickstep – I hate the term "hot mess" because it doesn't tell us anything, I appreciate that later on Shawn uses the word "crap." Melissa starts tonight's trend of mentioning the Lil Kim fear. Tony makes sure that the heels are over-emphasized. I do fear that overdoing the heel movements will break the shoe. As the dance begins, Melissa's musicality is great, and her lightness works well for dances like Quickstep and Foxtrot. I didn't like the piano toe spin, but it did show that they're trying to integrate the music with the dance. The end spin sequence was flawless and showed how to do spins without accidental lifts.

Len thought the musicality was great and her feet were improved. He thought it was gorgeous. Bruno thought it was good, but he wanted to be exhilarated; it didn't drive him wild. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno; she thought the dance didn't have soul. She also points out a little bit of space in the hold. Len groans beside her. Score: 28 (9, 10, 9)

Gilles & CherylWaltz – Gilles has the Waltz and Salsa this week. To teach about posture, Cheryl brought Jonathan in. He parallels Gilles as the frame and Cheryl the picture. I feel bad that Jonathan has never really gotten a good partner (I dare anyone to tell me that Marie Osborne was more than an actor). I need to go find my Norah Jones album. It sets the scene to be elegant. The dance somehow keeps Cheryl's traditional frantic movements. She still makes body whips out of nowhere.

Bruno gets up and screams out random positive words. Carrie Ann thought it was a breathtaking fantasy. Len gives them a sitting down standing ovation; he must be too old to get up. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)

Shawn & Mark - Argentine Tango - Shawn wants to make sure there are no points lost this week. The Argentine Tango is causing trouble in practices because Shawn is worried about the lifts. It turns out that in the end, the one lift wasn't used. As the dance started, I was confused by the song and sound effects. The dancing is beautiful. I actually see some passion and seriousness. None of the lifts seemed troublesome, and a lot were quite innovative.

Carrie Ann knows that she's the youngest contestant, but she delivered with the passion and precision. Len loves this semi-final. He loved the maturity and seriousness; it was her best performance. Bruno compared the dance to the tango in the film Chicago. Somewhere in his jumble of words there were positive remarks. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10).

Ty & ChelsieViennese Waltz – Ty brings Chelsie to the mechanical bull. She does it with no hands; Ty makes a witty remark paralleling Chelsie's week one remarks. The Viennese Waltz is all about building on the ballroom basics. Ty has the ballroom hold, but I was actually kind of impressed by his hands. The last spin sequence was broken, but it ended strong.

Len knows how hard Ty has worked. There were a few little things wrong, but it was fabulous. Bruno understands why America loves him, but the dance was not fluid. Len disagrees. Carrie Ann loves that he gets a lot of support; she knows there was some wobbles and struggle. It turns out that Carrie Ann was that shush girl in elementary school. Score: 25 (8, 9, 8)

Latin Round

Melissa & Tony Cha-Cha – Melissa was born in Dallas and her family has been quite supportive. Melissa works hard because of what she calls "Texas Toughness." She also gained some confidence when she was a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. I wonder what is underneath her tramp stamp. As she swirls around, she starts to lose little platelets. The dance is great. It's hard to flaw Melissa's dancing, though. She also does a lot of original spins and dips.

Bruno thought the cha-cha was on and off; she lacked the energy throughout the whole dance. Carrie Ann appreciated the emotional attachment, but she thought her steps where everywhere. The dance wasn't up to the standard of her samba, according to Len. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Gilles & Cheryl - Salsa - Gilles is from Cannes. He lives with the French mentality of living life. Another French aspect is that men can be romantic and emotional without embarrassing their machismo. His friend embarrasses Gilles by mentioning that he did Michael Jackson moonwalks. While the dance was strong, it started off with the unnecessary maracas. I love his passion, but the song sounded really off to me. It was nice seeing Gille's strong shakes and knee work.

Carrie Ann gets up and yells in excitement. She wants to see Gilles next week. Len is speechless and wishes that there was an 11 paddle. Bruno thinks that Gilles has Lil Kim in his booty. Bruno agrees that he deserves to be in the final. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)

Shawn & MarkJive – Shawn is from Des Moines, Iowa. We get the cutest video of Shawn doing gymnastics. Shawn can apparently pick up moves pretty fast and has a strong drive. Her jive outfit makes her look like she's seven. There's something about this jive choreography that I really didn't like. There just wasn't enough hold for me until it got to the holds. The end was cute, though, and we saw the once used gold/silver scoring paddles.

Len first thanks the band. He thought it was fast and fun, but there wasn't enough quality in the dance. Bruno loves her wild nature, but knew that it had Lindy Hop elements. Carrie Ann thought she got heavier as she danced by the end of the performance. Scores: 26 (9, 8, 9)

Ty & Chelsie - Samba - Ty was part of a cowboy family and he's been going since he was a kid. Jewel loves his determination. He sets his goals one day at a time. Jewel is still jealous that she's not on, but she loves that her husband stayed there. The samba is better than his rumba, but that's not saying much in comparison to Gilles or Melissa. I do appreciate Chelsie's patience and choreography that attempts to cover Ty's weaknesses. Ty's strength is his holds so Chelsie keeps in hold most of the time. He still kind of stands there when he's doing side-by-side dancing.

Bruno loves the resilience and determination. He thought that Ty was dancing on a tightrope. He lost his footing but it was great footwork. Carrie Ann thinks he's the MVP of the season. Len knows that his Latin section is bad, but Chelise has worked a lot of magic. Score: 23 (8, 7, 8)

Combined Scores:
  1. Gilles & Cheryl - 60/60
  2. Shawn & Mark – 56/60
  3. Melissa & Tony – 55/60
  4. Ty & Chelsie – 48/60

Tomorrow we'll find out whether or not Ty's fans could save him for another week. I really do think it's time for Ty to go to make the finale the most dramatic. Also Maks and Kym get paired up with the two remaining professional dancers. I'm assuming since there is a female; Mayo survived another week.

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Stare K

I do watch your show from time to time. It is such a health hazared . crack ribs etc.

May 12 2009 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Melissa couldn't possibly break a shoe. Ballroom shoes for standard are made with a steel shank connected to the heel. They're designed to handle more foot pressure than she's capable of using. I used to stretch out my legs by walking around balanced on the heels with the foot roughly parallel to the floor.

May 12 2009 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've been watching some of the performance shows from the UK: Britain's Got Talent, Any Dream Will Do, etc. One thing that stands out is that all the hosts seem to be gay over there. It's a very different vibe, and often very funny. I wonder why that is; and I wonder why that hasn't been imported over here?

May 12 2009 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dave's comment

News flash: Ryan Seacrest is gay. Unfortunately, that doesn't make him very funny.

May 12 2009 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best way to watch these shows is on DVR. DWTS, American Idol, and others are better viewed when you can fast-forward through the fluff and cr*p, watch the performances and the judge's critiques, and then whirrrr on through the next 10 minutes of fluff to the next one. I watch Idol's 1 hour "Results" show in about 10 minutes, give or take a few if there's an interesting musical guest performing that night.

May 12 2009 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Samantha is always interrupting the dancers, even when there's 2 frackin hours to fill!

May 12 2009 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to RJ's comment

Why in gods name was this episode longer than an hour? MAYBE 90 minutes, but 2 hours? Really? There is SO much filler on this show, it's just ridiculous. And now with most of the attractive women voted off (Chelsie and "reality" girl are the only eye candy left) it's really just not interesting for me anymore. Early on it's fun because of the bad dancers and because of the pretty women, but now it's just boring...and they certainly could have finished earlier.

Results should take only 30 minutes and this should only take 1 hour. Instead I have to sit through 90 minutes worth of filler each week...seriously, that sucks.

May 12 2009 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, Samantha Harris makes the show unbearable. I rather change the channel to watch mindless comercials than watch her interview. There have been several times where I had to stop myself from throwing the remote at her face..

May 12 2009 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why are you so down on Samantha Harris? I'm not a regular viewer, but when I've watched, I've always thought she and Tom Bergeron make a great team.

There are definitely worse reality hosts out there. (I'm talking to you, Ryan Seacrest!)

May 12 2009 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jim's comment

I'd much rather watch Ryan Seacrest then Samantha Harris...anyday. Shes a boring drone and is oh so boring to watch and listen to.

May 12 2009 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Samantha is terrible. This was proven when Drew Lachey filled in for her. He was terrific and it highlighted her flaws.
Seacrest is the best there is for his job. His personality might be a little grating, but his hosting skills are top-knotch.
Regarding the dancing, can we please lose Ty already?

May 12 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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