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Dancing with the Stars: Week 11

by Michael Pascua, posted May 19th 2009 12:38AM
Dancing with the StarsWe're finally at the end of the season with the three strongest dancers. After ten weeks, I have no clue how Belinda Carlisle did back in week one. At this point, you could tell me that Nancy O'Dell was eliminated in week two and I would believe you. The mirror ball trophy was placed in front of the judges table and the judges seem excited about the competition. Unfortunately, we got some more disappointing freestyle performances.

The interesting thing about the three competitors is that their strengths are in different categories. Shawn is probably the quickest learner and can technically perform. Gilles is best with Latin, and Melissa is best with Ballroom. Melissa probably has the biggest hill to climb, coming from third place and stuck with a Latin performance.

Dancing with the Stars' Photos

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals of "Dancing with the Stars," the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round, on MONDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KELSEY MCNEAL)MARK BALLAS, SHAWN JOHNSON

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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Round 1 – Paso Doble Face Off

Instead of only having Len teach his master class, we get a video of Len calling the other two judges. Our scenes consist of Bruno tanning and Carrie Ann eating a salad. I'm actually surprised how thin Bruno is, Speedo and all. Bruno came to visit Shawn, and he reminds them that they have to break away from the paso doble they performed two weeks ago. He is looking for sharpness and winners confidence. Carrie Ann is sent to coach Melissa and wants her to improve her steps. Carrie Ann is still upset that Melissa depends on her ballet and cheerleader training; instead she wants power in her step. Our master trainer Len thought that Gilles' Paso was too hectic. I still don't think that the hectic nature is Gilles' fault; instead it was Cheryl's choreography. Len wants "swagger," one of those words that has emerged from the past five years that I'm surprised Len can use correctly in a sentence.

Shawn & Mark - At first I thought that Shawn fell, but it was intentional. I still didn't find the full intensity to her paso, but I realized it was because of her height differential. The traditional paso steps are all performed with technical beauty. The outfit was old looking on Shawn and not flattering.

Melissa & Tony - On the other hand, Melissa looked current, and her height made her lines beautiful. Tony is still abusing the fact that Melissa can perform beautiful kicks. There was a mistake near the end, but the two overcame the problem.

Gilles & Cheryl - Gilles still has the confidence and passion that's needed for the Paso. I'm almost shocked that Cheryl didn't create something that was too hectic.

Len knows that it was hard to merge paso with pop music, but the three delivered. He was excited by Shawn's energy, but her chin was positioned too low. Melissa's had the slight mistake. Gilles gets the most positive comments: it wasn't hectic and it had intensity. Bruno congratulates all three because they competed against each other but worked together as a team. Bruno continues with the judging: Shawn was strong and technical, Melissa had confidence and beauty, and Gilles is truly a leading man. Carrie Ann loves this season because the final three became great dancers. She did see weaknesses/strengths: Shawn lacks emotional commitment. Melissa hit it hard, and Gilles was perfection.

Score:

Shawn 28 (9, 9, 10)
Melissa29 (10, 9, 10)
Gilles 30 (10, 10, 10)

Round 2 – Freestyle

Shawn & Mark – Shawn loves having no rules, but doesn't want to use the gymnastics since she got points docked the last time she tried to use it. I guess it was a good thing that Kristi Yamaguchi didn't try a triple lutz on the dance floor. Apollo Anton Ohno came to light an Olympic fire under Shawn's ass. He doesn't really give any tips on dancing, but instead tries to parallel winning a prestigious gold medal with winning a disco ball mounted to a plank of wood. Shawn surprises me with a JabbaWockeeZ theme, which is better than ripping off Michael Jackson or Saturday Night Fever. The beginning basically plagiarizes the Broadway week from America's Best Dance Crew. Unfortunately, after ripping off MTV, Mark returns to that Michael Jackson shortened pants/extended sock outfit. The tricks don't seem that original, and I'm tired of Mark's goofiness.

Bruno thinks that Shawn was going for the gold. He loved the performance style. Carrie Ann likes that she's adorable; she reached the high standards of the freestyle round. Len loved it. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)

Melissa & Tony – Melissa had a weak performance last week. Tony recalls his last freestyle: all the way back in Season 2, he had a weak Saturday Night Fever performance with Stacy Keibler and vows never to do something so stupid. Melissa is willing to do tricks, until Melissa slams him in the face; she quickly runs and gets him ice. I wonder where the ice machine came from. He decided to create the most physical performance ever. To top the physicality, Tony has the gayest shirt ever. The performance lacked dancing until the middle, but it does show that Melissa had strong hip action and could have used it with some Latin performances. The whole dance was like a lindy hip-hop.

Carrie Ann loved the new positive attitude. There was something wrong about the choreography because there were gaps between the lift sequences. Len saw the versatility, but he didn't get it. Tony failed again. I hope he doesn't have to wait another five seasons to try again. Bruno didn't like the running man; and it wasn't a smooth performance. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Gilles & Cheryl – Gilles had the only perfect 60 last week, but he still feels like he's the underdog. Cheryl wants to make sure that his personality is showcased. Gilles had shoulder problems since the beginning and like Melissa with her ribs, he quickly recovers. Cheryl believes that she pulls the essence of her partner's personality in the freestyle. Apparently, his inner personality is a gay man's fantasy. I really hope that the song was given to the two by production. The lift sequences were original and the performance was invigorating to watch.

Len liked the high energy. He thought the freestyle displayed that he is a real dancer. Bruno loved the performance, but he wanted more actual dancing. Carrie Ann agrees, it's an odd choice because Flashdance was female-centric. In retrospect, if Melissa had the Flashdance theme, it would be the most fitting, since it's about an unknown girl succeeding. Score: 28 (9, 10, 9)

Combined Scores:
Gilles & Cheryl – 58
Shawn & Mark – 58
Melissa & Tony – 56

My money is on the odds on favorite: Gilles. I would be shocked of Gilles lost; right now, it's Gilles' game to lose. He has been the most consistent performer. Tomorrow we have one more performance by the final three. Lady GaGa will be performing and Jeffery Ross will be roasting the final three. I'm also assuming that we will get the results of the Professional Dancing Competition. Who do you think will win?


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Cecil Jones

Shawn wins? Ohno said it, "She would have been the only Olympian that didn't win." It's television and this is what they call "Drama." Gilles was the best and he is a true gentleman. He will be graceful in his loss. Way to go Shawn!

May 19 2009 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LAW

Last night was a surprise. I commend Shawn on not falling back to gymnastic moves she knows so well, and really danced and gave it her all. She deserves to be one of the final 2. Gilles was great and has been throughout the show and also deserves to be in the final 2.

Melissa on the other hand did not really dance and when from lift to lift and the transitions were not smooth. She also fell back on her cheerleading experience which were some of the same moves in the dance. She should have been marked down further for doing such, as Shawn was earlier in the season for the gymnastic moves. Because of that I believe she should be eliminated and not make it to the final 2. If the judges had done their job and marked her down as they had Shawn previously it would have been fair. As it stands, this is not fair to Shawn who didn't cop out if Melissa makes it and she does not.

May 19 2009 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanmterry

i really enjoyed the show last night. everyone gave it there all. i was very pleased with shawn she was the best out of the three. i hope she wins. when i first started watching the show i didn't think she would last because of her age and that she had no idea what she was getting herself into. she really works hard and she picks up the steps quickly. go shawn. can't wait to see who wins. I still am upset that lilkim was let go she should have been the one to win.

May 19 2009 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christine

Shawn definitely packed on several pounds since the Olympics - they showed a clip of her in Beijing on the show last week and you can see a noticeably leaner Shawn at the Olympics. I'm shocked she has lost weight with all the training for this .

May 19 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cecil Jones

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you like or dislike my comments always remember to send cash with your comments. I love you all, but I love you more if I take the time to talk about you and your check clears. Who do you think I am Perez Hilton? I'm done with DWTS. I'm on Twitter and I can be "Googled." Send Cash!

May 19 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria

I was very disappointed! I dont really watch the show until the free style. This year was one of the worst in all three! Very little dancing with Giles-a lot of hip shaking. Melissa's didnt flow and poor Shawn was in a very unflattering outfit, and wasnt smooth at all. Where was the dance in any of them? The judges scores too...OMG they were so fake and off as well

PS-Who is and what is Cecil talking about?
PS2-Shawn is NOT FAT just VERY stocky. Not a great look for a young womans (or any womans) body but she is NOT fat.

May 19 2009 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cecil Jones

Sounds like "Willy the Impeached" could be an old friend who just happened to have a problem with chain smoking cigars? Each person is entitled to their own, but Shawn is a little too young for me to get too personally worked up about. I love your passion "Willy" but looking as Shawn kinda gives me the "Willies." I'm thinking what would it be like to watch Chelsea or Hillary shaking their booties on stage in half naked attire and then Shawn looks so much better to me. I watched the show and shared an opinion "Just because I could." Although we have a difference of opinion on DWTS and in life about Interns and Young Women, you don't have the right to question mine. It's not like I'm drooling after Shawn are you? Throw that Guppy back and let it grow up evenly all over. Shawn winning is bad for America unless you are a Chester, Bela Karoli, or a Clinton. I also hope Terry MacAulliffe loses and goes back to his home- New York, and you have a wonderful time in Haiti. Don't sleep with anything strange if you can help it? This message was intended for the "Real Willy the Impeached." It's code and we go back a long way. Fat...Like Monica wasn't and you didn't hit it?

May 19 2009 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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RJ

What are you talking about?

May 19 2009 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Shawn fat? No way. All muscle. A perfect example to all 17 year olds. Last thing she needs to be is some shrunken skinny thing on the verge of starving herself. Considering the restrictions placed on her practice time, I thought she took this seriously and did a great job.

I agree, scoring was evened out. Judges helping the dancers and then judging them!!! Makes no sense, but then again there isn't a million dollars up for grabs.

My vote: Melissa

May 19 2009 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Christine

Shawn is much heavier than she was at the Olympics last August - they showed a clip from the Olympics last week and the difference is astounding. I'm shocked she didn't lean out a bit with all this dancing -

May 19 2009 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deb

I thought the judges scored the freestyle randomly in order to even out the scores from the group paso. I thought Melissa's routine was much better than Shawn's, yet Shawn got a perfect score in the freestyle. They are trying to make this as close as possible, so the votes decide the winner! No one will beat Gilles in the latin dance!!

May 19 2009 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chatz

i admit gilles wasn't perfect last night, but still he deserves to win because all thruout the season, he was consistent and improving and always, always burns the dancefloor! go go go gilles & cheryl!

May 19 2009 at 4:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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