Dancing With the Stars 11
After the finals last night AOL TV asked the bad boy of the ballroom if he'll be returning to the show when it comes back for its next installment (likely in mid-September.)
"I don't know," he shared. "It takes a lot out of you. When you invest that much of you into something that's supposed to be just work you [can] get misinterpreted. I don't know [if I'm coming back]. We'll see. Right now, I'm drained."
Chmerkovskiy, who joined the show in Season 2, has taken a break from 'DWTS' before, sitting out Season 6 back in 2008.
ABC has acknowledged that "a record amount of activity" had overloaded its online and telephone voting systems after Monday's show. In a statement, the network said that "Some viewers reported experiencing difficulties registering their votes for the 'Dancing With the Stars' finale, which affected each finalist equally."
The statement went on to say that as the issue was "promptly addressed," voting times were not extended. Viewer votes accounted for half of the contestants' overall scores toward the title.
The long wait to see who'll be crowned 'DWTS' is nearly at an end. But don't hold your breath waiting for finalist Jennifer Grey to recreate her famous 'Dirty Dancing' lift sequence.
The "air lift" move she performed with co-star Patrick Swayze has become one of the most iconic scenes in 'Dirty Dancing,' and fans have been on the edge of their seats hoping that Grey and partner Derek Hough would pull it out of the bag in the finals.
However, in an interview with People, Grey said "I won't be doing the lift in the finals ... Everyone should not expect that."
Even if she did consider it briefly, doctors told her that doing it could seriously injure her neck and back. Grey underwent the first of three neck surgeries only a year ago, and has been plagued by injuries all season.
So, the perhaps unlikely trio of Bristol Palin, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey has made it to the finale of 'Dancing with the Stars'. Night One consisted of a redemption dance of the judges' choosing, and the crowd favorite, Freestyle. Every season, I hope to see something as insane as Marie Osmond's doll routine, but tonight didn't bring anything that original. Lacey's routine looked similar to the one she did with Lance Bass, Derek's looked like his freestyle with Brooke Burke, and Mark's Broadway Freestyle was previously attempted by both Mya and Donny Osmond.
Who was the person that not only gave tickets to Omorosa, but sat her next to Kyle Massey's family? Omorosa should stop sitting in the audience -- she must be convinced that her face in the audience will be enough pressure for the producers to put her on next season. If we needed a reality star, there's a long list of reality contestants who are at least relevant that I would rather have on my television. If the producers wanted a celebrity that wasted their time sitting in the audience, they should ask Jamie Lee Curtis, who's been there supporting Jennifer Grey for weeks.
According to The Smoking Gun website, Steven Cowan allegedly became so enraged that he fired a shotgun round into his television, triggering a 15-hour standoff with local police.
His wife called the cops after Cowan -- who'd been drinking -- allegedly pointed the shotgun at her. Janice Cowan said that they were watching the show when "he jumped up and swore ... Steven was upset that a political figure's daughter was dancing on this particular show when Steven did not think that she was a good dancer."
Critics have said that Bristol's benefiting from the popularity of her politician mother, Sarah Palin, with Tea Party supporters and the largely older, female viewers of the show voting for her in droves. Each week she has survived elimination despite never having earned the highest score, while other, arguably better, dancers have been nixed.
All four had a great night last night, but whose time is up? Disney star Kyle Massey? Singer Brandy? Teen activist Bristol Palin? Or 'Dirty Dancing' star Jennifer Grey?
Keep reading to see if your votes -- or your decision not to vote last night -- influenced who'll compete for the Season 11 Mirror Ball Trophy.
Unlike fellow semi-finalist Bristol Palin -- who's previously said she hasn't lost any weight through being on the show -- Kyle says he's dropped 18 pounds and lost a whopping eight inches off his waist thanks to the punishing regime.
And in an interview with People magazine, the Disney Channel star says he's loving it. His dancing partner, Lacey Schwimmer, joked that " He looks in the mirror all the time."
Kyle attributes his new, leaner physique to the training schedule on the show: "It's crazy to think you're going to come into a competition like this and not lose weight with the hours you're going to have to put in. ... I know I'm going to keep losing weight as long as I'm on this show."
'Dancing With the Stars' finally reached the semi-finals with four characters that represented four different traits. Brandy had the best musicality, Jennifer the best acting, Kyle was the best entertainer, and Bristol had the best luck. The final two dances for each of the couples were split into two rounds. In the Latin round, the dancers had to incorporate a solo, but there didn't seem to be much emphasis placed on it. Previous seasons stressed a time component, or even the contestants suffering from nerves, but we saw none of that.
In round two, the Ballroom round, we got the stars' really truncated life stories. Brandy had the most celebrity fan-fare, and she even had Monica in the audience cheering her on. The producers avoided another potential booing incident by showing Bristol's mom, Sarah Palin, speaking only in recorded packages and not live, just in case.
In typical reality-show style, we'll save the reveal of who went home until after we tell you who performed: Shakira and Jason Derülo.
The show's comic highlight: Faux ads for how to dance like Bruno Tonioli, another offer that included a free dancer (Derek Hough, limited time only). And, in a return appearance, David Hasselhoff as "The Sledgehammer," a lawyer out to get cash settlements for fellow ousted dancers Margaret Cho and The Situation.
Keep reading to see who went home in week five.
Of course, The Situation hasn't earned anything close to a 10; this week he earned mostly fours. Was his literal heavy-lifting tango with partner Karina Smirnoff enough to keep him in the running?
Keep reading to see if was he, or another star, who left with a literal bow and the words, "I am not a dancer and this is definitely hard."
It was Acoustic Week on 'Dancing With the Stars,' a concept that really should return in future seasons. It would make no sense for the show to waste money on a gimmick that showed up only once. I'll even accept the unnecessary circling camera that whizzed around attempting to look like 'America's Best Dance Crew.' To make it more interesting, it was also the return of Double Score Week. The judges rated the couples on technique and performance of the dance.
By splitting the technique and performance, anyone could see that there's a growing division between the contestants. The good (Audrina, Jennifer, Brandy and, to an extent, Kyle) are getting better, while the bad (Florence, The Situation, Bristol) are starting to plateau in what they can do.
Compared to last season's contestants in the Double Score showdown, Jennifer did better than Evan Lysacek (56 to 52) and The Situation was worse than Kate Gosselin (32 to 34). It's painful admitting that Kate Gosselin was a better dancer.
According to The Huffington Post, Bristol said "I haven't really noticed a change in [my body] ... I think most people lose weight [on the show] because they're too stressed out to eat. I haven't had that problem!"
Despite mom Sarah Palin telling an audience earlier this week that Bristol's "way out of her element, out of her comfort zone" by being on the show, it doesn't seem to have translated to any body image problems for the 19-year-old. She says she doesn't weigh herself and hasn't noticed any changes to her body except that her legs are more toned.
Was Bristol the second choice candidate for dancing stardom in the Palin household?
CNN.com reports that at a speaking engagement in Houston, Texas Tuesday, Sarah Palin let slip that producers had wanted her husband Todd to be a contestant on the show, but she kept mum on whether he was asked before Bristol was.
"They wanted Todd to be on the show ... I think that would have been cool to see, too. But here Bristol is, out of her comfort zone, doing something all new."
So would Bristol's mom ever be a contestant on 'Dancing With the Stars'?
After hearing from Tom Bergeron that she and partner Rick Fox were in jeopardy on 'Dancing With the Stars,' elimination show, she immediately jumped up and down and hugged him. "You're in jeopardy," Bergeron repeated, until she realized she'd made a mistake.
Burke and Fox weren't among the bottom four scorers, but were they sent packing in Tuesday night's elimination? Or are they going to strut their stuff next week in either the Argentine tango or rumba?
Keep reading to find out which team has danced their last dance for the season.
'Dancing With the Stars' attempted to add a storyline to the dances this week, but only half of the stories were believable. The band was having an off night. The vocalist mumbled some of the lyrics in Florence & Corky's waltz, there were sour piano keys at the end of Audrina & Tony's waltz, and the screeching vocals during Bristol & Mark's foxtrot were off-putting. They were some of the reasons why the storylines didn't work.
Pro Performance - Tom never actually explained that the dancers were doing a demonstration of the Foxtrot, Waltz and Samba. Several guest pros joined Jonathan, Kym and Dmitry. While there was a minor wardrobe reveal that previewed the samba dresses, it didn't hinder the performance.
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