DWTS Extradordinary Final


Tonight was a treat. They were all fantastic! After it was over, I called up and voted for all of them. I did give some extra votes to two of my favorites which shall remain private.

They all revisited dances that they didn’t get high scores on during the season.

William Levy and Cheryl
During the Cha cha Sheryl wore a colorful dress, and William wore a sexy pink shirt.  What rhythm, grace, and sexuality!
After the dance, red and green paper exploded like fireworks. Well deserved.
Len: “Good  as I’ve ever seen in 14 seasons.”
Bruno:” Intoxicating Cuban cocktail.”
Carrie Ann:” You’ve grown miles, and that’s what this show is about!”

They got a perfect score from the judges

Freestyle

They took big risks.” I know from my life…from the biggest risks, the biggest rewards come, ” said William.

Cheryl was wearing a gorgeous red dress, and William was wearing a black outfit that showed off his muscular body.
There were great lifts and shaking. I thought it was a wow!
Len: “I liked the lifts and the tango, but it was too predictable…  you just shake your butt!. He did have a bit of a point. The other judges didn’t agree and gave him 10’s.
Final score
59/60

Katherine Jenkins and Mark
Paso Doble
She was wearing a  beautiful black and red dress and Mark was wearing a cool matador outfit. They were in perfect sync. They were of equal talent; she is like a pro.
Bruno: “Lustrous artistry, shapes extended beautifully, technical brilliance.”
Carrie Anne:” Primo!”
Len: “Very satisfying, fabulous.”

Freestyle

Mark says she’s a most versatile dancer, so he choreographed a dance that had her transitioning between the dances: Jive, Quickstep, Lindy Hop, and Tap.
I liked her white flapper costume.
She sang a little at the beginning and she sings like she dances.  She is a classical singer, don’t forget.
Her dancing is really terrific.
Bruno: “Fast and flamboyant, so much content, on the money all the way through.”
Carrie Anne:” You have the range of motion, and the dance of a champion.”
Len: “If I’m asleep and dreaming, don’t wake me up. This is a freestyle. ”
She had fun!
60/ 60

Donald Driver and Peta
Argentine Tango
He shows a certain power and toughness. Peta’s blue outfit was almost indecent, but she can wear it. Her next costume for the freestyle was even more sexy, a little 2 piece green outfit.
It was a smoldering dance
(I don’t know how his wife sitting in the audience can take it.)
Carrie Ann: “Crisp”
Len: “It needs far more content. Lifts are great, but you were a tad careful. You could have gone on it a little bit stronger.”
Bruno: “Very clever: subtle and intimate: small in the detail. Strong storytelling.”
Donald Driver said, “Len,I don’t want to know what I have to do, but on the freestyle I promise you, I’ll give you a 10.”

Freestyle

He’s from Texas, and knows how to country dance. During rehearsal Donald kicked Peta accidentally . So, she had bloody lips, big deal.  She’s as tough as he is!

It was perfect: He was throwing her all over the place like she weighed nothing at all.

Why is his family is wearing cheese on their heads is beyond me? If you know, let me know!

Carrie Anne:” I loved it.”
Len:” fantastic!”
Bruno:” I can’t resist a ride in the wild  dress. Country inspired triumph!” (Don’t you love Bruno’s critique’s?)

Donald did what he promised, and got a 10 from Len.

I liked them all so much I voted for all of them!

What inspires me about this show is how they all take criticism gracefully, and then go back and improve their dances. You can tell that’s what they all do in life.

Who do you think is going to win?

My bet is Donald Driver, but anyone of them could be a winner.

Dancing With the Stars Week 3 Emotions Abound


This was a great week on Dancing With The Stars. I enjoyed every moment of it. The so called “stars” shared their most private and emotional moments. It is true that this group of stars seems the most naturally talented.

Jack Wagner and Anna

In 2011 star “Jack Wagner”  met his daughter Kerry for the first time. It was his most memorable year, and event. She looks 17 or 18. It’s not clear whether he knew she existed, or just left the mother. (I have taken an instant dislike to this guy).

The good news is that he’s accepted her now that she’s a grown-up, and was dedicating his dance to her. He was also choked up.

To make me dislike him even more, he was dancing to one of his own songs.

They liked him more than I did. I suppose they were judging him on his dancing, not his personality.

24/30

Maria Menunos and Derek

I liked Maria’s story because it was so American. Her family immigrated from Greece, and worked as janitors in Boston to make ends meet. When Maria would accompany them, if she found a quarter she’d put it in the jukebox and dance to the “Material Girl.” Okay, the part about pilfering quarters off the floor wasn’t exactly honest.

Maria has already proven she is a good dancer. She has a perfect body, and knows how to move it. It helps that she’s dancing with Derek, one of the best dancers on the show. He gave her a simulation of a kiss during the dance. I would say this girl danced beautifully. She was wearing a very pretty white sparkly dress

It was surprising to learn that she had a broken rib because the night before she’d participated in “Wrestlemania.” Apparently, she is still insecure about padding her bank account.

As Len Goodman put it,”it was bedroom to the ballroom technique, and a fabulous dance.

27/30

Gladys Knight and Tristan

Gladys went back to 1957 when she was 13. She was excited to be with super artists. “They taught me how to walk, talk and treat an audience.”( I was glad to find out that Gladys was older than me.) I was wondering why she wasn’t attending school at 13.

She was wearing a pretty peach-pink dress with lovely sequins on the back and front.

After a long career, you would expect her to have stage presence, and she does. She did a Fox Trot, and she improved from last week. The judges agreed, although I thought they went overboard complimenting her.

Tom, the host, referred to her as “the elegant empress.”

24/30

Roshon Fagen & Chelsie

In 1996, Roshon—a Disney star— was 6  years old, and saw Michael Jackson live. MJ inspired him to get into show biz. He got to  work with MJ’s choreographer at rehearsal. He wanted to make MJ proud.

He did the Samba with MJ moves.  This kid has proved that he is an extraordinary dancer already. I thought he did MJ perfectly. He touched his private parts and everything.

Len wanted a traditional Samba, but he was glad the kid gave 100%.

Bruno saw the real MJ practicing in the 70′s and thought Roshon could’ve been him.

25/30

Gavin Degraw & Marina

He doesn’t seem confident when he’s dancing. Compared to everyone tonight, I found him the least natural dancer. He gave a touching story about the unconditional love and support his family has given him over the years.

I think the judges are giving him higher marks than he deserves because he tries hard.

24/ 30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark

Maybe because this woman is a British opera star, she has a natural advantage. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is a fabulous dancer.

She had a sad story of her dad dying from cancer. In 1996, they called her home from school to say “goodbye.”

She said she was dancing for her dad, and by the tears in her eyes, you believed her. She did a touching waltz, and it was beautiful.

Carrie Ann noted,  ”it was magic, you could imagine her father’s arms around her.”

29/30

Sherrie Shephard and Val

When her son Jeffrey was born, he was only 1 pound and 10 ounces. He’s her miracle baby and she was dancing for him.

Sherri danced the Rumba.

She was wearing a white dress that I didn’t think flattered her. To me, she looked a little heavier on her feet than last week. The judges didn’t agree with me. They thought she did a great job.

She kissed her son after she was done, and he looked thrilled. it was touching.

24/30

Melissa Gilbert and Maks

She revealed that she’d broken her back in 2010 while doing a musical version of “Little House on the Prairie.” I guess she couldn’t get another acting gig. Anyway, she cried because she was so happy recalling the fact that she wasn’t paralyzed.

She did a “jive”. She was wearing a cool purple outfit, and I thought she did a terrific job keeping up with another of my favorite pros, Maks.

The judges were complimentary.

24/ 30

Jaleel White and Kim

Jaleel’s moment was when he played cool suave “Stafan Erkel” on “Family Matters”.

That meant a lot to him because he got choked up about it. I guess he really didn’t like being known as nerdy Erkel.

He did the Rumba and moved with elegance. He looked spiffy in his white shoes, and white outfit.

Carrie Anne said, “You have a unique style and you glided.”

Len thought he was a little stiff in the arms.

25/30

William Levy and Cheryl

William Levy’s most memorable year was in 1995 when he got out of Cuba. He didn’t appreciate having 8 people in the same house. When he got to the USA he was excited about eating apples. Apparently, they don’t have  butter  in Cuba because  he thought it was melting ice cream when he saw it on pancakes for breakfast.

Maybe, because they don’t spend a lot of time eating in Cuba, they have those sexy moves down. He enjoyed doing the salsa, something that reminded him of Cuba. Before  starting the dance he hit the bongo. (Remember Desi and Lucy?)

He was wearing a blue bandanna, and a white shirt, showing his  chest. He knows how to move and shake  his hips. He’s got it all!

Sexy, sexy, and sexy.

Len said, “you conquered the salsa.”

Bruno said, “amazing.”

Carrie Ann said, “ridiculously hot.”

28/30

Donald Driver and Peta

Donald’s story was so touching. In 2010 he lost a friend to cancer, and right before he died a tear rolled down his cheeks. He took another breath and died in Donald’s arms.

He did a very passionate dance, and he was wearing a pink shirt, and black pants. He is also sexy, sexy, and sexy.

Carrie Ann said, “I’m truly touched.”

Len said, “you dance was filled with warmth and emotion, really top-notch performance.”

Bruno said, “you push yourself to the limit.”

26/30

My guess about who is going to go: It’s either Jack Wagner or  Gavin Degraw

What do you think?