Season 14 Dancing with the Stars: Final: A Winner Declared!


Donald Driver

Donald Driver (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Season 14 cast opened up the show with a very exciting dance.  At first, I just thought it was only  the pros. It looked great. It was a chance for them to take a final bow. Very impressive!

Everyone agrees that the dancing in this season was the best ever.

Finalists were wearing pink and black costumes.

Brooke, the host, was wearing a gorgeous pink dress. It was connected with some kind of buckle thing.  I’ve noticed her boobs haven’t popped out of her dress since I mentioned it on my blog. You think she read it?

The judges wanted to see Donald Driver and Peta do their freestyle again. It was another session of him throwing her around like a football. It made me nervous. What if he dropped her? This girl is one tough cookie.

Here are some comments from the judges about the finalists:

“Donald is like a gladiator coming out to do battle.”
“Katherine has technique.”
William Levy has great charisma.”

Huge photos of William Levy, Katherine Jenkins, and Donald Driver were on the DWTS set.  There are spotlights all over the room.  There was palpable excitement.

What follows are some highlights of the show. Former cast members got a chance to show their stuff.

Review of the show
Sherrie Shepherd  looks like she lost a few pounds.
She dance to a ridiculous song I’ve never understood, “It’s Raining Men.”
I enjoyed Sherrie’s dance with 6 sexy male pros. They lifted her up, still no small feat.

We were then treated with highlights from the season. How soon we forget the other contestants.

Kelly Clarkson gets to sing! You know, Kelly, the first American Idol finalist.

Brooke went to check out the 24-hour dances they all had to put together the day before the final. She talked to William Levy and Cheryl who were wearing snazzy costumes. She asks provocative questions like, “Are you nervous?” .

Martina was wearing a very cute dress, and looked pretty feminine, She did a good job dancing.

Jack Wagner was wearing a black outfit, and he danced competently.  He looked feminine too. (Sorry Jack, for some reason I don’t like you. You must remind me of someone.)

 Gladys Knight—did a great job dancing wearing a very cool red outfit.

Melissa Gilbert—Good dance with Maks and his brother.  Roshon did a great dance wearing a nice blue outfit.

Williams Levy —Great last dance, the salsa, all the shaking in the right places. He is something.

As Carrie Ann said, “true star quality.” His little boy said, “ I love you daddy.”  Cheryl, his partner, said, “He was a true talent, and he challenged me.” Final Score: 89/90

Katherine Jenkins and Mark
“I’ve loved every minute of it,” said Katherine. Here last dance was a jive.
Adorable  50‘s orange outfits to “splish splash I was taking a bath on a Saturday night,” an old Bobby Darin song. (Some of you may be asking who? Look it up.)
Such a cute dance!

Carrie Ann: “You two set the bar so high.” She gave Mark credit.

Len: ” I tell you Katherine, you’re the complete package.”
“Thank you for making me so welcome in America.”  Donny Osmond told her, “If you win it, believe me, It’s worth it.” Final Score: 90/90

Donald Driver
Peta thought Donald was a great partner.
Cha cha cha
They were both wearing pink costumes. Peta looks good in her skimpy outfits.
Donald took his shirt off!  He  gave it to Carrie Ann. He is as good a dancer as anyone, and he obviously works out.
Len: “You’re the best footballer we’ve ever had.”
Bruno: “Always inspired.”
Carrie Ann: “You’re the one to beat!”

I think it will be Donald Driver. 89/90

His little kids, very adorable, said, “Daddy we love you.”
The beefy teammates told him not to drop the ball because he was almost at the end zone.

Before the announcement of the winner, Gladys Knight sang a tribute to the finalists, “The Way we Were.” She was wearing a beautiful sequined black dress.  She sings much better than she dances. They showed the finalists in a big montage on a huge screen while she was singing. .

3rd place: William and Cheryl. His little boy is crying, Aw!
2nd place:  Katherine Jenkins and Mark
Winner:  Donald Driver is the winner! Honestly, it was no surprise to me, and I wrote this as I watched it.

He was presented with the Mirror ball or is it Miraball?

Until the 15th season, goodbye Dancing with the Stars

Please comment on the results. What do you think?

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Dancing With the Stars Motown night is a winner!


Smokey Robinson and The Temptations were featured guests. They brought me back to the good old days. They alternated singing their famous songs while couples danced. They both sounded just the way I remember them. I felt 16. How about you?

Gladys Knight did a competent job. She has real class, and this is the best she’s done. You could tell she was remembering that she is a star!

I thought Roshon Fegan did a classy job, but the judges didn’t agree. What do they want? Geez!

Maria Menounos She’s a terrific dancer and lived up to her other dances tonight. The judges liked her too.

Katherine Jenkins  did an expert job. Almost a triple score. She looked perfect. I’m starting to be so jealous of her. Beauty and grace. It’s just not fair. Oh, and she’s an opera singer too.

Don Driver Don kept his shirt on this week. Surprise! This guy looks great when he dances. Len gave him a big compliment. He told him he “exploded.” Len sees him as becoming a great dancer. Apparently, he doesn’t follow football, and doesn’t know he already picked a career. Don is frustrated because Len hasn’t given him a 10 yet!

Melissa Gilbert did a  Viennese Waltz. Half-pint looked glamorous and beautiful in her green gown. I thought she danced beautifully. She looks like she’s got a thing for Maks. Bruno thought she has a thing for Maks too. Who wouldn’t? They gave her 8’s. One of them should’ve given them a 9. Give me a break.

Jaleel White  did a Cha Cha Jaleel and was in his element. He reminded me of the old Erkel. He was sharp and precise. He showed what a great dancer he is. I hardly noticed Kim this time, and she’s a terrific dancer. Len said, “You’re back.” Bruno “Biggest sizzler of the season” Carrie Ann” A Game. Jaleel’s mom was all excited.

William levy  Smoky Robinson sang. Levy did a Rhumba. OMG this guy looks fabulous just standing still. He did a lot of shaking and gyrating. Not the best dance moves.

Carrie Ann said, ” On Behalf of all the women, thank you, but not enough dancing” Len said, “ On the raunchy side.” All right! I agree with Len and Carrie Ann.I suspect Bruno is a little in love with Levy. Who can blame him? 

Smokin' (Smokey Robinson album)

Smokin' (Smokey Robinson album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Smoky Robinson sang “Tears of a Clown.” Two pros did a great dance to it.

All the dancers did a Cha-Cha Motown dance marathon They were all very entertaining in their colorful costumes, and sexy moves. Gladys and Tristan were the first to go! Boo, age discrimination. William Levy came in next to last. He moved his feet this time, and even slid across the floor! Katherine and Mark won.  They earned 10 points.

Dancing With the Stars is the most entertaining show on TV. Agree or disagree. I’d appreciate your comments.

A Humorous Update on DWTS Week5


I like to watch “Dancing With the Stars”. I thought I’d give those of you who missed it a birds eye view of what what happened half-way there.  My qualifications: I know what good dancing looks like! Can I dance? Not really.

Jaleel White and Kim Johnson /Samba

Erkel must work out in the gym.  He was showing his six-pack, and wearing an orange outfit. He also moved with skill and rhythm.

I thought he was underrated. Maybe the judges just can’t get the nerdy Erkel out of their minds.

24/ 30

Melissa Gilbert and Maxim/ SALSA

Melissa must be desperate for attention. She’s dancing with a concussion and whiplash. She hit Maxim’s leg last week with her head.  She asked him to put some of the same moves back in the routine. Maybe the concussion affected her common sense.

She was wearing a yellow and pink outfit. He put her between his legs. I hope she doesn’t have to go back to the hospital because he dragged her head on the floor. I’m still rooting for Half-Pint.

Dancing with whiplash and a concussion doesn’t impress these judges.

21/30

Maria Menounos and Derek/Salsa

If only she could change her laugh, I would really be rooting for her. Her costume was really cute. She looked like a Las Vegas dancer with a big head-dress.

She did a really good job. I know this because I didn’t spend the entire time watching Derek.

Derek took off his shirt and kissed her at the end. Carrie Ann thought that was too much.

I don’t know what they have to do to get a 10.

27/30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark/Argentine Tango

While they were rehearsing she hit Mark in his private parts more than once. Did we have to know this?

She was wearing a beautiful pink outfit, and looked gorgeous. She danced with perfection, no doubt about it.

Grumpy Len gave them a 9, but the other two judges gave them 10’s.

29/30

Gavin Degraw and Karina/Samba

They showed Gavin asking for votes at his concert. It’s like he’s trying to cheat.

He was wearing a white outfit and white hat.

He’s a weak dancer. Everyone likes the guy, but he ought to stick to singing and playing the piano. Isn’t that enough for him?

19/30

In the middle of everything, Carlos Santana does his masterful guitar playing.  I think everything he plays sounds the same, but what do I know? Two Dance-Pros did a beautiful Latin dance and showed us how it’s supposed to look.

William Levy and Cheryl/ Argentine Tango

During rehearsal they show that William is all stressed out. He doesn’t want to disappoint his new American fans. He is one hunky cute guy. When he comes out, we’re informed that he had an accident. His ankle is a mess.

His dance is a wow! Sexy and perfect.

Judges say “wow” Of course, grumpy old Len gives him a 9 instead of a 10

29/30

Gladys Knight and Tristan/Samba

Gladys is wearing a way too short green outfit.

Tristan  looked like he was really leading  her around the dance floor. I felt embarrassed for Gladys.

The judges didn’t agree with me. They were kissing up to Gladys. Even Gladys knew it wasn’t so good, but she said she “enjoyed it.”

They showed their true feelings by her score. I got to admire this lady. She ain’t no spring chicken, and I know what that’s like!

22/30

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie/Salsa

Roshon is a Disney star, and dances great. He’s no William Levy and he knows it. He brought in a picture of William Levy to the rehearsal, and asked him how to make sexy moves. It was cute.

He was wearing  all black with a blue shirt.

I knew he was good because I watched him the entire time.

The judges apparently go for hunks because they underrated him.

26/30

Donald Driver and Peta /Angentine Tango

He watches the dance moves on a video screen, and acts like he’s training for a football game. He’s a tough guy, but seems gentle too.

She’s wearing a red dress, and he’s wearing a black outfit with a red shirt.

He’s carrying her around the dance floor like she’s as light as a football. This guy is strong. He is sexy too.

He got a good score, but wasn’t happy with it. I guess they teach those football players to kill and win!

27/30

Update: Gavin had a dance-off with Jaleel in front of the judges. It was a foregone conclusion who would win. Ingratiating yourself with your fans will only get you so far. Congratulations Jaleel.

Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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?