Category: DWTS

Despite the happy face departing contestants put on for the cameras, exiting DWTS is rarely a truly “happy” occasion, especially if you are among the elite few joining Dance Center by becoming the first eliminated contestant of the season. However, season 12’s first elimination was met with even more sadness and laughter than usual, with a tinge of regret and wondering what could have been, as Loveline co-host and officially the least known contestant “Psycho” Mike Catherwood graced the viewers with the greatest delight of the night (even more so than mocking Chris Brown’s subpar lipsyncing and his act’s glow-in-the-dark costumes). He had no shame and just left it all on the dance floor. Mike pulled out the big guns (literally speaking his beautifully sculpted biceps) and gave us every fabulous pelvic thrust and gyration move in his arsenal with inappropriate sexy faces to match. As host king Tom Bergeron so perfectly observed, “Mike saved all his best moves for the farewell dance!”

In that moment, I was instantly hit with regret that I hadn’t recognized his brilliance sooner and voted for him, to at least feel like there was something I could’ve done to keep him on the show longer because he seems like one of the coolest people ever and I would love to date him *wink wink*

I always think the farewell dance is a little awkward because if I was one of the departing contestants I would want to a. curse out my nonexistent fans for not voting and b. get those damn cameras out of my face so I can be free to wallow in my own self-pity.

Not only did Mike give us the best farewell ever by showing off his comedic props and hidden dancing skills, but also he gave a truly genuine and heartfelt tribute to his pro partner Lacey Schwimmer (not to say that every other contestants’ praise of their partner doesn’t feel genuine and not forced). “Lacey’s a beautiful person on the outside, but she is even more beautiful on the inside,” Mike gushed as I awwwed at home and wished I could comfort him myself.

Yes, his competitive dancing was not quite at the level that we and probably he himself would have liked it to be (certainly not what Lacey wanted either) but neither are most of the other contestants’ and I have to hope that had he revealed his awesomeness before his exit, many other viewers would have fallen in love with him as I did and kept him around for longer. Needless to say I think the judges were also impressed by his moves but alas we cannot rewind time, so we are just left with the exaggerated fantasies of what could have been and the emblazoned images of what was the most memorable DWTS exit in recent history.

What did you think of the first elimination? Was anybody else compelled by “Psycho” Mike’s departing dance and comments to feel that this may have been a big mistake?


The finale results day of Dancing With the Stars‘ controversial and shocking 11th season is upon us and as angry and bitter we still may be that Brandy exited the competition last week while boring Bristol made it the finale, we can no longer devote all our energy to griping about the robbery (as booted contestant The Situation would call it).

Last night, we saw top performances from the 3 finalists. Jennifer Grey never ceases to amaze (although we worry that her body will cease to give) scoring a perfect 60 out of 60. She not only killed in an aggressive yet sensual paso doble but also earned a standing O from Len with a hard-hitting, flips-abounding Freestyle with a Dirty Dancing theme and set to the tune of “Do You Love Me?” Kyle brought the funk and shook all the junk in his trunk with a hip hop Freestyle to “Tootsie Roll” in the style of Apolo Ohno’s winning performance circa Season 4. Even Bristol managed to step outside of her comfort zone long enough to dance inside a cage to Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango”, which was the lowest-scoring performance of the night — that was Mark’s bad for making Bristol imitate a famous jazz dance from an iconic Broadway production and movie. Did he not see the Season 9 finale when Dmitry’s “Hair” Freestyle cost Mya the trophy? Big mistake Mark, Bristol the Pistol might not be able to recover from that, even with her legions of Tea Party voters. Bristol’s performance was technically good and she even managed to get into character for the dance but it in no way resembled a Freestyle, which should be all-out fun and tricks.

The Freestyle has always been THE dance that determines the winner. The contestant who comes out with the best combination of technical precision and entertainment/fun has almost always been the one who gets to hoist the coveted Mirrorball high up in the air. If we judge the finalists on who should win based solely on how entertaining their Freestyle was, Jennifer Grey is hands down the most deserving, followed by Kyle (who came in very close to Jennifer), and Bristol in 3rd place. Poor Kyle is getting completely pushed to the side amidst the Bristol-in-the-Finale controversy but he gets major props for giving us loads of fun and enthusiasm every week. Jennifer did everything possible, this entire season and especially last night, to earn the trophy but we can’t all help but worry that Bristol’s Tea Party voting hijackers will steal the win for the “teen activist.” (I mean, was ANYBODY able to vote last night? I got nowhere trying to vote online.) In awaiting tonight’s finale, I feel both excitement (for the fact that Jennifer should take it all, hands down) and fear (for if Bristol ends up winning). Will you tune in despite swearing never to watch this show again after last week’s atrocity? You know you’re curious to see what happens…

The premiere of DWTS’s 10th season was very exciting with the most interesting and famous cast yet. I was ecstatic to see more difficult choreography right off the bat. Here is how I rank the 11 contestants based on last night’s performance, with the major difference from the judges being that I prefer natural rhythm as opposed to forced awkward hip movement. Evan and Nicole are the frontrunners this season (no surprise there): their movement is fluid and graceful and they nailed the choreography.

1. Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough (25)

2. Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya (23)

3. Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke (18)

4. Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel (18)

5. Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood (21)

6. Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas (18)

7. Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (21)

8. Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower (20)

9. Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani (16)

10. Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska (15)

11. Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Costa (14)

I loved watching Derek and Nicole being dorks together in the rehearsal footage. This is an insanely sexy partnership, I can’t wait to see more, especially the Latin dances—flashback to the awesome head bobbing in the crotch move from the mambo competition that Derek and Joanna won last season. Nicole wowed everybody except for the grumpy old man, picking up the first 9’s of the season (2 9s and 1 7 for a total of 25, the night’s highest score). She was amazing, as I expected, because even though ballroom isn’t the same kind of dancing she does for PSD (in her own words: chest pumps and booty shaking), she does have experience learning choreography and that is a huge advantage. Besides, the chest pumps and booty shaking will certainly please Bruno in the Latin dances. I’m appointing her the Mya of this season, although hopefully she has a little more spunk than Mya, who was too shy and lacking in personality to claim the trophy last season despite being the most technically gifted.

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