Dancing With The Stars – Week 2 Performance

Pro, Derek Hough has gotten pretty good at sticking up for his partners who often already have experience on the dance floor.

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But nothing he can say will change the obvious fact that Jennifer Grey dances her routines like Somebody Who Has Done It Before.  I don’t CARE if she’s 50, and I don’t CARE if she starred in the ballroom-dancing flick, Dirty Dancing, over 20 years ago. She’s a fracking ringer.

Once again, Jennifer, who tore up the dance floor with an expert jive, leads the pack with 24 points. Throw in a reminder that DWTS literally saved her life–and this chick is gonna be hard to beat.

I’m not sure why Chelsie Hightower hates Michael Bolton…but making him crawl out of a doghouse chasing a bone? Humiliate him much? The trainwreck dancing would have been horrifying enough, doncha think? Bolton’s at the bottom of the board with an embarrassing 14 points.  But The Situation wasn’t far behind, HIS wretched dancing earned him 18 points,   more than he deserved. Certainly Margaret Cho, who also earned 18 points outdanced him. At least she kept time with the music.

And so, Sarah Palin made it to Los Angeles this week–sans breathless media reports–to cheer her daughter Bristol on from the audience.  (The rags got that so wrong last week).And Ace Young? WTF was HE doing in the audience?

Going home this week…hm…Margaret Cho. I think Bolton will get the pity vote, and The Situation’s fanbase will save him.

Video and Recap after the JUMP…

The Top 11 perform the jive and the quickstep! The Hoff was eliminated! Nobody is safe! The stars are FREAKING OUT!

It’s time for Dancing with the Stars – Week 2…

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke — Jive – “Tush” – Rick’s career-ending tendon injury is interfering with his ability to dance. Nice guns! The dancing isn’t bad either. Dude is really graceful. He lifts up Cheryl’s skirt to reveal “tush” emblazoned on her panties. Len says, “I was really concerned…but it was compact it was fun, it was full of energy. You have become a contender here.” Bruno says, “This really is a feat. It’s really one of the hardest dances. It could have been slightly sharper, but for week 2…” Carrie Ann says, “I thought last week you were better. Your posture wasn’t as good this week.” They were all expecting the tall guy to suck. Carrie Ann – 7, Len 7, Bruno – 7 – 211-800-868-3404VIDEO

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas – Quickstep – “Suddenly I See” – Sooooo nothing quick about that quickstep! Corky says he hasn’t been babying Florence. But, he’s not putting her through the paces, either. Still, compared to other elderly contestants like Buzz Aldrin and Cloris Leachman, Florence is pretty solid. Bruno says, “I love the grand dame entrance…it was a little bit like driving Miss Daisy. You have to sustain the energy all the way through. It was lovely at times.” Carrie Ann says, “That is incredible that you’re out dancing with such ease. I think this dance really suited you. It was very elegant. I liked it.” Len says, “On that performance…I’ll see you next week!” Carrie Ann, 7, Len 6 Bruno 6 – 191-800-868-3409VIDEO

Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy – Jive – “Magic” – Brandy says she loves the jive. She’s done this before? Undoubtedly. Brandy’s got a little schoolgirl outfit on. Oh, Brandy gets a solo! She’s good, but the performance lacks oomph and energy. Carrie Ann says, “You were so cute! But, the energy was a little out of control, and you didn’t point your toes.” Len says, “You’ll never dance bad…but this time you took a slight step back. It was a little bit brittle. I don’t like that solo stuff. Still a good performance.” Bruno says, “You look like Gwen Stefani…OK from you is not good enough. It wasn’t sharp enough…precise enough. You could do so much better.” – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 7, Bruno – 7 – 211-800-868-3406VIDEO

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower – Jive – “Hound Dog” – Michael arrives at rehearsal wearing a big ole face mask. He’s got laryngitis and a throat infection. Michael is having a hard time remembering the steps. Chelsie tells him he has to do it over and over again. OMG he crawls out of a dog house. Chelsie is holding a bone. Eep. Chelsie’s doing all the heavy lifting. He’s just standing around and walking here and there. This is pathetic. Len says, “I don’t think the world’s quite ready for your interpretation of the jive. It needed a pooper scooper. This was one of those dances–not your cup of tea.” Bruno says, “You should have taken the bone and gone back in the doghouse. I think this is the worst jive of all the seasons.” Len calls Bruno out on his especially cruel critique. Carrie Ann says, “I know you poured your heart in that. It was very awkward. We see your body go into lock mode.” Carrie Ann – 4, Len – 5, Bruno – 3 – 11.  Do you think they hated it? I think Michael, a popular singer, is gonna get a butt-load of pity votes. He’ll probably squeak by this week. – 1-800-868-3402VIDEO

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovalani – quickstep – “Love Machine” – Audrina is sacrificing EVERYTHING for this show. Oh please. Breaking a nail is probably a big sacrifice for Audrina. There’s she goes…crying over her big, fat luxury problems! The thing about Audrina–her dancing is solid, but personality-free. She is light on her feet, and that finish–Tony sliding her across the floor–was nice. Bruno says, “The show pony is turning into Secretariat…light footed, some of the variations were great, you lost your posture a little bit.” Carrie Ann says, “Huge improvement. I thought it was a fantastic performance. One tiny misstep.” Len says, “That was the best dance so far tonight.” Tony says if they don’t pull 3 8s, he’ll wax his legs. Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 8, Bruno – 7 – 23. KELLY CLARKSON! Heh. – 1-800-868-3401VIDEO

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough – Jive – “Shake It” – She has a plate and 4 screws in her neck. DWTS saved her life–a routine exam to get ready for the show revealed cancer, which was successfully treated. Jennifer is 50 years old…blah blah blah…she learned ballroom dancing over 20 years ago for Dirty Dancing…blah blah blah…the bottom line CHICK HAS EXPERIENCE. She’s a ringer, no getting around it. She dances with excellent technique. She collapses afterward. Derek and Tom join her on the floor. Carrie Ann says, “You’re like this sexy hot energizing bunny out there dancing the jive.” Len says, “Nothing gray about that….full on colorful” Bruno says, “That was a a killer jive…that was difficult…you nailed it…that was wicked.” Carrie Ann – 8, Len -8, Bruno 8 – 241-800-868-3411VIDEO

Sarah Palin is in the audience tonight. I have no comment beyond that simple fact. She calls her kid “Bristol the Pistol”.

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel – Jive – “Dreaming” – Margaret says EVERYONE treated her like she was going home last week. Now, it’s time for her to really go for it. She becomes emotional during rehearsal. This is way better than last week’s inexplicable cluster eff. She’s not a great dancer, but she’s decent. She doesn’t need to hide behind comedy. Len says, “You did a proper Jive, a lot of energy, you’ve got to work on the kicks.” Bruno says, “You got to keep it tight, tighten the buttocks, keep it sharp. When you smile, it changes everything.” Carrie Ann says, “Much better this week, definite improvement, sometimes your facial expressions are over the top.” – Carrie Ann – 6 – Len – 6 – Bruno – 6 – 18 – Louis doesn’t care for triple 6s. Superstitious? – 1-800-868-3405VIDEOVIDEO

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer – quickstep – “I Want You To” – Lacey added some hip, youthful moves to the quickstep, to allow Kyle to connect to it. Errr. His technique, especially his footwork, was really really bad. There was lots of shuffling and hopping around. Not as good as last week. This ain’t the dance for him. Bruno says, “As a performer, you are a powerhouse of energy…but you need more control. You have to control it for ballroom dances.” Carrie Ann says, “You were a little flatfooted, but welcome to the new school of quickstep! I loved watching it.” Len says, “It was hardly a classic quickstep. You were flatfooted, your left arm was flapping up and down. But, I liked it.” – Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 7, Bruno 7 – 22 – Overscored. They want him to stick around. – 1-800-868-3403VIDEO

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya – Jive – “Danger Zone” – Kurt has a goofy sense of humor! Better than last week. Kurt looks like he’s having fun. Anna works in some football-type calisthenics, which work well. Carrie Ann says, “You have great musicality, it seems like it’s very easy for you.” Len says, “Last week it was the outhouse, tonight it was the penthouse. Your kicks are a little bit soft.” Bruno says, “This is a cool guy that does a cool jive. It floats so easy. You’ve got it. I can’t wait to see your progression over the competition.” Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 7, Bruno – 7 – 21 – Is there a rivalry between Kurt and Rick? Not yet, they say. – 1-800-868-3408VIDEO

The Situation and Karina Smirnoff – Quickstep – “We No Speak Americano” – Situation is bitching about the music. Karina is enjoying kicking his ass. He’s better than last week…but uh. NO. His footwork is terrible. Dude’s got no rhythm. Awkward. Len says, “It was a series of unfortunate events…but better than last week.” Bruno says, “I could tell that you wanted to do it well.” Carrie Ann says, “You have to work on some musicality..feel the music.” Carrie asks him his shoe size. Oh, because he looks a little pigeon toed. So, that’s what you call that suckage? – Carrie Ann – 6, Len – 6, – Bruno- 6 – 18 – Overscored. 1-800-868-3410VIDEO

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – quickstep – “You Can’t Hurry Love” – Mark travels to Alaska with Bristol to meet her mother, Sarah Palin. I will not think bad thoughts. I will not think bad thoughts. I will not think bad thoughts. The routine didn’t have the energy it could have, but Bristol is handling the steps pretty well. Mom and little sis applaud from the audience. Bruno says, “There is a fresh, non-showbiz quality that is so charming. But, you have to become an actress, engage everyone in what you do.” Carrie Ann says, “You remind me of Kelly Osbourne–your vulnerability. You’re so relaxed. I can’t wait to see you week after week.” Len says, “It’s not quite there, but it’s very very close. You’ve got to take chances…just wow us a little bit more.” – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 8, Bruno – 7, – 221-800-868-3407VIDEO

Was Sarah Palin booed? (Network peeps, including Tom Bergeron, say no. I think it’s debatable)

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89 Comments

  1. I love Tom Bergeron. Even the cliché lines they script for him, he delivers with finesse. :)

  2. Brandy sure isn’t going to win this thing unless she loses the attitude. Also, not cool calling your partner out in front of the judges. She and Maks are going to kill each other by the end of the season.

    Also didn’t think she and Rick deserved the same score. Rick was better.

  3. Really? I thought the judges were a tad harsh on Brandy and she was better than Rick as far as actual dancing and difficulty of the routine goes. Brandy should have been higher than Rick IMO. Rick and Cheryl have better chemistry right now, though, and Brandy needs to chill the hell out. Hello, you get to dance with a hot man. Enjoy it. She’s no Erin or Mel B, sadly.

    If Michael Bolton lasts another week, I’ll eat my old tap shoes. You can not teach some old dogs new tricks. Ba dump bump chht.

  4. sunchick, I thought Brandy’s dancing was really sloppy. It had nothing to do with her personality, because I liked her dance last week.

    But my theory has always been the same. I’d rather see an easier routine danced cleanly than a harder one be messy and all over the place. To a point of course.

    Michael Bolton needs to go. Not because I hate him, just because it’s so uncomfortable. And while his jive was beyond awful, I agreed with Len that it wasn’t the worst jive we’ve seen. Bruno has selective memory.

  5. Always appalled when musicians show no comprehension of rhythm and dancing on the beat.
    Jeez Louise that was painful.

    I would set these suckers in a dark room and have them groove to the song for a solid 30 minutes before I ever attempted the first step. They totally need to listen to the freaking music.

    Bruno was right.
    No talent ass clown [/officespace]

  6. I think the judges overrated Michael Bolton last week, he was clumping around pretty badly already last week. Now I can’t wait to see this later, it had to be comical. And bye bye Michael…
    When he sings he mostly just stands in one place or walks around a bit, so yeah he got no rhythm. :lol:

  7. Oh yay, Derek is going to get another trophy! Sense my sarcasm.

    Audrina was good, but I hate the whole “My life is so hard…” bull. Stop crying and just dance.

    As for Jennifer, yes, she’s awesome. But again, week one, the Patrick Swayze card. Week two, the cancer card. What will we hear about next week?

  8. I was so embarrassed for Michael Bolton. That dancing was terrible, the choreography was bad and a word to the wise: never agree to come out of doghouse.

  9. I LOVE this show!! Some people are great, and others, like Audrina, have great personalities :)
    But I totally FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Derek Hough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Becuz he’s like sooooooooooooooooooooooooo totally HOT and he’s so sweet and he’s an awesome dancer and he’s just incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like Jennifer too. Their jive tonight was absolutely f&*king EPICC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I’m gonna be looking forward to Derek every week!!! :)

    ETA-and it helped that danced to one of my favorite songs ever!!! :D

    ETA-wooooooooooooow im officially a derek tard…:)

  10. bentley1530:
    09/27/2010 at 9:09 pm
    I was so embarrassed for Michael Bolton. That dancing was terrible, the choreography was bad and a word to the wise: never agree to come out of doghouse.

    lol As soon as Chelsie mentioned the doghouse, I could hear Len groaning. I groaned along with him.

  11. I’m not much of a Derek fan but he is absolutely one of the best choreographers on this show- he really knows how to emphasize his partner’s strengths and give us something worth watching.

  12. So luv, do you like Derek? I mean REALLY like Derek? I can’t quite tell. :) I love him as well!

    Go Margaret! She did very well tonight and I think she was underscored. Big improvement over last week!

    How exciting, Sarah Palin is there ……..rolls eyes.

  13. Derek is amazing. If he ends up winning again imo it will be much deserved. Such a fantastic choreographer.

    I really love Maks and was hoping being paired with Brandy would have got him a win finally, but ick. Not liking them together.

  14. Brie200, having a dance background, my pet peeve watching this show is usually the male athlete who can pull off a good imitation of dancing well while their partner does most of the heavy lifting. Okay, mostly I’m still ticked that Helio beat Mel B, lol.

    I am, however, joining you on the last “whoopee, Derek got another dream contestant” train to Snarksville. Sorry Derek lovers, but he buggggggggs. And gets the easiest people to choreograph most of the time. Jennifer is so adorable that she cuts his smarm down about 20% when they perform, which sucks because I totally wanted to root against him.

    Ha ha, Louis…”triple 6 isn’t good.” Awkward, but funny awkward. I love me some Louis and I know he could out choreograph the Hough if he got an actual contender for a change.

    Haaaa, Kyle! I freakin love that kid. WERK. You can’t say he wasn’t moving his feet just as fast as Lacey, which is suprising for a big dude. He does need to work on his upper body and concentrate on not losing hold when he’s getting really into the performance. Not the best technical performance, but, still, my favorite so far. I hope Lacey whips him into shape because he has major potential.

  15. I’m not much of a Derek fan but he is absolutely one of the best choreographers on this show- he really knows how to emphasize his partner’s strengths and give us something worth watching.

    ^^ THIS! No one compares. He get the best and the most our of his partners.

    Audrina was good, but I hate the whole “My life is so hard…” bull. Stop crying and just dance.

    As for Jennifer, yes, she’s awesome. But again, week one, the Patrick Swayze card. Week two, the cancer card. What will we hear about next week?

    Jaded much? Jennifer was awesome and I don’t feel that she is playing any kind of sympathy card at all…she doesnt need to. I dont think she is a “ringer” at all as MJ says…last years winner was a freakin ringer.

  16. Honestly, I’m not doubting that Derek is a good choreographer. My issue is he rarely gets a challenging celeb. And since I’m sure Cheryl will get brought up, at least I can say that she’s been given partners like Wayne Newton and Tom DeLay. I’d probably be okay with Derek if he wasn’t automatically paired up with the best dancer two seasons running. Give him his freaking Wayne Newton already and then let me see what his awesome chorography can do.

    I liked Derek best his first season with Jennie Garth. Believe it or not I loved him then.

    I’ve been watching this show since S2. I’m allowed to be as jaded as I want. I’m the first to admit that I am. But they are still my opinions that I have a right to express.

  17. I think Margaret was underscored too. Though I have a hard time watching anyone who dances with Louis van Amstel because my eyes gravitate to him. I love his style.

    ibhde10:
    09/27/2010 at 9:16 pm
    I’m not much of a Derek fan but he is absolutely one of the best choreographers on this show- he really knows how to emphasize his partner’s strengths and give us something worth watching.

    Completely agree with this.

  18. hey sunchick – I feel the Louis love as well. I keep hoping he’ll get a partner that will really show off what he can do, but he always impresses me with how good he makes his partners look despite themselves. A choreographers battle between Louis and Derek would be epic. I think Louis concentrates more on getting the details of the traditional dance moves down flawlessly with his partners; Derek provides some really creative flash and drama.

  19. steelbluelily:
    09/27/2010 at 9:29 pm
    I feel the Louis love as well. I keep hoping he’ll get a partner that will really show off what he can do

    I keep waiting for this too.

    A choreographers battle between Louis and Derek would be epic.

    Now that would be good.

  20. Back at you luv!

    Kurt and Anna were quite good. Kurt is so charming and handsome …….

  21. Didn’t The Situation go like second to last last week? Way to be fair by putting him at the end, again.

  22. Honestly, I’m not doubting that Derek is a good choreographer. My issue is he rarely gets a challenging celeb.

    THIS. Plus, he’s just kinda gotten progressively more smarmy when he dances as the seasons progress. I can’t put my finger on it, but I want to enjoy him more than I actually do. But yeah, the main issue is that there are other pros, like Louis, who are just as talented choreographers, if not moreso, and rarely get to show it off. I’m getting bored with the Derek show, and since this is about silly entertainment, they need to mix it up more. (I liked Derek best with Jennie Garth, too, btw.)

    LMAO, the Situation is majorly majorly pigeoned toed. I wanted to grab his feet and turn them out. Ouch.

  23. Okay The Situation CANNOT DANCE!! Can they send both he and Michael Bolton home?

  24. they need to mix it up more.

    They really do. And why do they always bring Corky in for the older women?

  25. clearone:
    09/27/2010 at 9:45 pm
    Okay The Situation CANNOT DANCE!! Can they send both he and Michael Bolton home?

    glad I don’t have to vote on who goes – I’d have a hard time choosing between these two.

    (apparently I have yet to figure how to use these quotes – oops)

  26. florence is boring i think she should ago –i like michael

    Am I totally completely insane or did The Situation just come off as classy and charming???
    This is soooooooooo a sign of the apocalypse!

  27. That was all I was saying about Derek. When they have an older woman celeb they bring in Corky. Or give them to Jonathan or Louis. But if they have older male celebs, they use the regular female pros. Heck, while he wasn’t old, even Julianne got paired with Adam Corolla.

    Sadly, The Situation came off with a better attitude than some of the other celebs. Even though he can’t dance.

  28. Um does Sarah Palin need any more face time? PLEASE give it a rest…most of America does not love her.

  29. Am I totally completely insane or did The Situation just come off as classy and charming???

    The former. :D

  30. Am I totally completely insane or did The Situation just come off as classy and charming???
    This is soooooooooo a sign of the apocalypse!

    Honey, I couldn’t tell ya because I couldn’t take my eyes off of his feet. “Watch your turnout, Jody!” (Center Stage ;) )

  31. The SItuation is this…YOU SUCK!

    That about sums it up!

    Bristol and Mark were quite good. She’s doing very well considering she has no previous experience……..and who doesn’t love Mark! He looks so cute with his buzz cut.

  32. Anyone voting for Micheal Bolton will be feeling my wrath. And The Situation can’t dance either but I enjoy the comedy relief. Bolton is just painful.

  33. I agree….Bristol and Mark danced well. Hate to be different but I liked seeing Bristol’s mom there. It made me think happy thoughts.

  34. Kurt and Anna were quite good. Kurt is so charming and handsome …….

    ITA

    I didn’t like Bristol at all tonight. I wish her mother would butt out and stay home.

  35. I don’t think there’s a thing funny about The Situation. He or Michael can go.

    I noticed Ace in the audience with a blonde cheering on Kyle. Is he back with his fiance or was that someone else?

  36. Bristol and Mark were overscored IMO – they did not do 1 point better than Kurt and Anna (who were underscored). Have to admit Jennifer and Derek are good. Kudos to Kyle and Margaret for really trying. I enjoyed both of them tonight. I agree send Michael Bolton home – that was just excruciating to watch. Had to turn the channel when they went to Alaska – just couldn’t go there.

  37. The other day there was some news story about how The Situations iPhone app was selling like hotcakes and shot up to the Top 10 on itunes apps. As much as he sucks I think he has a fanbase that will keep him in for at least a little bit.

    Bristol is doing MUCH better than I anticipated. I think shes adorable, too. Her mother can get off my screen though.

  38. I am loving Bristol and Mark!!! This is what the show is all about. Improvement week after week!!! I think she did great tonight and I loved her gown.

    Bristol is not a “star”, but half of the people on this show aren’t “stars”. To me, if you are a a recognizable household name, then you qualify. Every year, I don’t recognize some of the names. But I did know who Bristol was! Audrina who? Kyle who?

    Anyway, back to Bristol! I don’t care who likes her mother or not, this is about Bristol, not her Mom. I am loving that Bristol is doing something independent from her mother, but the fact remains, Sarah’s face is going to be seen, she is family!! Give it a break! (Plus Mark had a gig in Alaska when he was there, so it worked out. Mark is getting major exposure for his gigs other than dancing also, so I am sure he is loving this attention!) They are so cute together. :-)

    Anyone can see how shy Bristol is, this is hard for her and she is doing great. She is young, she admitted she made a huge mistake, but she loves her baby regardless and has to support him. Bristol also had to shake off the embarassment that Levi caused her over and over again when she tried to make it work for her son’s sake! She is overcoming many obstacles and I am so proud of her! Forget the politics, Bristol is not running for anything! Grrrrr, I can’t stand it when people judge the kids of polarizing people that they don’t like. I can’t stand Obama and his wife, but I think their kids are adorable!

    Bristol, with no dance experience, drove her truck 20 hours to LA, is way out of her comfort zone and has the world against her because of her mother!! So, not fair!

    Give me Bristol anyday, before Jennifer and Derek, the frontrunners! I so want them to lose, lose, lose and lose again!!

    It’s funny that Carrie Ann compared her to Kelly Ozbourne because Kelly came out and said she is supporting Bristol. Yay for Kelly, she sees it for what it is!! She’s been there so she knows! She has famous parents also!!

    Anyone notice Ace Young in the audience? I notice when you start seeing people in the audience, they usually have been approached and are deciding. Hmmmmmm!

  39. The blond in the audience with Ace was Chelsie Stobb from Jonas LA on the Disney channel. The Disney stars seem to support each other!

  40. Nothing wrong with Bristol’s dancing or attitude. Maybe not the best dancer but far from the worst. She has a pleasant, unassuming manner. But some of you don’t like her Mother and she’s got a lot of nerve sitting in the audience,so let’s go after Bristol. Yeah, that seems fair.

  41. I have no problem with Bristol, but her mom is as bad as any stage mommy out there. Using this for face time on TV? Really? Oh, and describing Bristol as a teen activist is laughable. Sorry. I hope she uses this to get out from under her mom’s thumb.

  42. I guess I have found someone to cheer on and that’s Bristol Palin. Whatever you think of her mom, this is a sweet young lady! :)

    Just saw JudyL’s post above. Hmmm.. I just don’t get that at all.

    P.S. In my case, my girls are awesome in spite of me. I would imagine the same with Bristol. She is her own person and has her own path to follow, like all children of parents!

  43. Is it true the audience booed Sarah Palin tonight? I didn’t watch tonight. I think Dancing with the Stars went a bit far this year in casting a controversial contestant. I think people do want politics kept out of their mindless entertainment so it will be interesting to see how this develops over the season.

  44. I watch too much Dr. Oprah (joke), so I have seen some stage mommy antics.

    I just don’t see it here between Sarah and Bristol. But it is what it is. Sarah has become infamously known, so now it will turn on her kids. And it didn’t help with how the stupid dad (father of Bristol’s kid) put himself out there.

    I say Bristol is her own person and an amazing person so far. I actually think people are more interested in her because of her sleazy and very handsome ex.

  45. I’m really enjoying this show, first season I’ve really watched it.
    ITA re:the Kurt Warner handsome and charming comments. I think he and Anna make a good pair. A big fan of his for years when he played for the Rams and Cardinals, proof that good guys finish first sometimes.
    ITA also with the support for Bristol. Seems to be a very sweet, unspoiled girl and to drive her own truck down to LA to do this was awesome. What a difference b/t her attitude and Brandy’s, sheesh! Was looking forward to Brandy after last week, but the way she acted tonight just turned me off.
    Wondering what kind of $$ the contestants make. Anyone know? I imagine Bristol’s making more than in her office job.

  46. ITA also with the support for Bristol. Seems to be a very sweet, unspoiled girl and to drive her own truck down to LA to do this was awesome. What a difference b/t her attitude and Brandy’s, sheesh! Was looking forward to Brandy after last week, but the way she acted tonight just turned me off.Wondering what kind of $$ the contestants make. Anyone know? I imagine Bristol’s making more than in her office job.

    I agree

  47. Yep, I think Bristol is lovely. This girl has been a single mom caring for her child and going to school! Hooray for woman power! She’s an inspiration to me because I never could have been that strong at that age. Especially with all the pressures of the outside world peering in.

    P.S. I haven’t seen her dance yet! Did she have dance lessons before????

  48. Bristol seems like a nice young lady & the fact that I’d rather not see her Mom on the show, has nothing to do with my voting. It’s my dislike of her partner Mark that has a bearing on my votes. Derek, Derek, Derek – over him, good choreo – assitude.

    I don’t mind Kyle, but, never was a Lacey fan. I’ll take Rick/Cheryl, Kurt/Ana & Maks/Brandy right now. Agree, Michael needs to go – end his suffering & ours.

  49. I am, however, joining you on the last “whoopee, Derek got another dream contestant” train to Snarksville. Sorry Derek lovers, but he buggggggggs. And gets the easiest people to choreograph most of the time. Jennifer is so adorable that she cuts his smarm down about 20% when they perform, which sucks because I totally wanted to root against him.

    I am (mostly) not watching this season, so I will not be commenting very much. But my roommate is watching, so I saw a few of the dances last week, and watched part of the show tonight, so I will comment on this whole ENOUGH WITH DEREK AND THE RINGERS train of thought. :)

    Sunchick, I’m the opposite of you in that I WANT to like Jennifer because “Dirty Dancing” is one of my favorite movies, but I dislike Derek Hough enough that it’s really hard to. Sad, I know, but it’s the smarm. I just can’t get past it. I liked him best with Jennie Garth too, before his ego was bigger than the disco ball spinning in the studio.

    And yes. Already we have a “fight” between Brandy and Maks and the emotional manipulation from Jennifer and Derek. Ahh, the DWTS machinations at their finest, already in full swing! No, I’m not jaded – just wise to the way this show works. The favorites gotta have a “story”, that’s for damn sure! You know, like, “even though I dance for a living, I struggle SO much with ballroom because I’ve never done it before. And don’t forget the camera angles and styling!” And, the whole “There’s too much jibberish in that choreography! It’s not real ballroom!” Seriously, do people not realize that we see these same story arcs every season? The faces may change, but the arcs remain the same.

    Anyway… Other thoughts.

    Bristol and Mark are cute, and she is improving. Glad for her doing something on her own, and she seems to have a good work ethic and a good attitude about this whole thing. Good for her. Plus I do at least like Mark. He doesn’t give off a smarmy vibe to me.

    I’m also on the bandwagon for giving Louis van Amstel a “star” who can live up to what he can do, choreography-wise. Because his choreo is kickass. The end.

    I like Lacey and Kyle so far. They really match personality-wise, and I’m curious to see what she can do with his dancing, because he has a bit of natural talent. They were a mess tonight, but not moreso than Brandy and Maks, who scored one point lower.

    Speaking of Brandy and Maks – I love Maks, he’s one of my favorite pros. But while I’ve always liked Brandy’s music, she’s always had a bit of a diva attitude, IMO. That’s kind of translating here, I think.

    I adore Anna Trebunskaya – which is a change, because in some of the earlier seasons, she used to come off to me as a frigid bitch. So I was shocked when last season she was so warm with Evan. And that has continued with Kurt. They’re very cute and I like them together. He’s not at a high level (Emmitt Smith really spoiled us as far as football players go – I’m not sure any other football guy will hit that caliber again.), but he’s entertaining and has a fun attitude and personality.

    I missed Cheryl and Rick tonight. But it sounds like he’s doing surprisingly well. And I like Cheryl too.

    Okay. I think that’s it. Back to oblivion. I’ll probably miss more shows than I see this season. :)

  50. When the audience started booing Sarah Palin the camera was on poor Jennifer Gray who was obviously confused about what was happening. Whatever anyone thinks of Sarah Palin booing her in this context was pretty tacky.

  51. I don’t think most of the mainstream hate Derek. My mother thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. That said, I think his reputation would suddenly soar again if we saw him working one for ONE season with a Bolton or a Corolla or anybody without obvious natural talent. If he took his early exit with class and dignity, as many of the other pros are expected to do when they receive hopeless cases, then I think it would go a long way to redeeming him with some.

    I’m not getting into it about Sarah Palin because I’m of two minds about Bristol. On the one hand I thought she was ridiculously overscored tonight, but I don’t have a problem with her being on the show. I think Bristol deserves to stay over others like Bolton and Jersey Shore dude, but I don’t think she’s amazing, either as a dancer or a person. Sure, she’s been through a lot–but it was her decision to put herself back in the public eye with DWTS, which leaves her open to judging by the public. She can’t have it both ways, nor do I think anybody is brave for choosing to do a reality show.

  52. Sarah, you are so right about the story arcs. That’s the thing, though. This is a cheesy show and should be taken as such. I’m actually not “mad” at any of them except for the Situation guy. I don’t know why he’s there. LOL. And I’m only mildly mad at him.

  53. I love Michael Bolton, but that was painful to watch. Stick to singing and songwriting, Michael. The Situation- Ewwww!! Who cast him there? :(

  54. Anyone notice Ace Young in the audience? I notice when you start seeing people in the audience, they usually have been approached and are deciding. Hmmmmmm!

    Ace and his brother Ryan are friends with Kyle Massey and his brother Chris. They went to Nicaragua a couple months ago together for a “Feed the Children” charity event, and also did the Gulf recovery event together. I think the blonde in front of Ace is a Disney star and probably a friend of Kyle’s.

  55. The scoring was all kind of messed up tonight. I mean Audrina got a seven and so did Warner and Palin got a freaking eight? Wowza, talk about grading on a curve.

  56. Wow Sarah, you so clearly put into words what I feel about Derek.
    Really I want to go back liking him again. I wish that he let the “star” be the star. I think that he “forgot” that he is not the star. If he could just be quiet a little bit and not trying to put his face all over the camera, I might like him again.

    The difference with Mark Ballas is that Mark seems to support his star whenever he talks to the camera. He doesn’t do it to promote himself.

    It is maybe just a matter of perception, but I feel that Derek feels that the high scores are all due to him. In actuality, it is because he always got the better stars. Look at now, even the 50 year old J. Grey does not look or dance like one. And she got the backstory too with Patrick and now the cancer thing.
    And by the way, I really, really like J. Grey, but I won’t vote for her due to her partner. It’s unfair, but so be it.

  57. About Derek — it’s not his fault that he gets the so-called “ringers”. The only true ringer he got was Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls. Brooke Burke just had natural talent. And I think everyone forgot about Shannon Elizabeth. She just sucked. She only had one good dance. Plus, he was expected to be voted out early with her, Lil Kim (because of her criminal past), and Joanna Krupa (a nameless model no one knew and because of her stint on that “Superstars” show). I don’t consider any of them ringers.

    I just think it boils down to Derek being a great choreographer and a great teacher. He finds ways to make his partners look good.

  58. The difficulty in the two dances brought out the best, and the worse. I felt sorry for Michael Bolton’s daughters. I wish Chelsie would have used another approach unless this was suggested to her by management?

    There really is something about Corky, Jonathan, and Louis – their personality – that sets them apart. I think they are more understanding and the more “emotional or vulnerable” contestant is lucky to get them. At least, I think that may be how it works sometimes.

    OK, we’ve seen Alaska, and we’ve seen the mother. Now, I would like Sarah Palin to behave like Sharon Osbourne. She can be supportive without drawing so much attention to herself. Let us focus on Bristol and see how she transforms over the coming weeks.

    I really enjoy seeing Jennifer dance.

    Some one mentioned the story arc. Isn’t it about time for the ambulance to arrive?

  59. OMG Michael Bolton! How is it possible that someone who can sing cannot even manage to slide his feet across the floor? I’m not sure that he isn’t just being a bit of jerk about the entire thing- I didn’t really see anything in the rehearsals that says that he’s even trying to learn or to even look like he’s trying to feel the music. He deserves the hook – no pity party here.

  60. So the consensus is that they were booing Sarah Palin? I thought they were booing the scores for Jennifer and Derek.

  61. So the consensus is that they were booing Sarah Palin? I thought they were booing the scores for Jennifer and Derek.

    Depends on who you believe. Tom Bergeron claims they were booing the scores for Jennifer and Derek. Others say they were booing Sarah Palin. I say they were booing Palin.

  62. I guess I’m in the minority since I love Derek Hough, Bristol and Sarah Palin!

  63. Bristol, with no dance experience, drove her truck 20 hours to LA, is way out of her comfort zone

    This isn’t a particulat big deal. I drove cross country in my twenties alone but for a two year old. I did it again in my late fifties in a 14 foot truck, pulling my car. Had a great time both times!

    I haven’t a problem with Bristol on the show, but I think she was graded much higher than she deserved – neck coordination is essential. Bristol is fair game and I would guess her mother told her that before she took the DWTS job. Some blogs are being pretty brutal, however. Sarah Palin is also fair game and she knows it, I’m sure. People have pretty visceral reactions to her. Bristol seems to me in awe of her mother – she has not yet effectively separated from her.

    Michael Bolton is incredibly stiff, which is surprising. I think his partner was right in saying he held tension. And the dog house thingy was appalling.

  64. Oh…and apologizing to me ahead of attacking a fellow poster? (Clearly indicating that you know what you are about to do is wrong) It equals INSTANT BANNING.

    Actually, I just put several posters in moderation.

    While I’m not going to allow the conversation to go off on a political tangent–Sarah Palin appearing in the audience last night makes her FAIR GAME for criticism in today’s thread.

    ETA:

    I thought they were booing Palin last night too, but when I came here no one seemed to mention it so I didn’t say anything. It was too coincidental that there was booing and then the next thing you see is Palin sitting next to Bergeron. IF that is the case, totally classless.

    Tom Bergeron told Jimmy Kimmel last night that the audience was booing Jennifer Grey’s scores.

  65. Yeah, It could go either way, that’s why I said IF, but it is a little too coincidental- what are they gonna say? “Hell yeah, they were booing that dumbass moose killer”?! lol.

    I do like that the people on that show are treating Bristol with kindness. That kid was sent through the wringer last year with that SNL skit and other crap thrown at her. I think that was actually the first time I ever wrote a letter to a network- and I am an independent, lol.

  66. The Situation came off with a better attitude than some of the other celebs

    I thought so too. It made me hope he sticks around. Michael Bolton must go. For a singer, he has no sense of rythym. And he face projects utter boredom.

  67. I love The Situation, he cracks me the hell up- but man does that kid have two (very large) left feet, lol.

    And I am glad that Chelsea chick put MB in the doghouse- he was speaking to her like she was a little kid. She IS half his age but she is still his teacher.

  68. Did not realize that Bristol and Mark were scored higher than Anna and Kurt, not right IMO, although I love both couples. Kurt was even singing along with the song while dancing, for gosh sakes! His enjoyment of the experience made it enjoyable for us, too. Count me as one of the amazed that a SINGER like Bolton was not more rhythmic. And he does NOT seem to be enjoying himself, so would not be sad to see him go.
    I guess IMHO Sarah Palin was there as a mother, not a politician, and booing her was classless, whatever you think of her. Doubt that it bothered Sarah but makes me mad that a young girl’s mother is booed in her presence. Have never watched this show before, but seems to me that the interaction b/t the professional dancers and their partners is half the intriguing hook of this show. People warm up to the ones who get along and work together and have decent attitudes, even if they are not as technically perfect. I think Brandy will not be long for this show if she doesn’t drop the diva stuff, even though she is obviously talented.

  69. I love watching Maks dance but I want him off so I don’t have to witness that nasty Brandy verbally abusing him again…what a witch!

  70. I don’t watch dancing with the stars. I was just watching the view and they were talking about Jennifer Gray being booed because of the score. Why was she booed? Was it because people wanted her to have more of a score or less?

  71. There is no way that the audience was booing the scores of Jennifer Gray because the timing was just so off. Jennifer thought she was being booed, judging by her face, but it was Sarah, fer sure.

  72. The Situation really cracks me up, hes so funny to watch, and I dont even know who he was till he came on the show, I hope he sticks around and gets better. J Gray was amazing, with all her problems. I never liked Derek, but he is an amazing dancer, and he has had only a few ringers, I enjoyed Kurt too, he was having fun, thus so was I watching him. I even liked Margaret, and not my favorite person. Poor Micheal Bolton, that was soooo strange, I just cant believe Chelsie had him dance that way. And who was Chelsie stuck with last year, The Batchlor? Bristal was sweet, shes trying and is going to get better. Number 1 on DI?? Humm?

  73. Let us focus on Bristol and see how she transforms over the coming weeks.

    MJ, my comments weren’t directed at members of this forum. I think you know that, but just in case… I was telling the producers of the show what to do!

    Wouldn’t the booing hurt Bristol? I thought the audience wanted 9s and 10’s from the judges. So, they booed them. Right?

  74. I dont watch DWTS but I have been watching clips here of Jennifer Gray. I did not even see what her partner was doing my eyes were glue to Jennifer, brings back fond memories of Dirty dancing!

  75. Clearly the producer want Bristol and The Situation to hang on for some time cause the judges really grading them on a curve.

    The Situation jive is all over and the foot positions are all wrong. But he got the same score as Margaret Cho? Even picky Len give him a 6?

    Bristol Palin quick step is a simple one. The dancing is just okay cause Mark (again) dancing a bit quicker than his partner. (Usually it happen if his partner is not a great dancer like Kristy or )

    7 is already overscoring. But 8? What the heck? Jennifer and Audrina got 8 from Len. But they had complex choreo and dance them very well. But Bristol and Mark?

    You can watch Audrina quick step and then Bristol. Tell me if Palin deserve an 8 from Len.

    So my top 3 prediction:

    Rick. Famous basketball player. (Got guys votes) Handsome and charming. (got moms votes)
    Jennifer Grey. Enough said.
    Kurt. Famous . He can dance and improving. Got sense of humor and did not afraid to make fun of himself when rehearsal. He will get all kind of votes.

    After Brandy not so good jive and argue with Maks, I am not so sure they can make it in top 5. They really need to do some damage control very quick.

  76. googletot:
    09/28/2010 at 7:51 am
    I guess I’m in the minority since I love Derek Hough, Bristol and Sarah Palin!

    +1

  77. Poor Micheal Bolton, that was soooo strange, I just cant believe Chelsie had him dance that way. And who was Chelsie stuck with last year, The Batchlor?

    Chelsie’s four partners have been 1) the cowboy (she did a remarkable job with him), 2) the snowboarder, 3) Jake the bachelor, and 4) Bolton. Not a strong contender among them.

    Does it seem like the SYTYCD alums never seem to get the “live” partners?

    If Bolton survives this week, it may be because Chelsie has a fan base. But, it’s clear that he sucks and won’t last for long.

  78. What kind of cancer did Jennifer Grey have?? It seems a little odd that cancer in that location can be so easily cured.

  79. I love Jennifer. I was so jealous of her in the movie Dirty Dancing! And she is a THE beautiful face of plastic surgery gone right. (sorry if I said that before. I’ve thought that about a gazillion times!)

  80. At home, I definitely thought Jennifer and Derek were underscored, but only in relation to the scores that came after they danced. If they were 8s, then a lot of those dancers who got 7s were marked too easily. Maybe it’s time for the show to implement .5 or to just announce a final placement after all couples have danced? By dancing in the middle of the pack, I guess you risk being scored too high or too low because the judges are trying to leave themselves some wiggle room.

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