Patrick Swayze Tribute – Dancing With the Stars – VIDEO

On last night’s Dancing with The Stars, elimination show, the pros danced a tribute to Patrick Swayze, who died from pancreatic cancer earlier this month.

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The routine featured songs from Swayze’s iconic movie, Dirty Dancing.

Swayze had a connection to DWTS–back in Season 1, Swayze appeared as a guest mentor.

Ashley Hamilton and Macy Gray were both sent home last night in a double elimination, leaving 14 couples to vie for the coveted (heh) mirror ball trophy…

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  1. Nice tribute but, IMO, the dancers were a little over the top.

    I’d love to see a tribute to Patrick performed by past contestants of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

  2. eh, it was alright, would have rather heard the original music. Those covers kind of cheapened it.

    Awww, man. I just watched Ghost last night for the 2nd time in a week, and I STILL cried. My daughter was crying too. Watching him “go into the light” in the movie just had me bawling. I tried finding a comedy on TV afterward just to get me out of the funk, lol.

    I forgot a couple of things about him- that he sang “Just Like The Wind” and that he played the creepy pedophile in Donnie Darko.

    But my favorite Swayze moment will always be the Chippendales skit with Chris Farley on SNL!

    RIP Patrick Swayze :(

  3. 1/3 of the dancers in this number are former SYTYCD dancers. I’m also not sure how they are over the top since they are actually ballroom dancing/partner dancing, which for the most part is what these people do, and if we’re talking ballroom dancing most of these people wipe the floor with the ballroom dancers we’ve seen on SYTYCD. I love SYTYCD, but the DWTS dancers are awesome too.

  4. I met Patrick Swayze at a horse show, and we talked and he let us take some pictures of him with my dog. I saw him many times after that at different horse shows, he rode western and showed Arabian horses. I remember at one show he had a special presentation of one of his stallions, pretty good times. He would walk by in his black trenchcoat in the barn aisleways, and would smile and nod his head, as if to say hi. He was so good looking.

  5. Also meant to add the last part with Tony/Cheryl is partly a re-do of a dance those two did back in S2 of DWTS that is probably on YouTube somewhere, so it was also a nice nod to the show’s past. Bill Medley sang “Time of Your Life” while Tony/Cheryl danced.

  6. That was wonderful and touching, you could tell the dancers and audience were all touched by it too. It doesnt cheapen someones memory when you do something like that for them, I dont get that, it was sweet –

  7. sumidol- I meant that the cover songs were awful and it kind of took away from the performances for me, of course it was sweet to do.

  8. Studio, back the first time when they actually had Bill Medley on DWTS to sing live he was pretty awful too. So while I agree the DWTS singers majorly suck, so do some of the original artists.

  9. RIP Patrick Swayze. RIP to George Harrison and all the other entertainers who were killed by smoking at a young age. They could leave a wonderful legacy if their unnecessary deaths serve as the impetus for thousands of their fans and thousands of teenagers to prevent their own early deaths quitting their nicotine addicitions or, better yet, never taking that first puff that triggers an addict’s life.

    Unfortuantely, Swayze’s own oncologist makes that so much harder when he goes on Larry King Live and delivers the message that it’s OK for cancer paitents to keep smoking:

    “I think at the point that one is already diagnosed with cancer, there’s little additional harm in it,’  replied Dr. Fisher. ‘And if it — it seems to provide him some comfort or partly identity of who he is, I certainly have no objections to that.”

    http://whyquit.com/pr/092209.html

    First, I would like to know exactly what “comfort” smoking brings. it’s hard to imagine that dying from smoking is very comfortable. And, what nonsense about being a nictoine addict being someone’s “identity”.

    Second, he’s dead wrong. Recent research shows that not only does smoking cause cancer, but that use of nicotine tirggers mechanisms that accelerate the growth and spread of existing cancers.

    What kind of message is this doctor spreading? It’s OK to smoke. Smoking is comforting. Smoking is your identity. And it’s impossible to quit. What a load of rubbish. It’s exactly this kind of BS message that makes nicotine addicts believe they can’t quit. I know. I was one for 38 years. I knew I couldn’t quit.

    Guess what? I quit. 46 million nicotine addicts in the United States have quit. Patrick Swayze could have quit. George Harrison could have quit. And, the message we should be sending to Patrick Swayze’s smoking fans is that they can quit, too. Not to mention the message to teenagers to not let the tobacco companies hook you into a life of sensless drug addiction. They know that more than 90% of their custoemrs became addicted as teens. Thumb your noses at them. Never take the first puff.

    Sorry for the tangent. I just think it’s an important message, particularly on a blog that has a lot of young readers.

  10. brie- I can understand that, isn’t Bill Medley pushing 70 now?

    I meant just playing the original recordings. When I heard even the first few bars of Unchained last night while watching Ghost, I burst into tears, lol- you know what i mean? It instantly reminds you of the scene in the movie. Now all I kept thinking about while they were dancing was who the hell is doing this awful cover?v

  11. Ok Studio, I understand what you are saying, I didnt pay much attention to the singing – I love those dancers and what they did.

    “”Sorry for the tangent. I just think it’s an important message, particularly on a blog that has a lot of young readers.””

    I sure dont mind your tangent – My husband smokes and I just hate it, he has cut way back but we all want him to quit completely! I dont want to lose him

  12. Nice tribute but I wonder why this could not have been done while he was alive, I am sure he would have appreciated seeing this in his honour, especially knowing he was ill it would have given him something to smile about …….now he as no clue this was done so it is pointless – we are the ones enjoying it. It’s better to do things in honour of the living than to wait for a tribute after death…..we got to “Live like we are dying”!

  13. OMG! I loved that! One of my all time favorite cheezy movies!
    I like the DWTS singers. Did you all know that Antonio, from the Idol Tour, is one of them and has been since Season 1?

  14. I know it’s missing the point of the whole series, but could we please have a new one called “Dancing with the Pros”?? they’re the ones who can really bring it….

  15. Patrick was a very nice man. I never knew him personally – but colleagues of mine had the privilege of working with him – and they all raved. I wrote about this right after he passed (RIP Patrick Swayze). The man was known for his work ethic, his jovial personality, and his faithfulness to his wife. I’m so sorry he’s gone. Nice to see DWTS acknowledging his contribution to dance (did you all know Swayze danced with the Joffrey Ballet at one point?). Fabulous talent, fabulous man.

  16. Thanks for the video. Patrick Swayze was a wonderfully talented man and appeared to be a a really nice person. RIP

  17. hwc – I completely agree with what you wrote. I smoked too for 31 years – until I had a stroke. No doctor should make those kind of comments on TV. That’s just stupidity.

    However, things aren’t always that clear cut in real life. My mother died of breast cancer. During those last three years, there was no way I would have insisted that she stop smoking. I understand what the doctor is saying from that point of view. For the patient, it won’t serve much point to make them quit and add to their stress level when they’re already dealing with the disease. My Mom went two rounds with her cancer – one at 40 and the final one at 61, dying at 64. She smoked until the week she died. It did provide her comfort and it would have added untold hell to her life to make her stop. Maybe not the politically correct thing to do, but the right thing for her. Even now, I wouldn’t make a different decision. It was the compassionate approach.

  18. hwc ‘“ I completely agree with what you wrote. I smoked too for 31 years ‘“ until I had a stroke. No doctor should make those kind of comments on TV. That’s just stupidity.

    I agree with you too. My beautiful mother-in-law just spent a week with us and everytime she smoked I kept thinking it was a few minutes she was taking away from her life. She has MS (kind of in remission) and has had heart surgery. What is she thinking?

    I do have empathy for Bobbi’s story. I get that. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    I liked the tribute. I haven’t seen “Dirty Dancing” in a long time, but when I saw Cheryl jump into Tony’s arms, I cried. That brought back memories…

  19. Nice tribute. I watched it last night. I was moved, despite the cheesy version of the song. But, the song is kind of cheesy too.

    As for the doctor’s comments, I agree with HWC to some extent. I mostly agree with Bobbi. When death is imminent, why take that away from someone and make them suffer more? It’s like taking away a morphine drip or something.

    I don’t smoke. I’ve tried it. I don’t think a few puffs or a few cigarettes make a nicotine addict (or I’d be one). Maybe it’s because my parents’ smoked and it drove me nuts. My mom still does. Sigh. But I can’t see her quiting. :-( I don’t think Patrick Swayze’s death or his doctor’s statement (had it been different) would alter her behavior. She’s 76 years old and pretty healthy, despite her 50 years of smoking.

    Got off topic here. I can’t see holding celebrities to a higher standard. They have just as many problems as the rest of us.

    ETA: I’ll also add that I didn’t follow Patrick’s illness and had no idea he smoked. I wouldn’t say he was guilty of glamorizing it.

  20. I don’t smoke. I’ve tried it. I don’t think a few puffs or a few cigarettes make a nicotine addict (or I’d be one).

    You dodged a major bullet. Researchers have now discovered that some teenagers are clinically addicted to nicotine after just a few cigarettes. 90% of all nicotine addicts — currently about 21% of the US adult population — got addicted as teenagers. The public may not know that, but tobacco companies do. They’ve known it for decades.

    Actually, there’s a theory now that many of us were born addicted to nicotine (smoking mothers), only to go into remission when we “quit smoking” as young children, instantly retriggered with the first experimental cigarettes as teens. I think that is a likely scenario. Talk to teen smokers. It’s shocking how quickly they discover that they “can’t quit”.

    ETA: I’ll also add that I didn’t follow Patrick’s illness and had no idea he smoked.

    That was kind of my point. Pancreatic cancer is directlly linked to smoking. If we are going to allow the tobacco companies to continue marketing messages about smoking, it’s important not to hide the reality — a reality that includes Patrick Swayze and George Harrison, dead from smoking, in their 50s.

  21. You dodged a major bullet. Researchers have now discovered that some teenagers are clinically addicted to nicotine after just a few cigarettes. 90% of all nicotine addicts ‘” currently about 21% of the US adult population ‘” got addicted as teenagers. The public may not know that, but tobacco companies do. They’ve known it for decades.

    Well, I didn’t try until I was well into my 20s, so perhaps that’s the difference. I was so disguested by it as a child that I didn’t experiment until I dated a guy who smoked. My mom did smoke “a couple” when she was preggers with me in 68, though.

    If we are going to allow the tobacco companies to continue marketing messages about smoking, it’s important not to hide the reality ‘” a reality that includes Patrick Swayze and George Harrison, dead from smoking, in their 50s.

    I agree that the big tobacco companies are evil. :-(

  22. I loved the dancing tribute but wasn’t impressed with the singing.

    Miss Chaos, we all feel such sadness, but to have actually met Patrick in person might make you feel even worse. The man was talented and a sweet guy.

    My son smokes and it kills me every time I see him with a cigarette. He’ll put it out. Basically, he doesn’t smoke in front of me, but the smell is still there. I don’t want to bury my son.

    I also love to see the professionals dance on the results show. They are awesome. I love the former SYTYCD dancers, almost feeling I know them.

  23. Well, I didn’t try until I was well into my 20s, so perhaps that’s the difference.

    It’s playing russian roulette at any age, but I have seen research that suggests there is something specific to teenage brain chemistry that makes them hyper-likely to become physically addicted to nicotine.

    It’s tough to do research. The scientists know that cigarettes kill people so they can’t very well ask non-smokers to try cigarettes and see if they get addicted! It’s only legal for tobacco companies to do that!

    Grammie Kari, there isn’t a parent in the world who wants their child to smoke.

  24. I can’t watch this without crying. Patrick Swayze has been my hero ever since he played Orry Main in North and South. That character was my ideal of what a man should be like. I’ve probably worn out Dirty Dancing from watching it so many times. It was really great that Dancing with the Stars gave a tribute to him. I love Tony and Cheryl, but Patrick and Jennifer were absolute magic in that final dance. It was breath taking. I don’t think there will ever be another Patrick Swayze. Everything about him amazes me from his sensitive portrayal of such a wide variety of characters in movies and on television to his dedication to his wife and his fantastic work ethic. He is one of a kind.

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