Nancy and Jewel Are Out; Holly and Melissa Rykroff are In

3 04 2009

Many injuries for DWTS Season 8 even before it has started.

Jewel – two fractured tibia – out (replaced by Holly Madison)

Nancy O’Dell – torn meniscus  – out (replaced by Melissa Rykroff , who only had 48hrs of training before 1st show!)

Steve O – injured back – hospitalized

Steve Wosniack – broken bone in his foot

Gilles Marini – separated shoulder.

The question is no longer who will win Dancing With the Stars, but who will survive it?

In a DWTS first, not one but two contestants have been sidelined with injuries before the new season has even aired.

Jewel, Nancy O'Dell 

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ABC has just confirmed that Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell and singer Jewel will not be a part of the new season due to leg injuries.

O’Dell suffered a twist to her right knee during rehearsals and has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus. Jewel has suffered fractured tibiae in both legs. Ouch, right?

So who will replace the two ladies? We have exclusive confirmation…

As our Marc Malkin reported yesterday, inside sources confirm that Holly Madison of E!’s reality series Girls Next Door will be coming on the dancefloor this season.

And now, Hugh Hefner himself comfirms today to Malkin that his ex-girlfriend Holly has been cast, saying he “made the arrangments” for Madison to replace Jewel on the show.

“It’s a show she’s wanted to be on for a long time,” Hefner tells Malkin. “I’m delighted. It’s all good stuff.”

The other newbie will be announced on the Dancing With the Stars season premiere on Monday night. And according to ABC, Jewel and O’Dell will appear to talk about their injuries.

Sex and the City hunk Gilles Marini also has been diagnosed with tendonitis in his shoulder and groin.

So far, he’s hanging in there.

 

Who do you think should be the other DWTS replacement? Are you sorry to see Jewel and Nancy go? Sound off below…




Dancing with the Stars (8th Season)

26 02 2009

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 is back in March 2009..

And I am so looking foward to it!! esp with Julianne Hough pairing up with her bf Chuck Wicks… wow… *double treat* !! =D

The eighth season of Dancing with the Stars premieres in March, and this years cast has been revealed.

The list: Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, country singer Chuck Wicks, model/actor Gilles Marini, Denise Richards, mogul Steve Wozniak, 80s pop star Belinda Carlisle, rodeo star Ty Murray, singer Jewel, comedian David Alan Grier, rapper Lil Kim, Lawrence Taylor, Jackass star Steve-O, and Access Hollywood correspondent Nancy O’Dell.

Julianne Hough returns, dancing with her boyfriend Chuck Wicks.

Dancing With The Stars starts March 9 on ABC.

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Updated!!

Found a blogger, Jenny, a dance lover, who wrote more on DWTS. Enjoyed reading the info provided in her blog =)

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Byee dwts 7

29 11 2008

Bye Bye Dancing With The Stars (dwts) season 7, looking forward to the next season!! =)

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dwts season 7 Stars





Congrats Brooke!

28 11 2008

DWTS has come to an end..

Like what I have shared in my previous post entry, my bet is on Brooke. and YES!! Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough has won the Dancing With The Stars Season 7!! =)

Brooke & Derek

Brooke & Derek

 

 

 

Congratulation to Brooke and Derek.. They deserved the dance mirror ball .. I am happy that they emerged as the champion.. =)

Results for dwts Season 7:

1st: Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough

2nd: Warren Sapp, former NFL star, 35, and Kym Johnson

3rd: Lance Bass, singer, 29, and Lacey Schwimmer

4th: Cody Linley, 18, actor, and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough

dance group at finals

dance group at finals

 

Loving Brooke and Derek’s free Style performance in the Final.. full score 30.. Here it is:

 

Song “You Are The One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

They also performed a very touching Viennese Waltz to “Daughters” by John Mayer… which left judge Carianne and Brooke’s bf with wet tears..

They score full marks 30/30 as well for this dance.. View it here.

Viennese Waltz @ Finals

Viennese Waltz @ Finals

 

Check out the final episode recap here

 





Exclusive interview: Edyta Sliwinska

19 11 2008

Edyta shared her opinions:

I wanted to ask you what you thought, of the four teams that are remaining, what do you think are their strengths, and what do you think are the things they have to work on as they get into the semi-finals?

OK, Derek and Brooke, this is probably the best couple if we talk about the quality of dancing. I think Brooke has improved a lot and she’s amazing. Definitely, her strength is going to be the technique and basically, the quality of dancing that she brings. She’s probably the best dancer out there. Now, I just hope that people will not think that she doesn’t need support and stop voting for her. So she needs to make sure that she comes at the audience and let them know that she always will need the support because, as you know, actually, maybe last season, the best dancer won, but in all previous seasons, it has not been the best dancers that got the mirror ball trophy. So she needs to be careful with that.

And then we have Warren. I think that Warren needs to rehearse as much as possible because he’s very busy, but he needs to put more time into training and not rely only on his great personality and charisma, but also try to work a little bit more details on these dances. I think if he gets to the final and he becomes compared to Brooke, people will see more clearly that, yes, he has this amazing connection with the audience, but his technique lacks a lot.

And then we have Lance and Lacey. Well, here’s a couple that tries something new, that tries to explore different styles of dancing, and I actually think that is their strength. They are always exciting to watch. They are always full of surprises. They are always very entertaining. But Lance does have very poor footwork. He definitely needs to work on that. He definitely needs to work on polishing the way he moves. He picks up the steps and he has great rhythm, but he really needs to look at his technique.

And the last couple, we have Cody and Julianne. Here’s Cody with this great energy and he’s just all out there. But what Cody needs to work on, and I’m talking about my personal experience, is his focus. He’s very talented, and if he can only get himself to pay more attention to what Julianne is saying and to be able to stay focused on practice for more than an hour’s time, he can improve a lot. Otherwise, what’s happening is kind of like, he only learns the routine, and then he brings all this energy into it, so sometimes it comes across as a little spastic. But if he could learn the routine and to put more time to polish the details, to work on quality, I really think he has the potential to match the quality that Brooke Burke has. But normally, he just doesn’t have the time to do it because he’s so all over the place.

 

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Julianne & Derek

16 11 2008

As I have mentioned, Julianne was absent from Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) for 2 weeks from Appendix operation.. (I also had such operation when I was in Primary 5, donkey years ago..) But wait a minutes, hers is not so simple. Julianne had been diagnosed with endometriosis, which arises when uterine-lining (endometrial) tissue grows outside the uterus… This is genetic and hereditary, her mother and sister have it too. So doctors ended up removing cysts from her left ovary, her bladder, and other areas in the pelvic region, and also took out her appendix after diagnosing a mild case of appendicitis.

Thus I was not really expecting her to dance in the result night.. Therefore I was really delighted by the yummy treat from DWTS of this performance of Julianne Hough and her brother, Derek Hough… in Macy’s Dance star performances, dressed with the best costume by Kelly Killy.. People voted Julianne and Derek as the people’s pro choices.. So here are their wonderful jive dance..

I just so adore them!!!!! Love everything abt this dance performance, very fun, very exciting, very very fabulous…

View their Jitterbug performances, with almost perfect 30 scores, with their Stars Brooke here and Cody here

Of all dancing pros, these are my 2 most favs..

My favourite DWTS professional dancers (in order):

  1. Julianne Hough
  2. Derek Hough
  3. Mark Ballas
  4. Edyta Sliwinska
  5. Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  6. Cheryl Burke
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 Also catch an interview of Julianne about her operation and ready for more ‘dancing’ here, she also mentioned her bf, Chuck Wicks. The 20-year-old Dancing with the Stars starlet and 29-year-old singer began dating while participating in Paisley’s ongoing summer tour, which Hough said is strange since they were both so busy. Below is also a letter from her, extracted from Fancast:

Speaking of stitches, my surgery was good. It was scary. It was supposed to take an hour but took 45 minutes longer. It was a good thing I went in because not only did I have the endometriosis things that needed to be lasered off, but I had a cyst on an ovary and scarred tissue from my appendix that had connected to my right hip. It looked like I had a small case of appendicitis at some point in my life. But everything went well and I feel great. I feel like I have more energy than I did a few weeks ago. It’s nice to feel good and healthy again.

My mom and Chuck took great care of me. I don’t think I could’ve gotten through it so smoothly without both of them there. I got to lay on the couch, watch movies, and play with Lexi, who seemed to know there was something wrong. She’d cuddle up around my neck and seemed to know not to go near my stomach.….

Welcome back, Julianne. Hope we can see you in the Final! =)

Anyway I never know she got a steady bf, but I am definitely happy for her. WIsh her happiness =D

countrysinger-dwtspro- Julianne Hough & countrystar Chuck Wicks

countrysinger-dwtspro- Julianne Hough & countrystar Chuck Wicks

 

 

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Season 7 DWTS is back!

15 11 2008

Season 7 Dancing with the Stars DWTS are back….. You can view the episode recap here

Here’s the rundown of celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners ready to mambo for the mirror-ball trophy:

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Toni Braxton, singer, 40, and season one DWTS champ Alec Mazo

Lance Bass, singer, 29, and Lacey Schwimmer
Ted McGinley, actor, 50, and Inna Brayer
Cloris Leachman, actress, 82, and Corky Ballas
Warren Sapp, former NFL star, 35, and Kym Johnson
Rocco DiSpirito, chef, 41, and Karina Smirnoff
Kim Kardashian, TV personality, 27, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
Maurice Green, Olympic gold medalist track and field star, 34, and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke
Misty May-Treanor, Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player, 31, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Susan Lucci, Emmy-award winning soap opera actress, 61, and Tony Dovolani
Jeffrey Ross, 42, comedian, and Edyta Sliwinska
Cody Linley, 18, actor, and two-time DWTS champ Julianne Hough
Brooke Burke, 36, TV personality, and Derek Hough

Till now, we already have left – Lance Bass, Warren Sapp, Cody Linley and Brooke Burke..

Semi Finals DWTS dancers

Semi Finals DWTS dancers

My bet is on Brooke Burke since beginning.. She is a pretty mother, with nice figure and she dances well.. The chemistry apprearance with her professional Dancer, Derek Hough, is sensational..

And it still remains.. She and Derek is so far the most steady, pretty pair … very nice ~~

I am beginning to like Derek Hough also .. In season 5 earlier, I thought he looked too boyish – ‘childish’ .. not my fav … but nowadays, since season 6, he has become a charmer .. a man… suave… *drools*

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My next pair to bet is Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer.. I do not really like this pair. But they dance well.. and I also found that Lacey has tame down a lot.. no more rebellious traits, no more talking too much and take the attention away from Lance.. more smiles, more femine gesture, more beautiful I felt… I like the current Lacey better than first few weeks…

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lance-lacey

I also enjoyed Cody’s performance .. perhaps because of her partner Julianne… My best fav professional dancer of dwts!! =)

Cody Julianne

Cody Julianne

Julianne went for Appendics surgery, and thus for 2 shows, Cody paired up with Edyta, another one of my favourite professional dancers. Edyta Sliwinska is also Donny’s fav dancer as she has good figure, wear the least clothes, sexy, sweet and dance very well… She is also the only pro to compete in all seven seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.”  It is a pity her dance Star was injured in his eyes earlier in the show..

Cody Edyta

Cody Edyta

It is a pity that Misty suffered injury early in the show, otherwise, she may be also the black horse pair with Maksim.. creating some kind of chemistry like with Mel B and Maksim..

Though Donny always skipped her ‘nonsensical’ dance, I enjoyed Cloris Performances with Corky.  Both are entertainers and charmers.. It is not easy to dance really… esp at 82yrs old… but this lady always make me laugh… And I know where Mark got his charms from… from his dad, Corky!! Know more abt their performance here in Corky’s blog

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In beginning, I really thought Kim Kardashian is hot!! Look at her body, she is hotttt!!! Her pairing up with Mark Ballas seemed to be best handsome pair that has potential to charm everyone… But alas her dancing … is totally NOT hot!! She got a WOW body, but her dancing seems awkward, reserved, and limited… it is a pain to watch her dance actually… She didn’t look like she is enjoying it.. or practicing hard enough to wannntt to continue in the competition…  So it is not surprising she was out on 1st show.. but it is a pity .. coz i will love to continue watching her sexy body movement in dance floor…

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kim_kardashian

But frankly speaking Season 7 DWTS are really not as exciting as past few seasons.. I am not so looking forward… I have shared in past entry, I really enjoyed DWTS… I was charmed and attracted to the Stars there and the professional dancers as well…

In Season 6 – we have Kristin Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor, Christian, Shannon Elizabeth, Marlee Matlin, Pricillia Presley… very rich in content.. and many handsome men and beautiful ladies…  In Season 5, we have Helio and Melaine B … pairing up with my 2 fav dancers as well… Julianne Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy… Some tough fight between these 2 pairs.. Ur torn with choices on who should win.. both have their charms, personality and explosive stage performances…

The competition in DWTS Season 7 is not so exciting.. But  we can see the effort done by the producers to keep things new and interesting.. Just like dancing 2 mini-groups, Cha Cha vs Paso Doble. Or the Stars get to dance solo for 15 secs, Or even the new dances introduced like .. The hustle, jitterbug, salsa, and west coast swing were all brand new to the show.

The mini group performance – The Paso Doble group won by a large margin.. They had the perfect score 30! The Cha Cha group – best pair is Lance and Lacey.

Mini group (3 pairs) doing Cha Cha Dance

Mini group (3 pairs) doing Cha Cha Dance

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Mini group (3 pairs) doing Paso Doble Dance

Mini group (3 pairs) doing Paso Doble Dance

I like the Jitterbug shows performed by Cody and Brooke.. 2 of my fav pairs..

Derek-Brooke & Cody-Julianne doing Jitterbug dance

Derek-Brooke & Cody-Julianne doing Jitterbug dance

Hope next season will be a better and a more exciting competition.. Thank you Dance With The Stars producers, dancers, music bands, singers… etc for all their effort in making such a sensational shows for us.. Continue to shine!!!!! =D

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Dancing with the Stars

1 06 2008

I am hooked…

I have been watching Dancing with the Stars… starting from season 5… being introduced by my house mate, Donny. He was into all these dancing… as he learnt Salsa.. So eventually I also was intrigued and allured by the fantastic performers/dancers..

Dancing with the stars is the name of a group of international television series based on the format of the British series Strictly Come Dancing. It is a dance competition of a star (of different fields .. can be a singer, an actor, a racer, a athelete…etc ) partnering with a professional dancer who each week compete against each other in a dance-off to impress a panel of judges and ultimately the viewing public in order to survive the potential elimination. Through a telephone and sms voting, viewers vote for the duo they think should remain in the competition. Judges scores are also taken into account and are combined with the viewer votes when determining which duos stay and go each week.

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Much credits should be given to these professional dancers. They need to choreograph the whole dance routines with various themes (Mambo, Cha Cha, Paso Doble, Jive, Freestyle, Venice, Waltz, Rhumba, Samba Quick step, Foxstra), teach the Stars those dancing skills & steps, and eventually turn the Stars (who may not have any dancing backgrounds at all) into dancers within such short period of time. Gosh!! Plus they also have the stress not to make any mistakes in the performances since they are supposedly the experts here.. *sweating*

There are 3 judges in Dancing with the Stars. The chief judge Len Goodman, and other 2 judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. I kind of fond of them… Len Goodman, a professional ballroom judge, looks like a wise and serious man, when he smiles … how charming and captivating…. =) Bruno Tonioli (a film, Music video & Theatre Choreographer and dance producer) is always forever very passionate and loud in sharing his view and sometime his view clashes with Len Goodman. Carrie Ann Inaba, a Choreographer and dance producer, is the only female judge, looks pretty and sexy too… =)

The judges of the dwts – Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli

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Host of the dancing the stars, Tom Bergeron … I also like him.. very witty, charming and able to handle the whole situation..

The host of dwts – Tom Bergeron and his co-host Samantha Harris

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Season 5

In Season 5, it was a very stiff competition with Helio and Mel B in the final round. Personally I thought Mel B will win this competition as her performances has been very consistently good throughout. She is hot and sexy. But I also like the partnership with Helio and Julianne too.. Helio is charming and Julianne is sweet and pretty.. They eventually won the competition by the tiny margin..

Helio Catroneves (a Racer) and his dance pro partner, Julianne Hough… I like their freestyle and their quickstep which both scored 30 perfect points each.

dwts – Season 5 – Star Helio Catroneves and her partner Julianne Hough (Quick Step Dance)

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Melanie B from Spice Girl (also known as Scary Spice Girl or Mel B) and her dance pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy . Two of her best performances where they got perfect score – the Mambo and the Paso Doble.

dwts – Season 5 – Star Melanie Brown and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy (MAMBO dance)

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Season 6

In the first premier night of Dancing with the Star, Season 6, we have the pro’s performing Cha cha cha on the first night and introducing the stars and their dancers. In season 6, we have:

Kristi Yamaguchi (Olympic Champion Skater in 1992 and Gold Championship in 1994) and her dance pro partner, Mark Ballas. They won the Season 6. Some of the perfect score dances – Jive and freestyle. I also like their Tango 1st time & Tango 2nd time. They also appeared and performed in Ellen show.

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dwts – Season 6 – Star Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas

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Jason Taylor (NFL Man of the Year) and his dance pro partner, Edyta Sliwinska. His quick style won him a 30 perfect score. He got 2nd.

dwts – Season 6 – Star Jason Taylor and his partner Edyta Sliwinska (Paso Doble Dance)

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Christian de la Fuente (International Television Star) and his dance pro partner, Cheryl Burke. It is unfortunate that Christian got injured during the competition. Nevertheless, they got 3rd!

Marissa Jaret Winokur (Tony Winning Broadway Star) and her dance pro partner, Tony Dovolani.

Mario (R&B Star) and his dance pro partner, Karina Smirnoff.

Shannon Elizabeth (Film and Television Star – famously known for acting in American Pie, plays Poker competively) and her dance pro partner, Derek Hough.

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Marlee Matlin (Oscar Winning Actress) and her dance pro partner, Fabian Sanchez.

Priscilla Presley (actress and businesswoman, best known for marrying Elvis Presley) with her dance pro partner, Louis Van Amstel.

Adam Carolla (Comedian and Radio Host) and his dance pro partner, Julianne Hough.

Dancing With the Stars – Season 6

Dancing With the Stars - Season 6

I like Kristi Yamaguchi.. partly she is the female representative for this season 6, she is also Asian.. and she dances well! =)

I’m also impressed with Marlee Matlin. She is deaf and can’t hear the music, yet can be very confident and pretty to perform all those dances.. *BRavoo*

Shannon has beautiful sexy and long legs.. *yummy*

Jason and Christian are very musculine and handsome… *yummy*

Enjoyed the performances by the Junior dancers especially Junior Champions – Their skill and performaces is top and even much more interesting than some/most of the adult dancers.

Overall, I enjoyed their group dance in season 6 – very fun and entertaining!! =) Group dance in season 5 was not bad too.. But I personally like the Season 6 more..

But have to admit that I think Season 5 is more interesting and fun with stiff competition with Mel B and Helio. Unlike this Season 6, where Kristi has clearly won the competition by a large gap right from the beginning.

As for the professional dancers, I like Julianne Hough. From youtube, I learnt that she is also a singer… She partnered Helio in season 5 and both won the championship then.. Her brother is also a professional dancer, Derek Hough.