Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dancing With The Stars Review - Week 2

Last night was a fun night of dancing. And yet I still can't shake the feeling that the scores are overall way lower this season than last. Last season it seemed like lots of people were getting 8's and 9's on the first and second shows, and 7's were the low scores. But this season, so far there are a LOT of 5's and 6's with 7's being considered pretty good. There have only been a very few 8's and 9's. Here's a recap in case you missed it.

Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff (Quick Step) - By far my favorite dance of the evening. His Kelly green suit was awesome, her feathery dress was amazing (how can I get one of those), the Muppet Theme Song was a fun choice to dance to, and together it all made for a precise, fun, energetic number. LOVED it. And they got good scores (three 9's) for it.

Kathy Ireland & Tony Dovolani (Quick Step) - This number should have been renamed the Slow Step for them. I swear someone cranked down the tempo on the band for this one because it felt like they were moving in slow motion. That being said, it was a much better dance for her. Her feet more more precise. Her stiffness worked for her in keeping her hold. I liked it. The judges still didn't love it, but I saw major improvement.

Michael Irvin & Anna Demidova (Quick Step) - Good. Not great, not bad. Just good. More personality came out. I think he looked like he was enjoying himself more. But I'm just not digging her, for some reason.

Kelly Osbourne & Louis Van Amstel (Tango) - I think Kelly has some natural dancing ability, but she does seem to be a slow learner when it comes to choreography. That really affected her performance this week as she only had 4 days, not 4 weeks, to get it down. It was sloppy, all over the place, missing steps...I can't say I liked it. But I still hope she hangs in there. She just has something about her that is fun to watch.

Chuck Liddel & Anna Trebunskaya (Tango) - Well, it was OK. That's all. He can do the mad/intense Tango face just fine. But I still say he's not much of a dancer. As for his partner, that dress would have been great for a cocktail party, but just too much tulle for a Tango. I wanted to see some LEGS.

Debi Mazar & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Tango) - Oh dear. Once again, Debi, you just looked so insecure. Something was wrong--you were mad or in pain or something. It showed on your face. The dancing was shakey. I really really want to like you, but you haven't hit your stride yet.

Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson (Jive) - He deserved his triple 9's. Very good, very fun, very sharp. And I LOVED the purple velvet suit.

Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough (Jive) - Eh. It wasn't as impressive as her Salsa. Jive requires a lot more precision. Your good body won't carry you through on this dance. Derek sort of out-danced her, which is weird when it's the guy doing that. I didnt' love it, didn't hate it.

Louis Vito & Chelsea Hightower (Jive) - Ok, wow. MAJOR improvement. I don't know if this dance just suited him more or if he's gotten that much better in a week. But I honestly felt his first performance was painful to watch, whereas this one was fun, sharp, energetic. I give Louis the MIP (Most Improved Player) award this week.

Mark Dakascos & Lacey Schwimmer (Quick Step) - He's very athletic and sharp. He keeps up and looks good doing it. Lots of personality and showmanship. I still don't think he's dancing at his full potential, though. I look forward to watching that when it happens.

Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Ballas (Jive) - Once again, just sort of average. I am waiting for something about her to wow me. I haven't seen it yet.

Tom DeLay & Cheryl Burke (Tango) - A bit slow and mechanical. But definitely an improvement from last week. I still think he has no business being on the show. And if he doesn't get kicked off soon, it'll be all you damn Republicans' fault!

Natalie Coughlin & Alec Mazo (Quick Step) - She's very good. Smiley, fun, athletic. Her partner really just needs to harness all her physical capabilities and get her technique right. If she doesn't start pointing her toes soon, I'm going to scream!

Mya & Dmitri Chaplin (Jive) - Mya, Mya, Mya. You did me proud, Girl. Sassy, fun, sharp...and so much personality. You really owned that dance. I loved it. And I still say you will probably win this thing.

Ashley Hamilton

Macy Gray


Kristine said...

Ok, I just realized I can watch the show online :) I only watched the second episode, but so far my favorites are:

Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough
Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff
Mya & Dmitri Chaplin
Mark Dakascos & Lacey Schwimmer

Probably in that order too :) Now I also really like reading your reviews too because you know ballroom dance. This will be fun!

M-Cat said...

Donny in a purple velvet suit. Will have to go find that on line.
Great review. Thank you.

tiburon said...

I heart Donny.

L. said...

Wow, Arianne! You should be on the judge's panel! I hope you taped that Donny Osmund one for me. That has to be Donny JUNIOR, and not Donny SENIOR. Daddy Donny is practically MY age!

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