Dancing With The Stars

Last night’s elimination episode of Dancing With the Stars continued with Monday’s 80’s theme, and I, for one, could just eat that stuff up with a spoon. Who doesn’t love a show that opens with a Madonna dance montage?

Monday night had the “stars” heading back to the time of roller skating rinks, John Hughes movies, Swatches, and Members Only jackets. On 80’s night, America’s sweetheart Ricki Lake left her top spot on the leader board for middle ground territory. J.R. Martinez took the judges’ high honors, and Carson Kressley found himself on the bottom for the second straight week. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough along with Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who had tied scores, are first up on the chopping block. Ricki is safe for one more week, but Hope is the first sent to the bottom three.

Kelly Clarkson performs the first of two songs. The story of Charm Ladonna, a professional dancer, is highlighted. Charm overcame a life of poverty (her mother sometimes wouldn’t pay the bills so she could afford her daughter’s dance classes), and her senior year of high school she scored a spot as one of Madonna’s back-up dancers. After using that money to put herself through college, Charm now volunteers, teaching dance classes to underprivileged youth. Charm takes to the DWTS stage to dance with Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. I think she’d make a great addition to next season.

Next to perform is The Band Perry who, in my opinion, never disappoints. It’s time for the highest scorers from Monday to be highlighted, and I am still just as surprised as I was yesterday that Rob Kardashian is one of them. J.R., Rob, and David Arquette are the next stars to get their results. J.R. and his partner Karina Smirnoff are safe, as are Rob and Cheryl Burke. David and his partner Kym Johnson are sent to the bottom three. Aww, I thought their routine was a hoot!

Taking the stage one more time is Kelly Clarkson. The show highlights the lowest scoring pairs: Carson Kressley, Nancy Grace, and Chaz Bono…none of them receiving particularly harsh critiques from the judges on Monday. Safe are Chaz and and Nancy, and Carson joins Hope Solo and David Arquette in the bottom three. Sadly, it’s the end of the line for Carson Kressley. While he clearly didn’t have the skills of his counterparts, Carson was always fun and entertaining. Even in elimination, he maintained his positive attitude. I wish I could say the same for Hope Solo…did you see the look on her face for the last few minutes of the show? Who spit in her Cheerios?

DO YOU THINK IT WAS CARSON’S TIME TO GO? WHO DO YOU PREDICT WILL BE VOTED OFF NEXT WEEK?

It was 80s night on Dancing With The Stars and a new front runner emerged on Monday following weeks of leaderboard domination by Ricki Lake!

War veteran J.R. Martinez finally rose to the top last night earning the highest score of the night and praises from the judges! J.R. alongside partner Karina Smirnoff scored an impressive 28 for their sultry sumba. “You are like a shattering sex machine,” said judge Bruno Tonioli, who gave the couple a perfect score of 10. “You had so much fire down below, it was like a volcano!” he added. Carrie Ann Inaba also praised J.R. on his hotness! “Hay papi muy caliente,” she said. “That is the way to dance that samba.”

As for Ricki Lake, she stumbled quite a bit last night for Ricki Lake standards, though she still managed to receive a good score of 24 for her foxtrot. Bruno said it best when he stated: “You can’t be a genius every week.”

Landing at the bottom of the scoreboard for the second week in a row was fashion guru Carson Kressley who may or may not have to worry about what to wear next week on the show!  Carson earned a poor 19 out of 30 points with Bruno calling the jive routine from he and partner Anna Trebunskaya a “crowning achievement in madness.” Ouch!

The full scores from last night are below –

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 28
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 25
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 25
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 24
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 22
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 19

The results show airs tonight on ABC at 9/8c during which another star will be sent packing.

TELL US – WHO SHOULD GET THE BOOT? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?

Movie score night proved to be an exciting evening for Dancing With the Stars, with Cher in the audience supporting Chaz Bono and Ricki Lake and Derek Hough scoring the highest score of the season thus far (with two 10s!).

However, last night’s elimination was just as exciting for me. Why? First of all, the “celebrities” watching in the ballroom got to put in their two cents on the performances. Hello Pee-Wee Herman! Greetings Donny Osmond! Great to see you Steve Sanders Ian Ziering! And of course Courteney Cox Arquette and Kris and Bruce Jenner Kardashian have their say. It’s like the who’s who of has-beens (not you, Courteney…I hope).

Susan Boyle performed Unchained Melody “the song from Ghost” according to Brooke Burke Charvet, but I think the Everly Brothers claimed it first. Ricki Lake is the first celebrity deemed safe, followed by my man J.R. Martinez. Rob Kardashian isn’t so lucky…he’s potentially on the chopping block.

Julianne Hough also returned “home” to the DWTS stage where she got her start to perform a routine with her co-star from the movie Footloose. They are accompanied by the musical stylings of Blake Shelton singing the iconic Kenny Loggins’ song. Girlfriend is a talented dancer…let’s hope she’s half as good an actress because this DWTS is just one long advertisement for her remake.

The next three pairs are showcased. Viewers relive Chynna Phillips‘ choreography black-out, Carson Kressley’s pirate booty dance, and the routine that the judges called Chaz Bono’s best to date. Chaz and last night’s lowest scoring Carson are safe, with Chynna joining Rob in the bottom three.

The siblings Hough perform the twist together before the fate of the remaining three couples is revealed. Hope Solo and David Arquette are safe, but Nancy Grace must boogie her way to the to the bottom. The bottom three are solidified with Rob owning three more points than Chynna or Nancy.

Nancy Grace is the first saved of the the three, and Chynna Phillips, the front runner at the season’s opener, is eliminated. Rob Kardashian can breath another sigh of relief…he’ll be around for next week’s 80’s themed dancing.

DO YOU THINK CHYNNA SHOULD HAVE BEEN VOTED OFF THE SHOW? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF JULIANNE’S RETURN? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE NEXT TO GO?

It’s slowly turning into the Ricki Lake Show on Dancing With The Stars as for the third week in a row, Ricki led the scoreboard!

The surprise of the night however came when it was revealed that Ricki, 43, had threatened to quit the show during the week, despite being the one to beat. “I feel a tremendous amount of pressure,” said Ricki while struggling with the new routine. “Has anyone ever quit the show?”

“I am going to have a breakdown. I just can’t do it,” Ricki complained. “It’s just very confusing for me. I am not getting it. I want to quit. Like I totally want to quit — and I am not a quitter.”

Fortunately for Ricki she hung in there, and even more impressive, she and her partner Derek Hough (who is rumored to be dating Lauren Conrad) nabbed the season’s first scores of 10! Following her performance of a tango that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “brilliance in the ballroom,” Ricki earned two perfect 10s, scoring a total of 29 points out of 30.

Coming in second place for the third week in a row is war veteran J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff. J.R. received a good score of 26 points for his smooth fox-trot.

At the bottom of the scoreboard was Carson Kressley, who earned a low score of 20 points for his underwhelming pirate-themed Viennese waltz. Judge Len Goodman said the dance was “like childbirth: terrible while it’s happening and enjoyable when it’s over.” Ouch! Carrie Ann also criticized Carson before going on to call the dance his “most butch” performance yet.

The full scores from last night are below –

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20

On tonight’s results show, another celebrity will be sent packing!

TELL US – DO YOU THINK RICKI WILL WIN THIS SEASON? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?

Following her shocking elimination on Dancing With The Stars, Kristin Cavallari had some harsh criticism for the ABC hit show!

Despite receiving a high score and praises from the judges last Monday, The Hills alum and her partner Mark Ballas were given the boot on Tuesday night.

Following her elimination, Kristin spoke to UsWeekly and was quite honest about her feelings. “I’m really sad,” said Kristin, 24. “But I’d rather go out on top and have people be shocked than have people be like, ‘Thank god she’s leaving, it’s about time.’ It was the best experience I’ve ever had. I could not be happier that I did the show.”

Kristin then went on to state the obvious that DWTS is clearly not a dance competition but more of a popularity contest! Okay perhaps I added in that last part.

“It is what it is,” mused Kristin. “That’s the thing with Dancing with the Stars, you never know,” she said, laughing. “It’s clearly not a dance competition!”

Kristin however preferred to remain mum when asked about her reconciliation with ex-fiance/NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, stating: “I’m just not talking about it.” Kristin made headlines earlier this year after Jay dumped her out of the blue. The two are now back together.

Kristin also appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! during which she revealed that perhaps not having enough of a “sob story” was part of the reason she was sent packing. The episode called for each celebrity to perform a dance that evoked the most memorable year of their lives.

“Maybe I didn’t have a good enough story. It’s hard to compete with memorable years. Mine was I graduated from high school and moved to L.A,” said Kristin. A new episode of DWTS airs tonight on ABC.

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TELL US – DO YOU AGREE WITH KRISTIN’S COMMENT THAT DWTS IS NOT A DANCE COMPETITION? SHOULD THE JUDGE’S SCORES HOLD MORE WEIGHT?

Three weeks into Dancing With The Stars, the audience finally got a taste of the season’s first shocking elimination!

Despite giving a strong performance on Monday night and earning 24 points, The Hills alum Kristin Cavallari found herself in the bottom three alongside other good performers such as Hope Solo and Carson Kressley.

Safe were the lowest two scorers — Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace. Unfortunately for Kristin, 24, she was sent packing though she and partner Mark Ballas earned their highest scores of the season on Monday.

“I’m a little surprised, to be honest,” said Kristin after learning her fate. “But I’ve had such a great time and it’s been an awesome experience, so it is what it is.”

“I was really proud of Kristin,” said Mark, 25. “She had great potential and she killed it last night. I’m honored to be her partner.”

As for Chaz, he counted his lucky stars following Kristin’s elimination as he posted the following on his twitter page: “I wish I could thank each & every one of you personally for your votes. You are the reason Lacey Schwimmer and I ARE DANCING AGAIN next week!!”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KRISTIN’S ELIMINATION? SHOULD CHAZ HAVE BEEN VOTED OFF INSTEAD?

 

This week’s Dancing With The Stars leaderboard looks a lot similar to last week’s as for the second week in a row Ricki Lake leads the scoreboard while Chaz Bono is at the bottom yet again.

Ricki won over both the judges and fans with her spectacular rumba which represented the hardship she has experienced in the last year including a divorce and her house burning down. Her dance was far from disastrous giving her and partner Derek Hough the night’s top score of 27.

Tied for second place were both Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez, each scoring 26. War veteran J.R. had the ballroom in tears when he opened up about his war vehicle hitting a land mine when he was just 19 years old, disfiguring his face and more than 40 percent of his body. He dedicated his dance to the men and women serving our country. J.R. went on to receive a standing ovation for his rumba dance with partner Karina Smirnoff!

Coming in last place was Chaz Bono who struggled yet again. Quite frankly, Chaz failed to impress with his rumba receiving a low score of 18. Despite the score, judge Len Goodman called the rumba Chaz’s best dance yet while Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Just showing up here takes incredible amounts of courage.” It will be interesting to see if Chaz will be sent packing tomorrow night or if the fans will continue to save him!

Below are the full scores from last night –

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 27
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 26
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 24
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 24
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 18

Tonight, another contestant will be dismissed from the show. The judges’ scores will be combined with viewer votes to determine who goes home.

TELL US – IS IT CHAZ’S TIME TO GO? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING?

George Clooney’s ex Elisabetta Canalis was sent packing last night on the Dancing With The Stars results show.

Despite scoring pretty well on Monday night and landing in the middle of the pack, it seems Elisabetta just didn’t have enough fan support to keep her on the show.

She found herself in the bottom three with David Arquette and Chaz Bono though her score of 21 was actually better than the scores of 18 and 17 received by David and Chaz in that order.

And while the show kept Chaz in the bottom three before announcing his safety, host Tom Bergeron announced he was not really in the bottom three or at risk of going home. Perhaps Elisabetta was sent packing because viewers were a little turned off over what seemed to be an attitude by her towards her partner during Monday night’s rehearsals footage.

Elisabetta, 33, however took her elimination rather well. “For me, it was a gift every day staying here, really. It was a great adventure,” she said, thanking those who voted for her.

Her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, newbie and younger brother to Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was however a bit harder on himself. “I’m sorry. I wish I did better for you,” he told Elisabetta for not taking her further in the competition. “But I’m very lucky to be here, and I really appreciate the opportunity.”

Some are also wondering today whether the nasty tweets by the Kardashian sisters last week might have led to Elisabetta’s early demise on the show.

Dancing with the Stars returns next week on Monday night at 8/7c.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ELISABETTA’S ELIMINATION? DID THE RIGHT STAR GO HOME?