One person who believes the answer to that is yes is none other than her fellow DWTS cast-mate Niecy Nash. “I like to see the growth,” says the comedian to PEOPLE. “Nicole today is who she was when she got here — she was a great dancer and she still is.”
Nicole, who beat out Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, was the favorite from day one, and many fans, including Niecy, feel the show is quickly losing sight of its original premise, which was to take celebrities out of their comfort zone and onto the ballroom floor.
“There were moments you couldn’t tell her from the pro dancers,” says Niecy of Nicole, who received high praises from the judges, even being called the best dancer the show has ever seen by Carie Ann.
“Dancing With the Stars is something that resonates with me when the contestants have a journey. I was such a big fan of Kelly Osbourne last year because she had the most transformation,” continues Niecy. “I cheer for the people who have evolved. To me, that’s what the competition should be.”
TELL US: DOES NIECY HAVE A POINT? DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH NIECY?
Next week is the semifinals of Dancing With The Stars, and one star who won’t be dancing isNiecy Nash, as the comedian and former ‘Reno 911′ star found herself eliminated from the dance competition.
In the bottom two with Niecy this week was NFL star Chad Ochocinco. Niecy’s elimination did not come as a big shocker as she did receive the lowest scores this week, a total of 43 for her two dances.
Niecy managed to keep her sense of humor despite being voted off. “I am a 40-year-old mother of three. I’ve got three C-sections under my belt and I… I was able to survive in this competition this long?… I’ve been able to be one of the last women standing in this competition. I’ve had such a fantastic time being able to live out my dream… I’m a happy girl,” said Niecy.
Niecy also had some nice words for her pro partner Louis van Amstel, “Thank you for molding this lump of clay into something,” she said.
Stars Nicole Scherzinger, Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek and Chad Ochocinco remain in the competition. One more celebrity will be eliminated next week, with the remaining three making it on to the finals.
Also rounding up the bottom two with Erin was Pamela Anderson, who was eliminated from the show last night. “This has been one of the best experiences of my life and that says a lot,” laughed Pamela after hearing the elimination news.
Pam also showed gratitude to her Australian partner Damian Whitewood. “Damian’s amazing. I just want to thank him. I never knew that I could dance or I don’t really know if I can dance yet, but he just helped me so much,” she said. “I just want to thank you very much for doing this and I’m sure he’s going to be around a really long time with you guys.”
Moving on from Pam’s elimination. The big DWTS headline today is the trashy and despicable comments made by Elisabeth Hasselbeckon Tuesday’s episode of The View. Host Elisabeth, 32, criticized Erin Andrews, who has faced two separate stalking incidents in the past year, for dressing too sexy on DWTS.
Now there’s no harm in criticising Erin for the way she dresses on the show, but the harm came when Elisabeth decided to make light of Erin’s stalking incidents, almost putting some blame on her despite the fact that she was a victim. “In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] — and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room,” Elisabeth said. “I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!’”
This ofcourse led to outrage from both viewers and the cast of DWTS. The following comments were posted by some of the cast mmbers:
Maksim – “I’m the one designing @ErinAndrewsESPN’s dresses for the show, so I’ll just assume that @ehasselbeck is jealous…and stupid 4 her comments.“
Evan Lysacek - “So disappointed that anyone would attack @ErinAndrewsESPN after all she’s been through.”
Niecy Nash – “Elizabeth Hassleback’s comments about @ErinAndrewsESPN. Insensitive, in poor taste and remedial and foolish.
Must say Niecy Nash’s comment is spot on. To make matters worse, yesterday was Erin’s 32nd birthday. Erin, who says she cried after hearing Elisabeth’s comments had the following to say: “I think people can have opinions about the show, but my biggest complaint is she’s a woman and a mother and it was a mockery of something I’ve lived through this last year. … I felt like it was a slap in the face for victims of stalkers and victims of sexual predators.”
Elisabeth appeared on The View Wednesday morning and issued a tearful apology to Erin, saying she had also called her to apologize.
I have so much to say about this but I think Erin and Niecy said it best. It’s one thing for Elisabeth to criticize Erin for her outfits on the show, but to make light of her being stalked and victimized is so cruel, unnecessary and out of line.
TELL US – DID ELISABETH GO TOO FAR WITH HER COMMENTS?
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Aiden Turner and partner Edyta Sliwinska found themselves the latest casualty of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, as the sexy duo were eliminated from the show, after being in the bottom two with comedian Niecy Nash.
Aiden’s elimination was not much of a surprise as the soap star had the second lowest scores this week, right behind Kate Gosselin, who yet again survived another week.
“I’ve had a great time,” said a tearful Aiden, who got a standing ovation from the audience. “The experience of being on Dancing With the Stars has been amazing. … Now I feel like I can move like I never moved before.”
Eight couples remaining on the dancing show, and next week should be interesting as the couples will have to dance to popular dance sequences from hit movies. Should be an interesting night.
One of the bigger cast surprises came when The Bachelor himself, Jake Pavelka was announced. Other surprises came in the form of 90210 actress Shannen Doherty, NFL Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco, and Buzz Aldrin , 80, the second man to step foot on the moon. Buzz will also be the oldest man to ever compete on DWTS.
Other notable cast members include Nicole Scherzinger, leader of the girl pop group The Pussycat Dolls, comedian Niecy Nash from “Reno 911″ and Erin Andrews, the ESPN sports reporter who recently made headlines when it was discovered a peeping tom had secretly taped her.
The full cast list is below -
Pamela Anderson – Model and Actress
Chad Ochocinco – NFL player
Shannen Doherty – Actress
Kate Gosselin – Reality Star
Nicole Scherzinger -The Pussycat Dolls leader
Niecy Nash – Actress and Comedian
Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut
Evan Lysacek – Olympic Skating Figure Medalist
Erin Andrews -ESPN Sports Reporter
Aiden Turner – Soap Star
Jake Pavelka – The Bachelor Reality Star
The new season is set to premier March 22 on ABC.
The tenth season of “Dancing with the Stars” announced its cast during the commercial breaks of “The Bachelor” finale on Monday, March 1. As previously reported, Pamela Anderson is in, along with NFL star Chad Ochocinco. These two were the first to be revealed by host Tom Bergeron and ET correspondent Melissa Rycroft.
Four of the Real Housewives of Atlanta attended a birthday celebration for actress/comedian Niecy Nash in Atlanta this weekend, and according to sources there was already some drama brewing at the party. Bravo is currently filming for the second season. More pictures from the party below -