Archive: Dancing With the Stars

'Dancing With the Stars': The Finale

Look at this: The finale actually has some serious drama going on. Kristi has clobbered the competition almost all the way through. The girl lost only two weeks out of 10. How much better can a competitor do? But, hey, on this show, ya never know. Quickly, one side note:...

By Jennifer Frey | May 21, 2008; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (9)

'Dancing with the Stars': Girl Power!

It's about time a woman won the glitter ball, you know? Oh, you don't know? Well, you'll surely know after night one of this two-night finale. Welcome to the Kristi show (with a side dish of Jason's South Beach sex appeal). Whether you think her skating training has given her...

By Jennifer Frey | May 20, 2008; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

'Top Chef': It's a Lunchbox, for Goshsakes!

The show starts out on a high note when Season-2 hottie Sam is back as the guest judge. Talk about injecting some lusciousness into the program before we even get presented the food. As Antonia puts it: "Sign me up!" Alas, the challenges result in food that is less-droolworthy than...

By Jennifer Frey | May 15, 2008; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (6)

'Dancing With the Stars': From the Mouths of Babes

Call it a night of inappropriateness. The professional dance (a tribute to Michael Jackson's "Thriller") involves crotch-grabbing. Then Len comes up with a major case of foot-in-mouth disease. All of which fills the major minutes before the final three are revealed. This hour-killer, though, is better than most. Again, love...

By Jennifer Frey | May 14, 2008; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

'Dancing With the Stars': The Semifinals

Not really any shockers Monday night. There are any 30's at this point. No fake butts, no shocking ambulance rides, no comments from Crotchety Pants about dropping trou in the grocery store. No carping from angry dancers about the judges. No costume malfunctions! Sigh. This week, we just get dancing...

By Jennifer Frey | May 13, 2008; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (3)

'Dancing With The Stars': The 100th Episode

Double-dip tonight, with the judges' top-10 performances of the first five seasons, followed by an elimination episode that had so many return stars and guest stars that the entire actual elimination, start to finish, is handled in the last 10 minutes. Which is all it really takes, actually. The top-10...

By Jennifer Frey | May 7, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': The Fugitive Rises

Who knew a one-armed man could move so well? Talk about upsetting expectations. Cristian has been on the edge of departure for weeks at this point; last week, he got carried by the sympathy vote -- straight out of even the bottom two -- but it seemed unlikely he could...

By Jennifer Frey | May 6, 2008; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (4)

'Dancing With the Stars': Talking With Carrie Ann Inaba

As the field of "Dancing With the Stars" finalists grows smaller, we caught up with ever-personable show judge Carrie Ann Inaba to talk "DWTS" injuries (from cramped limbs to bruised egos), censors, possible perceptions -- and the idiosyncrasies of her fellow judges. CHANNEL THIS: Will Cristian be able to dance...

By Jennifer Frey | May 1, 2008; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': The Sympathy Vote?

It takes "DWTS" eight full minutes to recap the previous night's show, which is just another example of how badly they need to stretch and stretch to fill the results hour. Eye roll. And this week there's even news to report! But noo, we can't get told what's up with...

By Jennifer Frey | April 30, 2008; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With The Stars': A Bad Arm and a Fake Butt

Thwack. Kristi not only gets hit upside the head for imperfection this time around, but she gets dumped down the leaderboard to No. 4 -- out of six celebs -- in the first round of the competition's first double-dance night. Now, mind you, the major criticism is that the spectacularly...

By Jennifer Frey | April 29, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': Let's Start the Home-Judging Controversy

Mario in the bottom two with a second-best score of 28? Hmm. Either we have a boatload of prudes watching this show -- Mario and Karina were pretty raunchy in their highly rated dance Monday night -- or there is a Sabrina Bryant-style home-judging uprising on the launch. This time,...

By Jennifer Frey | April 23, 2008; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': Let's Get a Little Raunchy

Quote of the season thus far: Len, to Cristian, after the contestant smooth-steps his way through a dashing foxtrot: "If you're in the bottom two tomorrow, I'll show my bum in the supermarket." Bruno and Carrie Ann -- like this viewer, and I presume most others -- do their best...

By Jennifer Frey | April 22, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (9)

'Dancing With The Stars': Elvis Has Left The Building

Or maybe Elvis just summoned Priscilla back to the crypt. Not particularly sure. But it was time for Plastic Barbie (if that' s not redundant) to go home, and America clearly agreed. Not a lot of drama in this one, save for the competition between the little Julianne wannabes. A...

By Jennifer Frey | April 16, 2008; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With The Stars': Looking Like a Love God

Any questions about whether Jason is for real -- after last week's questionable 10's -- seem satisfied tonight, when he pulls out a trio of 9's on Latin night and Bruno declares him to have "the look of a love god." If, Tom Bergeron likes to remind us, this is...

By Jennifer Frey | April 15, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': The Julianne Hough Future Edition

Yes! Adam Carolla has been canned. Booted. He and the unicycle he rode in on. At last: justice! Not only that, but in the usual one-hour elimination episode that is fat with a bazillion minutes of nothingness, we have the dancing kids this week (and Sheryl Crow -- talk about...

By Jennifer Frey | April 9, 2008; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

'Dancing With The Stars': Let's Talk About Those 10s

I think this episode is great -- because it just screams out for discussion of what's behind judging decisions. Let's recap prior to this week: Kristi Yamaguchi has been so good that the judges have had to handcuff themselves not to dole out 10s to her in the first few...

By Jennifer Frey | April 8, 2008; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': Nice Guys Never Win

Well, what do I know? Adam Carolla? Marissa Jaret Winokur? Both dancers are declared safe early in Week 3's elimination show. (Which doesn't mean that one of them was not in the bottom two, voting-wise. Once again, the bottom two were not revealed). But they'll both be back for Week...

By Jennifer Frey | April 2, 2008; 06:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': The Priscilla Question

Let's dispense early with the obvious question: How did Kristi do? She didn't totally light up the room, and she got criticized by the judges for her lack of emotion. And she got three 9's--the best score of the night. Again. In other words, this time, the judges didn't have...

By Jennifer Frey | April 1, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

'Dancing With the Stars': The World As It Should Be?

She's ever so personable, but even Monica Seles knows that dancing for votes just isn't her thing. Seles gets canned during this week's Round One of elimination, which plays out pretty much how many thought it would. She deserves it, but she gets major props for being someone who really,...

By Jennifer Frey | March 26, 2008; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (11)

'Dancing With The Stars': Viewer Input Already Needed?

They are cranky. They are ticked. Call them the anti-Guttenbergs. Penn Jillette and Adam Carolla (following my mea culpa last week) are alike in one regard: They are less than "DWTS" enthusiastic backstage after their performances. Jillette -- who is clearly agitated that something he can't fix, the gynormous size...

By Jennifer Frey | March 25, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (13)

'Dancing With the Stars': Soaring Without Double Axels

Can you imagine Kristi Yamaguchi growing up with these judges? Control your arms! Learn how to use your legs! Pay attention to your posture! Oh, wait. She did -- only far more intense. (Trust me, I've covered figure-skating coaches up close and personal.) Shannon Elizabeth dances with Derek Hough. (Kelsey...

By Jennifer Frey | March 19, 2008; 09:01 AM ET | Comments (6)

Put My Head on the Platter!

Sorry for the brain freeze, aka pairing Julianne with Penn and not Adam Carolla (although even pairing her with Adam wouldn't have helped her chances much). Sorry, my bad. Cheers Jennifer Frey...

By Jennifer Frey | March 18, 2008; 04:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': No Illusions About Penn Jillette

So "Dancing With the Stars" is back with another eclectic field, but let's cut to the chase in terms of the first obvious storyline: Julianne is this season's Cheryl. Last season, if you don't remember, two-time champion Cheryl Burke found herself paired with Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, and she...

By Jennifer Frey | March 18, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (19)

'Dancing': If ONLY It Were a Dancing Contest...

I hate to say I told you so... Especially when what I told you that Helio -- never mind those two left feet -- would win, thanks to his dimpled grin and stage-hogging flashiness of his dancing partner. The best woman -- Mel B -- didn't win. A woman has...

By Teresa Wiltz | November 28, 2007; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

'Dancing': Helio Will Win, Hams Down!

So after taking in Helio's crowd-pleasing freestyle, I'm predicting that he's going to win, propelled to the finish line by the sheer fabulousness of his partner, Julianne. Julianne and Helio: 'Dancing' Champs? (ABC/Carol Kaelson) Helio might be tossing her up in the air and spinning her around, but she's doing...

By Teresa Wiltz | November 27, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

'Dancing': It's... the Lord of the Cash Register!

So I learned something last night: The world's biggest-selling dance star isn't Baryshnikov. It also isn't Nureyev or Judith Jamison or Mark Morris or Martha Graham or Insert-your-favorite-dance-great here. It's... Michael Flatley. Not sure what that means for the future of our civilization, but it can't be good. Flatley was...

By Teresa Wiltz | November 21, 2007; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (7)

'Dancing': Sugar and 'Spice' and Ditching the Nice

So last night was the semifinals. Which meant that everyone brought their "A" game: Marie's got no shimmy in her shake and she's still cheesy, cheesy, cheesy, but she worked with what she had: continuing in her quest to get acquainted with her hips, losing bits and pieces of her...

By Teresa Wiltz | November 20, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Yawning 'With the Stars'

Is there not one real moment on this show? Marie's look of surprise when she hears she's safe: fake. Cameron's smarmy answer when he's asked whether Helio is an ally or a threat: fake. Backstage scene of the dancers waiting to hear the word: fake, fake, fake. Also fake: The...

By Teresa Wiltz | November 14, 2007; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

'Dancing': A Little Bit Country, a Lotta Bit 'Orange Sugar'

Gah. If you need a pom-pom sporting Richard Simmons to give you a pep talk on self-esteem, then you've either: A) reached an unparalleled level of desperation to snare more votes; or B) you're cynically working the woe-is-poor-insecure-me angle a little too hard; or C) both. Which is to say,...

By Michael Cavna | November 13, 2007; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing': We Don't Need No Stinkin' Writers

Come for the dancing lessons, stay for the life lessons. Oh, time and time and time again we lapse and are hoodwinked into thinking that competition shows are all about the performances. We're simple that way, like a Lab puppy that keeps forgetting that a sprint onto kitchen Linoleum will...

By Michael Cavna | November 7, 2007; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': Little Sizzle

So when did Marie Osmond morph into Elvira? Even back in the "Donny & Marie" days, she was always a makeup girl, heavy on the lashes and liner, hold the subtlety. But what worked -- marginally -- as a teenager back in, oh, 1976, does not work when you're (cough,...

By Treena Simington | October 30, 2007; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing' Away Without the Billionaire

The Mark Cuban run has come to an end, although not without another enlightening glimpse into the voters' minds (Jane Seymour in the bottom two? A week after Mel B in the bottom 2? Hmmmm. This is the strongest female contingent in the history of "Dancing With the Stars" and...

By Jennifer Frey | October 24, 2007; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (3)

"Dancing With the Stars:" And Fainting Too

So the night starts out with Marie Osmond passing out cold on the floor in that horrible blue dress. Quite a shocker, then a quick cut to a commercial. Back from the commercial break, Marie is functional for the scoring (alas, her score was a Mark Cuban-tying 21, and we...

By Jennifer Frey | October 23, 2007; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing With the Stars': The Maverick Man

First things first: Bye, bye Floyd. You knew it was coming, we knew it was coming, now go get ready for your fight. Really, was anyone surprised that Mayweather was the one to go on this week's "Dancing With the Stars"? Now, better question: How many of you were stunned...

By Jennifer Frey | October 17, 2007; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing' to Perfection

We'll get to Carrie Anne's very annoying crank monster act in a few minutes (Tom Bergeron referred to her as the night's "school marm," also very appropriate, but crank monster seemed to be the favored term in this household.) Helio -- not perfect, but still a standout.(Carol Kaelson/ABC) What about...

By Jennifer Frey | October 16, 2007; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing' Leaves Las Vegas

And, in Week 3, Wayne Newton was finally laid to rest. After two weeks of being the clear-cut worst performer in the group, it was beginning to look like Mr. Las Vegas had enough fan support to ride out, well, who knows what? (Truthfully, one had to begin to wonder...

By Jennifer Frey | October 10, 2007; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

'Dancing' With The Ladies

Boys, boys, boys. You are in serious trouble. Really. How long can you expect poor Helio to carry the lot of you? Helio has one "off" night -- and by "off," that means not up to his Week 1 and 2 standards, but still far better than the rest of...

By Jennifer Frey | October 9, 2007; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

A 'Dancing' Upset

Wow. Is Mark Cuban using his billions to pay off "Dancing With the Stars" watchers? Just kidding. But, still, how else to explain the fact that Cuban was in the bottom two last week (despite not having one of the two lowest scores) and was NOT among the bottom two...

By Jennifer Frey | October 3, 2007; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (5)

'Dancing' With Donny & Marie

First, a moment of silence for poor Jennie Garth's face. It's one thing to make a misstep or flub a turn on "Dancing With the Stars," but a finish that involves a total collapse onto the floor after a partner slips on your dress and whacks you pretty much in...

By Jennifer Frey | October 2, 2007; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Dancing's' Savion, oh Savion

No shock here: SI swimsuit model Josie Maran, she of the no muscles and lowest scores (but very, very nice legs) goes home on the first results show of "Dancing With the Stars." The final two: Josie and billionaire Mark Cuban (who owns the Dallas Mavericks). Apparently, you have more...

By Jennifer Frey | September 27, 2007; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do the Hippy Hippy Shake

In the first week of competition on "Dancing With the Stars," the most memorable moment on "boys' night" had to be when the camera panned the faces of the women competitors after Mr. Abercrombie & Fitch (that would be model Albert Reed) completed a cha-cha-cha (at least that's what we...

By Jennifer Frey | September 26, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Alas, Where Was My Trainwreck?

So they've split the first round into female/male and no one totally crashed and burned on day 1 of "Dancing With the Stars," which is.......disappointing. What is the world without a total implosion to assess??? (There is the issue of Drew Lachey continuing the total career revival, but we digress...)...

By Jennifer Frey | September 25, 2007; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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