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DWTS: Four, squared.

October 13, 2010

 

what's he famous for again? Boys Gone Wild?

 

It’s real funny to me that just two weeks ago, everyone was all up in arms that Bruno gave Michael Bolton a 3 for his terrible jive, but they handed out a bunch of 4s this week like candy — well-earned candy.  It was week four, so maybe that’s why.  Now the standings are looking more secure about who is going to go the distance, it’s a matter of weeding out the bottom of the pack and seeing who in the middle might get a fire lit under them as the dead weight falls away.  Last night Bristol Palin was in the bottom two again, but escaped again.  For awhile, I was batting a thousand this week, correctly predicting the judges’ score spread for each dance (two scores were given – one for technical, one for overall performance), and even correctly predicting who would be safe and who would be in the bottom two.  But in the last second, I hedged and thought Bristol, even though she had actually improved, might be saying goodbye.  Nope, I choked — it was time for The Situation to return to Jersey Shore.  Which, when I think back to his dance, why did I predict anyone else would be the one to go?  It was really terrible!


Despite my love for Derek Hough as a choreographer and performer, I’m still not sold on Jennifer Grey — even though it seems sort of inevitable she’s headed towards a career that will be neatly bookended by Dirty Dancing on one side and the mirror ball trophy on the other.  So every week, I have to be convinced to cheer for her, but every week, she earns it.  Here’s a much better example of an Argentine Tango, which scored the first 10s of the season (even if it was for performance, not technical):

Kyle Massey is still looking like a possible winner to me — he’s a goofball for sure, but he’s 19, and he works hard every week and shows improvement.  Dirty-girl Lacey is the perfect match for his youth and enthusiasm and inexperience, so I hope soon he will break out of the 4th place spot he’s been locked into and they will find his way to the top of the pack.  I was also glad to see that Brandy finally had her own breakthrough this week and showed what that she is capable herself — I think it helped that she went into the costume rack and pulled out Pamela Anderson’s rumba outfit from last season.  She didn’t channel Pamela’s split, but she and Maks made some magic of their own:

Of course, dancing to This Woman’s Work helped.  Then again, while the right song choice can certainly elevate a mediocre dance to good status, if your dancing is poor, wasting it on a good song exacerbates that too.  I was relieved that Brandy did the song justice.

But the dance that has stayed with me the most this week has to be Florence Henderson’s.  Is is Awkward Sexy or just sometimes awkward and sometimes sexy?  I couldn’t decide.

The viewers didn’t think it was “NOT appropriate” — she escaped the bottom two.  See you next week and possibly beyond, dirty Mrs. Brady!

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[Ed. note:  Last night I liveblogged DWTS, and I hope to do this most every week, on either Monday or Tuesday.  I will always announce it the day of on twitter and facebook and would love others to join me.  Thanks to Krista last night for keeping me company!]

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2010 9:05 am

    I don’t watch DWTS, but I did watch The Situation’s exit interview on GMA this morning. I had it on mute, so I didn’t hear The Situation’s excuses about why he was kicked out already, but I could see his dance routines.

    He was amazingly terrible. His dance partner was working it the best she could, but all her flashy moves couldn’t disguise the fact that he barely knew the steps. If that’s the quality of dancing he’s been doing on the show, The Situation should have been voted off weeks ago.
    Too bad Snooki never showed up to cheer him on before he left–although she might have been a more interesting contestant than him!

  2. angie permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:55 am

    wow that was a nice tango. love the recaps, not watching this season so i really look forward to reading these and watching your clips! xoxo!

  3. October 13, 2010 10:37 am

    Anyone named The Situation who isn’t a rapper from Memphis is gonna be whack by default. Also, his dancing sucked all kinds of cucumber.

  4. evmaroon permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:43 am

    Somewhere in New Jersey, there’s a village looking for. . . nah, I can’t do it. I hope he enjoys his homecoming to Wildwood, or wherever they hang out.

    See, Raymond, you shouldn’t second guess yourself! Go with your gut!

    Meanwhile, I just can not get over Jennifer Grey’s nose. I try to but I can’t. I hear her voice but it’s not her. She’s like Robert Downey Jr. in Chances Are insisting to Cybill Shephard he’s really her long lost, dearly departed love. Or something.

  5. October 13, 2010 12:15 pm

    “Dirty-girl Lacey”: FTW.

    @evmaroon: I have made peace with Jennifer Grey’s nose by pretending that Jeannie Bueller got out of an awful, nose-breakingly abusive relationship with (Charlie Sheen’s character, from the police station) and is now having an “Eat, Pray, Get a Nose Job” second act.

  6. October 13, 2010 3:13 pm

    Haha! You’re welcome. Thanks for not posting a video of Bristol Palin.

  7. October 13, 2010 3:56 pm

    I love that The Situation exists. That was deliciously horrible.

  8. October 13, 2010 6:33 pm

    I was a little surprised there weren’t more Jersey Shore cohorts showing up to cheer him on, but then again, I watched the show once and could hardly make it through an episode with dozing off. Ev, I had the same problem with jennifer’s nose, but I think Hollo just fixed that for me!!!!

  9. October 13, 2010 6:52 pm

    I love that Raymond writes so brilliant about this show and the subsequent responses to it. I keep checking in on this thread and laughing.

  10. October 13, 2010 7:56 pm

    and I love that I have good company who appreciate the show and/or my dorkiness about it!

  11. October 13, 2010 8:04 pm

    @Holly: I love that I just commented on your “This Women’s Work” post last week!!

    http://www.seamstressfortheband.org/?p=1278

  12. Jillamina permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:33 pm

    I loved watching Lacey on So You Think You Can Dance, so much so that while looking for an illustrative dirty-girl video from that show, I found myself watching this ENTIRE montage (I rarely make it more than 15 seconds in to montages):

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/2095920/outrageous_lacey_schwimmer.swfOutrageous Lacey Schwimmer

  13. unscrambled permalink
    October 14, 2010 8:00 am

    When I read this, I smiled thinking about how nervous + plotzing you must have been about “This Woman’s Work” as a song choice, arj. I’m glad she did it well.

    I continue to be amazed that “The Situation” exists, and that everyone consents to calling him that, and that he is famous because he is a jerk and has visible abs. I would say yadda yadda apocalypse, but really, it’s only going to get worse.

    3 cheers for displays of sexuality throughout the lifespan!

  14. October 14, 2010 11:09 am

    Omg, I love Flo-Hen, but that was a terrible version of Yesterday. What the heck.

  15. October 14, 2010 11:13 am

    @unscrambled: I remember us trying to watch one episode of Jersey Shore, and all I could think was “I designed my life to intentionally avoid people like this.” But I know we all have our train wrecks we like to watch, so I don’t judge.

    @snarky: Yesterday is neither a sexy or a cheeky song, so I think that made their dancing seem more confusing, too.

  16. October 14, 2010 12:11 pm

    Flo-Hen moves very well and quite elegantly. I muted the sound and re-watched. She’s really graceful. Also, she’s got charisma for days. Love her!

  17. Sandra C. Muñoz permalink
    October 14, 2010 4:48 pm

    Raymond, you really are my last connection to DWTS. I can’t watch anymore, I just can’t.

  18. October 14, 2010 5:20 pm

    @Sandra: don’t worry, I’ll keep putting the necessary clips here so you can keep the loose tether!

    @Snarky: you’re right — watching Flo-Hen without sound is waaaaay better!

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