Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 10 FINALS, Night 2...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 10 FINALS, Night 2   It’s Week 10/The Finals/The Finale, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Remaining Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Finals, Night 2/The Finale, Analysis & Results (May 23, 2017) This is Finals Week on Dancing with the Stars! It’s basically a big party that everyone came home for. The show began at the outdoor venue/stage, which turned out to be just beyond the ballroom. Much of the night Erin was outdoors while Tom ran things in the ballroom, but Erin was back and forth. We saw clips reviewing the three finalists’ respective journeys over the past 10 weeks and were reminded that they would have to do one more dance for the judges to score (the fusion dance). That was when they revealed that Rashad had logged 100+ more rehearsal hours than the other finalists, which says a lot. Pro and troupe members together—first girls, then guys—danced hot numbers; the...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, FINALS, Night 1...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 10, FINALS, Night 1   It’s Week 10, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Finals, Night 1, Analysis & Results (May 22, 2017) This is Finals Week on Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin got right down to business by getting the first couple on the dance floor for the first of two dances. The first dance: a redemption of an earlier week. The second dance: The freestyle! The performances were a joy to watch. The judges’ scores were fair. DANCE #1:  REDEMPTION DANCE (A re-do of an earlier week) David Ross: Vien. Waltz (Week 4).  Judges: 8-8-9-8.  Me: 9. David has improved a lot since Week 4 to keep his bum tucked under; still, though, it wasn’t perfect tonight. Nor was his posture. But he was close; still hardworking, sweet, likable, and entertaining. (Week 4’s scores were: Judges 7-8-8-8; Me 8.) We have not seen him...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 9 Results...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 9 Results It’s Week 9, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +     Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Analysis & Results (May 15, 2017) This is   Semi-Finals Week on Dancing with the Stars! The 4 remaining couples did not disappoint. The judges’ scores were fair. At the end of round 1, Cheryl Burke performed a number from her highly successful tour that just finished in Japan and will soon start in the USA (30 cities). Singer Calum Scott performed twice (beautiful voice). All couples got post-dance interviews with Erin, except Rashad did not when he ended rounded two, because the show was short on time to present the elimination vote. DANCE #1: JUDGES’ CHALLENGE Normani Kordei: Tradl. Vien. Waltz.     Judges: 9.  Me: 9. Len worked with her, wanting her and Val to achieve 12 consecutive bars of the Viennese Waltz in hold. Mission accomplished! She...

WRITING with SEMINAL SEMICOLONS: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?...

  WRITING with SEMINAL SEMICOLONS: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?   Life is all about relationships.  People have relationships with other people, creatures, and things; with music and dance, books, words and punctuation in writing. Relationships and writing are crucial in life.  Specifically, we even have a relationship with the semicolon, that mid-line dot with a comma curved beneath it like one half of a spooning couple.   Like it or not, the semicolon is a useful and necessary punctuation mark to use in our writing.  An occasional person, even an academic, thinks it should be eliminated from our options and our culture.  But, eliminating the semicolon shouldn’t and can’t be done.  Why?  The semicolon connects and clarifies relationships, those things we can’t live normally without.   I recently read a well-written article by a business consultant.  Surprising to me, he used all periods instead of connecting related thoughts with semicolons.  Doing that made his writing a bit choppy with many short sentences (complete thoughts, also known as independent clauses) and left a few question marks on my mind.  Although he used “relationship” a few times, he seemed to have a relationship problem with the semicolon.  Please consider the following two paragraphs and then my redo of affected sentences...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 8 Results...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 8 Results   It’s Week 8, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +     Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Sharna Burgess  +  Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Analysis & Results (May 8, 2017) This is Trio Round Week on Dancing with the Stars! The 5 remaining couples performed knowing that only one of them would go home. A few performances were WOW! One was only pretty good. The judges’ scores were fair most of the way. Some couples got post-dance interviews with Erin. Rashad Jennings: Traditional Jive.            Judges: 9.  Me: 9.5. The positive:  (Sorry that I forgot to note the song.) The dance was lively, joyful, creative, cute, and very well done. I loved it! The negative/work on:  Rashad’s flicks/kicks should’ve been more energetic, sharper and higher. Yes, they should be by now, and as soon as he aces this, he could get all 10’s every...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 7 Results...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 7   It’s Week 7, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), choreographer Mandy Moore, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +     Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Artem Chigvintsev  +  Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Peta Murgatroyd  +  Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Sharna Burgess  +  Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Analysis & Results (May 1, 2017) This is “A Night at the Movies” Week on Dancing with the Stars! The 7 remaining couples performed under the threat of a double elimination, ranging from good to WOW. Nearly every pro choreographed appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content. The judges’ scores were mostly fair, but they cheated one contestant and denied two post-dance interviews with Erin. CAI did not subtract points for lifts. Bonner Bolton: Tradl. Paso.        Judges: 7-7-8-7.  Me: 8. The positive:  Western Movie. Again, Bonner showed even further improvement. He even jumped onto the table in one swift move!...

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