Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Premiere: March 21 & Analysis

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Premiere: March 21

 

Welcome back, Dancing with the Stars!  This season opened with Witney and Keo together, along with the whole cast and troupe outdoors, and then went indoors.  Everyone and everything pulsated with excitement and anticipation.  Welcome back to the regular pros, to the always-funny Sasha in his second season as a pro, to Tom and Erin as hosts, and to our usual three judges–Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman (he’s back from England!), and Bruno Tonioli.  Welcome to new troupe members.  And welcome back to pros Karina and Edyta!  Welcome to spring and season 22 of Dancing with the Stars!

 

The Cast:

Mischa Barton: Actress of film, TV, stage. Pro partner: Artem Chigventsev.

Antonio Brown: NFL/Pitts. Steelers wide receiver/punt returner (like Hines Ward, season 12, Kym Johnson). Brown wants Steelers fans nationwide as fans. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess.

Nyle Dimarco:  Deaf actor; an “America’s Next Top Model.” Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd.

Kim Fields: TV/film actress (“The Facts Of Life”).” Pro partner: Sasha Farber.

Doug Flutie: FB commentator; former NFL Q’back. Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff.

Marla Maples:  Stage/TV (host)/film; mother of Tiffany Trump.  Pro partner: Tony Dovolani.

Von Miller:  Denver Broncos def. linebacker/SB50 MVP 2/2016.  Pro partner: Witney Carson.

Wanya Morris: 1990s H.S. to Boyz II Men (bestselling R&B). Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.

Geraldo Rivera:  Award-winning journalist.  Pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska.

Jodie Sweetin: Actress (“Full/er House” & author). Pro partner: Keo Motsepe.

Paige VanZant: UFC straw-wt. mixed martial artist; lifelong dancer. Pro partner: Mark Ballas.

Ginger Zee: ABC GMA chief meteorologist, new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy.

Dancing With The Stars: Week 1 Analysis

The Stars tonight brought many delights and a few disappointments, along with enthusiasm, fun, and much more. All of them seem to be truly nice people. Unfortunately, most of the judging was way off target; they usually cheat the first contestant on scoring, but tonight they cheated a lot of them and up-scored a few.

  1. Kim Fields: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 7-6-7. My score 7.

The positive: She’s high spirited, lively, and fun! A joyful and exciting dance.  Much of the time, met the need to be on her toes for Latin dance.  The perfect partner for Sasha. Good!

The negative: Needs even more hip action (from fast/sharp foot placement).

 

  1. Paige VanZant: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 7.  My score 8.

The positive: She’s sweet and fun.  Her dance was rhythmic and flowing, with graceful arms/hands and pointed toes.  Good attitude.  Good job/a very-good start to the season.

The negative: The dance needed more traditional foxtrot content. She’ll have to keep watch and control over her frame because she’s used to bending and turning her shoulders while boxing; she did pretty well, though.

 

  1. Doug Flutie: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 5. My score 6.

The positive: He usually showed nice arm extensions/graceful hands and “caught”/spun Karina well.  Eager to learn/improve.  A nice guy.

The negative: Must work on frame/posture/footwork and bring his bum in.

 

  1. Jodie Sweetin: Tango. Judges’ scores 7-6-7. My score 8.5.

The positive: She’s extremely committed to learning and performing well. I rarely liked her bratty character on “Full House,” which means that she played it well, but I like her here.  Her dance was correct, tight, sharp, in good hold; her arms/hands, feet, hips, and lines were good.  Excellent for the first week.

The negative: Like the judges, I saw that she needs to be careful of her facial expressions and head turns. These new dancers have so much to remember while they’re out there and nervous in the lights.  She was trying to focus but also show the proper expression, which for the tango is not supposed to be smiling; she did a pretty-good job.

 

  1. Geraldo Rivera: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 5-4-4.  My score 3.5.

The positive: He showed up and saw it through, and he’s nice enough.  However . . .

The negative: Why have him on the show and pay him an exorbitant fee when he can’t even remotely approach anything called dancing? He showed the most-minimal movement/hip action and nothing that could be called musicality or rhythm.  He seems to have flat feet and walked.  Either he really has nothing to give in this field (no chance for improvement) or he didn’t even try.  He asked for “pity on the old guy”; doing that right out of the gate is inexcusable.  No!  Go back to journalism and stay there, Geraldo.  (Sorry for you, Edyta!)

 

  1. Marla Maples: Quickstep. Judges’ score 7. My score 8.

The positive: A perfect, traditional quickstep. Did a good job in one of the hardest dances, right out of the gate.  Joyful, almost celebratory, in body and face.  Accurate, smooth, and flowing with the right amount of bounce, fun, flexible, graceful throughout, lovely lines.  Great attitude.  Very impressive!  My second-favorite dance of the night.

The negative: Improve the small footwork in the close hold and overall technique.

 

  1. Wanya Morris: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 8-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: As a singer, he said that he “wants to look like a dancer who can sing.” Good attitude.  Great timing/musicality/frame/lines/footwork/pointed toes.  Wonderfully light on his feet.  Fun, exciting, and happy!  An impressive performance.

The negative: Needed more hip action and traditional cha-cha content.

 

  1. Ginger Zee: Jive.             Judges’ scores 8-7-8.  My score 8.

The positive: The kind of light-up-the-room, fun, truly joyful person we want to have around all the time. Her dance was peppy, fast, pure joy through her face/body/attitude.  A fab job, especially for a young woman who gave birth only three months ago, has a fulltime job on GMA in New York, and travels between NY and Los Angeles weekly for tough dance training.  I hope that the tough demands of motherhood, her job, dancing, and traveling won’t cause her to become injured or just to fizzle out too early.

The negative: Her kicks should be a bit larger and sharper; very good so far, though.

 

  1. Mischa Barton: Tango. Judges’ scores 5-5-6. My score 7.

The positive: Accurate, good timing/technique/lines/footwork/arms/hands. The judges unfairly did not account for her overall technique and basic performance, which were good.

The negative: Stiff and almost mechanical most of the time; I saw this brewing whenever the camera was on her well before she danced. No true musicality/rhythm/rise & fall even though she had some degree of a dance background, which likely focused on technique.  Certainly she was nervous.  If she loosens up and lets go to combine musicality with the proper technique that she already learns well, she could become a contender.

 

  1. Nyle Dimarco: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 8-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: A sweet, beautiful soul who can hear nothing but still senses the beauty in life and eagerly gives his all with passion. WOW!  For someone who can hear nothing nor feel vibration, he has great rhythm/musicality/timing/hip action/footwork/control!  I loved it!  The dance of the night! Great chemistry with Peta; his accomplishments in dance are a testament to her abilities and devotion as a teacher.

The negative: Not much—he needs to work on straightening/controlling his posture.

 

  1. Antonio Brown: Quickstep. Judges’ scores 8-6-7.  My score 8.

The positive: Enthusiastic, happy, committed, all out! Good musicality/timing/footwork (mostly). Light on his feet, like when he’s on the field. I liked it.  What a nice guy with a positive attitude!

The negative: He must pull up/straighten his frame, strengthen/use his core to control his frame, and keep improving technique. He can do it, so watch out for him.

 

  1. Von Miller: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 8-6-7.  My score 6.5.

The positive: He’s sweet and tried hard. He showed good timing and a healthy attitude while staying with Witney. With work, he can improve.

The negative: Carrie Ann’s score was quite inflated. I would have preferred to see more traditional foxtrot content.  Von needs to work on lengthening his lines, making his arms follow through gracefully and smoothly, aligning his hands gracefully with his arms, lifting his frame, pulling in his bum, and being lighter on his feet.  It’s a lot for any new dancer to keep track of, especially a big FB player who’s heavy on his feet.

 

WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED NEXT WEEK?  Geraldo! According to what I saw tonight, Doug would be next if he doesn’t show improvement quickly, unless someone else royally screws up.

Here’s my first impression of those who seem to be the true contenders: Nyle, Antonio, Marla, Wanya, Jodie, Paige, and Ginger—over half.  Good show!  Kim and Mischa aren’t far behind.

What do you agree with? Disagree with? Which dances did you like the most and the least? Have good points to add? Weigh in with your comments!  Praise, slam, explain, inspire, or whatever.  Let’s get a great conversation going about Dancing with the Stars!

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Vickie L. Weaver

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