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Dancing With The Stars, Week 4 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 4 Analysis and Results →   It’s Week 4, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted; they’re always fun. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Maksim Chmerkovskiy  +  Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer Peta Murgatroyd  +  Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Artem Chigvintsev  +  Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Kym Johnson Herjavec  +  Mr. T., Actor Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher Sharna Burgess  +  Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Gleb Savchenko  +  Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 Analysis (April 10, 2017) This week’s Dancing with the Stars theme is “Most-Memorable Year” in the life of each celeb.  Overall, the performances ranged from good to outstanding, most of the pros choreographed appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content, and the judges’ scores were mostly fair. Normani Kordei: Tradl. Rhumba.                     Judges’ scores 8-7-8-9.  My score 9. The positive:  Val’s choreo was good, except that a few times they interrupted the flow a bit. The dance was magnetic, graceful, pretty, dramatic and emotional in relaying Normani’s joy and gratitude in joining Fifth Harmony in 2012. Again, she was all in, with excellent posture while experiencing the dance. As Len said, “A joy to watch.” CAI subtracted a point for a lift.   Nick Viall: Traditional Rhumba.            Judges’ scores 8-7-8-7.  My score 8. The positive: Without any doubt, this was Nick’s best dance to date! He really appeared to be invested in the representation of his time on “The Bachelor,” where he finally found love in 2015. It began with him dancing briefly with four girls; the bulk of the time, logically, was with Peta, and just before the end with his fiancée, Vanessa. He was in the role of the leading man this time, all the way, which is major progress in confidence. He showed marked improvement all the way around, especially also in posture. He has progressed further and sooner than I had supposed he would on Dancing with the Stars. A really good job this week, and I enjoyed it.   Nancy Kerrigan: Traditional Foxtrot.                Judges’ scores 8-9-8-8.  My score 9. The positive:  Nancy shared the heartbreak of suffering six miscarriages in eight years after a successful first pregnancy that gave her a healthy son, along with...

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Finale and Winner

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23 Finale, Night 2, Nov. 22 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver   Dancing With The Stars: Week 11, Night 2 Finale, Analysis and Results It’s THE FINALS Week! Last night, the finals; tonight, the finale and our winner! The location alternated between the ballroom and The Grove next door. Clips from the season’s practices, rehearsals, performances, tricks on one another, and more were shown. The judges, for the final time this season, were (left to right) Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, former pro Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli. Near the end, Jana Kramer performed one of her latest songs. Needless to say, all dancing was fabulous. Tom and Erin hosted.   Periodically during the first half, one of the top four performed a redo of a dance from earlier in the season. Jana and Gleb, who were voted out last night, did their HOT Argentine Tango from Week 6, and it’s still SMOKIN’ HOT! Calvin and Lindsay, too, did an Arg. Tango from Week 6 (excellent but not hot). James and Sharna redid their Quickstep from Week 4. Laurie and Val redid their trio Samba with Maks from Week 10.   For tonight, each couple was assigned a fusion dance, which was their last dance of the competition, right before the winner was announced:   Calvin Johnson: From running on the football field to dancing in the ballroom! Jive & Quickstep: Joyous, fun, perfect, charming. Loved it!                Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   James Hinchcliffe: with Sharna! From driving a race car to dancing in the ballroom! Viennese Waltz & Foxtrot: Beautiful, flowing, graceful. Loved it!       Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   Laurie Hernandez: From winning for the USA as a gymnast in the Olympics to dancing in the ballroom!  Foxtrot & Arg. Tango: Powerful, accurate, excellent.                           Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   DANCE OF THE NIGHT: (1) Calvin & Lindsay; (2) James & Sharna.   WHO WON, PLACED, OR SHOWED: Laurie         James           Calvin Why America gave the win to a gymnast who has a dance background, instead of to one of the two male contestants who had zero dance experience but performed outstandingly/equally well, is beyond my compre-hension and extremely unfair to James and Calvin. I repeat: I never want to see another gymnast on this show.   OTHER NEWS: Laurie...

Dancing With The Stars The Finals, Night 1, Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23, The Finals, Night 1, Nov. 21: Analysis & Results →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 11, Night 1 Finals, Analysis and Results It’s THE FINALS Week! Tonight, the finals; tomorrow night, the finale and our winner! The judges, with Len back, assigned the first dance for each celeb, a redo of an earlier performance Every time, the dancing and the entertainment value was WOW! Tom and Erin hosted. Band “Train” performed.   James Hinchcliffe: Dancing with Sharna! #4: Foxtrot: Cute story; smooth & entertaining.                                    Judges’ scores 9-9-9-10. My score 10. #4: Freestyle (his 2015 car crash): creative, poetic, gorgeous, stunning!  Judges’ score:10. My score 10.  LOVED IT!   Jana Kramer: #2: Tango: Sharp, intense, passionate.                                      Judges’ scores 8*-9-9-9. My score 9.5. #1: Freestyle (Contemp.): All-in/all-encompassing, beautiful flow/lifts/lines.   Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5.   Calvin Johnson: #1: V. Waltz: Pretty, soft, continuous/flowing, smooth.              Judges’ scores 8*-9-9-9. My score 9.5. #2: Freestyle: Happy/fun (like Calvin); fab choreo. LOVED IT!          Judges’ score 10. My score10.   Laurie Hernandez: #3: Paso Doble: Strong, matured, dramatic.                                        Judges’ scores 9-10-9-10. My score 9. #3: Freestyle: A creative & joyful group playground dance. It contained very little to show the dances she has learned this season.                                                                                     Judges’ score 10. My score 9.   *Carrie Ann deducted 1 point when Jana and Lindsay each had a foot come off the floor during a spin.     DANCE OF THE NIGHT: James and Sharna dancing a freestyle story of his 2015 race-car crash: stunning!   WHO WAS ELIMINATED: Jana, who was happy and grateful for all that she has taken from this experience, both as a dancer and personally.   WHO SHOULD WIN TOMORROW NIGHT? I’ve said it since the first night: James! 2nd: Calvin; 3rd: Laurie.   Weigh in with your comments about Dancing with the Stars! BLOG FANS: To comment, click on the title of this week’s article or sign in at the lower right-hand corner of the...

Dancing With The Stars Week 10 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Nov. 14 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star/Singer Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Analysis and Results It’s Semifinals Week! The celebs discussed people and events that affected them early in their lives. The performances and their entertainment values were WOW! Most of the judging was accurate while one judge behaved rather ridiculously/unfairly.   James Hinchcliffe: Arg. Tango with Sharna! Judges’ score 9-10-10. My score 10. The positive: Sharna is back early! I was worried that she might reinjure herself, especially when she appeared to be pushing herself hard. James, too, was worried but thrilled to have her in hand. Their dancing was intense, controlled, continuous, passionate—all that it was supposed to be, with perfect technique and ending with James in a handstand just above her. They completely captivated me, and I didn’t want it to stop. WOW! I must say, though, that I readily remembered that the blindfold technique had been used before; afterward, Erin told us that Max used it for her when she was his celeb partner some seasons ago. Again, Carrie Ann tried to pick on something that no one else saw (and maybe didn’t exist) and then scored him with only a 9—good grief. REMEMBER: James nearly died in a race-car crash last year and was not supposed to be able to walk again, ever, let alone to dance. HE IS AMAZING ACROSS THE BOARD AND REALLY DESERVES TO WIN.   Terra Jolé: Rhumba.             Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Their dancing was pretty and the techniques were spot-on; although a bit too untraditional for me, it was really wonderful. OMG! LOL! The packages were SO ENTERTAINING, especially the second one, with Artem, and her acting took it up several notches. I love her! Their friendship is truly endearing.   Jana Kramer: Quickstep. Judges’ score 9-9-10. My score 9.5. The positive: It was quite good. Carrie Ann may have been correct this time, though, that Jana’s head/neck position wasn’t always perfect; but even if it wasn’t quite perfect, it wasn’t a big deal. During most of this season, the judges often denied her obvious skill, said that her gorgeous lines were not gorgeous or even correct, and underscored her....

Dancing With The Stars Week 9 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Nov. 7 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress   Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Analysis It’s Showstopper Week—Broadway. Mark Ballas, as Frankie Valli, and his three teammates showed up and performed as the Four Seasons from their Broadway run in the autobiographical “Jersey Boys.” Singer and Broadway star Idina Menzel served in Len’s spot with a humble and generous demeanor—lovely. Surprisingly, the judging was pretty much on target for celebrities who have been dancing at an elevated level much sooner than it happened in the first 15-20 seasons of the show, especially with Ryan gone. Marilu Henner: Samba. Judges’ score 9. My score 9. The positive: For the 2nd or 3rd week in a row, she was all in, comfortable, relaxed, and clearly enjoying herself. The dance was nearly perfect.   Calvin Johnson: Waltz. Judges’ scores 9-9-10-9. My score 9.5. The positive: For a guy who got 6’s and 7’s in the first week, he truly has come a long way, and don’t forget that he broke out of the middle of the pack just a couple of weeks ago, which was somewhat earlier than I had expected; great, though. Loved it! He is so smooth and graceful—very impressive and a joy to watch.   James Hinchcliffe: Jazz with Jenna filling in. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.5. The positive: James is a natural-born entertainer and dancer in training. Except for a slight misstep early on, he looked like a pro, especially in doing a difficult jump/turn by himself (sorry—I forget the technical dance term). He’s Mr. Talent, Mr. Dance, Mr. Congeniality, and Mr. Entertainment, all rolled into one. I want to watch him again and again!   Terra Jolé: Charleston. Judges’ scores 10-10-9-9. My score 9. The positive: Can do and all in! Fun, spot-on acting/performing. As usual, adorable! So entertaining! The negative: Because of her physical limitations, she wasn’t able to do some of the traditional Charleston movements.   Jana Kramer: Waltz with Gleb (Alan in practice/as backup). Judges’ score 10. My score 10. The positive: Heartfelt, captivating, dramatic/emotional, beautiful. Magnetic; I couldn’t look away.  For me, the Dance of the Night!   Laurie Hernandez: Arg. Tango. Judges’ score 10....

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