DWTS Dancing with the Stars Spring 2011 Spoilers for perf and results shows

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  1. May 4, 2011 #1 of 63
    hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Retired

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    We're more than halfway through the season and I haven't seen a thread yet. so thought I'd start one for the rest of the season. Spoilers for the performance and results shows from here on out!

    So Kendra got booted last night (May 3). Sorry to see her go, but I'm pretty pleased with the way the season has gone so far. Left are Kirstie (not the best dancer, but my favorite) and Maks, Romeo and Chelsea, Chelsea and Mark, Ralph and Karina, Hines and Kym. Who is your favorite?
     
  2. May 4, 2011 #2 of 63
    gossamer88

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    My favs are Chelsea and Hines. But the judges don't seem to like Chelsea as much. She's like a pro out there. Maybe it's Mark Balas that they hate. And speaking of Mark Balas...damn his mom is HOT!!!
     
  3. May 4, 2011 #3 of 63
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    Can't stand Mark. My faves are Chelsea and Ralph (Wax on). The kid's the same age as I am. Really weird looking at him on the screen.
     
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    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Everyone I see Ralph he reminds of Hank Azaria.
     
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    I agree, I can't stand Mark. I used to kind of like him a few seasons ago, but he's gotten really bad. He always seems to be showing off in his routines with moves that showcase him instead of his partner and add nothing to the dance. And the way he went over and gave Len a hard time for giving them an 8. Seriously? Glad Len straightened him out (an 8 was the highest score Len gave anyone, so what's Mark got to complain about?) I thought Maks was going too far last season, and he's really toned it down this season. Mark needs the same kind of attitude adjustment.
     
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    Cearbhaill

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    Mark Ballas comes as close to making me physically ill as anyone on television.
    He is utterly and undeniably repulsive.
     
  7. May 5, 2011 #7 of 63
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    wprager Well-Known Member

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    So how can we vote him off?
     
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    Cearbhaill

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    I'd settle for a ball gag and a bag over his head.
     
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    I would love it if the voting was for who you want to go home instead of who you want to stay!
     
  10. Cearbhaill

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    That would allow someone to win merely by virtue of being the least offensive.
    Not a good recipe IMO.
    Being good enough to motivate people to pick up a telephone is a better gauge.
     
  11. martinp13

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    When a season starts, I pick my top 3. It's usually pretty obvious who the better dancers are going to be. So when eliminations start, I don't care who goes home as long as it's not those top 3. If a decent dancer gets voted off early, it doesn't matter, because they had to go before the finale anyway. :)

    For me the top 3 have been Hines, Chelsea, and Ralph. Romeo should be killing this, but he can't find the discipline to keep from slipping into hip hop every three steps. Kirstie should fall this week when they have to do two dances. I liked Kendra and she was just starting to "get it", but I didn't feel she was top 3 material.
     
  12. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    OMG, Hank would be so much more fun than the comedians they usually get for DwtS.

    You are evil. :D
     
  13. murgatroyd

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    Yeah, Mark is getting a pretty bad case of Edyta's disease (showing off at the expense of her partner). It's really a shame.

    On the other hand, you have to lay part of the blame on the format of the show. When the dancers are asked to shoehorn dances into songs that just don't fit, you aren't going to see the same kind of musicality that you see in the pro competitions. Let's face it, for the most part, the music arrangements on DwtS are hideous. Few choreographers can make their stuff look good when the music is so bad. :eek:

    I've been spoiled by watching the showdances from the PBS show America's Ballroom Challenge which is shot at the Ohio Star Ball. I note that a lot of the dancers do programs which are really 'out there' but when they do, they balance the bizarro theme with technique which is absolutely, positively sound -- but they have the flexibility to change up what dance steps they use with changes in the rhythm of the music, which you can't do on DwtS unless you make the final and earn the right to do a freestyle.

    I'll spoiler-tag the dancers' names and music titles for these YouTube links so I won't ruin the surprise for those of you who haven't seen ABC. These are three of my favorite showdances from the modern show (all from the second season):

    • Episode one: Tomasz Mielnicki and J.T. Damalas dancing to "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" by Roisin Murphy
    • Episode three: Igor Litvinov And Julia Ivleva dancing to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
    • Episode five: Garry Gekhman and Rita Gekhman's exquisite "robot dance"
     
  14. GoHalos

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    I think Ralph missed an opportunity with his injured knee. How cool would it have been if he started his dance with the crane kick pose before he started? :)

    ETA: Hines could have yelled, "SWEEP THE LEG!"
     
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    Wow, I was really impressed that Chelsea gave Mark a talking to about his griping about the scoring. I really liked how she told him his griping reflected on her and that she didn't agree with what he said. Basically STFU as you're making me look bad. Good for her!
     
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    Ralph is a goner for sure. No need to risk more injury.

    Despite Mark, I predict a Hines/Chelsea finale.
     
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    Ralph did do a thing from the first movie. His partner walked over and put her hands on his knee as if healing it. Then they started the dance.
    Mark ruins things for his partners. He shows off too much making his partner look bad.
     
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    Ah, yes, you're right. I was kind of half-watching while doing some work.
     
  19. Cearbhaill

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    I always half watch this show while tooling around online. Then halfway in I rewind it to pay better attention and again my attention lapses. When I take the dogs out for last call I always rewind it the whole way to watch after I get to bed- when I promptly pick up a book and miss it again.
    Every. Single. Week.
    I hardly every see it until the next night when I rewatch with the husband.

    I don't think it is the arrangements that are all that bad- it's the terrible combination of cringe worthy vocalists and inappropriate music. Those vocals take you right out of any "moment" that might be happening. They are distracting to the point of frustration.

    I think there is definite bias on how contestants and dances are paired up with absolutely ridiculous song choices. On the rare occasion you see a dance set to an appropriate song plus the double dip treat of it being an instrumental, the dance improves proportionately.
    It makes a hell of a difference IMO- game changing difference.
     
  20. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I have said time and again that the producers are the ones deciding who wins by the music they assign to the couples. Unless you have music that fits the beat of the dance you are doing its going to be hard to stay in step and to the people watching it will look out of step.
     

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