Jennifer Grey got a visit from a very famous guy on tonight’s Dancing With the Stars — her father. Joel Grey is most known as the original Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret. Grey has won an Oscar, a Tony, and a Golden Globe for Cabaret, and he’s considered a Broadway legend. Watch his appearance below, and click the link to see him perform a scene from Caberet.
I often like to take credit for being able to predict a show’s success. Why? Because I’m an ego-maniac, of course, and I will take any opportunity to pat myself on the back. When I saw the first promos for Dancing With the Stars a million years ago, I was sure it would be a massive hit. That being said, Skating With the Stars is a terrible idea. Everyone relates to dancing, whether or not they danced professionally. Even Snooki can fist pump to a beat (yes, I consider fist-pumping a form of dance). But needless to say, not everyone can related to ice-skating, and this idea failed in the past. Remember Skating With Celebrities? Oh right — you don’t remember it because no one watched the show. Plus, there are already injuries on Dancing With the Stars — so add some ice — and I imagine there will be an ambulance or two.
Every single time someone prematurely gets eliminated from a television competition, people speculate that viewers assumed the contestant would be safe, and therefore didn’t vote. This conspiracy theory includes Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani, who were eliminated from Dancing With the Stars, despite Audrina’s very obvious talent as a dancer. So what’s the real reason she was eliminated? Well, it isn’t just about talent alone, and I’m surprised I have to explain this after so many seasons of the show. It’s about the personality of both the professional dancer and the celebrity, and without a strong combination, they’re doomed. There’s a reason that the same professionals win every year, and it isn’t luck. On Monday’s show, Tony Dovolani further confirmed his disdain for the judges, and I think it was enough to piss off the voting public. When the judges told Audrina that she “lacked passion” on her face, Tony said that he knew the judges missed it, but he’s certain the viewers at home saw it and will vote for him. Big mistake. Don’t insult the judges. Neither Tony nor Maksim Chmerkovskiy have won Dancing With the Stars, and both of them have a history of talking back to the judges. America wants to see that you are deserving of the trophy, which includes being able to accept criticism. Until then — you’ll continue to lose — no matter how talented your partner.
Jennifer Grey made me miss Patrick Swayze on last night’s Dancing With the Stars. She was fantastic, and I yearn for the good old days of dancing films. After all, I’ve almost exhausted my Gene Kelly Netflix queue, and I’ve seen Dirty Dancing approximately 57 times. And the new Footloose remake doesn’t count. Until the uncreative executives at movie studios come up with an original idea, I will continue to utter the line, “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” It also doesn’t hurt that Derek Hough is her partner, considering he’s the best professional dancer on the show. If you don’t agree, I’d like to remind you that every professional dancer needed an outside choreographer for last season’s finale, except Hough. Watch her performance below, and try not to cry.
In case you were wondering why Kate Gosselin would fly across the country every week to compete on Dancing With the Stars, the answer has been revealed. Popeater reports that Gosselin made $100,000 per episode, which means that she took home a grand total of $500,000. This paycheck does not surprise me. Gosselin was the biggest draw of the season, and after she left the ratings went down significantly. That explains why they brought her back for the finale, despite all of the reports about her being difficult. She sure is doing well lately. With her two new TLC shows, I don’t think she’ll have a problem feeding her eight children. Do you think Jon contributes at all anymore?
Am I hallucinating? Why on earth would the geniuses at ABC choose to re-air yesterday’s show? Oh wait . . . it just occurred to me. They are trying to compete with the ‘American Idol’ finale from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. You guys don’t have any original programming? After all, last night’s show is already uploaded on the ABC website. I wouldn’t be so infuriated if I didn’t momentarily think I lost my sanity while watching this repeat.
Three couples competed for the coveted mirror ball trophy on tonight’s ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and it was . . . interesting. Both Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya needed a little extra help from an outside choreographer for their routine. Am I the only person that thinks this is ridiculous? I understand that they are only trained in ballroom, but then why don’t you design a free-style routine that is a twist on ball-room? If you’re unable to choreograph outside of your genre, then you can’t do that routine. Simple enough. You didn’t see Derek Hough bringing in outside help, and his routine was the best of them all. Watch Derek and Nicole’s free-style below.
I think Julianne Hough finally got the memo. When you want to break into country music, performing (even as a dancer) on the biggest show on television might help you out a little. Julianne quit the show because she wanted to be taken more seriously as a country music singer, and now she’s coming back. The last time we saw her on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ she was dancing with her then boyfriend Chuck Wicks. They have since broken up. I’m guessing that DWTS will pair her up with the fattest, oldest celebrity just to punish her a little.
I saw this one coming. Maksim bashed Len Goodman’s critique of his dance last night, telling him that he might be “too old to be a judge.” He also went on to cite his very long dancing resume as evidence that he knows what he’s doing. I love Maks, but perhaps he can explain to me why he is on a dancing with a judging panel if he doesn’t want to be judged. That is the very nature of the show. If you can’t handle it, then go back to the ballroom where the judges don’t speak to you directly. Maks isn’t the first professional to lash out at the judges. Tony Dovolani has consistently attacked Carrie Ann Inaba’s ability to judge, as she was never a professional ballroom dancer. Len Goodman; however, was a ballroom dancing champion, but I suppose even that isn’t good enough. Get it together guys. Watch the performance in question below.
On tonight’s ‘DWTS,’ Tony Dovolani wrote “Tony loves Carrie Ann” on a chalkboard as part of his dance with Kate Gosselin. I found this particularly interesting, because Dovolani and Inaba have had so much friction in the past. In an interview with People, he questioned her dancing expertise, saying “she does not understand what ballroom dancing is. She’s never done it herself.” It’s possible they’ve made up since his interview, and this was just a fun little poke at her. It’s also possible that he still dislikes her and enjoyed the dig. Watch below and judge for yourself.