Dancing With the Stars Premiere — Best Performances

There’s long-standing complaints about Dancing With the Stars casting contestants with previous dance experience, but strong performances lead to strong ratings, and ABC’s method proved positive with 11.9 million viewers. Plus, when you have multiple contestants with high-level talent, it becomes a bit of an Olympic event. And speaking of the Olympics, I knew Simone Biles would be good, but I didn’t know she’d be THAT good. As for Heather Morris, who was once Beyonce’s backup dancer, she has no ballroom experience, and it showed. In fact, I don’t think the decision to appear on this show was a good move for her career. If your skill set is dancing and you appear on a show marketed to beginners, you’re forced to demean your own talent, which is not good for your future. It’s like a sushi chef appearing on a BBQ cooking competition. No one will eat your sushi if you can’t cook a burger. Watch some of the key performances below.

Simone Biles & Sasha Farber

Rashad & Emma

Nancy Kerrigan & Arten Chigvintsev

Heather & Maks

David & Lindsay

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko

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Why ‘La La Land’ Was a Terrible Movie


I wanted to like ‘La La Land,’ and I’m the perfect audience. For starters, I love musicals. I also love the idea of resurrecting a dead medium, and given the rise of television musicals, it’s the perfect time for it. And though I’ve kept largely quiet about my take on the film, the Oscar hype has awakened the beast.

‘La La Land’ attempts to remind us of old Hollywood, as a Jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress. It’s a nice try, but ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ it is not. First, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling cannot sing. When I say they can’t sing, I’m being kind. They literally cannot sing. I understand the idea of finding stars who can sing rather than singers who can be stars, but this idea only works if you can actually SING. It’s insulting to take two A-listers and put them in a medium that doesn’t suit their talents just to draw an audience. As a result of this sad fact, the vocals are mixed so low I can barely hear them in the songs. It’s a MUSICAL, which means I expect bright, rich vocals. In fact, the opening scene was also mixed horribly, and I can only assume it was a sad attempt to keep the vocals consistent with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s sub-par performance.On the Fresh Air radio show, the host called this opening scene “beautiful mayhem.” I’d call it a mess. The original song is not memorable, the choreography is EASY, and (as previously mentioned) the sound is lacking. And just as I tried to acclimate to this struggling sound, then came John Legend, whose mere presence reminded me what singers actually sound like, and my disbelief was no longer suspended.

If you thought my take on Emma and Ryan’s singing was harsh, I’m going to to be even harsher about their dance number. I appreciate a one-take shot of their tap dancing as opposed to the chopped-up mess we saw from Richard Gere in Chicago, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are not good tap dancers. As a former tap dancer, I can tell you first hand that their moves were EXTREMELY easy, and I’ve seen 75-year-olds achieve more impressive results on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

I love the IDEA of this movie, and I appreciate the effort, but it is not good enough to justify the hype. As previously mentioned, I also resent that idea that Hollywood values a box-office-draw over casting a true triple threat. I understand that not everyone is a star, and those triple threats are not easy to find, BUT DO THE WORK. They’re out there.

Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News


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and Evan Peters are going strong. Pop Sugar

Bristol Palin is going to pop out baby #3. TMZ

Renee Zellweger got dragged into court via her boyfriend’s ex. Wonderwall

Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Magro is dating Khloe Kardashian’s BFF.

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her embryos. The Superficial

Paula Patton is back on twitter. Hip Hollywood

Sia  and her husband of two years are divorcing. Just Jared

Minka Kelly and Josh Radnor are dating. Celebuzz

The Brangelina divorce nightmare just got worse for Brad Pitt. E! Online

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are taking it up a notch. People

Jimmel Kimmel is having his fourth child. Yahoo!

Hilary Duff and her trainer are dunzo. Wet Paint

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are having a baby. USA Today

Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas got married. Reality TV World

Naomi Watts talked about her split from Liev Schreiber. Contact Music

T.J. Miller was arrested for a brawl with his Uber driver. Deadline

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom finalized their divorce. CNN

Amber Rose and Val Chmerkovskiy stepped out hand in hand. Us Weekly

Blac Chyna is having trouble trademarking the Kardashian name. TMZ

Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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Image via @jennacantlose

Is Bethenny Frankel engaged? Wonderwall

Jenna Jameson is pregnant. E! News

Drew Barrymore is officially divorced. RTW

Calvin Harris has a harem of girls. People

Cristiano Ronaldo has a spicy hot senorita. Just Jared

Michael Douglas’ son was released from jail. Contact Music

Supermodel Bar Rafaeli gave birth. Brides

A Dancing With the Stars couple tied the knot. MSN

Mary J. Blige is ending her marriage. Dlisted

Kendall Jenner has a new love interest. Pop Crush

Kim Kardashian has a very cute kid. Mtv

Thomas Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds. E! Online

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill split up. Hollywood Life

Lisa Marie Presley is getting help for her addiction. Wet Paint

R. Kelly, 49, is dating a 19 year old. In Touch

Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp broke up. ET

Former playmate Holly Madison had baby #2. MSN

 

Nyle DiMarco Dances in Silence on DWTS

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Sometimes a little bragging is in order, especially when your suggestion was incorporated into a major network television show. When I saw deaf model Nyle DiMarco keeping up with his competitors on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ I immediately though they should cut the sound so the audience could view the performance from his perspective. On last night’s episode, they did just that, and the result was captivating. Take a look at my tweet for evidence of my suggestion.

 

Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Celebrity News

Ciara and Russell Wilson are engaged. Wonderwall

Kim Kardashian revealed another photo of son Saint West. E! Online

Tiger Woods’ ex-wife is back on with her billionaire boyfriend. Contact Music

John Stamos has a new lady love. Wet Paint

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have a baby on the way. Just Jared

Jillian Michaels is engaged. People

Alec Baldwin and his wife are expecting their third child together. Inquisitr

‘Mean Girls’ star Lacey Chabert is pregnant. RTW

Dancing With the Stars’ Kym Johnson and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec are engaged. ET Online

Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend Tyga might be having financial problems. Hollywood Life

Kylie Minogue is marrying her much-younger boyfriend. Stuff

Rumer Willis: Standout Performer on DWTS (VIDEO)

Rumer Willis graced the stage of Dancing With the Stars looking beautiful, poised, and prepared to go far in the competition. With the support of her modern family and their zygote significant others in the audience, Willis and her coyote-like skills slayed the Foxtrot.

News Update: Your Weekly Brief

Leonardo DiCaprio and Toni Garn are kaput. Just Jared

Lenny Kravitz really likes his ladies. Jezebel

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel are dunzo. Wet Paint

Billy Corgan recounted his torrid romance with Courtney Love. HUFFPO

Taylor Swift is secretly dating Matt Healy. Us Mag

Is Kourtney Kardashian single? Radar Online

Derek Hough is Kate Hudson’s new muse. E! Online

Miley Cyrus and Patrick [son of Arnold] are heating up. Rumor Fix

Ariana Grande might be a brat. Dlisted

Chris Brown apologized for insulting his ex on social media. NYDN

Cheryl Burke is leaving Dancing With the Stars. The Stir

Someone needs to stick a pin in the bloated Russell Brand. Contact Music

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko had a baby. Us Mag

Ryan Seacrest is single. Daily Mail

Keira Knightley is pregnant. Page Six

Surfer Lauren Scruggs tied the knot. E! News

Dianna Agron and her hot beau broke up. Hello Mag

Josh Charles is a first-time father. USA Today

AnnaLynne McCord and her Prison Break boyfriend broke up. Just Jared

Tabloid Gossip — Week-in-Review

Jersey Shore’s Ronnie and Sammie split for good. TOO FAB

Elizabeth Vargas and Marc Cohn split upon her second rehab stay. PEOPLE

Have Rihanna and Drake reunited. CELEBUZZ

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are going for round 1,332. POP BYTES

Karreuche Tran and Chris Brown are back at it. RUMOR FIX

Katherine McPhee has moved on from married men. US MAGAZINE

Christian Bale had another baby. JUST JARED

Andrew Keegan needs a new hobby. WONDERWALL

Gene Simmons seriously sucks. RADAR ONLINE

Julianne Hough might be a judge on Dancing With the Stars.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner had the cutest ice bucket challenge ever. WET PAINT

Meg Ryan and John Mellancamp split up. FOX NEWS

Michelle Rodriguez and Zac Efron ended their summer fling. DAILY MAIL

Chris Martin is dating Jennifer Lawrence. STUFF