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March 20, 2012

DWTS: The New Season



Tom Bergeron

I love this show.  I adore Tom Bergeron, like blogging about how dumb Brooke Burke Charvet is, am a closet ballroom dancer, and at the end of the day this show is easy.  It is fun, requires no thinking, and it is exciting to see careers long over get a boost.  This is good old-fashioned television and while I may not know who all the stars are, I’m in.

There are no eliminations this week.  The public humiliation will be delayed for one week so everyone gets another chance to wow us.  I am happy about that because I will be going to the taping next week and will get to see everyone before the butchering begins. Here is a look at the stars and their first trip to the ballroom.  But before we start….

Tom Bergeron is brilliant.  He is a genius when it comes to live television and that he is forced to host this show alongside Brooke is both sad and fantastic.  Brooke is pretty to be sure, but come on.  Tom should be doing this show on his own. As for the judges, they have their moments, are occasionally funny and interesting, but predictable with nothing new.

Maria Menounos:  I don’t get this chick.  Her laugh is grating, her personality is annoying, and while beautiful, she is simply unappealing to me.  That said, she danced well.  If she is supposed to be the young, hot one I think they missed the mark, but it does not matter because she is not staying around long.  She is not a star, not interesting, and not one I care about.

Jack Wagner:  He looks better in pictures, from far away, than he does up close and personal with the camera.  He needs to get an updated haircut.  He was a mediocre dancer and if he stays around it will be because of soap fans keeping him there.  His dance and his personality were a bit boring, but I want him to stay long enough for us to see Heather Locklear visit.

Donald Dryer:  I love this guy and it has nothing to do with the fact that the Green Bay Packers are the greatest football team in the world.  He is charming, his kids are adorable, he is fun to watch, and he is really good. What is it with these football players and ballroom dancing?  I am going to become a fan of this guy and think he will be in the finals. He got my vote.

Gavin DeGraw:  He’s cute and his personality is fun.  He is not a great dancer and won’t be around for long, but he was a good choice and I will dig him for as long as he is around.  Not sure his fan base is watching this show, so the votes might not be there, and his dancing is not good enough for fans of the show to keep him in.  His visit will be short and sweet.

Roshon Fegan:  I have no idea who this kid is, but he is this year’s mandatory Disney star.  He is sweet enough, but really?  He is a good dancer but there was nothing ballroom about his dance.  He is really young but I just don’t care.  He will be a fan favorite with the kids, and get better over time, but he is a wild card.  No vote from me on this one.

Sherri Shepherd:  She is cute, over the top, funny, and will be a fan favorite.  She is going to enjoy this more than anyone because she wanted to do it forever.  She is reminiscent of Neicy Nash, and will be good fun.  You can’t watch and not get sucked into her happiness.  She looked pretty but sidebar: I think she is in serious need of breast reduction.  I voted for her.

Melissa Gilbert:  I grew up watching her but it is fascinating to me that she is leaning on Little House on the Prairie jokes 40 years later.  She is a little annoying and while I think she was hoping to be the Jennifer Grey of this season, that is just not happening Half Pint.  She’ll get some fan votes, but it won’t last.  Nice to see her, but she can go now.

William Levy:  This man is beautiful and the best thing to come out of Cuba since the cigar.  He really is very attractive both in looks and personality. He is quite easy to look at and he will be around for the duration.  I can sit through all the mediocre dancers to get to this guy and I am anxiously awaiting the day he takes his shirt off.  Amen.

Martina Navratilova:  She is not very girly, but I just loved her on this show. She seems so nice and I think she looked pretty.  She did a good job and I found myself cheering her on.  Female athletes have the stamina but not the polish, so we’ll see how long she lasts.  In the end I am a fan of hers and was not sure I would be.  She got a vote from me.

Katherine Jenkins:  I have no idea who this chick is, but she is great looking, has a killer body, and is a really good dancer.  She looked beautiful and if people can focus on the dancing not the popularity, then she will be in for the long haul.  I voted for her and think she is more of the hot young one than Maria.  She made me want to dance, which is a great thing.

Gladys Knight:  I LOVE HER.  I have loved Gladys Knight for as long as I can remember.  Her music is brilliant and her voice is perfection.  She is adorable and the oldest one in the competition.  She did a great job and you could tell she was having a blast, which is awesome.  She got votes from me and I am most excited to see her dance in person next week.

Jaleel White: It’s so strange to see him as a man when we continue to see him as a child in reruns.  This is a sweet kid and he is going to the finals. He is charming, funny, handsome, smart, and a child actor who managed to come out of it all okay.  I loved his routine, and that he did this show for his Momma.  I really liked him and he got my vote.

I really do love this show and this season will be great.  There are enough interesting and exciting people to make tuning in a pleasure.  It takes no effort to watch this show.  It is a throw back to what television used to be.  Not sure I will blog about it weekly, but I will be watching, dancing around my living room, and keeping it real.


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