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Dancing with the Stars, Sept. 16 – New and Improved?

While the cast this season on Dancing with the Stars is great, I’m not sure how the season is going to go This is because of ABC’s decision to change the show from a two-night a week format to one-night. I just never like shows with results and performances all in the same night. Although we can all admit that that the results night could lose forty-five minutes to hold our interest, but it’s too much to put all that on one night. This leaves me approaching the season very cautiously.

Partners: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. The star of Pretty Little Liars admits to being a big fan and called his mom when he agreed to be on the show, and she proceeded to tell him she was in Walmart freaking out. He considers himself a single threat.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Blurred Lines

Me: Here comes a double threat.
Len: “Sail on.” He calls Brant’s dancing fabulous.
Bruno: Brant has the equipment, but now has to keep the timing going.
Carrie: She sees great chemistry and potential, despite a “little boo-boo.”

Score: 7, 8, 7 = 22

Partners: Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani. Best known for King of Queens, she also hit the news this summer for publicly leaving Scientology. She wants to lose weight and not look silly and to show America that “even if you’re scared, you just get out there and do it.”

Dance Style: Fox Trot
Song: Tears Dry on Their Own

Me: She could be another Kirstie Alley, and I don’t mean the weight issue.
Bruno: He questions if she’s really a newbie and notes she went Miley Cyrus for a moment.
Carrie: “You are sass and class.”
Len: It was careful, yet clean and precise.

Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21

Partners: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. He’s a bit of a ringer since he starred on High School Musical She knows that as well, as he’s been her dream partner for awhile. This isn’t just Corbin’s first contemporary dance ever, it’s also Karina’s.

Dance Style: Contemporary
Song: If I Lose Myself

Me: They do a crazy impressive lift.
Carrie: It was beautiful and passionate and had great choreography and emotion.
Len: The standards of dancing have been fantastic tonight, and this was no exception.
Bruno: Corbin was strong, powerful, and athletic, yet also had a wonderful tender touch.

Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. Ozzy’s son was diagnosed with MS just a year ago. He has the type where it steals away, then gives back. He even went blind in one eye, yet it came back. Cheryl thinks he’s light on his feet and a lot better than he thinks he is.

Dance Style: Fox Trot
Song: Pack Up

Me: Huh.
Len: He thinks Jack will give sister Kelly a run for her money.
Bruno: Jack did incredibly well with the intricacy of the footwork.
Carrie: Mama Bear Sharon should be proud of her son. Dancing must be in the Osbourne genes

Score: 8, 8, 7 = 23

Partners: Amber Riley and Derek Hough. The former star of Glee knew she wanted to either sing or dance when growing up, and they couldn’t afford for her to do both. During rehearsal they are compared to a virgin couple on their wedding night.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Wings

Me: She is simply amazing with lots of natural talent.
Bruno: Amber is the tigress of season 17.
Carrie: “I love you.”
Len: “I’m palpitating, perspirating, and flatulating [sic].

Score: 9, 9, 9, = 27

Partners: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy. Saved By the Bell and Showgirls were a long time ago. She’s a new mom now, but she was dancer when growing up. Val learned to speak English from watching Saved By the Bell, but his favorite character was Kelly

Dance Style: Contemporary
Song: Imagine

Me: As a new mom, she is probably getting a little sense of herself back tonight..
Carrie: Gorgeous, sensitive, sensuous, beautiful, passionate, poetic, and an angel.
Len: It was lovely and beautiful
Bruno: “She means business. She’s back!”

Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein. While you would think this is quite a departure for “The Science Guy,” hd admits to loving dance and considers himself a swing dancer. He figures it might make them the best example of beaut and the geek.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Weird Science

Me: He was better than you would think he would be.
Len: It was painful while it happened and lovely when it was over.
Bruno: He doesn’t think Bill Nye will be getting the Nobel Prize for this.
Carrie: Bill was alive and so happy to be dancing; she sees him as the heart of the show.

Score: 5, 4, 5 = 14

Partners: Keshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess. The former number one draft pick for the NFL, he thinks the dancing looks “a little bit feminine.” He’s not the first. Keshawn also makes the faux pas of imitating her with an English accent instead of Australian.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Treasure

Me: He needs to forget about his size and stand up straight.
Bruno: He has the moves but needs to work on his timing.
Carrie: He doesn’t need to worry about looking feminine. He was a little stiff until he started grinding.
Len: It was a mix of attitude and technique

Score: 6, 5, 6 = 17

Partners: Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. An actress, but more well-known as the social media correspondent on The Voice, she’s crying already in practice, as she’s never danced with a partner before and isn’t used to the “unusual choreography.”

Dance Style: Contemporary
Song: Clarity

Me: She shows some great emotion.
Carrie: She thinks Christina is better than she thinks she is and wants her to connect more.
Len: The style and choreography suited her.
Bruno: He loved the torment and intensity.

Score: 7, 7, 8 = 22

Partners: Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. He wants to make sure the shoes he is being asked to wear are indeed guys shoes and should probably commiserate with Keyshawn. Nevertheless, his goal is to become the “redneck’s dancing king.”

Dance Style: Fox Trot
Song: Hot Stuff

Me: If he loosens up, hell do fine.
Len: He needs more fluidity in his movements.
Bruno: There was a smidgeon of sophistication and a hint of elegance.
Carrie: She saw a good frame and good musicality, yet thinks he needs to be smoother.

Score: 6, 6, 6 = 18

Partners: Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus. TV fans’ “Rhoda Morganstern” was given the news that she had terminal cancer and only three months to live. It’s now nine months later and she’s doing better than expected, though not in remission. Her first paid performance was as a teenager doing the quarter ballet in Radio City Music Hall.

Dance Style: Fox Trot
Song: Some Kind of Wonderful

Me: You can’t help but share her joy for life.
Bruno: He believes the “national treasure” moved very well, but wants her to stop being afraid.
Carrie: It was great to see Valerie use dance in such a wonderful way, and it brought Carrie to tears.
Len: He saw elegance and lovely flowing expression.

Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21

Partners: Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber. She thinks when she was “Snooki” back on Jersey Shore that she was a hot mess and is excited to show American she’s a different person now.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Wild Ones

Me: She’s a natural.
Carrie: She was impressed at the way Nicole just went for it.
Len: He compares her to a “pocket rocket,” obviously not knowing what it means
Bruno: The “Wild Child” has well-placed legs considering she’s a non-daner

Score: 8, 8, 7 = 23

Bill Nye had the worst score by far but was also the most popular with the audience. That means we probably won’t be saying goodbye to him next week. The person leaving will be one of the lower scores and won’t be popular with the audience. That could be Bill Engvall Usually there are several who could go home, but I don’t see it this time.

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