Dancing With The Stars – It Is The Titanic Of TV Shows – It Goes On and On
Dancing With The Stars has one major problem and that is it goes for far too long. Tonight the recording went for 160 minutes, and maybe if that is the only show you are going to watch on a Sunday night it may be OK, but if you want to watch something else it becomes a very long evening. There is far to much filler.
It was Mel B’s first night on the show, and it is a tough gig filling Sonia Kruger’s shoes who at times was more memorable than the hosts. Mel B was noticeably nervous and getting that relaxed banter going in the green room will take a few weeks.
The tension between the judges Joshua Horner and Todd McKenney continued. When Todd had those two other dolts sitting on the panel he was the witty one. But Joshua is taking over that role and I don’t think Todd likes it. Helen is a nice counterbalance between the pair. Also Todd McKenney won’t have made Channel 7 very happy when he joked that he had received a tweet from Sonia.
It was first night nerves for all the contestants and some fared better than others.
First up was Johnny Ruffo and Luda dancing the Cha Cha. In rehearsals she was telling him to keep his hip hop sticking his “package” out moves under control. However considering the cha cha is all about hip moves personally I did not think it mattered. However lucky for Luda her new partner has a bit of rhythm and The X Factor contestant could be a dark horse in the series.
Joshua Horner who was back for his second season as a judge was quite funny when he noted that with Luda doing the upside down starfish that she was in fact showing off her package.
They got a total of 20.
Erin McNaught also danced the cha cha and it was a little awkward. However that red tail feather may have made it a tad difficult. Chance of her winning the series are low. This cha cha had the touch of the burlesque about it and not in a good way.
Todd told her partner that he over danced her and he needed to make Erin shine. The judges were generous with a score of 16.
Tongue out is for thinking said next contest Caine Eckstein and his partner Jessica Prince, who was on So You Think You Can Dance, she had to leave because of an injury. They did an Vienesse Waltz. He showed he had potential but will he and Johnny Ruffo be battling for the same voting bloc?
As Joshua Horner said “For a sportsman first show, awesome”.
Brian Mannix was relived that he had a dancer who was shorter than him and he was being a tad lecherous as well but maybe that was helping him get into the cha chaing mood. Well the good news is that he is a good performer, however his dance technique was pretty bad. Though his playing up to Helen must have scored him an extra point.
They scored 16.
Danielle Spencer and her partner did a Vienesse Waltz. It is hard to razzle on Viennese Waltz but she managed to.
Todd said she has the ability to win the competition which could be the kiss of death. Her mother did not look too thrilled about sitting next to her former husband, Don Spencer, in the audience.
They got a total of 25
Shannon Noll has been partnered with a very attractive Russian called Ilena. His wife must be thrilled. The problem with Ilena is that she is difficult to understand. Shannon is going to have to improve if he wants to win the competition, but he does have a lot of fans.
Though they did get 16.
Jessica Watson is quite sweet but pretty unco in rehearsal. However pulled it together for the performance. She was a little bit stiff on the dance floor with the Viennese waltz. Joshua was positive about her, whereas Todd told her there was a lot of work to do. They scored 18.
Vogue Williams who is allegedly an international dj however that was not the thing that scored her a gig on the show, it was her relationship with Brian McFadden which was why she was dancing the cha cha tonight. She has great legs but she does not know how to use them. She is going to be an early casualty.
Todd said there was no fire or spice, and he did not like the choreography said it was mundane and boring. They were lucky to get 14.
Zoe Cramond from Packed To The Rafters did the Vienesse Waltz with Ari and it was stunning.She danced when she was younger and it showed. Josh said it was the dance of the night. And they received a 27. AS Ari said we have “nowhere to go now”.
Brendan Fevola was trying to rehabilitate his image by showcasing himself as a family man. Props to him for acknowledging that was why he was on the show. He was not as bad as I thought he would be, but he needs to stop the singing along with the music.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley did quite a nice cha cha with Carmello to I Will Survive a slightly obviously dig at former employer Channel NINE. KAK gave some good hip swivelling though her foot work at times was a little sloppy at times but it was better then the girls half her age. She got a respectable 22. I expect to see her in the show until the bitter end.
I should disclose that my partner works for the industry organisation, which oversees Dream Week and the Dream Ball which raises the majority of the funding for the Look Good Feel Better Foundation, Kerri-Anne’s nominated charity. Kerri-Anne is also the charity’s patron. So there may be some pro-KAK in my recaps.
Prediction for elimination next week – Vogue Williams.