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Dancing With The Stars – Long But Strong Start

Is there any show that has more filler then Dancing With The Stars? Viewers who watched the nearly three hour long premiere episode deserves a prize.  However for a first episode there was some promising dancers there.

Cosentino, who always looks a little strange, killed it on the dance floor in the Contemporary style. It was hard to distinguish between who was  amateur and who was the pro.  Helen gave who looked slightly pissed off most of the episode gave him a 10. You wonder if she was peeved about no longer sitting next to Todd.

Rhiannon Fish and Tina Arena were also good and Sophia Pou was a surprise package and showed she could move. Not sure why she only scored the same as Libby Trickett as she had far more rhythm. Jesinta Campbell  was pretty good too for a first week but her hips were a bit stiff when trying to wiggle them in the cha cha.

Sally Obermeder and Brendan Jones were both not great but with their following from her TV and radio show should not see them eliminated in the first week.  Tony Barber was surprisingly graceful but as Todd said what is going to happen when he has to do the Pase Doble.

One of the Stenmark twins will take that dishonour.

Out of the new personnel Edwina Bartholemew was good and likeable, Kym Johnston was nice but not that interesting, the same can be said for Adam Garcia.

But the big question is what happened to Daniel Macpherson’s hair.

This scroreboard

Cosentino 37

Tina Arena 35

Rhiannon Fish 32

Zac Stenmark 30

Libby Trickett 28

Sophia Pou 28

Steve Hooker 27

Jordan Stenamrk 25

Jesinta Campbell 24

Tony Barber 24

Brendan Jones 22

Sally Obermeder 17


1 Georgie { 10.02.13 at 8:49 am }

A marathon effort for sure – but we can look forward to it getting shorter each week when eliminations start.

I knew Cosentino would be the standout because if his love of theatre and his talent for drama. His gorgeous athletic body helps too of course. I didn’t think Tina came as close to him in performance as she did in scores?

Libby Trickett was a surprise – I expected her to be uncoordinated and wooden. She and Braces were sporting spaghetti fabric dresses that looked like a shaggy dogs coat. I so wanted to see Braces bomb out, but I guess she has to be popular with viewers to get through each week so it will be interesting to see if she does have enough fans to keep her in the competition.

Poor Tony Barber looked a bit blue around the gills after his spin on the dance floor, like he had low blood oxygen.

Brendan Jones should be the first to go. He might be good at moving his mouth but it didn’t translate to his body.

2 Mia { 10.02.13 at 10:21 am }

I thought it was an enjoyable show. Liking the changes to the show. The new set looks to be a replica of the UK one. I thought Kym and Adam were good. It will be interesting to see whether Kym will be a harsher critic once the series progresses.
It felt like Edwina had been there for years – very natural and engaging.

Never having watched him on AGT or any of his specials, I didn’t know what to expect from Cosentino. He really was the standout of the night.

Begrudgingly, I have to admit that I liked Sophia’s performance. It will be fascinating to see whether the public get behind her, and whether she’ll get the same ‘public opinion makeover’ that people like Pauline Hanson and Brendan Fevola got when they did their turn on the dancefloor. One thing I thought was interesting is how they included the snippets from MRK in Sophia’s pre-performance package. I can’t recall that (having pre-DWTS work/non-rehearsal footage) ever being done with any previous contestant? Was it done just as a reminder to the viewer who is is, or is it being done to manipulate the viewer to not vote for her?

I don’t care about whether Jordan Stenmark can dance or not, can we just keep him there for decoration, please? I love it when Helen flirts with the hot male contestants. I’m loving it more with Todd joining in.

I love Tina, so I really want her to do well. Her dance wasn’t too bad. I hate when female contestants are dragged on the floor though.

How on earth is Tony Barber going to survive the jive/disco/Viennese waltz?

Can we please ban Redfoo from ever performing any of his material on Australian TV ever again? That ‘song’ (and whole production) was so bad it would make the baby Jesus cry. People actually bought that shit? The look on Helen’s face while watching (read: suffering through) it said it all.
And on another X-Factor related not, is it just me (or bad lighting), or did Reece Mastin look weird?

3 daisy { 10.02.13 at 10:25 am }

Unfortunately it was to be expected Sophia would be able to dance. Her small body size always helps. I’ll ff her and the ads anf fillers.

4 Littlepetal { 10.02.13 at 11:24 am }

Sophia can dance and with Michael as her partner, their dance routines will always be exciting to watch. After saying that, I still want her to go. Yes, I am bias. :-)

I did enjoy the show last night and the standard is very high this year. Cosentino was very good but the judges always look for improvement. He just need to be consistent every week.

5 LB { 10.02.13 at 2:31 pm }

I was really pleasantly surprised by DWTS last night. I’d gone off it in recent times, and thought I would see how the first night went. Not being a big fan of Edwina B (just meh) I thought she was great – lots of life and cheekiness and seemed so much more comfortable in the role than Mel B or even Sonia did. Her rapport with the contestants was fun to watch.

The usual surprises (Cosentino can dance, as can Libby Trickett) and some of the usual, endearing awkwardness (Sally Obermeder, Brendan Jones can’t dance) . I can see why it rated well – it’s family viewing and family viewing rates. There was music and performers to pretty much cover off each age demographic.

As much as Sophia annoys the living daylights out of me, I thought she was given a bit of a free kick by the judges – she was good, but not that good. Is Channel 7 using this as an opportunity to gauge her popularity for some role with the network?? In the name of all that is holy, I hope not! Ugh

6 daisy { 10.02.13 at 3:51 pm }

A bit of average cooking, and some passable dancing makes you a star? Are the braces gone?

7 mahlia { 10.02.13 at 4:35 pm }

I struggled to pay attention – it was soooo long.
I may be the only person in Australia who likes Sophia.

8 SD { 10.02.13 at 8:10 pm }

I won’t be watching this year until that nasty bully Sophia is sent home. I don’t understand how Channel 7 can condone such nasty behaviour as she displayed on MKR… and how on earth does she get to be called a “Star”” I thought this was Dancing with the Stars, not Dancing with the Nobodies!

9 seepi { 10.02.13 at 9:04 pm }

I only saw the second half, and it seemed pretty good. I didn’t think Sally obermeyer (who?) was as bad as some previous first round efforts – Simone Warne etc.

I’d never heard of the male model twins either, but they can stay!

10 Lizzie { 10.02.13 at 11:08 pm }

SD I agree about calling them “stars”. I only know of half of these so-called stars. They must be all plucked from the eastern states.

I never watched mkr so I don’t know Sophia, but she did dance a pretty mean cha cha for a first timer. The leg movements are hard to master in that dance, and she had them down pat.