Category — Anh Do
It was a battle between technique (Bridie) v personality (Anh Do) last night on the Dancing With the Stars Finale. It was over for another season thank god.
The show opened with David Campbell singing cabaret, but it quickly turned to burlesque once a troupe of female dancers came out onto the stage.
By the time Darryl Somers skipped down the stairs they were wearing black suspenders and red feather boas.
Sonia Kruger then came tripping down the stairs clearly feeling nostalgic for her Strictly Ballroom character Tina Sparkles by carrying a sparkler.
Again the repartee between her and Darryl was riveting – not. Darryl thought she looked a bit like Kim Basinger from LA Confidential, which she did. Whilst she said she had been channelling Nicole Kidman, which by the lack of wrinkles on Sonia’s forehead would appear to be correct.
The clear favourites Bridie and Craig did the Cha Cha to Arethra Franklins Respect. It was a disco type cha cha, and the scene seemed to be set in some nightclub.
It was pretty good, except for a wayward jacket which landed over Bridies head. As Todd McKenny said “Never work with animals, children or jackets,”. But this incident did not hinder their score as the judges loved the routines. They got a high 35 points.
Next up was Anh (I cannot believe I made it this far) Do and Luda doing the Pase Doble. They did a Bruce Lee type twist to it. With Anh Do opening being wired down to the floor, and both had swords to spar with.
It was a typical Anh Do routine which was fun, the dancing technique however was not up there. The judges did not like the fusion of the pase doble from spanish to chinese, and they scored a low 26.
I had to fast forward through the flashbacks of other contestants as this show really goes on for far to long.
Darryl then announced that one of the judges will be on It Takes Two, this is going to be Mark, the most boring judge, so clearly It Takes Two are having difficulty getting celebs for that production as well.
Hopefully some sort of personality will emerge during that show otherwise he won’t last long.
Bridie and Craig then did a repeat of the Samba which they did a few episodes ago. At time I said:
Even though the judges adored her Samba where she was channelling the jungle
queen, the way she moved and look reminded me of one of those people who had
been raised by wolfs (or some other animal) for years in isolation.
The judges loved it again and gave it the Nadia Comenici perfect score of all tens, so a total of 40.
At this stage Anh Do and Luda knew they were up against and repeated a samba they do had previously done. I was surprised they did not do their salsa routine as that had been a cracker. Still this was ok with lifts, and Luda working it hard as usual to make up for Anh Do lack of skills. Judges gave them 32.
Then Kate Cerbrano came and sung a song to promote her new CD. She was wearing this ludicrous dress which looked like a black wedding dress. But all was revealed as it was taken off and she danced a routine with her former Dancing With the Stars Partner. I was really impressed when she did the splits at the end.
The Bridie and Craig did their freestyle dance with the story of lovers being at other sides of the mirror. It was a bit Mia Michaels, So You Think You Can Dance like. It was pretty good, and she is a great dancer considering she has not danced before. Again the judges gave it the perfect score of 40.
There was starting to be no suspense in this final. Then Anh Do and Luda did their final dance, where Anh was dressed as a donkey, and Luda as a european peasant farmer with a tail??? I think.
Anyway it was a fun routine again which lacked technique. The judges kindly scored it 35.
Sonia Kruger then came up with the most cutting line of the night, possibly aimed at Elka Graham. She said to Anh Do “Just be careful none of the retired swimmers offer you drugs at the after party”.
It was time for announcement – half hearted pause to create suspense and the winner is Bridie Carter.
This season again rated highly for Channel 7 so expect to see it back on our screens next year.
November 28, 2007 No Comments
Due to a recording malfunction….. me – I missed both Anh Do and Luda’s, and David and Corrina’s first dances – Sob.
However it meant I missed the banal opening segment by Darryl Somers. Yeah. On Sunday a person was telling me how he thought Darryl was one of the great comedians, I immediately deleted him from my Christmas Card list.
Speaking of Christmas, Sonia Kruger was certainly getting into the festive spirit by dressing up as a gift.
Bridie and Craig were the third couple to dance and they did the salsa.
The pre routine confab at rehearsals continued to not wow me with them. I know she is hugely popular and a great dancer, but she just annoys me.
Notwithstanding that I thought she looked super hot in that dress, and the opening was great when Craig jumped over her. Then it went into a lull, and it was not the sexiest nor smoothest salsa I have ever seen.
I did not see the point regarding both of them chewing gum. Was this to try and highlight that it was Cuba pre the Castro revolution, when there were heaps of Americans there, hence the gum. If so I thought the link was as tenuous as one of Anna Coren’s segues as The Chaser is constantly outlining on their show.
Judges of course love Bridie and gave her 31.
Anh Do and Luda’s second dance of the evening was the Argentine Tango. It was a snappy little dance, with intensity, the only negative comment is that Anh does not do sultry convincingly I always think he about to smirk. The dance ended with a great backward bend from Luda, to reach a knife to slit his throat.
Anh Do then played dead on the floor, and Darryl came rushing over to try and milk a joke out of it, by pretending to do CPR. Anh Do nearly gagged, thinking this was not in my contract, and as usual with any joke involving Darryl it was incomprehensible and fell flat.
Judges loved it. Paul Mercurio said “Their best routine of the season.” I still like the Wiggles one which they hated, but I suppose this is more technical.
David and Corrina were were next with a Samba. I did not get the story they were trying to portray. Was it a sailor coming into port to meet a girl. I could not understand whether it was his girlfriend or if it was a lady of the night.
Since seeing Lacey, and Danny do a sizzling Samba on SYTYCD, anyone else just looks flat.
The judges agreed, Todd said ” No feeling, no bounce”, and gave it a low 23.
Why doesn’t David let Corrina speak? Does she have some sort of speech impediment we don’t know about?
Bridie and Craig were last doing the Argentine Tango as well. They role played Morticia and Gomez from the Addams family. Which was pretty clever. I thought it was good, however again I think it lack sultriness, maybe she should have channelled Esmeralda in again, at one stage it looked like it had morphed into a B grade zombie movie flick.
Darryl of course would win an award for stating the obvious, when he said to Craig, you must be Gomez.
Todd won gag of the night, when Helen was rabbiting on about the judges all being a character from the Addams Family, she asked him who he was and he held up 2 fingers and said Thing.
Judges scored them a high 35.
Final scores were :
Anh Do and Luda : 66
Bridie and Craig: 66
David and Corrina: 54
The guests tonight were Human Nature, and Smokey Robinson. Human Nature since turning from teeny boy bad, to Motown band, have continued to milk it this genre, with the release of their third album just in time for the Christmas market.
Smokey Robinson looked like he had been botoxed within an inch of his life, however cannot criticise one of the great songwriters. Performance wise it was not so great, not help by a microphone malfunction for one of their singers.
Then the moment we had been waiting for who was going to go through to the final.
Predictably Bride and Craig went through, then there was about 10 seconds of suspense before we learnt Anh Do and Luda were through. I was surprised that David Hobson had been eliminated, but I could not say I was unhappy.
November 20, 2007 No Comments
Calling Hillsong can you come and interfere with the votes on Dancing With The Stars? Clearly it is ok for Sunrise to use their flock to keep the hopelessly untalented Mark Beretta on the show.
Again a very slow start to the show it really is not necessary to line up all the dancers and make rehearsed banal conversation. However it did make me realise that Ossie Ostrich really had been carrying Darryl for all those years.
The delightful Sonia Kruger added some frission with an interesting camera angle to her opening entrance down their stairs. Just as we were about to see whether she was going commando tonight she lost her shoe and the camera angle changed. Damn.
Corrine & Csaba were first up with the Salsa. Even prior to her being voted off tonight I thought this show is not going to help her career.
There are three reasons to go on this show:
1. To boost your profile and promote your self for further job opportunities;
2. To show a different aspect to your personality;
3. Or you are a Channel 7 ‘celebrity’ and therefore have no choice.
I can only guess it was number 1. Her occupation says comedian, but I really saw no sign of it in 3 episodes. She had no natural voter base, as her last gig was The Glasshouse on the ABC, and we all know those viewers have panic attacks if they see a commercial. I know there was an outcry when they axed the show, but maybe the ABC exec was right as she certainly does not make me laugh.
The unfortunate thing with their elimination is that we won’t get to see the lovely Csaba the hottest dancer on the show.
Bridie Carter and Craig did the Foxtrot. Even thinking about her makes me yawn. Bland, boring and beige. She seriously needs to find a personality and fast, maybe she was the reason I never watched McCleods Daughters. I will have to put up with her for awhile as she always scores highly on the dancing.
Just as I was about to slip into a coma Anh Do and Luda came on to dance the salsa. Now Corinne this is comedian, he used that camera to make us laugh enough to vote for him, and when the dance begins the showmanship continues. He gets my vote tonight. This show is going to sky rocket his profile. Memo to David Leckie let Anh Do compere next seasons and send Darryl to the place where all the old unfunny comedians go. I am sure he and Don Lane could have cuppa together there.
Elka Graham and Michael were dancing in a pre-record as Michael had some unmentioned family emergency. She revealed they had a facebook site but did not mention how many friends they had. Clearly not enough with her second week in the bottom two. She is gorgeous to look at, however Australia is not as enthralled with swimmers as we are led to believe. Prediction – She will be doing her last dance next week. She gets my vote for telling Darryl what a short arse he is.
Mark Beretta & Linda danced a very unco salsa.
Couple of things:
Men over 40 should not wax their chests, it is just disturbing.
Did we really need the 5 minute advertorial for Myers, which was disguised as a chat back stage.
Everytime I see Mark it just gives me flashbacks to The Master episodes, the show he compered which was axed after one episode. His charisma has not increased since then. Todd had taken the serum of truth when he said the routine was hideous. Maybe Todd wants him off the show as he wants to be the only ageing queen in the limelight.
The Sunrise Family is influencing the vote, as he was safe tonight with a score of a very low 18, but that is a story we won’t see on Today Tonight.
Jessica Rowe and Serghei did a respectable foxtrot. She actually looked great this week but maybe because all her flesh was covered. Dressed as a feline she even looked sultry at times. Her husband Peter Overton was not allowed to attend. Come on Channel 9 do you really think me seeing him in the audience is going to make me watch or not watch 60 minutes. Now I can understand why Channel 7 won’t let Bert Newton attend as he will upstage Darryl.
Patti Newton & Sandro danced the salsa. Again she was great and I thought it was fabulous that she took the opportunity to have a good grope of Sandro’s hot body. It must have been a refreshing change from the blubbery Bert. She can dance, and will be difficult to beat this series. I thought she was going to have a Tara Reid boob moment with the way her dress was moving. With her 40 years in show biz experience worse has probably happened to her.
David Hobson and Karina did the fox trot, it was entertaining and co-ordinated. However I thought David was trying to be too funny tonight I really like him when he is just himself.
James Courtney and Olya danced the Salsa. It was not the worst routine of the night. The poor things only had 4 hours of rehearsal time due to his racing commitments. Olya was clearly struggling as well, she looked panic stricken during the lifts. However clearly he is gaining a fan base, as he was safe for another week.
Bridie, Jessica, and Patti scored the highest with 30 and last was Mark Beretta with 18.
The show is looking tired from to many seasons in so few years. I doubt Channel 7 will change the formula as it is still rating very ighly. Some heavy duty editing would assist in making the show a bit snappier. Oh and a new compere would help.
October 9, 2007 5 Comments