For the full recap of last night’s Dancing With The Stars, head over to Sharon Cobb’s place and read her recap. We may not agree on politics very often, but we see eye to eye on dancing. I’ll just add a few of my own quick impressions:
Billy Ray will go tonight. He has made it quite clear he doesn’t want to be there. He let it slip during his “profile” that he was doing the show because his kids wanted him to. Then, after his (much better) performance, the first thing he said was “Can I go home now?” Last year, Jerry Springer said the same thing many times, and it endeared him to the audience. I doubt we’ll get the same effect toward Billy Ray Cyrus. It’s a shame, too because Karina Smirnoff is obviously working very hard to keep on the show.
Laila Ali is my new favorite. Surprisingly, she’s built like a real woman (not a waif, and not so muscular that her femininity is gone). And she has such an easy grace; I believe she could win it all.
I really want to like Clyde Drexler, but he still looks very uncomfortable to me. It should get very interesting when he does his first Latin dance.
The same goes for Paulina Porizkova. Latin obviously isn’t her thing. She’s so dang purty to look at, I wouldn’t mind if she stuck around, though. But this IS a dancing show,though.
I really want to like Leeza Gibbons. Her dance last night, though, was uninspired. I’d like to see her stick around and see what she can do next week, though.
Shandi Finnessey will not last long. The largely female audience is quite unkind to beauty queens, and although she has been better than others, one just gets the feeling that she’s not well liked by the greater audience.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Ian Ziering are so good, it’s easy to take them for granted. Kudos must be given to Ohno – he’s still actively competing in his sport, and has less overall time to rehearse for the show.
Joey Fatone. Joey, Joey, Joey. He can dance, no doubt about it. But Sharon’s right, he’s quite full of himself. I don’t think he’ll make it to the finals. It’s a shame, too; I fell in love with his partner Kym Johnson last year when she partnered with Jerry Springer. Her playful attitude helped carry him for many weeks. But this year, she doesn’t have such a sympathetic partner.
I’ll say two things about Heather Mills: one, her dance might have been the best of the night, and two, the judges are treating her differently than they do the other contestants. Normally, after a good Latin dance, Bruno will say something sexual, like “You were the Tramp of the Night” or some such silliness. He did not do this with Mills. To be honest, I don’t know if it’s because of her “British-ness”, the fact that she’s a “charity campaigner”, or the fact that she’s an amputee. But it’s plain to see, they aren’t judging her by the same criteria.
That being said, I have to objectively say that she was spectacular last night. She’s now officially a favorite.
John Ratzenberger will go far, just not to the finals. He’s good, he’s not great. But you have to cheer for the “old guy”, though.
Now, for a more in-depth analysis, y’all go over to Sharon’s place.