DWTS (Season 21) – 1st Show

So, I watched night one of DWTS (Season 21) and overall it was an entertaining show. Everyone seemed to have a good back story and looked like they knew what they were doing.

Here are the scores from Monday night:

  • Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough 24/30
  • Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess 24/30
  • Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson 23/30
  • Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovskiy 23/30
  • Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas 22/30
  • Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold 22/30
  • Hayes Grier & Emma Slater 21/30
  • Andy Grammer & Allison Holker 21/30
  • Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff 15/30
  • Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya 15/30
  • Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel 15/30
  • Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani 12/30
  • Chaka Khan & Keo Motsepe 12/30

My early pick of who I like:

  • Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
  • Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
  • Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
  • Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas

If I had to pick one that I thought was going to win the mirror trophy, I would have to pick… Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough, just because I think she’s America’s sweetheart. But I would like to see Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson win it.

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Who really needs to be voted of the show: it’s a tie between

  • Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya
  • Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel

Both the stars bring their own version of “crazy” to the show. Both were a trainwreack and you could tell it wasn’t going to be pretty. Bless their hearts!

Who surprised me?

Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani

For sure I thought Kim Zolciak Biermann would do better that she did. Since she is always on TV and she has big hair (like that has anything to do with it), I thought she would love being the center of attention. My the next dance, she will be the Kim that we all see on her reality show.

Best song(s) of the night:

As a host, I can handle Tom Bergeron. But, I just don’t like Erin Andrews. So of the things that come out of her mouth when she is interviewing the teams after they dance is mind boggling!

I’m looking forward to night 2 of the show. Let’s see what they can do after getting that first dance out of the way.

 

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DWTS (Season 21) — The Stars

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Here are the stars for Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars. After the 2-night premier of the show, I will make my pick of who I want to win this season. It looks like it will be another fun season to watch and see who can dance.

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Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

 

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Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya

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Hayes Grier and Emma Slater

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Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough

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Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel

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Kim Zolciak and Tony Dovolani

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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess

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Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff

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Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson

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Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold

Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas

Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker

Here we go again… Dancing With The Stars – Season 21

When I first started my blog, this was one of the of the first things I blogged about. So to continue with that tradisiton…

Season twenty-one of Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere on September 14, 2015.

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They announced the line-up for this season’s show on September 2, 2015. It’s going take me some time to figure out who I thinks is going to win the mirror ball trophy this season.

Here is the cast for Season 21. I’ll be making my picks before the show starts on September 14th.

Celebrity Known for Professional partner
Tamar Braxton R&B singer, host & reality television star Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Gary Busey Academy Award–nominated actor Anna Trebunskaya
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys singer Sharna Burgess
Paula Deen Celebrity chef & entrepreneur Louis van Amstel
Victor Espinoza Triple Crown–winning jockey Karina Smirnoff
Andy Grammer Singer–songwriter Allison Holker
Hayes Grier Vine & social media personality Emma Slater
Bindi Irwin Wildlife conservationist, presenter & actress Derek Hough
Chaka Khan Grammy–winning R&B & funk singer Keoikantse Motsepe
Alexa PenaVega Film & television actress Mark Ballas
Carlos PenaVega Big Time Rush singer & actor Witney Carson
Alek Skarlatos Legion of Honour recipient & soldier Lindsay Arnold
Kim Zolciak Reality television star Tony Dovolani

DWTS (Season 18)

Well, just finished watching the season premier of the Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty good season.

After seeing the first show, here are my picks:

Who I want to win: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Who needs to be the first to go: Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

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Surprised pair (so far): Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

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Best song(s) from the night:

The Cast

Here are some links to the people participating on the show this season.

Dancing with the Stars (Season 18)

Here we go again, the show that helped me start my blog so many years ago…

The new cast for Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 18) was announced this morning. As I have done for the past 17 season, I will do my Early-bird picks of who I think will win, who needs to be voted off and who I think will be the fan’s favorite (new pick for me this season.)

 

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Here are the couples for Dancing with the Stars (Season 18):

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My Early-bird pick to win the mirror trophy: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — this could finally be the season Maksim wins.

Whoa… nice try, but… Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov — as much as I like Diana Nyad, I think she a better swimmer than dancer.

Fan’s favoite(s) — I’m going to go with Charlie White and Sharna Burgess and Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The finals with the 2014 Olympic Champions… I think that would be fun to watch.

Side notes:

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As much as I didn’t like  Brooke Burke-Charvet, her replacement Erin Andrews as co-host… I’m not too sure about that one either.

 

 

 

Monday, Monday

Usually on Mondays, I post about my 2-cents worth of Dancing with the Stars. But today, there was a lot of stuff that happened.

First, this morning, I got an alert that Margaret Thatcher died at the age of 82. She was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was Britain’s first female PM.

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Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013)

Then I got another text alert that Annette Funicello had died at the age of 70. She was popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club. The as a teenager, she had a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio,” “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess“, then she became a film actress, staring in the “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.

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Annette Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013)

I remember her more from her movies. As a kid, I dreamed about being her and standing/singing next to Frankie Avalon. God, help me, but one of  my guilty pleasure movies is Back to the Beach (1987). How can you not get up and dance when you hear Annette Funicello & Fishbone sing “Jamaica Ska”.

Two women who had a major influence in history, in their own rights, passed away on the same day.

Tonight was also the championship NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship played in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Michigan Practice

The teams plating were University of Louisville vs. University of Michigan. Since I was was born and raised in Michigan, I was rooting for Michigan. But since I lived in Louisville for three years, I wouldn’t have mind to see them win either. Louisville won the championship. So it was a draw on my part.

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One of my favorite parts of NCAA March Madness is the ending of the tournament. it’s when CBS Sports plays “One Shining Moment” by Luther Vandross.

One Shining Moment” is a song written by David Barrett about the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship. One Shining Moment is traditionally played at the end of CBS Sports‘ coverage of the championship game of the tournament. The song is played as the winning team’s players cut down the nets, to a montage of highlights from the tournament. — From Wikipedia.com

Every time I have seen it, I tear up. I just love that song and  CBS Sports does a really great job with the video.

Thanks to ncaavideos2 for posting the video on YouTube.com.

So between these two show, I was also trying to watch Dancing with the Stars. Here are my picks for the night.

The team I liked and needs to win — Zendaya Coleman and  Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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The team that really needs to go home — Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko

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Best songs of the night:

Oh, I forgot, I was also trying to watch Dallas and The Voice during this time. My poor remote. Hopefully next Monday will be a little less crazy with no more basketball.

How was your Monday?

Dancing with the Stars (Season 16)

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Today was the day that they announced the Stars for Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.
As in the past, I will be posting my 2-cents worth on the show and who are my picks for: Best of the Week, Worst of the Week and Favorite Song(s) of the Week.
I will be posting my Early-bird Picks of who I thinks might win this season next week.
Here is a list for Dancing with the Stars – Season 16.

Dancing with the Stars’ Cast

From the Wall Street Journal and Pictures from abc.com – Dancing with the Stars

Aly Raisman
Olympian No. 1, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: The 2012 Olympic gold-medal gymnast becomes an overwhelming favorite before she steps on the ballroom floor. She won on floor exercise for a spirited number to “Hava Nagila.” Mark was partnered with fellow gymnast golden girl Shawn Johnson in Season 8, so it’s not surprising he’s with Aly.
Dorothy Hamill
Olympian No. 2, Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus: The figure-skating legend of the 1976 Olympics is 56 years old??? She looks amazing, and she doesn’t think she’s worthy to be paired with Irish cutie Tristan. BTW, for three of his four seasons, Tristan has been paired with the oldest woman of the cast. Is this going to be his modus operandi forever?
Wynonna Judd
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: The country-music star, arguably one of the better-known names this season, said she had been asked for six years to do the show. She makes a joke about wanting to get back to her original weight of “8 pounds, 15 ounces” and said it’s the year of doing things that scare you. I see the inevitable “weight loss/personal growth” arc. Tony, who won last season with Melissa, is back with his usual kind of partner.
Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: At last, reality giants collide, as Kellie is the first former “American Idol” contestant to compete on “DWTS.” Will she split the country vote with Wynonna? Does her past as a roller-skating waitress help? Kellie said she’ll have experience with falling. Many expected Derek to leave after last season, but he’s back.
Victor Ortiz
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Other than Season 4 finalist Laila Ali, boxers have a middling record on “DWTS.” (Think the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather Jr.). Victor, a former WBC welterweight champion, looks to change that streak. In keeping with the country theme, Brooke said he’s also wanted a career as a country-music singer.
Jacoby Jones
The aforementioned football player, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: He shows some swagger at 8:20 a.m. as he’s introduced and flirts with Karina. He’s also known for his end-zone dances and demonstrates for “GMA” viewers. He’s not shy at all. Len’s probably not going to like him; I see Ochocinco Take 2.
Andy Dick
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: He’s a comedian/recovering addict, so it’s hard not to think of him as this season’s Steve-O or David Arquette, especially as he “trips” as he walks in. Sharna looks a little like former pro Lacey Schwimmer, and Lacey had been with Steve-O.
D.L Hughley
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: ABC dips into its 1990s well with sitcom star D.L., who was the lead on “The Hughleys” for a few seasons. He’s continued to act and also has appeared on CNN as a political commentator.
Lisa Vanderpump
A Real Housewife, Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Real Housewives have been rumored to be joining the “DWTS” pool for years. Lisa, from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is the first. She’s also responsible for the most random piece of trivia Tuesday: She was one of the first people to water ski barefoot in England.
Ingo Rademacher
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: After Kellie Monaco’s successful stints on “DWTS,” it’s not surprising the show has raided the “General Hospital” cast again. The man better known as Jasper Jax played up his surfing background Tuesday. At least visually, he and Kym make a very striking couple and share Australian backgrounds.
Zendaya Coleman
Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: The obligatory Disney Channel star, Zendaya appears on “Shake It Up,” the same show that brought us Season 14’s Roshon Fegan. At 16, Zendaya is the youngest contestant this season. This is also the first time we’ll have Val but no big brother Maks.
 
I have seen some of the comments that have been made already on this cast. And I only have the following to say:
Really, what did you expect?? This show is meant to be fun and entertaining. If you get that bent out of shape because you don’t like the “star”, then you need some help.
If you don’t like who is on the show this season, change the channel! No one is making to watch this show.
If you don’t know who these “stars” are, that doesn’t mean that they are not famous to other people. It only means, you don’t know who they are.
Don’t be a bully! I have read some comments about age, weight and height already. Really? Do you personally know these people that you can make such comments? And who cares how old they are, how much they weight or if they are tall enough?
 
I’m sure there are going to be some people who disagree with my “2-cants” worth of comments, but this is my blog and I’ll try hard not to be hard. I have been doing this for several seasons and I do it because it’s fun.
So I’m looking forward to this upcoming season.
Side note:
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko     
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess   
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold
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