Now in its eleventh season on American television, Dancing With The Stars is still a ratings powerhouse, despite this week’s midnight airing thanks to the local ABC affiliate airing a Titans game in it’s timeslot, but each year the definition of Stars grows a little dimmer and the dancing a little less impressive. As we near the halfway point, let’s take a look at the season so far.
This season’s original celebrity line-up consisted of some less-than stellar stars. There was week one’s cast off, David Hasselhoff, a joke-of-a-man so lost in delusions of fame-gone-bye that he actually refers to himself by the ridiculously grandiose nickname, The Hoff–do you think The Situation is listening? While running in slow-motion may have worked on Baywatch, the same can’t be said for slow-mo dance moves on DWTS.
Week two saw the dismissal of singer Michael Bolton, who’s post-elimination hissy fit garnered more attention that he’s seen since his marriage to former Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan ended. At least his Hound Dog routine gave us something to howl about.
Week three’s casualty came in the form of comedian/actress Margaret Cho. Margaret may not have been a great dancer, but she proved she’s at least a well-rounded person. Those familiar with her stand-up routine, know she can be bawdy and down-right vulgar. If you only know her from her DWTS stint, you’d get the impression that she was a basically shy girl who was genuinely excited to be on the show. Unfortunately for Margaret and her fans, she didn’t remain on the show long enough. Looks like mixing gay pride and dancing doesn’t bode well. Who’d have thought?
MTV reality star and disgrace to the entire state of New Jersey, Mike The Situation Sorrentino was the next to go, and not a moment too soon. Sorry, but a modern-day guido who’s famous because he’s nicknamed his six-pack tummy, doesn’t deserve this much press. Guess the death-defying circular stage, raised to a scary 2′ off the ground was too much for him.
This week, America’s favorite TV Mom, Florence Henderson danced to the tune of her TV theme song, The Brady Bunch as part of the show’s first-ever TV Theme Week. Despite scoring above the show’s two youngest contestants, Florence was voted off, if you ask me, much too soon. Week after week, she managed the perfect combination of talent, drive and spunk to inspire viewers of any age. At least we got to see Florence and her on-screen son, and oft-rumored cougar-affair, Barry Williams aka Greg Brady during this week’s rehearsal reel.
Of those that remain, once can only hope that Bristol The Pistol Palin gets shot down next week. Teen Mom turned poster child for abstinence, Palin is just painful to watch. She’s awkward on the dance floor and needs to either loosen up or get the boot.
Perhaps she could take lessons from the show’s other youngster, Disney star Kyle Massey. He, like Palin, doesn’t necessarily have the body of a great dancer, but week after week, he’s a joy to watch. His enthusiasm is electric.
Retired NFL Quarterback Kurt Warner will no doubt be weeded out soon enough. Even though he’s improving each week, he is still so obviously uncomfortable with his dance partner Anna Trebunskaya that he shouldn’t go too much further.
On the other hand, fellow former pro athlete, Rick Fox seems to be gaining on the competition each week. He also shares something with DWTS‘ second casualty, Bolton. Fox was also once married to a Desperate Housewives star, this season’s new Wisteria Lane resident, Vanessa Williams. Now there’s a celebrity tango I’d like to see.
That leaves us with this year’s real contenders: singer Brady, actress Jennifer Grey and reality star Audrina Patridge, the season’s unexpected dark horse. While Audrina is a fan favorite, due largely for her role on MTV‘s supposed-reality show The Hills, she’s also proving to be a graceful young woman, at least on the dance floor, who continues to score well with the judges.
The real competition for the coveted mirror ball trophy seems to be shaping up between Brandy and Jennifer. For the first time this season, Brandy and her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy took top honors with a score of 27 out of 30 this week, proving she might be the one to beat.
However, Jennifer, along with two-time DWTS professional champ Derek Hough has landed in the top spot after the judges’ scores three out of the five weeks so far this year. Of course America has known Jennifer could dance for decades, as it was her star-turn in 1987’s Dirty Dancing alongside the late-Patrick Swayze that first introduced us to her dancing abilities. Nostalgia for her former Dirty Dancing co-star, coupled with the fact that she’s the daughter of Broadway’s Joel Grey probably won’t hurt her chances of winning.