Dancing With The Stars: Elimination Night!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Why didn’t Kate Gosselin get sent home? Surely, her huge fan base would want to save her from the dance recital angst she was suffering. Seriously, it was painful to watch, much like watching her marriage on Jon & Kate Plus Eight.

But, instead of sparing the mom from any further torture, Shannen Doherty was sent packing. Doherty took the news rather well, taking into consideration that she had already lost her dance partner. Mark Ballas had injured himself in rehearsal earlier and would have been sidelined for six weeks.

The eliminated Doherty, 38, said she had done the show to please her father, a big fan of DWTS.”I think that dancing isn’t really my thing,” she said. “I’m an actor and it’s what I love to do. I did this for my dad and I did exactly what I wanted.”

Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson was a surprise finisher in the bottom two after her well danced homage to Marilyn Monroe in her fox-trot. Anderson just made it, along with reality TV mom of eight Kate Gosselin, which is so surprising considering that Gosselin barely remembered her dance.

According to a show insider who spoke to Life & Style magazine. Pam is not a big fan of Kate. The source reported that Anderson questions the motives behind Gosselin’s friendliness. “Kate thinks it will help her career, so she’s trying to be all palsy-walsy with Pam. Kate thinks they have a lot in common because their private lives have been (tabloid) fodder for years and they’ve both had reality shows.”

Apparently the show reps deny that there’s anything mean spirited going on. But judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Life & Style “the night they announced the cast, I was tweeting along with it, and as they announced Kate, there was the most negative feedback, it was so unfortunate. I think everybody just needs to give her a chance, just like everybody else.” ISH shall try…


"Dancing" Kicks Off Season 10!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Kate Gosselin Waltzes For Her Kids, Nicole Scherzinger Sizzles & Pamela Anderson Struts Her Money-Maker! 

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” kicked off-season 10 with plenty shaking, shimmering and nerves Monday night! But it was the former star of “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” Kate Gosselin who was on a mission to prove to her kids that — mommy got moves! 

Before the pretty in pink Mama G. (with $7000 hair extensions) hit the ballroom with dance partner, Tony Dovolani, she revealed her children told her she couldn’t dance. In pure Kate fashion she said she’s going to show them.

“Without a doubt, I’m going to prove them wrong.” 

And just before performing a Viennese waltz that got panned by the judges, she sent a message to mothers across America. 

“All the moms out there, this is for you! Wish me luck.” 

Now, as a new mother myself, I can certainly appreciate Kate’s efforts and applaud her, but I am still wondering who was at home tucking her 8 off-spring into bed. 

Dancing awkwardly and stiff to Billy Joel’s, “She’s Always A Women To Me,” Kate failed to impress the judges especially Bruno Tolini who said; “The technique was terrible,” as she stood stunned, “It looked like Tony was pushing a shopping cart acroos the floor. You have to exude something!” 

Judge Carrie Anne Inaba took a softer approach. 

“You’re very different than the other people on the show” — “not a performer” and “not an athlete.” 

 Inba went on to say about the nurse turned reality TV mom: “There’s a sweet vulnerability to what you do” and “You have an honesty that resonated with people.” 

Even though she may have challenges on the dance floor, I think Kate will sashay into the next round with breeze. Gosselin scored 16 out of 30 points and came in third to last, beating out “All My Children” star Aiden Turner and 80-year-old astronaut Buzz Aldrin who took last with 14 points.


Speaking of moms, for me, Pamela Anderson was the most anticipated celebrity of the “Dancing” debut. It wasn’t surprising ABC kept the former Baywatch babe until the very end the show (now that’s a way to get that male demo up). Having interviewed her many times, you just never know what Anderson is gonna say much less do — so naturally I couldn’t wait for her cha-cha with sexy partner and dancing newcomer, Damian Whitewood.

Despite looking the part with the fake tan, hair extensions and rockin’ body at age 42, the blonde ambition reminded more of a sexed up rag doll than ballroom dancer. Her performance was good for Tom Bergeron who was as giddy as a school boy and Bruno broke out with his best Brunoism of the night jumping up and yelling: “Striperella’s back home! Do it to me girl!”


Setting the bar for the rest of the celebrity hoofers was Pussycat Dolls lead singer, Nicole Scherzinger. After her graceful waltz with pro partner, Derek Hough, she finished at the top of the leader board earning 25 points out of 30.

Now as a former dancer myself, I personally think Scherzinger has an advantage given her hip hop past, however she told host Brooke Burke backstage. 

“It’s a far cry from chest pumps and booty dips.”

Rounding out the ladies: “90210″ alum Shannen Doherty, who amidst massive stage fright, showed a softer side expressing her reason for joining the show was to please her father who recently suffered a heartattack. ESPN anchor Erin Andrews proved to already have plenty of chemistry with dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and comedian/TV host Niecy Nash who dedicated her number to “thick girls everywhere.”


Dancing With The Stars: The Men–From Buzz to Evan!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The men of Season 10 –Dancing With the Stars, never a more diverse group, with everything from a legendary astronaut to an Olympic gold medalist. Who would ever think they would see the second man to walk on the moon on the same show with former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson–American Reality TV, nothing quite like it.

NFL star Chad Ochocinco was first on the floor with partner Cheryl Burke doing the cha-cha, a dance Burke described as “fun and flirty, just like Chad.” Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Anne Inaba all agreed Ochocinco has great potential. Fresh from The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka partnered up Chelsie Hightower, who says Jake will get a lot of votes from the female audience because “he’s hot.” The judges were torn on Jake’s performance, with Inaba saying he worked romance into his dance, while Bruno argued he was too rough.

Leaving his ice skates at the door, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek braved the dance floor with his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Lysacek acknowledged that his experience as a skater might prove beneficial, but he had trouble turning, it’s the opposite direction that skaters generally turn. Even with the challenges he faced, Lysacek scored the second-best result of the evening.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin received loving tributes from colleagues at the space station, but all three judges agreed that the moonwalker’s moves needed some work. “How can I possibly criticize a hero and a legend, but I have to do my job,” Tonioli offered before he and the judges bestowed Aldrin with the lowest score of the evening. Aldrin accepted the result gracefully, declaring: “I’m looking forward to the future.”

All My Children actor Aiden Turner failed to impress the judges with his cha-cha with partner Edyta Sliwinska. Carrie Ann Inaba enjoyed Turner’s approach and bravado but felt he and his partner didn’t hit the mark. “I gave it my all,” he said “the crowd had my back, but it’s nerve-racking out there.”

Because the votes and scores will be combined with next week’s results, none of the 11 dancers are in danger of getting the boot from the competition.

ISH loves new co-host Brooke Burke, so much better than … The chemistry with Tom Bergeron is definitely leaps and bounds over Samantha Harris. And, hey Tom are you sporting a dancer’s spray tan? — back when we worked together on radio in Boston you never did that for us!

Who did you like? Give us your comments — come on, who’d ya pick up the phone for?