Monday, April 5th, 2010

Erin Andrews says despite receiving death threats through email, she plans to power through on the ballroom floor with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing With The Stars Monday nights.

“I’m glad I’m here. I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let Maks down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down,” the ESPN reporter tells People magazine. “I’m not going to stop living my life.”

Andrews and Chmerkovskiy will dance the waltz on Monday night’s ABC show and the celebrity competitor doesn’t seem to be letting the threats get to her, telling the publication, “I don’t quit on things. It’s not an option for me.”

Just last month, Michael Barrett, who recorded nude videos of Andrews through peepholes and then posted them on the Internet, was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to the interstate stalking of the reporter.

You’ll remember, that last March Olympian Shawn Johnson was stalked on the set of DWTS, who knew that ballroom dancing was such a risky sport.


Dancing With The Stars: Tony Quits Kate! But Unlike Jon, Comes Back!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Ouch! More than just toes got stepped on last night on the second episode of DWTS. Celebrities fighting with their professionals, lots of drama! Finally Judge Len Goodman told the celebrities to “turn up, keep up and shut up!”

And more than recapping the dancing, the meltdowns seem more indicative of who will triumph. Shannen Doherty pleaded with partner Mark Ballas to give her more simple choreography, but he didn’t comply and she did well in her jive.

Aiden Turner pitched a fit in rehearsal, saying he “can’t concentrate when Edyta is mean to him.” This caused Edyta to retreat to the next room until he apologized. Was it too little, too late? — by the looks of Turner’s fox-trot it was!

Evan Lysachek is a big boy and he didn’t cry. The Olympic Gold Medalist and Anna’s jive was “greased lightning.” according to Bruno Tonioli.

Niecy Nash grumbled a bit, but ultimately listened to Louis Van Amstel and had Len calling her a “revelation,” while Bruno described the comedienne as being “light and frothy like a strawberry milkshake.”

Jake Pavelka got very testy with Chelsie Hightower, but she didn’t back down and Mr. Romance received some praise for his “energy.”

Buzz Aldrin knows how to follow orders, so although he and Ashly had lower scores, they were praised for a fox-trot that would inspire others to dance.

Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls put all her trust in her teacher Derek Hough, and blew the lid off the show with the first two tens of the season.

Erin Andrews playfully taunted her teacher Maks in rehearsal but ultimately followed his advice. And the judges praised her “natural elegance” and called the ESPN sportscaster a “lyrical dancer.”

Pamela Anderson is a good student, she trusted her partner Damian Whitewood and was praised for her channeling of Marilyn Monroe in her fox-trot.

Chad Ochocino wasn’t so much a prima a donna– his reason for not doing well, he was just too busy flirting with his instructor Cheryl.

But Kate Gosselin driving the ever patient and perhaps the nicest dance partner on the show, Tony Dovolani over the edge was something else. Kate was telling him how to teach. This took passive-aggressive to a new level. This was DRAMA… Tony said “I quit,” and she says, “I don’t get it.” “He can’t quit,” she says. And, of course, she is right.

So, Tony comes back, and no amount of mea culpas can save the catastrophe on the dance floor. Kate was awful in her jive. Bruno used the word “nightmare” to describe her performance — and says she moves like a “Stepford wife.”

Moral of DWTS, as Len Goodman says “turn up, keep up and shut up!”

ISH gets it!


"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.”