Three have been eliminated from this year's ABC's "Dancing With the Stars".
America's beloved contender for this year, talk schlockmeister Jerry Springer, survived through the Waltz round. Which he wanted to learn to dance at his upcoming daughter's wedding.
The American public is finally honing in on this reality series, proving, once again, that American woman want to dance!
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"Dancing With the Stars" 2006-the Waltz and Paso Doble
Let me state right now that if a kind fellow requested my joining him in dancing the Paso Doble I'd have to refuse.
ABC tells us:
The Paso Doble on the competition floor should create a Spanish Bull Fighting atmosphere. The Paso Doble is the dance for the Man, which allows him to fill the "Space" with strong three-dimensional shapes and movements danced with "Pride and Dignity."
The woman's role varies depending on the intepretation of the dance. The woman can take the role of the matador's cape, the bull or even the matador at different times within the dance.
Characteristics of the Paso Doble are the "Marching" flavor given to the steps and the cape movements creating the required tension between both dancers.
It is one of the only dances that is danced only in the ballroom world.
It is one of the most dramatic of the dances.
As for the Waltz, well to my naïve eyes, it is simply one of the most beautiful dances in the world. Alas, I'd have to refuse a request to dance this dance as well for I cannot Waltz.
Considered the mother of present day dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the 17th century. The popularity of the Waltz dance grew with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today all over the world.
The basic components of Waltz are walking steps and side steps. "Rise and Fall" and "Body Sway" are some of the styling characteristics which make the simplest Waltz steps and patterns elegant and beautiful.
A sentimental and romantic dance, it is characterized by soft and round movements and its swing and flow. ***
On this fourth round in the 2006 "Dancing With the Stars" competition, it was the above dances featured and it was an enjoyable view.
We begin by noting that ABC's dancing series, an unexpected hit across the fruited plains, is being noticed by Americans and gasp, they have actually taken to one of this year's contenders into their blessed hearts.
Jerry Springer is a TV talk show schlockmeister and sometimes politician. He's a liberal of the highest order but for now let's overlook this tiny fault.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jerry Springer's latest step into the spotlight - honing his moves on "Dancing with the Stars" - has the public smitten with the host known for his bawdy TV talk show.
Springer decided to appear on the ABC reality show to learn the waltz for his daughter's upcoming wedding. He and partner Kym Johnson have so charmed viewers that they've avoided elimination for the last two weeks.
"This is the first time I've done TV being myself," Springer told The Cincinnati Enquirer for a story published Tuesday. "My TV show isn't really me or about me. I just introduce the guests and let them go at it."
Former Blog Reviews on 2006 "Dancing With the Stars":
On the evening of 10/3/06, the Waltz and Paso Doble were the featured dancers.
Monique Coleman began with a Waltz. The dance featured elaborate hand movements and was fluid and romantic. I mentioned in an earlier review that this Monique Coleman was a bit over the edge with her emotions and damn if the woman wasn’t crying WHILE SHE DANCED.
Monique and her partner scored a 24 out of a possible 30.
Next up, Emmitt Smith and his partner performed a Paso Doble. The choreography featured an opening where Smith drags his female partner then both assumed dancing position. They sported dashing red outfits. I noted that Emmitt did not have anything too complicated in the way of dance steps.
The judge pronounced the performance as “great, well done”.
Willa Ford and her partner performed a Waltz to a song that, well this song is considered one of the ten worst songs of all time. It is “You Light Up My Life” and if nothing else, this was a good tune to dance the Waltz with. I loved Willa’s updo hairstyle and the black and white of their outfits contrasted starkly but beautifully with their dance movements.
I was struck by how in-sync the various steps were between the partners and the many dizzying revolutions during the routine.
The judges said the dance “swept me away”.
Willa and her partner scored 28 out of 30 points.
Sara Evans and her partner danced a Paso Doble to the most improbable of songs “Phantom of the Opera”. Sara sported a beautiful hair style and while I thought the dance performance was fine, the judges took exception to the song.
Sara and her partner received 20 points.
Next, beloved Jerry Springer got to dance the Waltz with his partner to the tune of “The Tennessee Waltz”. Springer has said often during this year’s contest that he wanted more than anything to learn how to properly dance the Waltz so that he can dance with his daughter during her upcoming wedding.
Jerry not only got to the Waltz round, he survived this week’s elimination.
I thought Jerry looked like he was at dance school during his dance. He also moved very slow and his partner did all the complicated steps.
A judge pronounced the routine “well done”. Springer and his partner received 22 points.
Vivica Fox and her partner performed a Paso Doble to a song that I’d never heard but I like it. The song title is “It’s My Life”.
Vivica’s routine was very dramatic and indeed one judge declared it included “lots of attack and aggression”. Vivica and her partner received 24 points.
Alas Vivica was eliminated during this round in the competition. Evidently the American voters didn’t care for Vivica’s performance.
I consider Joey Lawrence to be a real contender to win this thing. Wearing all white, Joey and his partner danced the Waltz to the song “Take It to the Limit”.
All of Lawrence’s movements were fluid and one can tell that Joey has a talent for the dance. I thought Joey and his partner’s performance to be the best of the evening.
Finally Mario Lopez and his partner performed a Paso Doble although by me it looked a little like line dancing.
Mario wore chains on pants, an interesting effect. The steps of this couple’s performance were complicated and danced totally in sync.
The judges pronounced the performance “superbo”. This couple got a total of 29 points, the highest of the evening and almost perfect.
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