I WANT CC SABATHIA TO BE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS

He would be fun! Or Derek Jeter, or A-Rod, who, by the way, on the night of the second World Series game, my friends and I saw at Blue Ribbon at 6 Columbus, where we went after seeing Morphoses (review of the program B still to come!) He was with Kate Hudson, and an entourage of course. We also saw Wallace Shawn there. Such a cutie — and he got more requests for autographs than A-Rod!

I mean, why are there never any baseball players on the show? Only footballers?

Anyway, this week’s show (which I realize I’m very late with now — don’t even ask; crazy crazy week): my favorites were Aaron and Karina’s Jive, Mya and Dmitry’s Foxtrot, and and Donny and Kym’s Quickstep. I thought Aaron’s Jive was downright professional-looking — I do think those athletic training courses she had him do beforehand so he’d get the kicks and flicks right — helped immensely. I thought Mya’s Foxtrot was very golden-age Hollywood, very glamorous and beautifully danced. And I thought Donny’s Quickstep showed excellent showmanship and very good footwork. I disagree with the judges who were critical of him — I thought he did an excellent job with that QS. And I missed the supposed mistakes!

I disagree with the judges on Michael and Anna’s Foxtrot, and Kelly and Louis’s Salsa. I thought Michael did much better last week with the Samba, and in this week’s group Paso — I think the Foxtrot just isn’t him. He didn’t look fluid and elegant and didn’t really have the rise and fall right, though it looked like he was trying hard — and the judges likely recognized that. I thought Kelly looked totally stiff in her Salsa though! She got better as the dance went on, but she looked really nervous and almost seemed like she was just going through the motions in the first third of it. When she did that twisted dip, Louis almost didn’t catch her and had to find his footing. But by the last third of the dance, she’d found her confidence and it was much more all-out. Funny thing is that this seems to be what she does every week, so I didn’t really see improvement on that front, though I still like her.

I also didn’t like Joanna and Derek’s Rumba. She looked like a paper-doll trying to be sexy, if you ask me. Everything seemed superficial — both the emotions and the hip action.

And I didn’t like Mark’s Samba. I didn’t really think it was a mess like the judges said but I don’t think it’s a dance that naturally looks good on him. He did much better with the group Paso. But I can see why he was the one to be booted last night.

I didn’t actually see the show last night (was out seeing FELA! on Broadway, which was excellent! Definitely go see it if you’re in NY — it’s such a “real” musical — you’re really taken back to the 70s, to Nigeria, to Fela Kuti’s nightclub, to the police brutality, to the music and dance, to his world; you really feel like you’re there, which, to me, doesn’t often happen with musicals. And it has Bill T. Jones‘s mark of choreographic excellence all over it!) Anyway, regarding DWTS, I missed Derek and Mark singing. How were they?

Above photo by Kathy Willens, Associated Press.

3 Comments

  1. I like Mark and Derek but I HATE their new stuff…I want their acoustic stuff back..

    Regarding baseball players on the show, it wouldn't work. They start their season in March which the spring show starts and continues through November so any current/active baseball player couldn't be on the show…

    I think Mark D did have issues but give the man a break, he had 3 different partners within a week and didn't learn that Samba until SATURDAY NIGHT. What he pulled off was incredible… I frankly wish Michael should have gone home weeks.

    Joanna's technique is really starting to bug me and the fact that the judges are glossing over it.

    As for Kelly… I don't know what's Louis got to do to just get her to let go. Just let go of the nerves, the possibility of going home, etc. I know it's easier said than done but I think that's really the issue…

  2. Tonya I agree with you on Derek and Joanna, their connection really seemed pushed and put-on instead of trying to be a bit real (see Aaron, he's got it down). I LOVED Aaron's Jive, this kid really wants it and he's working his butt off! Cheers!

  3. Tonya I agree with you on Derek and Joanna, their connection really seemed pushed and put-on instead of trying to be a bit real (see Aaron, he's got it down). I LOVED Aaron's Jive, this kid really wants it and he's working his butt off! Cheers!

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