WAS THAT THE MOST BORING DANCING WITH THE STARS QUARTERFINAL OR WHAT?

Sorry I’ve been so out of it again with blogging, you guys — I can’t believe how many little errors there are in my book to correct… So stressful!

Anyway, I managed to watch DWTS last night. Thing is, I’m really so not into it; even if I wasn’t busy with my book, I’m so not into blogging about the show this season. I think Mya is overall the best contestant on the show right now, and so she probably deserves to win. But she just doesn’t do that much for me. I liked both her Quickstep and 70s Samba last night — I thought her Quickstep was actually pretty basic and technique-focused so I’m not sure why Len didn’t like it, and the Samba was fun — a lot of people dance Samba to disco music since it’s so hard to find good authentic Samba music around here.

I think overall I like Aaron the most though, even though he’s not as good as Mya. Still, he’s getting less and less fun, for some reason, as the season goes on. His over-the-top-ness is not enough to compel me to watch the show anymore. I liked but didn’t love his 90s Latin routine last night — wait, was it  Jive? I don’t even remember? But I was annoyed with Karina that she didn’t let him do his fun boy-band moves. Why did she cut him off like that — I think it would have been hilarious. And what is with everyone getting sick? (Both Karina and Aaron had the flu at various points this week apparently…)

I thought all the Standard routines were pretty bland last night. I thought Donny’s Viennese Waltz was the best, mainly because Kym was so beautifully fluid. But during the Latin round, his 80s Paso wasn’t all that interesting. The costumes and music (I used to love Spin Me ‘Round) were far more fun and flashy than the actual dancing.

And I feel the same way about Kelly as I do Aaron. I liked watching her learn and grow early on but now it seems she’s stagnating and it’s not that interesting anymore. I thought her 60s Jive was cute and I love that Louis, unlike Karina, let her put her own Monkees-esque moves in.

I feel like Joanna really dances like a paper doll. She has no grounding, no weight, no strength or firmness in her body. You need that for ballroom, even for the Standard dances. You need that for any kind of dance. You need that to do fouettes and pirouettes in ballet. Not that I don’t dance exactly like that — that was always my problem: I looked emaciated and completely substanceless. I used to think it was just about being thin, but it’s not. There are very thin dancers who are very rooted and have a great deal of strength in their bodies. She’s a really really pretty paper doll, but a paper doll nonetheless and I can’t for the life of me understand why the judges fawn over her so.

I know, as Katrina had commented earlier, that seasons may collide, but I still so want Yankees to be on the show.  Come on, A-Rod can dance with Smirnoff and Derek with … Lacey maybe. The World Series was the most exciting thing to happen since Roberto Bolle (look look, new pic from Weber book!) came to town. I’ve been a bit bored and depressed since it ended… :(

One more thing about the Yankees: they had a little dance segment at the City Hall celebration — did anyone watch it? The dancers were teenaged schoolgirls, apparently, from Staten Island, called the LA Dancers — something like that. They were okay, but you know… Why don’t they have a real dancer, like Ashley Bouder? I think she’d be perfect — she’s cute and extremely athletic and would be very attractive to the average baseball fan. And she’s a NYCBallet dancer… Come on! Next year…

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Photo of Bouder by Gene Schiavone, taken from Bailarinas; photos of A-Rod and Jeter taken from here and here respectively.

12 Comments

  1. SYTYCD tonight…will you be watching???

  2. I would expect they wanted local dancers performing so I would recommend Amar Ramasar!

  3. Hi Jonathan — yes, I watched! Am writing something up now!

  4. Hi! Yes, Amar is from the Bronx, so that's perfect! Maybe they can do a duet together?!

  5. I wouldn't mind a Yankee on the show but it has to be a retired one :)

  6. Hey Tonya…
    “I thought her Quickstep was actually pretty basic and technique-focused so I’m not sure why Len didn’t like it”

    Len did like it… gave it a 10 :)

  7. Then Derek Jeter once he retires :) Not that I ever want that to happen…

  8. Hi Katrina — yeah, I know he ended up giving her a perfect score, but he still prefaced it by saying she always went for the “wow” factor and he really wished she wouldn't do that and would just focus on technique. Funny thing was, I thought she did that this time; I didn't see much “wow” factor in that performance at all. I'm glad he gave her a 10 though.

  9. I wouldn't mind a Yankee on the show but it has to be a retired one :)

  10. Hey Tonya…
    “I thought her Quickstep was actually pretty basic and technique-focused so I’m not sure why Len didn’t like it”

    Len did like it… gave it a 10 :)

  11. Then Derek Jeter once he retires :) Not that I ever want that to happen…

  12. Hi Katrina — yeah, I know he ended up giving her a perfect score, but he still prefaced it by saying she always went for the “wow” factor and he really wished she wouldn't do that and would just focus on technique. Funny thing was, I thought she did that this time; I didn't see much “wow” factor in that performance at all. I'm glad he gave her a 10 though.

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