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Dancing With the Stars: Last night in the ballroom

Some fall short, others fall down and one needs to learn to shut his mouth, it’s Dancing With the Stars.

Kristi channels her inner Latin divaWell, that was an interesting evening on “Dancing with the Stars.” It was the third night of competition and though I totally agreed with judges comments, I didn’t agree with their scores.  What kind of sense does that make? None.  here were times when they complimented but came in low and others where they complained but came in high. It’s obvious they aren’t scoring everyone on the same scale. How did the week go….

Ballroom goes berzerk

The, “I hope he goes home this week” award goes to Adam Carolla and by proxy, his partner, Julianne Hough.  Adam can’t dance, that’s a given, but there’s no denying he’s interesting to watch. But in the end, the reason he needs to go home has nothing at all to do with what he does on the dance floor.  It’s what he does after he dances — he runs his mouth and every word is becoming more and more offensive. I don’t know how Julianne can stand him.  If I were her, I’d choreograph an impossibly hard routine so he got booted off instantly! This is a classy show and Carolla has no class.

Class to the max is Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez! Once again, these two turned in a wonderfully entertaining performance and Marlee looked fabulous in that swingy dress! Only trouble is, after praise from the judges their scores weren’t all that hot. They deserved better.

Lion lessons

Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke get the prize for the best rehearsal film with Cristian getting “fun” lessons from a sea lion. It was a great piece and it really worked! He was fun and animated on the dance floor and he’s one of my favorites.

A team that’s growing on me is Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough. She’s really come a long way, and as the show has a history of sending the “pretty girls” packing, it’s amazing that she’s still here. Best thing ever, Shannon so winded in the end that she has to sit on the floor during judging so she’s joined by Derek and Tom! I love live TV.

Mano a mano practice makes perfect

Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya had some trouble in rehearsals this week with Anna falling too sick to practice. In her stead, she sent over husband Jonathan Roberts and man, there’s nothing funnier than watching two guys Tango! The routine was interesting but the Gutte has gotta go. Probably next week.

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska took a couple of hits this week as the tall man tried to master the jive. I do agree that he’s unusually talented for a man of his size but I’m not feeling him. I’m also not feeling Priscilla Presley and Louis Van Amstel. I’ll admit she was pretty good on the dance floor this week but in general, I’m not a fan.

I am a fan of Mario and Karina Smirnoff but the judges really knocked him down a few pegs on the scoreboard. Apparently he had a busy week and didn’t practice as much, but I still found their dance to be very charismatic and great to watch. Hopefully, he’ll rebound this week because I’m not ready to see him go.

On top for the third week in a row was Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas. This time though, the judges did pick up on Kristi’s lack of emotional connection and that could hurt her in the long run. Now that we know she can dance, we want to see the passion and it’s not there.

The biggest disappointment of the evening was Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani and only because I love them so much and I’m afraid she’ll be heading home this week. Sadly, I had to agree with the judges. I expected so much more from Marissa on the fast-paced jive and it just wasn’t there. She’s not the best dancer in the pack, but she more than makes up for it with her personality — usually. But last night just didn’t cut it. I think her emotions are getting the best of her and oh, man, she’s going to sob like a baby if she gets cut tonight and I so don’t want to see that. 

So with a heavy heart I predict Marissa will leave tonight along with (I hope) Adam Corolla.

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Live TV is the best!

Shannon takes a spill and Tom jumps in to help! Only on live TV! 

Photos courtesy of ABC.

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