Since I recapped the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 16, I thought I’d bookend the season by quickly discussing the finale. Another reason I wanted to write this post was to publicly pat myself on the back for doing a pretty good job with my pre-season predictions.
With exception to Dorothy Hamill (how was I supposed to know she’d injure herself week two?), I correctly guessed the first five eliminations. In addition, two of Season 16′s finalists were in my predicted Final 3. My track record with DWTS was a million times better than American Idol this season and I don’t even recap the dancing competition. Enough stroking my ego, let’s get to the results.
After watching the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, I feel content with the predictions I made prior to the first telecast. Most of the celebrities performed as I thought they would with a couple notable exceptions. Both Andy Dick and Wynonna Judd impressed and entertained with their debut performances. That said, I still think they’re going to be eliminated within the first five weeks.
The stars had to dance either a cha cha cha, a foxtrot or a contemporary on the first night. With no results show until Tuesday, March 26, all of them get a second chance to impress viewers next Monday. Check out all the performances below and find out which ones were my three favorites and worst pick.
After going with an All-Stars edition, Dancing With The Stars is going back to basics for Season 16. While I enjoyed seeing returning favorites, I’m looking forward to tonight’s season premiere. While the star wattage isn’t as high as in previous seasons, I already have a few people I’m rooting for. Lisa Vanderpump, I’m talking about you.
Getting a first look at the “celebrities” with their professional partners is always exciting to watch. While I do enjoy witnessing the trainwrecks, I’m more stoked to see who comes bursting out of the gates gunning for the mirrorball trophy. Check out my predictions on how Season 16′s stars will fare.
Without a doubt, Andy Dick will be one of the first to go. I just can’t see the 47-year-old comedian having any sort of rhythm. Former ABC sitcom star DL Hughley might have some dancing prowess, but don’t think he has the fan base to support him. Speaking of fans, everyone knows that country music has diehard ones. Normally I would put Wynonna Judd higher, but with Kellie Pickler also in the competition, I think Judd will suffer and be ousted early.
Also in this bunch is my favorite Lisa Vanderpump. While popular with Housewives addicts (myself included), she probably isn’t well known outside the Bravo universe. Hopefully her signature wit and sass will win over new fans quickly. Last in this list is boxer Victor Ortiz. I’m sure when it comes to demographics, there isn’t much crossover between DWTS and boxing watchers. His chances aren’t helped by being saddled with new professional, Lindsay Arnold either. I thoroughly believe, viewers also vote for their favorite pros.
My favorite part of every Dancing With The Stars season is the first episode. After weeks of buildup and buzz, we finally get to see who has the stuff to take it all the way and who’s there simply for fodder and ratings. This season that title goes to Andy Dick. I just can’t see the Newsradio star doing well. Poor Sharna Burgess. After spending several seasons in the Dance Troupe, she finally gets promoted to the big time, but saddled with Dick. LOL. With that said, the duo looks like they having lots of fun in their official promo photo.
ABC just released all the competing stars with their professional partners. This crop of wannabe hoofers doesn’t have the star wattage as previous ones, but I’m really looking forward to this season. We have new pro blood in the form of STYCYD alum Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and the aforementioned Burgess. Based on first impressions Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy have the best chemistry with their stars. Check out all the photos below.
Dancing With The Stars is back with a new cast of celebrities ready to throw on their dancing shoes and compete for the mirrorball trophy, alongside their talented professional partners. The new cast were announced by hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet on GMA this morning, along with the cast members for this season.
As with every season, there is quite the mix of celebrities that include country music stars, comedians, actors, Olympians and pro athletes, reality stars, and as usual, one token Disney star.
The new season begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour season premiere from 8-10pm ET, with the results show taking place the following week on Tuesday, March 26 at 9/10pm ET. Check out the cast of DWTS Season 16 below and vote for who you think will win this season.
For the first time in Dancing With The Stars history, the Final 3 was comprised of three female celebrities. Girl power definitely prevailed this season. After last night’s performances, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani lead with a perfect 60, with Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy close behind at 59 and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough trailing with 57. Would Shawn and Derek’s decision to repeat their rule-breaking dance cause them the crown? Luckily for them, tonight had each couple performing one more dance- an instant one. Perhaps they could close the gap with a flawless routine.
Kelly & Val picked an Instant Jive and scored a 28.5. Melissa and Tony then followed with an Instant Samba which also netted them 28.5 points. Lastly, Shawn & Derek performed an Instant Cha Cha that gave them a perfect score of 30. With all the judges’ scores factored in here’s where everyone stood. In first were Melissa & Tony with 88.5, Kelly & Val and Shawn & Derek followed with 87.5 and 87.0 respectively. Now all that remained was to factor in the viewer votes. Did the public push Shawn & Derek to their much-predicted win? Find out below.
Before I reveal the winner, I just wanted to quickly skim over the filler for the two-hour finale. Pretty much everything was a retread of previous performances. The only new one worth mentioning was Pamela Anderson’s dance with a bevy of male dancers to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals‘ “Paris (Ooh La La)”. It was sexy and actually not bad. Too bad Anderson didn’t show this type of dance prowess and agility during the competition. She might’ve lasted more than one week. Without further ado, let’s find out who won the All-Stars mirrorball trophy.
Normally, the hour-long results show on any reality show bores me to death. Tonight, Dancing With The Stars pleasantly surprised me. Sure, Tom Bergeron could’ve revealed the results in ten minutes, but the filler this week was tolerable.
On deck to perform were Britain’s “other” boy band- The Wanted. Max George and his backup singers (LOL), sang “I Found You” and “Glad You Came” while looking dapper in their slim suits. Admittedly, I have a bit of a crush on Max, but lately that Jay McGuiness (the curly hair one) is looking pretty cute.
Earlier this season Paula Abdul joined the judges on the panel to critique the All-Stars. This time around, the 50-year-old entertainer choreographed a number featuring four of her No. 1 hits- “Straight Up“, “Forever Your Girl“, “Cold Hearted” and “Opposites Attract“. The performance incorporated previously filmed dancing footage with live segments. The results were fantastic and really allowed Abdul to shine at what she does best. She even brought out her animated duet partner MC Skat Kat from “Opposites Attract”.
The other two performances were by talented Kiwi dancer Parris Goebel and resident pro Derek Hough. The latter enlisted four female contemporary dancers for an emotional and powerful number. Co-choreographed by SYTYCD fan favorite Allison Holker, the performance also brought two other alums from the FOX show- Melanie Moore and Kathryn McCormick. I could watch Holker dance for hours. Allison not winning her season is one of the greatest travesties in reality competition history.
Check out all the aforementioned performances below. They truly are worth taking a sneak peek at. Without further ado, let’s get to the results.
Since there was no one voted off last week due to the Presidential election, it was time for a double elimination on Dancing With The Stars. Though not as shocking as Sabrina Ryan’s ouster a couple of weeks ago, one of tonight’s boots was a tad surprising.
This week it was all about veterans and threesomes. Sounds hot, but it’s not nearly as salacious as it sounds. Each couple was asked to create a dance honoring the armed forces and another dance involving another pro.
After Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft were the first two declared safe, it was time to reveal the first one not advancing next week. Kirstie Alley and Kelly Monaco were pitted together and not surprisingly Alley was tonight’s first victim. I’ve enjoyed the former Cheers star thus far, but at this point she wasn’t at the same level as the remaining All-Stars. It was her time to go. At least she got to go out with a bang, dancing with both Maks and Tristan MacManus last night. Now that’s one tasty Ukranian-Irish sandwich, I’d like to take a bite out of.