Whatever this season may bring, I was tired of the dancing, judges, and contestants. Chloris Leachman frustrated me to such a degree I even stopped watching. Nevertheless then along came Gilles Poet, Lil Kim, Ty Philologue, Melissa Rycroft, The Woz, Julianne’s sweetheart, Diet Wicks, Denise Richards, Shawn Johnson, and some others that certainly didn’t excite me.
Who really did interest me? It was french actor Gilles Marini who pulled it all together for the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars I discovered Gilles when I saw Sex and the City where he stood out among a cast of talented actors and actresses. He did not disappoint in Dancing with the Stars! He turns the heat up in the ballroom when he dances. Carrie Ann Inaba even mentioned how lucky his wife was.
Denise Richards was a big disappointment, lacking talent as well as personality. The Woz may be a computer genius and he definitely seemed like a great guy, but he just didn’t have the moves on the dance floor. Chuck Wicks gave it his all, and lasted longer than most. I didn’t really like Lil’ Kim until I saw her dance so amazingly well. Derek Huff showed what expert choreography and showmanship can bring to the dance floor with his amazing routines. They proved to be a powerful duo when they showed that they had chemistry along with their talent. It was a shock that she was eliminated with four others remaining.
The final four, as I write, are Melissa and Tony, Ty and Chelsie, Gilles and Cheryl, Shawn and Mark. When Jewel fractured the tibia in both her legs five days before the season premiere, that is when Melissa stepped up and took her place. You could tell right off the bat that she has been trained in ballet dancing so it wasn’t too hard for her to get up to speed quickly. Ballet really paid off for Melissa. Twice she scored thirty out of thirty from the three judges. Perfect scores do not protect you from being voted off, however. (Take a look at Sabrina Bryan, she was sent packing with her dancing partner Mark Ballas in the 5th season despite scoring the highest first week score and later getting the first 30 out of 30 score.) Ty Murry is the dancer who has so improved, and is also so love-able. Having a rodeo star background gave him a wide, diverse fan base during voting, but did little in the way of preparing him for dancing. Shawn Johnson, gold medal winning gymnast, showed us that she can perform on the hard dance floor just as well as she can on a soft mat. Finally, Gilles Marini simply couldn’t do a routine that didn’t blow me away. He is definitely my favorite.
Who will win? Another couple goes home this week. After that the three last dance teams have a final dance-off. I can’t wait until the final show airs! Luckily I have a DVR for a backup just in case something comes up.
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