Monthly Archives: June 2007

Ox Notes: June 25, 2007

Just when you’ve had your fill of talent competitions — thanks to America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, The Next Best Thing, and Last Coming Standing — NBC has decided to move up the release date of its musical quiz show The Singing Bee from the fall to July 10 — just so that it can beat the release of Fox’s musical quiz show Don’t Forget the Lyrics by one day.

In other game show news, Rosie O’Donnell says she won’t be taking over hosting duties at The Price Is Right. That narrows the field of potential hosts to a bunch of former Dancing with the Stars cast members: George Hamilton, John O’Hurley, Mario Lopez, and Ian Ziering.

Ian Ziering may be in a bit of trouble, however. Rumor has it that he’s the one who leaked the news that Jennie Garth will be on the next season of DwtS.

In case this summer’s DwtS tour didn’t stop in a city near you, here’s a review of the Dallas performance, as well as an interview with tour choreographer Louis van Amstel.

Finally, Maksim Chmerkovskiy seems pretty disgruntled after three trophy-less seasons on DwtS. In a recent interview, Maks was asked, "If you could have any celebrity in the world as a partner, who would you choose? Who is your ideal?"

Maks responded, "I have no idea, but my ideal situation would be if Len was not judging any more."

You can read the rest of Maks’s response at Lauren Barth’s GlamScene blog.

Pirate Master: Episode 4

Did this week’s new captain pardon his nemesis, Joe Don?

The latest episode of Pirate Master began with Sean apologizing to Jay. "I’d made kind of a pact with Jay to vote for Cheryl," said Sean, regarding having received $1000 from Jay in exchange for a vote for Cheryl — and then voting for Alexis instead.

Taking money isn’t "kind of a pact," Sean. It’s a contract. Or a bribe.

After a relaxing morning under faux-British Captain Azmyth’s leadership, it was time for another treasure hunt. Azmyth, Jupiter, and Jay were joined on the Black Crew by Joe Don, Cheryl, Laurel, and Christa. The Red Crew comprised Louie, Sean, Ben, Joy, Kendra, and Nessa.

The Black Crew had the advantage in terms of physical ability, and they dominated the first half of a race through the jungle. On the Red Crew, Joy continued to have knee troubles, and Kendra and Louie lagged behind.

Louie kept an upbeat attitude during his difficult jungle run: "I just kinda look at Nessa’s butt and forget about the jungle."

Inside a small cave, each team held up a map, and a sunbeam reflected off a small mirror, creating an ‘X’ that highlighted the location of the buried treasure. The ‘X’ fell on a large anchor on the beach near where the crews had tied their boats, and Azmyth lead his team back through the jungle.

But, at the beach, Azmyth had his team looking for an actual giant ‘X.’ When he didn’t see an ‘X’ near the anchor, he led his team further down the beach. Since Azmyth was the only person on his team who’d looked at the map inside the cave, his teammates had no choice but to follow him.

After a futile search, the Black Crew decided to run back to the cave and have multiple team members look at the map. Meanwhile, the Red Crew started digging in the black sand around the anchor.

Once they’d confirmed where to look, the Black Crew ran back to the beach hoping to make up for lost time. But it was too late. Kendra found the buried treasure chest, and for a second week in a row, the captain was ousted.

Back aboard the pirate ship, the Red Crew elected a reluctant Louie captain. He chose Nessa and Sean for his officers — a smart move, since he ensured that two of the strongest players would be on his team for next week’s hunt.

The treasure chest contained a measly $5000, which Capt. Louie split evenly amongst his crew. But it also contained a Royal Pardon, which would save the person who possessed it from elimination at the next Pirates Court.

Louie was given temporary custody of the Pardon. Pirates who felt they were at risk had a few hours to decide how much gold they’d be willing to pay for the Pardon. The pirate who submitted the highest bid would pay Louie for the pardon at Pirates Court after the votes were cast, but before the results were read.

The only catch was, if the pirate with the Pardon didn’t need to use it at Pirates Court, he or she could not save it for the next week — and would be out all of the money paid for the Pardon. The Pardon would be up for bid again.

While explaining the rules of the Pardon to the whole crew, Louie pointed out that Joe Don had a lot more money than anyone else, and the Pardon was his, if he was willing to pay for it.

Knowing that Louie was out to get him, Joe Don pulled his lackey, Jay, aside. Trying to exploit Jay’s friendship with Louie, Joe Don said, "If I get a black spot, me and you, our deal, what we got going on [a loose alliance since the first day] is negated."

The ultimatum angered Jay, who stormed off and bid all of his money — $6001 — on the Pardon, hoping to keep it out of Joe Don’s hands.

The following morning, after all of the bids were cast, Louie and his officers set about assigning black spots to three crew members. Joe Don got one of the spots, and his buddy, Cheryl, got another.

Louie decided to assign the third black spot to Azmyth, as a way of measuring how the crew felt about Azmyth’s leadership style. Louie said that, after any captain was ousted, he should be given the black spot — and hoped that he himself would receive one after his turn was over.

At Pirates Court, instead of just apologizing for getting his crew lost, Azmyth — now conspicuously sans fake accent — said his crew gained valuable memories through his mistakes and got some extra exercise. Cheryl said, in her defense, that she’d never "messed up a clue or put everybody in the wrong direction."

Then Joe Don did his best Jonathan Antin impression and said that he didn’t understand why Louie hated him so much. He told Louie, "I don’t deserve what you’re throwing at me, dude. I love you, brother." Then he said that he wasn’t sorry for keeping most of the money from the first two treasures for himself.

The crew cast their votes, and before the results were read, host Cameron Daddo revealed that Joe Don had won the Royal Pardon with a bid of $7000. But it turned out Joe Don didn’t need the Pardon after all — Cheryl received four votes to his three.

As she floated away on her raft, Cheryl said that she hadn’t even bid on the Pardon. If her crew wanted her gone, she felt it best just to go.

Next week, Louie’s officers, Sean and Nessa, turn on one another.

SYTYCD 3, Top 18: Results Show

The judges gave the dancer who seemed most in danger of elimination one last chance to shine on So You Think You Can Dance.

Tonight’s Results Show began with a group dance choreographed by Shane Sparks to Wade Robson’s "It Was All In Your Mind."

After the performance, the first three couples took the stage. Lauren & Neil were told they were safe, as were Jamie & Hok. Jessi & Pasha wound up in the Bottom 3, to the shock of the studio audience and the judges.

Then the second group of couples was up. Lacey & Kameron, Anya & Danny, and Sabra & Dominic were all safe.

That meant that Faina & Cedric, Shauna & Jimmy, and Sara & Jesus were all in danger. Sara & Jesus were the only couple to walk away unscathed. The judges said they were not shocked to see either Shauna & Jimmy or Faina & Cedric at the bottom.

Then, it was time for the six couples at the bottom to dance for their lives. Here are the songs they danced to:
Jessi — Kina, "Hurts So Bad"
Pasha — Robert Randolph & The Family Band, "Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That"
Shauna — Lifehouse, "Everything"
Jimmy — Charlotte Martin, "Veins"
Faina — The Contours, "Do You Love Me"
Cedric — Imogen Heap, "Hide and Seek"

Cedric gave the same solo performance he’s given all season, while Shauna absolutely killed in her performance, doing spins that I didn’t know were possible without ice skates. And Faina had crimped hair.

As the judges deliberated which dancers to eliminate, Daddy Yankee performed live.

Finally, it was time for the judges to announce their decision. The girls were up first, and the judges were quick to tell Shauna that, due to her great solo performance, she was safe. The judges unanimously decided that Faina’s solo didn’t cut it, and she was told to go.

Before announcing which boy was eliminated, Nigel said that this decision was not unanimous. Nigel first told Pasha that he was safe, warning that he would need better solos in the future.

Then Nigel said that the judges were faced with choosing between good dancing and uniqueness. Mary opted for good dancing (Jimmy), while Mia and Nigel chose uniqueness (Cedric). But Nigel told Cedric that this was his last chance, and said that he wouldn’t save Cedric, should he fall to the bottom three in the future.

Because they lost their partners, Cedric and Shauna will dance as a pair from now on.

Ox Notes: June 21, 2007

VH-1 is planning a bunch of new reality shows for the fall. One show will follow ’80s hip hoppers Salt ‘N’ Pepa, while aspiring fashion photographers compete on another. I’m most looking forward to America’s Most Smartest Model — a quiz show for models hosted by Ben Stein.

Meanwhile, Fox’s On The Lot keeps on losing viewers. It’s now being watched by only 2.5 million people, and is losing out to shows like Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel.

In case you were wondering, Coral from The Real World recently came out as a lesbian.

Finally, enjoy this list of movie and TV roles turned down by famous actors. Then try to imagine the series Buffy The Vampire Slayer starring Katie Holmes as Buffy.

SYTYCD 3, Top 18: Performance Show

Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance, the top 18 dancers performed. Judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were joined by contemporary choreographer Mia Michaels.

Lauren & Neil — Hip Hop
Song: Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E., "The Way I Are"
Choreographer: Dave Scott

The performance was a major improvement over last week. Mary said, "I just loved it," and Nigel said, "You’ve set the bar tonight."

Jessi & Pasha — Jazz
Song: dZihan and Kamien, "Stiff Jazz"
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio

The avian-inspired choreography was silly, but fun. Mia called the performance "quirky, ridiculous, and amazing."

Jamie & Hok — Samba
Song: Gabin, "Bang Bang to the Rock N’ Roll"
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux

It was an enjoyable performance from two Samba newbies. Mia said, "You guys are tearin’ it up." But Mary said their technique "doesn’t cut the mustard in this competition."

Sabra & Dominic — Contemporary
Song: The Pretenders, "I’ll Stand By You"
Choreographer: Mandy Moore (not that Mandy Moore)

The choreographic vision for this routine was Sabra as a bird and Dominic as a "creature" — and it looked like it, I guess. Mia thought they were "beautiful."

Faina & Cedric — Fox Trot
Song: Elvis Presley & Ann-Margaret, "You’re the Boss"
Choreographer: Hunter Johnson

It was solid, but not great. Mia said, "It felt like Ginger Rogers and an insecure Michael Jackson."

Lacey & Kameron — Broadway
Song: "Overture/And All That Jazz" from Chicago
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio

Lacey & Kameron are a couple to be reckoned with. Mary said, "Danger is your middle names." Nigel said, "You look like you’ve been dancing together for years."

Anya & Danny — Viennese Waltz
Song: Lifehouse, "You and Me"
Choreographer: Hunter Johnson

This is another couple that all of the others should be afraid of. Mia said, "You guys are stunning together." Mary said, "You guys just stepped out of a dream. You are my favorite couple." And Nigel added, "It’s the routine of the night, so far."

Shauna & Jimmy — Hip Hop
Song: Fat Man Scoop feat. Elephant Man & Jabba, "U Sexy Girl"
Choreographer: Dave Scott

Shauna & Jimmy are a couple of squares, so this step routine didn’t work for me. Nigel said, "That was so much fun."

Sara & Jesús– Paso Doble
Song: Queen, "We Will Rock You (Remix)"
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux

They withstood what could’ve been an overpowering song. Mia said it was "awkward," mostly because of the music. But Mia and Mary were both impressed with Sara, since this was her first time dancing in heels.

My favorite dance of the night was Anya & Danny’s Viennese Waltz. My predictions for tomorrow’s Bottom Three are Faina & Cedric, Jamie & Hok, and Shauna & Jimmy — although Sabra & Dominic might be forgotten and slip to the bottom instead of Jamie & Hok.

Ox Notes: June 20, 2007

With the fall TV season looming, there’s no shortage of new reality shows in development. Donald Trump is partnering with MTV in an attempt to salvage disgraced Miss USA Tara Connor’s career. She’ll play "den mother" to other pageant winners on Pageant Place.

And Rob Mariano is developing his own show that will be "bigger than Survivor, bigger than The Amazing Race." I doubt that, considering that the show’s title, Tontine, doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue and refers to an obscure kind of financial arrangement.

Why all of the new reality shows? Because that’s what viewers are watching this summer.

Rumors are circulating that Survivor 16 (the one following Survivor: China) will be another all-star edition. Rob Mariano, however, will not be eligible, since the field will consist of players from seasons 9-15.

Finally, after watching the most recent episode of MTV’s The Inferno 3, I have to recommend the show even if you’ve never seen an episode of The Real World or Road Rules. Why? Kenny Santucci.

Kenny joined the RW/RR Challenge fold three seasons ago, and the guy never fails to crack me up. Here’s an example of one of his narcissistic gems from last night’s show, which you can view in its entirety here: "I’m not one to rub it in peoples’ faces how great I am, but ask me what I’m bad at. Nothing."

There’s not a whole lot of info available on Jersey-boy Kenny (why would there be? He competes on MTV game shows for a living). But I did find his name on the roster of a management company, and their list of clients is an impressive Who’s Who of reality stars.

Ox Notes: June 19, 2007

Despite the headlines, don’t get your hopes up that Al Pacino will join the cast of Dancing with the Stars. Here’s the full quote he gave to Time: "Actually, I would consider it. All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on Dancing with the Stars mainly because I would be too shy."

In other ballroom news, the New York Post reports that one of So You Think You Can Dance contestant Faina Savich’s dance teachers was none other than DwtS’s Karina Smirnoff.

NBC is reportedly trying to lure Jon Stewart to their network, and may even pay off Conan O’Brien to give Stewart his spot.

And finally, for no good reason, here’s the most intimidating marmot you’ll see today.