Monthly Archives: September 2008

Ox Notes: September 24, 2008

After becoming the first celebrity eliminated from Dancing with the Stars 7, comedian Jeffrey Ross told Us Magazine that he was "heartbroken." On top of that, he told OK! that he was in incredible pain from his scratched cornea: "It woke me up this morning and I literally whispered to my girlfriend, Meaghan, ‘This is the worst day of my life.’"

But Jeffrey and partner Edyta Sliwinska aren’t done dancing yet. According to TV Guide, the duo will perform the Quickstep they’ve been rehearsing for the last month on tonight’s Results Show.

DwtS 5 champ Helio Castroneves filmed some interviews for ET after last night’s episode. Access Hollywood video cameras were in the ballroom as well, but, sadly, Mel B wasn’t behind the mic.

People filed a report on What You Didn’t See at Monday’s DwtS 7 premiere.

DwtS 7 contestant Kim Kardashian is OK! Magazine’s current cover girl.

This season’s first official DwtS Results Show will be followed tonight by a two-hour special about magician David Blaine’s latest stunt. According to The New York Daily News and EW, folks who’ve stopped by Central Park to see the prestidigitator hanging upside down aren’t impressed.

In two years, you’ll be able to watch reruns of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother on Lifetime.

Netflix announced deals with CBS and Disney that will allow members to stream episodes of shows like CSI and Hannah Montana online.

George Clooney officially said that he won’t return to ER for a cameo during its final season.

Reality Blurred has an interview with Survivor: Gabon contestant Corinne Kaplan, whom he describes as "unapologetically awful." Read this interview and you will forever eye with suspicion those cute, young pharmaceutical sales reps sitting in your doctor’s waiting room.

DwtS 7, Week 1: Second Performances

Dancing with the Stars 7‘s second Performance Show featured the season’s first elimination, and the ballroom got a little less funny as a result.

The show began with all of the couples on the stage, waiting to learn if they’d be dancing tonight or going home. One by one, each couple was told that they were safe and, following a few clips from rehearsal, they danced.

Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer — Quickstep
Like last night, they went for a punky take on a classic style.

Len Goodman didn’t like Lance’s posture or hold and said the routine wasn’t his "cup of tea." Bruno Tonioli liked their "fresh take" on the dances. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was "entertained" but not "impressed," saying that they deviated too much from the International style.

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…6, Bruno…8 = 21/30

Misty May-Treanor & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Mambo
Misty did a lot of solo work in the routine, which was a bold move this early in the season.

Carrie Ann and Len commended Misty on having the courage to solo so much. Bruno warned Misty that, throughout the routine, "Your shoulders get higher and higher and higher."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke — Mambo
This was a free-form Mambo, and Maurice even did The Worm near the end of the routine.

Bruno said, "It strayed a little bit from the Mambo. It was like being at a party." Carrie Ann told Maurice, "The music pumps through your body." Len asked, "Why did you do the Free Willy step? I don’t want all that nonsense."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough — Quickstep
After topping the leaderboard last night, Brooke was amazing again tonight. Her form is great, and her face is very expressive. She’s establishing herself as an early favorite to win.

Len repeated his comment from last night: "Best dance so far." Bruno cheered, "Sen! Sa! Tion! Al!" Carrie Ann enthused, "I’m blown away."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…9, Len…8, Bruno…9 = 26/30

Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas — Mambo
The performance was raunchy and utterly lacking in technique, but it was still entertaining.

Before she even danced, Cloris gave each judge $10 as bribe because "I know they don’t give you very much money." They gave the money back before commenting. Carrie Ann said, "Golden girl can shimmy." Len told Corky, "I think you’ve done a fantastic job." Bruno started to speak, but Cloris interrupted, telling him, "Speak English." Bruno taunted her with the threat, "Shady Pines, Ma. Shady Pines."

Upon seeing her scores, Cloris threatened to leave and called for her chauffeur.

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…5, Bruno…5 = 16/30

Toni Braxton & Alec Mazo — Quickstep
Toni was running out of breath in their rehearsal footage, but she looked great during the performance.

Bruno said the dance had "all the qualities of a fine Champagne." Carrie Ann liked the couple’s chemistry. Len said, "The whole thing was very, very nice," apart from what he referred to as Toni’s "funny head."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 23/30

Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson — Quickstep
Warren may have looked nervous, but he executed his moves with great speed.

Len said, "For entertainment, it was fantastic." Bruno called Warren "a ton of fun." Carrie Ann said, "You didn’t miss a step. But I felt like your footwork was a little bit flat."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 22/30

Ted McGinley & Inna Brayer — Mambo
Ted warned in his rehearsal footage, "This Mambo King has dance fever, and watch out — because it’s contagious." He stood around a lot during the routine, but it was still fun.

Carrie Ann told Ted, "There is a bit of an awkwardness to the way you move." Len said, "What you showed, Ted, is that with hard work, anything is possible." When Bruno told Ted, "You grabbed your Mambo with both hands, and you squeezed every ounce of fun out of it," Tom Bergeron quipped, "That sounds so painful."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…6, Bruno…7 = 19/30

Cody Linley & Julianne Hough — Quickstep
Cody had good energy and competent dance moves to boot.

Bruno called the couple, "King and Queen of the prom. Your parents must be so proud." Carrie Ann said, "Cody, you have gone from being a boy to a man on the ballroom dance floor." Len said Cody danced with "great maturity."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 23/30

Rocco DiSpirito & Karina Smirnoff — Mambo
Rocco might not know how to move his hips, but he can sell a performance.

Len said, "That was much better." Bruno agreed: "What a turnaround. I’ve never seen such a change so quickly." Carrie Ann said, "That was super sexy."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani — Quickstep
Susan was still a little tentative, but this was a big improvement from last night.

Carrie Ann told Susan, "That was the strength and power and charisma that I expected from you." Len said, "This was so much better than last night." Bruno called Susan "my fair lady."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 22/30

Jeffery Ross and Kim Kardashian were the last two celebrities waiting to learn their fate, although Tom cautioned that they didn’t necessarily represent the Bottom Two vote-getters. Tom told Jeffrey that he’d lost, making Kim and Mark Ballas the last couple to dance this evening.

But first, Jeffrey and Edyta Sliwinska got to say goodbye. Jeff joked about his injury, "They told me Edyta was going to be easy on the eyes." He said, in all seriousness, "This has been the most fun I’ve ever had." Regarding his partner, Jeffrey called Edyta "a champion in waiting," and jokingly begged audience members, "Please support Edyta and her nine children back in Poland."

Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas — Mambo
In a nod to Kim’s famous derriere, they danced to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s "Baby Got Back." Kim didn’t commit to her moves, and her energy level didn’t match Mark’s.

Bruno said of Kim’s performance, "More wasted assets than Fannie and Freddie." Len said, "Mark was overdancing to try and compensate, and the whole thing lacked a bit of balance." Carrie Ann told Kim, "I think you did really good with what you had. I see you trying."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…6, Bruno…6 = 18/30

Judges’ Leaderboard:
26 — Brooke & Derek
23 — Toni & Alec, Cody & Julianne
22 — Warren & Kym, Susan & Tony
21 — Lance & Lacey, Misty & Maks, Maurice & Cheryl, Rocco & Karina
19 — Ted & Inna
18 — Kim & Mark
16 — Cloris & Corky

Brooke Burke has the jump on her fellow contestants, so she’s getting the majority of my votes tonight. The rest are going to Cloris Leachman because of the comedic value she brings to the show. Plus, I don’t feel like any of the couples, apart from Brooke & Derek, have distinguished themselves enough that the show would suffer without them, so I’m happy to have Cloris stick around for another week.

If I had my way, Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas would go home Wednesday night. She said herself that she’s a shy person, and it’s often harder to train away that kind of personality trait than it is to improve something technical like footwork.

Ox Notes: September 23, 2008

One of the best things about the last season of Dancing with the Stars was watching the politically incorrect Mel B interview the contestants after the show. Mel’s back behind the mic for Access Hollywood with her first post-show video interview of the season.

ET also has video footage from last night’s DwtS 7 premiere. Note that, in both videos, Julianne Hough does all the talking for Cody Linley. I hope that changes in the coming weeks.

Cloris Leachman explained to OK! Magazine what prompted her to get up close and personal with the judges: "I forgot four steps and I got a little hysterical after that. I was inspired."

Warren Sapp told TV Guide that, as he waited to make his entrance at the opening of the show, he was afraid of falling down the stairs. His partner, Kym Johnson, assured him that "it would make great television."

It’s no surprise that Dancing with the Stars earned the highest ratings of any show on TV last night.

Before hitting the dance floor, Misty May-Treanor talked with E! about checking out the competition, Lance Bass blogged about his training for Us Magazine, and former DwtSer Joey Fatone told People what advice he offered his old band mate, Lance.

CBS announced that Big Brother will take this coming spring off, returning in the summer for its eleventh season.

Reality Blurred interviewed Survivor: Gabon‘s likely "tribe mom," Gillian Larson.

The premiere episode of Project Runway 6 recently filmed in L.A., with Lindsay Lohan sitting in as guest judge.

In case you didn’t see it last night, here’s video of Cloris Leachman’s Dancing with the Stars 7 debut. Things get rolling when she starts talking with the judges at the 3:46 mark in the video.

DwtS 7, Week 1: First Performances

She didn’t earn the highest scores, but Cloris Leachman stole the spotlight on the premiere of Dancing with the Stars 7.

Cody Linley & Julianne Hough — Cha Cha Cha
In footage of their rehearsals, Cody said that he occasionally gets distracted by Julianne’s "hotness." But he kept his head in the game and kicked off the show in fine fashion with a competent Cha Cha Cha.

Head Judge Len Goodman said that Cody looked "full of confidence," but cautioned him against "wildness." Bruno Tonioli told Cody to focus on his feet. Carrie Ann Inaba said the pair has "incredible potential."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…6, Bruno…6 = 18/30

Rocco DiSpirito & Karina Smirnoff — Fox Trot
Karina sprained her ankle this morning during rehearsal, but she danced anyway. Rocco repeatedly said in their rehearsal footage that he was out of his comfort zone, and it looked that way on the dance floor.

Bruno called it a "Fox Trot on the brink of chaos," but Carrie Ann said the performance was "cute." Len said, "You dance like I cook: just chuck it all in and hope for the best."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…5, Len…4, Bruno…5 = 14/30

Toni Braxton & Alec Mazo — Cha Cha Cha
Perhaps due to Toni’s heart condition, they danced a slow Cha Cha that was good, but unrefined.

"That was fantastic,"cheered Carrie Ann. Len told Toni to straighten her legs for more natural hip action. Bruno called Toni "slinky, sultry, sexy."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…8 = 22/30

Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke — Fox Trot
In hold, Maurice was as slow on the dance floor as he is fast on the track. He’ll do better in the Mambo tomorrow night.

Len said parts were "wild," "wacky," and "wonderful." Bruno said Maurice needs to work on his footwork and posture when in hold. Carrie Ann "you gotta work on the styles that we’re asking of you."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…6, Bruno…6 = 18/30

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough — Cha Cha Cha
Brooke’s crazy-long arms and legs produce beautiful lines, and hers was the most polished looking performance of the night.

Carrie Ann told Brooke, "You have an amazing body that’s totally designed to dance." Bruno said, "That hip action…Len was panting. I mean, his tongue was hanging out of his mouth." Tom quipped, "That’s mostly an age thing." Len called it "the best dance so far."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…8, Bruno…8 = 23/30

Ted McGinley & Inna Brayer — Fox Trot
Ted toned down his "macho" tendencies for his performance, nicely complementing the lovely Inna.

Bruno called it a "very, very entertaining routine." Len told Ted, "Your footwork was very, very good." Carrie Ann said, "You’ve got great potential, great lines."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…6, Bruno…6 = 18/30

Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer — Cha Cha Cha
This rockin’ number finally woke up the sedate studio audience.

Len said, "It was young and modern. The trouble is I’m old and traditional." Carrie Ann said the performance was "hot, hot, hot," and Bruno called it "edgy."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Len…6, Bruno…8 = 22/30

Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas — Fox Trot
Cloris danced nicely, especially for an 82-year-old. But it was her interaction with the judges and her backstage commentary that stole the show and made her my favorite performer of the night.

As Bruno began to talk, Cloris walked over and put her leg up on the judges’ table. Then she knelt in front of Len as though she were praying, before getting up and leaning over the judges’ table. Len interrupted his comments to tell Cloris, "Mind your cleavage, it’s putting me off a bit." Cloris then sat on Carrie Ann’s lap and asked people to vote for her because, "I’m an orphan, so if you wanna vote for me, just remember there’s a lot of sadness in being an orphan."

But the shenanigans didn’t end there. The censors had to go to work as the scores were read, with Cloris saying, "Shit!" in response to Carrie Ann’s and Bruno’s scores. When Len held up his paddle, Cloris said, "Five? You bastard." It was possibly the best moment in the history of Dancing with the Stars.
Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…5, Bruno…5 = 16/30

Jeffrey Ross & Edyta Sliwinska — Cha Cha Cha
During rehearsal, Jeffrey said, "I don’t have an Olympic medal or a Super Bowl ring, but I have a heart of gold and I love onion rings." But as they practiced this morning, Edyta poked Jeffrey in the eye and scratched his cornea. He danced against doctor’s advice, ditching his rhinestoned eyepatch for a performance that was gutsy, if not graceful.

Carrie Ann said, "I just didn’t feel like you were having a great time." Bruno called the performance "ungainly carnage." Jeff interrupted, "Len, obviously I respect your opinion the most because you’re a legend. You’ve been judging Dancing with the Stars since it was a radio show."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…4, Len…4, Bruno…4 = 12/30

Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas — Fox Trot
Kim was clumsy in their rehearsal footage, but she looked smooth on the dance floor. It helps that she’s dancing with the reigning champ.

Len said, "It was a bit cold. There was no chemistry between you." Bruno called Kim a "dusky beauty." Carrie Ann said, "I was happily surprised."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…7, Bruno…6 = 19/30

Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani — Cha Cha Cha
The soap opera queen was good, but a little slow.

Bruno said of the performance, "It was very, very careful." Carrie Ann told Susan, "I think you need to put on a little more weight so that you can be stronger, because you looked a bit frail out there." Len said, "I think you’ve gotta throw caution to the wind."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…5, Len…5, Bruno…5 = 15/30

Misty May-Treanor & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Fox Trot
During rehearsal, Maks tried to find the "shred of gracefulness" in Misty. She looked lovely on the dance floor, making them one of the couples to beat.

Carrie Ann told Misty, "Try not to muscle everything. You can just relax into it a little bit more." Len said the performance "had an elegance about it." Bruno said that if Misty works on her turns and her shoulders, she’ll "go a long way."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…6, Len…8, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson — Cha Cha Cha
Warren is huge, but really light on his feet. And funny. He was the nicest surprise of the night.

Len called Warren a "great, big bundle of joy." Carrie Ann said he had "great transitions." Bruno cheered, "Big boys can dance!"

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Len…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Judges’ Leaderboard:
23 — Brooke & Derek
22 — Toni & Alec, Lance & Lacey
21 — Misty & Maks, Warren & Kym
19 — Kim & Mark
18 — Cody & Julianne, Maurice & Cheryl, Ted & Inna
16 — Cloris & Corky
15 — Susan & Tony
14 — Rocco & Karina
12 — Jeffrey & Edyta

Jeffrey Ross seems like a lock to be eliminated tomorrow night. It may not be such a bad thing, since it’ll give him a chance to let his injured eye recover. For the same reason, it might be good for Karina Smirnoff’s ankle if Rocco DiSpirito gets booted early. Wednesday night, perhaps?

There was no question about who would get all of my votes tonight: Cloris Leachman. As soon as she called Len a "bastard," I was sold. She may not be the best dancer in the bunch, but Dancing with the Stars needs her.

Ox Notes: September 22, 2008

Tonight’s the big night: the premiere of Dancing with the Stars 7. Join us here at MOIB for a live chat during the East Coast broadcast of the show, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

The youngest duo in the DwtS 7 cast, Cody Linley & Julianne Hough, chatted with People about staying healthy during the competition.

DwtS host Tom Bergeron has little time to recover after hosting last night’s Emmy Awards. Variety has the complete list of winners, TV Guide posted a list of top moments from the telecast, and EW has a gallery of the best and worst dressed celebrities in attendance.

With 18 of last night’s 28 Emmys going to shows on cable networks, Variety wonders how worried the four major broadcast networks should be.

Reality Blurred profiled Survivor: Gabon contestant Jessica "Sugar" Kiper.

Catching up on last week’s episode of Project Runway, TV Guide has a video interview with auf’d designer Joe Faris, who knew he was doomed the minute the college grad makeover challenge was announced.

Joe was also interviewed by EW and People, and he answered some Burning Questions for Bravo.

Bravo’s website, as always, has blog posts about the latest challenge by Michael Kors and Tim Gunn, who didn’t think that Leanne belonged in the Bottom Three. Guess which of the Top Three designers he thought should’ve been at the bottom.

Ox Notes: September 19, 2008

The Emmy Awards presentation is on Sunday night, and the five nominees for Reality Show Host have been giving interviews about hosting the ceremony together. Tom Bergeron told The AP that, next to Heidi Klum, he and Ryan Seacrest, Howie Mandel and Jeff Probst are "gonna look like Snow White and the four dwarfs."

Access Hollywood posted a funny video of the five hosts sitting down for a Barbara Walters-style interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

In honor of the Emmys, Us Magazine posted a slideshow titled Emmys: Worst Dressed of All Time that starts with a photo of Tina Yothers from 1986.

If you’re in the mood for Web lists, EW has a slideshow of the 20 Dumbest TV Shows Ever, Uncoached lists 13 People You Wouldn’t Have Realized That Appeared on The Wonder Years, and Zap2It has a slideshow of faces new to fall TV and where you’ve seen them before.

Reality Blurred posted links to several behind-the-scenes videos from the set of Survivor: Gabon, along with first impressions of contestant Crystal Cox.

Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Mel B wants to tone your "jubbily bits" with a new fitness video.

The new DwtS contestants are getting ready for their debut on Monday night. Lance Bass complained to People about dancing in heels, and Access Hollywood has a rehearsal video featuring Kim Kardashian & Mark Ballas, Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani and Misty May-Treanor & Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Ted McGinley told People, "I am the Monica Seles of this season!"

Be sure to join us on Monday night at 8 ET for our Dancing with the Stars chat. We’ll keep up a running commentary on the performances as they air live — perfect for international fans who can’t watch the show on TV or for impatient West Coasters who don’t want to wait until the show airs in the Pacific time zone.

We’ll post a link to the chatroom on the MOIB homepage just before showtime. See you then!

Ox Notes: September 18, 2008

Some of the Dancing with the Stars 7 contestants are blogging about their experiences thus far. Misty May-Treanor writes a blog for USA Today, while Kim Kardashian posted a lengthy account of her rehearsals with Mark Ballas at her MySpace page.

Meanwhile, Cloris Leachman seems intent on tormenting every man who comes near her, going so far as to tickle one of Access Hollywood‘s crew guys in this interview video.

Samantha Harris haters are going to love this next story. On Tuesday, she’s throwing a birthday party for her one-year-old at a spa for kids. Whatever happened to a game of Bozo Buckets and a Barbie cake from the grocery store?

Smallville and Supernatural return to The CW tonight, although the episodes won’t air in the Chicago area until 10:30 p.m. because of a White Sox game. Variety reviewed the Smallville premiere, and Zap2It has interviews with Supernatural executive producer Kim Manners and Jim Beaver, who plays Bobby.

Next time you’re at the dry cleaners, keep an eye out for CBS promotional clothes hangers.

Fans of CBS’s Survivor are the most emotionally invested viewers of any TV show, according to a recent survey. But fans might not invest much in Survivor: Gabon contestant Jacquie Berg, whom Reality Blurred describes as "totally forgettable."