Monthly Archives: April 2009

DwtS 8, Week 7: Results

I guess the star eliminated on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars Results Show wasn’t surprised to be sent home. He’d already scheduled a 9:30 a.m. tee time for tomorrow morning.

The evening started with the obligatory group dance encore. How foolish of me to hope the judges would buck tradition and give it to Shawn & Mark.

Musical guest performances included Natasha Bedingfield, accompanied by DwtS pros Lacey and Dmitry…

…and Celtic Woman, who were joined on the dance floor by cabaret champions Eric Luna & Georgia Ambarian.

Also, the cast of Burn the Floor performed ahead of their Broadway debut.

This evening marked the introduction of a new competition to select a new professional dancer for the next season of Dancing with the Stars. ABC’s DwtS website has the complete rules for the competition, as well as instructions on how fans can vote for their fave new pro.

Among the hopefuls were DwtS pro Alec Mazo’s brother, Genya, who danced with Snow Urbin…

…and former DwtS pro Ashley Del Grosso’s sister, Afton, who danced with Brent Borbon.

The other aspiring-pro pair was Mayo Alanen & Anna Demidova.

Tom and Samantha didn’t mess around when it came time for the elimination. With only Ty & Chelsie and Lawrence & Edyta left on stage, but not necessarily in the bottom two, Lawrence & Edyta were quickly given their walking papers.

As part of his farewell remarks, LT told his friends to meet him on the practice range at their regular golf course at 9 tomorrow morning before teeing off at 9:30. Tom told LT that he was a terrible actor for not even trying to hide how happy he was to be done with DwtS.

Ox Notes: April 21, 2009

In case it wasn’t obvious enough from the group dance rehearsal footage on last night’s Performance Show, Lawrence Taylor wants out of Dancing with the Stars. He said as much to ET after the show, and his partner, Edyta Sliwinska, told People that "it wasn’t right" that David Alan Grier was eliminated before them.

Samantha Harris caught up with the cast backstage for The Insider, and the stars detailed their latest injuries to Access Hollywood. People filed at What You Didn’t See report from the DwtS set, and OK! and Us chatted with the cast after the show.

Joey Lawrence and Diane Mizota sang Shawn Johnson’s praises on the Yahoo! Buzz Session. Eliminated contestant Steve-O talked to TV Guide about his experience on Dancing with the Stars.

After tonight’s new episode, Cupid is taking a week off to make way for a bonus episode of ABC’s new cop show, The Unusuals.

Catching up on some Amazing Race news, host Phil Keoghan blogged about the latest episode for EW. CBS’s website features a new Elimination Station video.

Kudos to The Hills‘ Lauren Conrad for hiring an acting coach to help her with her lines for an upcoming Family Guy episode.

FOX rearranged its summer schedule again.

Just in time for the networks to announce their fall plans, SAG’s national board approved a new contract, virtually negating the chance of an actors strike.

With NBC the first network scheduled to announce its 2009-10 plans in early May, Zap2It reviewed the pilots the network has in development. A TV version of the movie Parenthood sounds promising, if only for its star cast.

DwtS 8, Week 7: Performances

Thanks to the relatively high quality of this season’s remaining competitors, DwtS 8 featured a group dance that didn’t suck, for a change. (Remember last season’s hip hop abomination?) And the regular dances were pretty good, too.

The group dance paid tribute to the 1960’s. As a whole, the number was pretty good.


The individual routines followed the pattern that’s developed over the course of the season, with Ty and LT lagging behind the other stars in judges’ scores.

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 29

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — 28

Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough — 27

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke — 27

Lil’ Kim & Derek Hough — 26

Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower — 24

Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska — 21

Lawrence & Edyta have to go home on Tuesday night, right? He’s not improving as much as the others, and it seems like he’d rather be golfing.

Ox Notes: April 17, 2009

I don’t normally post Ox Notes on Fridays, but I feel compelled to do so today for one reason: Coach.

If you haven’t been following Survivor: Tocantins, do yourself a favor and watch last night’s episode (Episode 9). At the very least, read EW’s recap.

Coach is one of the best contestants in the history of Survivor. He’s an egomaniac who tells stories about his life so preposterous that there’s no way they are true. Yet Coach isn’t lying; he believes everything he says. You may hate him, but he makes for good TV.

Jeff Probst dedicated his EW blog post to Coach, disclosing a new project he has in mind for the self-styled "Dragon Slayer." E! posted a poll where you can vote on the best Coachisms from last night’s show. has videos of this season’s first jury member complaining that conditions at Ponderosa are so primitive as to be "Smith Family Robinson".

In other CBS reality show news, The Amazing Race has been renewed for a fifteenth season.

TAR 14‘s Mel revealed that he’s disappointed that the show’s producers have ignored that both Kisha and Luke are openly gay, supposedly because they want to define contestants by single issues — as though viewers would be confused if Luke were both deaf and gay.

In Dancing with the Stars news, Ty Murray was injured when he was hit in the face with a mic pack (those things are dangerous this season). He’s okay and will be able to continue with the competition.

DwtS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy told Us he has no plans to leave the show: "In this economy, to have a job like this? Believe me, it’s not a bad job!"

MTV will air the documentary Steve-O: Demise and Rise on May 3, chronicling the performer’s struggles with drug abuse, his rehab and up through his first performance on Dancing with the Stars 8.

Unless something dramatic happens in the world of DwtS over the weekend — such as another contestant being felled by a mic pack — I’m going to take Monday off from Ox Notes. Have a nice weekend, and I’ll see you in the chatroom on Monday night.

Ox Notes: April 16, 2009

With the networks set to announce their fall schedules next month, USA Today posted an online survey for TV viewers to vote for the shows they’d like to see return. The survey only covers shows deemed to be in danger of being canceled, not staples like CSI or Lost.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, better known as Rudy from The Cosby Show, is getting her own reality show on Oxygen.

Will Ferrell will guest star on a June episode of Discovery’s Man vs. Wild. Ferrell spent 48 hours with host Bear Grylls in northern Sweden, where they ate reindeer eyeballs.

Greg and I are planning a trip to Turkey, and I think we’re going to have to schedule it around the premiere of Turkish Golden Girls.

Survivor: Tocantins‘ Joe talked with People about leaving the show early due to an infected leg wound.

This week’s Dancing with the Stars Results Show was watched by 14.8 million people.

An astute viewer at FailBlog noticed that DwtS pro Mark Ballas had his own kind of wardrobe malfunction last week.

After his expletive-filled, post-elimination rant, David Alan Grier apologized to judge Carrie Ann Inaba privately and publicly on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. His appearance on Kimmel also included a funny instructional video for people who want to be on reality TV:

Ox Notes: April 15, 2009

Gilles Marini was so bummed after his pal, Steve-O, was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars that he asked Cheryl Burke to handle their interview with Access Hollywood. ET also had cameras backstage at the Results Show.

Magazines Us, People and OK! interviewed the contestants after the Results Show, while E! got a medical update on Gilles’ injured shoulder. People also filed a What You Didn’t See report from the set.

Monday’s Dancing with the Stars Performance Show was watched by 19.1 million viewers.

As often as I complain about the DwtS Results Show being a bunch of filler stretched out into an hour-long show, at least it ends on time, unlike American Idol. Despite changing the format to ensure a prompt ending, last night’s episode of AI still ran over by two minutes, screwing up DVRs everywhere.

I was excited to read at Zap2It that one of the Idol hopefuls, Kris Allen, performed a song from the wonderful movie Once last night. It was a pretty good rendition, too.

After Project Runway contestant Kenley Collins tossed a cat in anger, a judge ordered her to pay a $120 fine and stay away from her ex-fiance for two years.

Speaking of (alleged) criminals, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has reportedly signed on as a contestant for NBC’s reboot of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, which films in Costa Rica this summer. I think I speak on behalf of all Illinoisans when I beg the judge, "Don’t give him permission to leave the country!"

As you watch the news today, don’t be fooled into thinking the spontaneous "tea-bagging" protests against taxes are really that spontaneous; they’re orchestrated by Dick Armey’s Freedom Works group. MSNBC has a thorough explanation of the lame, right-wing publicity stunt. The clip is full of double entendres.

Finally, here’s a clip of Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they reveal one special move they never got to use on Dancing with the Stars:

DwtS 8, Week 6: Results

The two couples who received the lowest Performance Show scores were also the last two couples left onstage at the end of tonight’s Results Show. But which would go home?

Steve-O & Lacey. No surprise there.

But the other couple standing on stage with them at the end was a bit of a shock. Though Ty & Chelsie didn’t get great scores from the judges, I thought Ty was popular enough that he should be able to get through this week unscathed. He and Chelsie weren’t so confident. They looked as though they believed this could be their last night on Dancing with the Stars.

It all made more sense, once Tom Bergeron clarified that the final two couples to learn their fates weren’t necessarily the bottom two vote-getters. (Well, Steve-O & Lacey were, obviously.)

The conspiracy theorist in me believes that the producers would rather have Ty & Chelsie around than some of the other couples (*cough* LT *cough*) who get low scores from the judges. By waiting until the end to announce that they were safe, the producers probably ensured a few extra votes for Ty & Chelsie next week — while lulling LT’s fans into complacency.

The Results Show began with an encore of Lil’ Kim & Derek’s "Jailhouse Rock" Jive. Special guest performances included "America", from the Broadway revival of West Side Story

…Rascal Flatts singing "Here Comes Goodbye", accompanied by Julianne & Tony…

…a Macy’s Stars of Dance number featuring Carmen Electra (!?!?) …

…and Rascal Flatts covering The Beatles’ "Revolution."