Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko dance an amazing Paso Doble at Blackpool.
So Monday will bring the team dance challenge (yea!). Here are the teams
Team Spooky Bombom (I have no idea what this means but I guess we’ll find out Monday)
Bill & Emma, Nicole & Sasha, Tony & Leah, and Elizabeth & Val
Amber & Derek, Jack & Cheryl, Brant & Peta, and Corbin & Karina
I think the teams are a little one sided but we shall see!
Also next week:
Brant & Peta have the Jive, Nicole & Sasha have Samba (this should be fun!), Amber & ? have Paso**, Elizabeth & Val have Quickstep, and Leah & Tony have Salsa
** – Derek has been having back pain and from sounds of it, hasn’t been able to rehearse as much as he’d like. So Henry (from the troupe) has been stepping in to help.
Bill & Emma – Tango
What was Harold Wheeler thinking when they chose this song? So not a tango song. I also wasn’t a fan of their outfits. However! They had good body contact (which is important for the tango), Bill’s posture is getting better and better, and overall it wasn’t bad.
Score: 8, 8, 7 = 23
Elizabeth & Val – Cha Cha
Please Val, take her to a ballet class so she can learn to point her feet. It would make her lines 100% better! This dance was interesting because outside of the hold she had great hip action but when she got into hold with Val, she lost it all. So that was really frustrating to watch because I knew it was there but it never showed up in the hold.
Score: 10, 10, 10 = 30 First 10s of the season. It was deserving of that thought I wish I would have seen more hip action while in hold.
Leah & Tony – Quickstep
Her shoulders kept creeping up (which the judges did comment on), and overall this was a good dance. I was extremely happy for Len calling out people (not Leah and Tony) for not being in hold the entire or close to the entire time. I wish he would have done so sooner and penalized people for it.
Score: 9, 9, 9 = 27 Well deserved
Brant & Peta – Tango
This was excellent. Amazing body contact and in hold throughout. There was a couple of spots that were rough/choppy but overall this was an excellent dance.
Score: 9, 10, 9 = 28 This was underscored. It deserved 10s.
Amber & Derek – Samba
Their samba roll looked very forced and labored. I think Derek should have left it out because it’s a tough move to do. Amber had absolutely no hip action. Again, Derek added hip hop into it and turned a Samba into something you would see at a hip-hop club. I would rather see a technically correct dance than a dance that breaks the rules. Breaking the rules “just for the fans” to me is ugly and takes away from dance that could be excellent.
Score: 10, 8, 10 = 28 WAY WAY over-scored. Len was absolutely correct. I’m really starting to get sick of Derek knowingly breaking the rules and know that his dances are going to be a problem. It’s disrespectful to the judges, especially Len, and it’s really disrespectful to your celebrity because it makes it seem like they can’t do the dances without breaking rules.
Jack & Cheryl – Paso Doble
Jack is steadily improving and really could be a dark horse to end up in the finals. However, he still needs to tuck his butt under him. This dance was okay for me. It wasn’t memorable but it wasn’t bad.
Score: 8, 9, 8 = 25 Fair score *note to Derek: See don’t do gimmicks and you’ll get good comments from Len
Nicole & Sasha – Foxtrot
I would like to see a bit more body contact while in hold but oh man Nicole’s lines on this dance? Ah-mazing! I really really enjoyed this dance. I did think they were going to get a note from Len about the lack of hold at times and the long “intro” into the dance but they didn’t!
Score: 9, 9, 9 = 27 I would have liked to see them get a 10 (at least one) because Nicole’s lines are amazing.
Corbin & Karina – Viennese Waltz
O.O This was an absolute nightmare. First off, let’s start with the music. This was not a waltz people! While it was in 3/4 time, waltz music as a distinct signature of “down, up, up, down, up, up”. This is done so that the dance has a rise and fall to it. Secondly, Viennese Waltz, as I mentioned last week, is in HOLD the entire dance except for the opening and closing (which are only suppose to be about 3 measures long; and if we’re getting picky, in true dancesport, VW is started in hold and ended in hold). There was none of that in this dance. Corbin once again is hunched over. The man in Waltz is suppose to be tall, elegant, and dashing. Third, let’s not forget there were several lifts! Lifts in standard/smooth are a no-no. I really hated this dance.
Score: 8, 7, 8 = 23Corbin got a MAJOR gift here. This was way way to high
After these dances came the mix-up challenge. I have to say I loved this challenge. This is how the opening rounds of many dancesport competitions are done (though the song lasts a lot longer :)). So I’m a little surprised how many of the pros weren’t happy about it. Though I did find out that they didn’t find out about this challenge until the middle of the week! So that may be the reason.
I was a little upset that both Brant and Nicole got second because they were better than both Corbin and Amber. This challenge is a lot easier for those two because of their musical background. This challenge required them to switch styles and find the beat and if you’ve had music training well then it’s much easier to find that beat. So I thought Nicole and Brant should have won.
There was no elimination this week due to technical issues with the voting last week.
As for the rumor… there’s a rumor flying around that they are going to replace Len. I think this is HUGE mistake (unless they replace him with another ballroom person like Louis or say Nick Kosovich). This show is about ballroom dancing and neither Carrie Ann or Bruno have competed and judged it before like Len. If anything get rid of the other two.
No audio post this week, sorry! Things got a little crazy. But still have some thoughts!
Jack and Cheryl – Quickstep
- He needs to tuck his butt under him. His frame is getting better and better. Definitely still needs work but it’s better than last week. It was a pretty good dance over all. One last thing? He needs to close this mouth. It was hanging open the whole entire dance and it was distracting.
Score: 8, 8, 8=24 Fair
Elizabeth and Val – Argentine Tango
- They needed more body contact while in hold. While not as much as needed as in tango but it’s still needed. And in their dance it wasn’t there as much as it should be. They were farther apart than I’d like. She also needs to stretch through the knee, all the way down to her foot. She was pretty flat footed in the sense there was no stretch/point. This dance also wasn’t as sharp as I thought it was should be. I was kind of disappointed because her lines could put itself towards a great Argentine Tango.
Score: 9, 9, 9 = 27 (Over-scored in my opinion)
Brant and Peta - Salsa
- Not a whole lot of Salsa content… And what was there was awkward. Brant has so much potential and I was disappointed in this. Peta spent way to much time focus on the lifts (or the lack of overhead lifts. Which aren’t in Salsa anyway!) and it showed in the content of this dance. She should have focused on having great content and worried less about the lifts. It could have been an amazing dance
Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21 (fair)
Valerie and Tristan - Viennese Waltz
- The VW is required to be in hold the entire dance and this wasn’t. She also lost choreography and it was way to slow for a Viennese waltz. This was more of a waltz than a Viennese Waltz.
Score: 6, 6, 6 = 18 (should have been even lower)
Leah and Tony – cha cha
- She lacked hip action and it was a little slow for a Cha cha. She, however, looks a lot more comfortable about dancing and being in front of a live audience.
Score: 8, 8, 8 =24 (fair)
Corbin and Karina – Paso Doble
- I want to thank Karina for keeping it very traditional. It was very much appreciated! This is one of the best dances of the night. The only complaint I have with him (other than being a trained dancer. That’s beside the point) is that he, like Jack, needs to keep his butt tucked under him.
Score: 9, 9, 9 = 27 (definitely the right score)
Nicole and Sasha – Jive
- It was cute and I knew she would be well suited for this dance. Her flicks were good but she needs to point her feet. The choreography was great but I would have definitely preferred this dance if she was in heels.
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24 (fair)
Christina and Mark - Foxtrot
- To me, this was the most boring dance of the night. It was the same old dance, same old choreography. there was a lot of foxtrot moves but not “one” couple. I completely agree with Julianne in that it was like two separate dancers.
Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24 (over-scored a tad)
Amber and Derek – Tango
- I don’t know what the judges were smoking while they watched this but this was just an okay tango. Her feet were flat and not as crisp as they could be and they lacked the connection that should be in tango. In tango, the hips should be touching 90% of the time. Theirs weren’t.
Score: 9, 9, 9 = 27 (over-scored)
Bill and Emma – Samba
- Lacked hip action, not to mention his samba walks were… not there. Overall it was cute but it lacked content
Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21 (Over-scored. This didn’t deserve the same score was Brant.)
I’ve had a very long hiatus and while I enjoyed it, I miss blogging (I have been blogging for my real career though ;)). Instead of me writing analysis, I and another blogger, Sammi of TV Grapevine have taken to video-casting. I’ve taken those broadcasts and turned them into audio posts. Here is Week Two:
Here is week three:
If you would like to join us or watch, leave a comment with your email and I’ll let you know when the next broadcast is.
What are you thoughts on Season 17 so far?
Due to my graduate school being demanding and my work as well, as well as my feelings about DWTS, BodyRhythm is going on Hiatus. I’m not sure who long but I hope to some day bring it back. I definitely recommend the following blogs to follow for news:
Dancing With the Stars:
“Peter Vidmar, named last week by the U.S. Olympic Committee as chef de mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, said his publicly expressed opposition to same-sex marriage”
And Phil Hearsh’s article also said this:
“I fully respect the rights of everyone to have the relationships they want to have,” Vidmar said in a telephone interview. “I respect the rights of all our athletes, regardless of their race, their religion or their sexual orientation. I will cheer and do all I can, passionately, for every athlete on the U.S. Olympic team.”
But a prominent gay U.S. Olympian, figure skater Johnny Weir, said it was “disgraceful” to have a person with Vidmar’s views in a position, chief of mission, that makes him the symbolic head of a United States Olympic team.
Wier goes on to say that he wouldn’t want to be represented by someone like Vidmar because he doesn’t support “it is being allowed equal rights as Americans” All well and said Johnny but please do some research. Equal rights also means the right to have a different opinion. Please readers, do not get me wrong. I fully and utterly support Gay marriage. However, Peter has full right to believe something different from I do. Frankly his position doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the personal bedroom life of any athlete. I truly don’t agree with his choices but his personal beliefs shouldn’t be a part of his job description. Just because he’s the head of the US Olympic doesn’t mean he doesn’t support the athletes.
Edit: at around 3: 15 Pacific Standard Time, per the USOC, Peter Vidmar will resign from his position….
A couple of days ago, a women left a comment on one of my posts (completely un-related to the comment, quite random) about a film that she is trying to get funding for called “Cold Warrior”. Here is what the press release says:
Cold Warrior is the latest short film from award winning writer/director, Emily Greenwood, and is being produced by BAFTA nominated production company, Wellington Films.
A Cold War drama/thriller set in Romania in the run up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics follows the story of Ana, a young gymnast struggling with the limitations of her body against the mighty powers of a Communist state that’s pushing her to win gold at any cost. The film is inspired by abortion-doping allegations that have come to light in recent years. It has been said that gymnasts, some as young as fourteen, were impregnated through artificial insemination under the guise of state ordered pregnancy tests. The girls would then be forced to undergo traumatic abortions after a 3-4 month term. The pregnancy and the consequent abortion would lead to a natural boost of red blood cells and hormones giving the gymnast an undetectable increase in strength.
Cold Warrior follows Ana through her training to the Olympic stage where, with the world watching, she finally shows her life-long coach, and her country, just how strong she truly is. The film is being part funded and supported by Screen South. The remainder of the funding they hope to raise through crowd-sourcing website, IndieGoGo. To find out more about the content of the film and to support it, please visit the website http://www.indiegogo.com/Cold-Warrior.
For fixed donations towards the film’s budget, the team are offering various perks, from a day on the film set shadowing the director, to being granted a credit on the finished film as an Executive Producer. Once you have donated you will be kept up to speed with the development and production of the film, through weekly updates and video blogs from the team. If the target amount of $10,000 is reached on the project’s IndieGoGo page the team will donate $1,000 to the NSPCC.
I decided to look into this story because I have never heard of Soviet doping with pregnancy. I’ve been having issues finding science and or articles about it
Ways to help promote the film can be found at the movie site listed above or what Anna Griffin told me an email:
“If you have a look at our IndieGoGo page then you’ll see that under the list of perks on the right hand side is some really small text. If the ‘Feature It’ button is clicked by enough people then this should get us onto IndieGoGo’s homepage which would be great for lifting our profile to the users of the website. If people who can’t afford to donate (and I totally understand, we’re all feeling the pinch) then just clicking ‘Feature It’ would really help us out too.”
So click around and check out this interesting movie!