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Dancing’s Helio Castroneves No Longer Engaged

DescriptionAs if this season didn’t have enough drama!

In less than one year, DWTS’ has seen two weddings become dissolved and/or delayed.  Last season the sexy, blonde dancer had to deflect rumors of a possible romance between her and partner, speed skater .  Unfortunately, the ‘postponement’ of her own August nuptials didn’t help quiet the buzz much.

Now, Hough’s Season 5 partner is having betrothal problems of his own.  People has exclusively announced that wedding to Aliette Vazquez - which had already been ‘postponed’ due to his busy schedule - has now officially been called off.  While no one has (yet) blamed his fiery chemistry with Julianne for the cancellation, I’m sure many people will now be playing back their looooong smooch after yesterday’s quickstep performance.  (I have to admit, it made me a bit uncomfortable—and that was before I had heard the announcement.) 

Maybe Hough should be the one paired with the -esque celebrity next year just to keep things safe.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 - The Winner


Although seemed to be the crowd (and female) favorite going into tonight’s show, the IndyCar Series driver was actually running behind when it came to overall performance.  Thanks to the four 30’s she achieved throughout the competition, the was averaging 27.4 points per dance.  Helio’s three 30’s put him just a hair behind at 26.9.  (, with 24.5, was obviously a distant third.)

Crowd favorite or not, I think most viewers would have been satisfied with either a Melanie or Helio victory; both dancers were equally deserving.  Unfortunately, this thing called ‘audience votes’ threatened to throw a wrench into an otherwise great season.  As much as I liked Marie, she remained in this competition far too long.  (Apparently devotees and their dolls have been calling to keep her alive.)

But in the end, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that Helio would walk away with the disco ball in hand.  As I’ve learned from one of my favorite episodes, two girls pitted against one guy will always split the votes.  These two ladies against a cute, dimpled, charming guy—well, they never stood a chance.

Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 (The Finals)


In tonight’s finals, the three remaining competitors performed two dances each: a style the judges wanted them to improve and the highly-anticipated freestyle dance.  Read on to see how they fared:

MELANIE BROWN (partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
(Dance: Cha-cha-cha/ Song: ‘Car Wash’)
Mel’s Princess Leia-esque outfit is bound to get a few extra votes tonight.  We now know that her baby weight is officially gone.  This was a great style for them to revisit; it gave Melanie a chance to show off her improved skills - and great hip action.

Despite a few ‘funny bits’, Len said the dance was clean, crisp and precise.  Bruno thought the dance had a stunning visual impact.  Carrie Ann said she was hoping for just a ‘hair more’ excitement.  Score: 9/9/10 (28)

MARIE OSMOND (partner Jonathan Roberts)
(Dance: Samba/ Song: ‘Chica Chica Boom Chic’)
Her teased hair and yellow dress looked great - unfortunately, her dance left a lot to be desired.  Once again, she filled the performance with a bunch of distracting theatrics instead of actual dancing.

Bruno said the dance, though entertaining, was not technically Marie’s best.  Carrie Ann thought the performance highlighted Marie’s limited range.  Len said as far as entertainment, Marie is second to none.  Score: 8/8/8 (24)

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Loser

Jennie GarthLast night’s competition was one for the record books.  A whopping eighteen 10’s were handed out by the judges.  Monday’s Top Two, and , each received six of those.

In fact, the only couple to not receive a 30 for one of their performances yesterday was and Jonathan Roberts.  But who needs points when they have the votes?  Even though the judges finally felt that tapped into her star potential last night, the star just didn’t have the wattage to outshine America’s sweetheart.  As soon as Marie was announced safe for next week’s finals, it was obvious that Garth would be the next go.

So will Osmond’s strong fan base help her win the coveted disco ball after next week’s finals?  Will the current fascination with help boost Melanie Brown’s profile?  Or will Helio wipe both ladies away with his charming smile alone?  Place your bets now!

Dancing With The Stars: Week 9


In tonight’s semi-finals, the final four couples got to choose the dance styles (one ballroom, one Latin) they wanted to perform.  Read on to see how they fared:

MARIE OSMOND (partner Jonathan Roberts)
(Dance: Quickstep/ Song: ‘Good Morning’)
It was a very entertaining and charming piece; it looked like it was stripped right out of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’.  They did a great job covering the floor with their sweeping performance.

Len said Marie brought joy and entertainment.  He thought the performance was perfect.  Bruno said the choreography was filled with plenty of content.  Carrie Ann thought it was wonderful; she said Marie really upped her game.  Score: 10/10/9 (29)

MELANIE BROWN (partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
(Dance: Viennese Waltz/ Song: ‘Somebody to Love’)
Melanie looked gorgeous in her flowing dress; it perfectly matched her graceful and elegant performance.  Not only did she have great lines, but she also pulled off an amazing series of splits across the floor!

Bruno thought the dance was fast, precise and sexy.  Carrie Ann said Melanie’s performance gave her chills.  She thought Mel and Maks moved as one.  Len said the performance was fabulously clever.  Score: 10/10/10 (30)  (Their 3rd perfect score of the competition.)

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Loser

Cameron MathisonWith only five dancers left last night, the competition was really anyone’s game.  If voting was based solely on competence alone, yesterday’s Bottom Three (Marie, Cameron and Jennie) should have been justifiably nervous tonight.  Unfortunately, it’s already been proven that high-scorers like Helio and Melanie could easily be knocked off Sabrina-style due to lack of viewer support.

Well, tonight’s elimination was note the type to set off major shockwaves.  Although seemed to be making large strides in the past few weeks, his dance card average (24.5 points) was barely higher than that of last night’s lowest scorer, (24.1 avg). 

Maybe Mathison - who still has his day(time) job to turn to - should look at this as a mixed blessing.  Now he doesn’t to accrue more frequent fliers believing he ever had a chance against Helio.

Dancing With The Stars: Week 8

Dancing With The Stars

The Final Five competitors were each two dances away from next week’s semi-finals.  Read on to see how they fared tonight:

JENNIE GARTH (partner Derek Hough)
(Dance: Jive/ Song: ‘It Takes Two’)
Something about Jennie’s green-sequined outfit tonight screams mermaid to me.  (Tom Bergeron said her outfit made him crave frozen vegetables.)  I think she looks incredibly awkward with this fast-paced dance.  She seems a bit wobbly and a little sloppy overall.  Len said that the dance wasn’t one of her best; he wasn’t sure the performance was worthy of a berth in the semi-finals.  Bruno said Jennie wasn’t as sharp as she should have been.  Carrie Ann said she lacked good posture and clean pump action.  Score: 8/8/8 (24)

CAMERON MATHISON (partner Edyta Sliwinska)
(Dance: Viennese Waltz/ Song: ‘Harry Potter Theme’)
Cameron and Edyta make a beautiful pair tonight.  I really like his grey tux/tails and her pink gown is gorgeous.  He looks very confident with this dance and his lines look great.  Bruno said it was majestic and sweeping.  Carrie Ann complimented his great lines and holds.  Len praised their beautiful rotations.  Score: 9/9/9 (27)

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Dancing With the Stars: Week 7 Loser

DescriptionDespite the palpable tension, felt weirdly anti-climactic tonight.  Seriously—how could anything surpass last week’s results shocker?  Any dancer eliminated from this point forward had to have known their day could come.

Of the Final Six competitors, only three have managed to avoid the Bottom Two (Helio, Jennie and Marie).  The remaining three (Jane, Mel, Cameron) have only faced elimination once.  So who ended up getting the glowing red light tonight?

Hoping to keep us on our toes, the DWTS producers decided to change things up a bit tonight.  Instead of the usual Bottom Two—there was a Final Three: Helio, Jennie and Jane.  Thankfully when the dust finally settled, we were left with a controversy-free elimination.  Having earned the lowest score the past two weeks, had to admit it was her time to go.

Dancing With The Stars: Week 7


The Final Six competitors performed two full dances tonight—a ballroom and a Latin number (no group dances this time around).  Read on to see how they fared:

HELIO CASTRONEVES (partner Julianne Hough)
(Dance: Tango/ Song: ‘The Jean Genie’)
Helio looks like he’s wearing a black, crushed-velvet version of something from The Love Boat.  He’s very stiff and awkward tonight, though it’s hard to tell if the jacket or his dancing is to blame.  Len complained about Helio’s lack of ‘heel leads’.  Bruno said the technical aspects of the dance needed more polish.  Carrie Ann really liked the performance; she thought it was a nice twist on the tango.  Score: 9/8/8 (25)

MARIE OSMOND (partner Jonathan Roberts)
(Dance: Quickstep/ Song: ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’)
Marie looks great—I could really see her as an Andrews Sister.  It’s obvious she’s having a lot of fun with her dance tonight; I think this style suits her well.  Bruno said her performance was a morale booster.  Carrie Ann thought it was wonderful.  Len said entertainment runs through Marie’s veins; he liked that she put a lot of twist into her dance.  Score: 10/9/9 (27)

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 6


Tonight the competitors had to perform two dances:  a style they’ve never performed before and a group dance number.  Read on to see how they fared:

SABRINA BRYAN (partner Mark Ballas)
(Dance: Foxtrot/ Song: ‘I’m a Woman’)
I think her hair’s been needing this updo; it brings a new level of maturity to her look.  Although I believe she’s had a couple of missteps, she’s doing quite well.  Her arms and lines look great and she’s really covering the floor.  Although Len thought her performance was excellent, he felt she still needed a bit more contrast throughout her dance.  He said it was too powerful.  Bruno said she still needed to work on finessing her dance.  He also noticed that her foot got caught.  Carrie Ann disagreed with the two other men; she thought the dance was feisty and smooth.  Score: 9/8/8 (25)

JENNIE GARTH (partner Derek Hough)
(Dance: Mambo/ Song: ‘Mambo Baby’)
She almost looks like a Chiquita girl; she’s very fun and flirty tonight.  And I love all those tricks she and Derek have choregraphed into their dance!  Bruno said she brought steam and heat to the floor.  Carrie Ann thought she finally unveiled herself tonight and let it all hang out.  Len said it was an exceptional performance.  Score: 9/9/9 (27)

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