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Dancing with the stars

FingonOfPittsburgh
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Mar 20 2007, 11:37am

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OK - I swear I'm not a complete reality-TV-loser. This is one of those shows I swore I'd never watch. But for some reason last night I watched it for the first time, and I was actually hooked. I don't like Stars -- or Dancing, but I couldn't stop watching the show! Hopefully I'm not the only Tornado who likes this show....

So I think Joey Fatone had the best performance. My wife thinks it's not fair for him to be in the competition, given his background with that synchronized, boy-band, dancing stuff.

Cliff Clavin was a huge surprise. He did shockingly well for an old guy.

How about Laila Ali??? She is beautiful and she danced great!

Billy Ray Cyrus sucked. He was obviously only there to shill his new album (and ringtones). What a loser.

Ian Ziering started off the show with a great number.

Leeza Gibbons basically walked through her dance. I dunno - maybe that's just how that dance goes, but she seemed to be moving way too slow.

Heather Mills is butt ugly. But she danced really well, wooden leg and all.

Apolo what-evah is annoying. I just can't stand his looks.....

Paulina, Shandi and Clyde are forgettable, although Clyde may ride his charming personality for a while, if he can just loosen up and flow a bit more.


Predictions: Cyrus goes home next week.

I think this thing will come down to Laila, Joey, and Ian.


Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

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Aerlinn
Lorien


Mar 20 2007, 12:26pm

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I don't watch it [In reply to] Can't Post

And I won't with that ... *censors self* extremely unpleasant person Heather Mills on. I could reveal my vicious streak and say how much I want her to fall on her rump, repeatedly, but I won't (because karma's a b- ... an extremely unpleasant person too). But I'm appalled by this pathetic attempt on her part to throw a veil over the evil side she's shown in the divorce.

I'm sorry, you *don't* mess with a Beatle.

Go Cliffy!

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Sherry
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Mar 20 2007, 2:32pm

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But I love the UK Strictly Come Dancing. My Bloke, who being an Aussie had seen and disliked the Australian version became hooked on our version this past winter. He was as glued as I was.

We had our season wrap up before Christmas. It was brilliant. The final, and the free dance performed by the winners was great.

We have the entire seasons from 2-4 now and I've watched a fair few back since it ended :>

Two clips of our UK winners and their final's dances can be seen on You Tube. Mark Ramprakash (well known crickter) and his professional partner Karen Hardy.

The Freestyle dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOxNLaZvDDM

and also their salsa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oii94hMC92k

There were some other great dancers in this most recent series, and the standard was the best its ever been this time. Mind you, the first 3 seasons were also very good, but as each season has come round, the standards just seem to get better.

So glad you are enjoying the new season there. If you enjoy it watching it through, half as much as I enjoyed our most recent series, you'll be in for a treat :)

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Sherry
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Mar 20 2007, 3:46pm

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And because I liked it so much, their Argentine Tango from the semi final

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjQPbFmYmb8

Its a new dance included this season for the semi's and none of the professionals left in the competition had ever danced it, so it was a learning curve for all the contestants.

Gah, I'm hooked on Strictly, its the one TV programme I never miss! I'll be having to dl the US version and see what its like. The thing is, I don't really know all your 'celebs' and tbh am unsure of even wanting to see the ones I do know dance. I also enjoy watching our hosts. Bruce is a living legend in entertainment here in the UK.

You have Bruno and Len as judges, which is nice. Shame you don't have a fourth judge. Our fourth judge can often be quite harsh but knows his stuff.

And what is it with the results show the night after?!

And what is it with Apolo whathisname and that thing stuck to his face! I'm sure in skating it did nothing for his aerodynamics, his dancing won't be helped either :p

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FingonOfPittsburgh
Lorien


Mar 20 2007, 5:27pm

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They really seem to get some B-level celebs on that show here, except maybe the sports stars. Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are pretty much household names in the US, because they were so successful in football. The most recognizable star this year I'd say is John Ratzenberger. He played Cliff Clavin (the know-it-all mailman) on the old sitcom Cheers, which was one of the most successful and beloved TV shows in US history.

I never heard of that Apolo guy before last night but, just going by his looks, I'd like to slap him into tomorrow. Plus, the kid had the audacity to refer to himself as "one of the best in my sport, ever." You never hear people talk about themselves that way. If you're really great, you know that other people know it, so you let them go around singing your praises.


Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

--J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #43, to his son Michael


Darkstone
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Mar 20 2007, 5:58pm

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Ratzenberger... [In reply to] Can't Post

..also played Major Brin Derlin in The Empire Strkes Back: "There's nothing more we can do tonight. The shield doors must be closed." and later "Okay, everybody to your stations. Let's go!"

Now that's what I call A-list!
.

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Sherry
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Mar 20 2007, 6:45pm

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Apolo from the Olympics skating. I thought back then that fuzzy thing stuck to his chin looked like he had a hamster stuck to his face :/

I always think the UK programme has a good mix of people taking part. All are well known, some much more so than others. We have had former Olympic atheletes, Rugby World Cup winner, top class cricketers, well known actors, singers, TV presenters, comedians...

I think we fare better with recognition as our TV viewing is much smaller scale than in the US. BBC1, 2, ITV and Channel 4 reach all TV viewing households in the UK. I'd have no clue if they hauled in someone from the satellite stations. Plus it airs prime time on a Saturday evening here, the dance part and the results. It gets a big audience.

Is the US version done for charity? Monies raised from the phone votes goes to Children In Need here. Works out at least 12pence of every 25 pence call finds its way to charity. Good on the BBC and the well known faces taking part :)

'I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn't be our style.'

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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Mar 20 2007, 6:49pm

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Um... [In reply to] Can't Post

but he *is* one of the best in his sport, ever.
He may be speaking from the insecurity of
past controversy. Dunno.
He's my man in short track speed skating, though!
Pretty on the ice, and kinda cute off it, I think.

But, I know, sometimes he doesn't come off as well as he should.
I didn't see the show last night.
I'd save all my venom for Her [Bleep]ness, Heather Mills.
=)




Ataahua
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Mar 20 2007, 7:06pm

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I really enjoy the NZ series. [In reply to] Can't Post

The third one will be starting very soon.

Best episode of the two series so far: When former All Black (rugby) hooker Norm Hewitt, the ultimate in Tough Guy, opened the pasa doble with a haka. (He went on to win that series.)

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greendragon
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Mar 20 2007, 8:22pm

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I love ballroom dance, studied it myself and like watching the professional competitions on WGBH. My parents loved 'Dancing with the stars' in the UK and I watched a bit with them when I was home and quite enjoyed it - I especially liked seeing Aled Jones and his partner dancing to 'Walking in the air'! BUT I cannot watch Heather Mills. Talk about famous just for being famous! The woman is a money grabbing piece of work and doesn't seem to me ever to have done anything based on her own merit or talent.

Humph. So yeah, I don't want to watch anything with her on it.

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Sherry
Rivendell


Mar 20 2007, 8:35pm

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Maybe hope she goes out soon [In reply to] Can't Post

so you and the others who don't like her can start watching :p

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Lurking Girl
Bree


Mar 20 2007, 11:19pm

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I'm hooked on the US series. [In reply to] Can't Post

I teach Spanish so one of the other Spanish teachers and I tape it and show the Latin dances to the students for culture. Many of them really get into it. As the season progresses and the dancers loosen up they get much better and it is really enjoyable to watch the dancing. I only watched parts of the first two seasons but watched all of the third season and I feel like I know the professionals as well as I know the celebs on there.

I pretty much agree with your assessment of last night's performances. There's just something about guys named Joey and that show. Joey McIntyre from season one was good and my favorite (finished third) from last season was Joey Lawrence.

The other Spanish teacher and I liked the show so much we attended the tour performance and really loved it. It's exciting now because I've watched the show so much I can tell the dances apart many times just by watching and without having to be told. I'm glad you got to see it and enjoy some of it. I hope you stick with the season because it gets better as it goes.


GaladrielTX
Tol Eressea


Mar 21 2007, 5:34pm

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I forget who wrote that.

Did Ohno really say that? That's kind of refreshing, really! Its not audacious if you really are one of the best in your sport ever, and he really is. I just love watching him speed skate, although Ive only ever seen him in the Olympics. Too bad the Koreans cheat. ;o) I dont know if this fascinating sport is even shown on US TV except for in the Olympics, although I havent made a point of looking for it.

Oh, and I don't know much about his personality, but I will say he is a hottie, IMHO (in my hormonal opinion). I don't watch Dancing with the Stars, but I was vaguely curious and gave it a passing thought when I heard he was on.

BTW, I have no idea who Jerry Rice is, and I only know that Emmitt guy because of where I live. ;o)

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FingonOfPittsburgh
Lorien


Mar 21 2007, 6:43pm

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BTW, I have no idea who Jerry Rice is,


The only way I would believe that is if you know absolutely nothing of the game of football. And yes I know that applies to about 1 or 2% of the female population in the US, so you must fit squarely in that category.


Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

--J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #43, to his son Michael


Magpie
Immortal


Mar 21 2007, 6:56pm

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The only way I would believe that is if you know absolutely nothing of the game of football. And yes I know that applies to about 1 or 2% of the female population in the US, so you must fit squarely in that category.


Really... you think 98-99% of US females know something about football? I could take a poll of ALL my female friends and I bet 98% of them have no clue about anything football or who Jerry Rice is. Granted, I run with a slightly counter-culture, wholistic, non-materialistic, folkdancing bunch (not the mainstream, for sure) but I still think your estimates are a little off. :P





FingonOfPittsburgh
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Mar 21 2007, 8:00pm

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Granted, I run with a slightly counter-culture, wholistic, non-materialistic, folkdancing bunch (not the mainstream, for sure)


Exactly.


Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

--J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #43, to his son Michael


Magpie
Immortal


Mar 21 2007, 8:09pm

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tread carefully football fan.





FingonOfPittsburgh
Lorien


Mar 21 2007, 8:12pm

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tread carefully football fan.





Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

--J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #43, to his son Michael


Sherry
Rivendell


Mar 21 2007, 8:20pm

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Lucky you. Well almost, as I understand he didn't dance in your show, but was a judge :o The shock and horror and o what you missed. That man and his Latin dancing *sighs*

*ahems and moves on*

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GaladrielTX
Tol Eressea


Mar 21 2007, 10:52pm

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But really, I dont think Im a lonely freak. I work in a department completely made up of women. So I did a scientific poll and went up to each of them and asked if they knew who Jerry Rice was. (Theyre a bunch of accountants so, in contrast to our oneandonlyMagpie, its probable they are a slightly non-counter-culture, anti-wholistic, materialistic, line-dancing bunch.)

Answers:

1. [Long pause] Is he a football player? [I said yes.] I only know that because he was on Dancing with the Stars last season.

2. I know that name from somewhere. Is he an actor? Someone on TV?

3. I know who he his. Hes a football player

4. [The big sports fan of our department] Hes a football player.

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Magpie
Immortal


Mar 21 2007, 11:18pm

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...we wear anklet socks with skirts.

It just don't get weirder than that.

(at least round these parts we do... don't wish to imply any taint of weirdness to the other folkdancing members of this forum)





Alnilam
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Mar 22 2007, 1:52am

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is Ben Rothlisberger.

And I had to ask my husband for the spelling.


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FingonOfPittsburgh
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Mar 22 2007, 11:13am

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#1 - that's OK because you're Brazilian by way of Canadialand.

#2 - get down on your knees and give thanks that you have a good, black and gold bleeding, terrible towel waving, Steeler fan husband!




Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.

--J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter #43, to his son Michael


Alnilam
Rivendell


Mar 23 2007, 12:59am

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You guys have way too many sports. You have to remember baseball, basketball, football and hockey players.

I'm more inclined towards hockey (we hear a lot about Sidney Crosby on the news here), except when they start fighting and such.

A friend of mine the other day said "football is chess with sweaty man-pieces".


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