Let's Dance into the semi finals

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 by Travis Cody in

I haven't made it around to everyone's blog tonight. Mr Tucker is upset with me because I have the laptop and he wants in my lap. My shoulder is really bothering me, and so is my lower back. Pam brought KFC mashed potato bowls home for dinner...but there wasn't enough gravy in them and the mashed potato to chicken ratio was off.


Other than that it's been a nice evening.

Of course it's about to get better. Know why?

That's right! Cue that theme music!

Live from Hollywood!

Just two weeks from the finals y'all. And it's two more dances each this week.

Here we go with round one.

Jennie and Derek dance Jive. The choreography was difficult. They had a couple of missed holds. It had plenty of energy and she didn't look nervous at all. She threw herself into it and we really enjoyed it. We don't think it was great, but we liked it. Judges say 8's across for a total of 24. Too low.

Cameron and Edyta dance Viennese Waltz. We're Waltzing to the theme from Harry Potter. There is absolutely nothing romantic about this music and there is no romantic connection between the two of them. They danced the steps, but it suffered as a Viennese Waltz. We didn't find it entertaining. The judges raved over it but we didn't like it. Judges say 9's across for a total of 27. Too high.

Marie and Jonathan dance Rumba. Now we thought that was sultry and sexy. It ended kind of abruptly though. She went for the classy elegance. And we thought it had plenty of content and plenty of steps. It wasn't the best Rumba, but it was entertaining and we enjoyed it. Judges say 8's across for a total of 24. Ppppppppffffffffffttttttttttttt.

Helio and Julianne dance Paso Doble. Now that was a wonderful Paso. His technique was much improved. We loved the stomps and the attitude. He was a strong lead, very powerful and intense. Well executed and difficult choreography. Judges say 9's across for a total of 27. Yup.

Mel and Maks dance Tango. The steps were well done, but we didn't really feel that Tango. It was probably the music again. We'll use Bruno's words...it was strong and powerful. And we must agree that the technique was very good. But we just didn't feel the emotion. Judges say 9's across for a total of 27. Meh.

Do you notice a pattern here tonight? We are enjoying the dances that we're connecting with...the ones that entertain us and pull us in. So we liked Marie and Helio in that round. It's tough for us when the music doesn't make sense for the particular dance style. We realize that isn't the dancers' fault. But still, if we don't like the music chances are we don't like the dance.

Mr Tucker has decided to forgive me for not letting him get in my lap. I knew that was bothering you, so you'll be pleased to know that he's curled up between Pam and I and he's purring.

And now it's round two.

Jennie and Derek dance Foxtrot. Beautiful and elegant. She was sexy like a 1940's starlett. Very confident and under control. Her technique on that one was pretty good too. We really enjoyed that. We're tired of listening to the judges pick on her. Judges say 9,9,8 for a total of 26. Come on Bruno! Just give her the 9.

Cameron and Edyta dance Cha Cha Cha. They got jobbed on music tonight. They are trying to Cha Cha Cha to The Stones' Brown Sugar. That's just ridiculous and unfortunate. There wasn't anything they could do with that music. Judges say 8's across for a total of 24. Yeah, because in addition to rotten music for Cha Cha Cha they just didn't dance it well.

Marie and Jonathan dance Jive. It's a cowboy Jive. Now that made us smile. And if that's going to be her last dance on the show, then we're glad she went out with that kind of performance. That was fun and we were entertained. Judges say 8,9,8 for a total of 25.

Helio and Julianne dance Quickstep. They were in very close hold throughout that dance. The footwork was terrific. It had tempo and difficult choreography, and hot tricks. Terrific dance! Lots of energy and extremely entertaining. Judges say 10's across for a total of 30. Yup yup yup.

Mel and Maks dance Mambo. This is right in her wheelhouse. Again, it was difficult and well executed. That was fantastic. They had technique, performance, intensity, and sensuality. Hot hot hot. Judges say 9,10,10 for a total of 29. WTF is up with Carrie Ann??

Here's the leader board after both dances:

57 Helio
56 Mel
51 Cameron
50 Jennie
49 Marie

Please please please can we have some proper music for the dance styles next week for all of the couples???

Pam and I think that Cameron should go. It's not his fault that his music sucked for both dances. Given that, we still don't think he danced well.

We would like to see Marie dance one more week. Don't know if that will happen.

What can I say? I'm a fan dammit and I voted for Marie.

Pam voted for who she thought had the best dances. She said it was a close call between Mel and Helio. She voted for Helio.

Vote for an encore if you like and I'll try to post it. It all depends on whether I can find the video clips.

I'm going to get my heating pad now.


  1. TopChamp says:

    I would like to see the Harry Potter waltz and Mel's good dance.

    If you can find them...

    Hello Mr T! (Dixie doesn't ASK. He just forces his way onto me and usually onto the computer too. Either that or he'll try to sit on my chest (which is not insignificant but he is HUGE) and it's a tight squeeze.

  1. I have the same "I wanna be ON you" issues with Shadow as you do with Mr. Tucker.

    I am usually out at Toastmasters on Monday evenings, but was home tonight. No TM meetings on long weekends, so I got to watch DWTS, or at least part of it. I slept through the first part. I'd love to see Marie's first dance of the night if you can post that.

    I also voted for Marie. I like her and think she's doing very well. She's lost a lot of weight with all that working out on the dance floor. Way to go Marie!!!

    I hope you're soon feeling better. Pain is not fun, is it. Take care of you.

  1. Marsha says:

    I agree totally with the music...man, it's sucked for the past few weeks. Don't know who's picking the music for the dances but they need somebody new!

    I've had a hard time connecting with Cameron all season...don't know why, I just don't like him. It's either this week or next that he goes.

    I want to see Helio's Quickstep from this week. And since you didn't have one from last week, can you find Mel's Paso???

  1. Matt-Man says:

    With the exception of Melanie and Helio, the photo line-up resembles the attendees at a Rudolf Hess Memorial Picnic. Cheers!!

  1. I'm curious to see if the Osmond fan base can pull this one off...and looking forward to some really great dancing in the next couple of weeks.

  1. Julie says:

    Hmmm who do I want to see? Hmmmmm....how about Helio's quickstep as well as M & M's Mambo! What a sweet treat!

  1. Turnbaby says:


    i didn't get to watch at all as i struggled with my laptop shutting down 9 times while i was trying to write. *sigh*

    Sorting that thing this afternoon--macbook looking pretty tasty right now.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    We have Strictly Come Dancing here in the UK (very similar) and I love it!

  1. Bond says:

    OK, you have mentioned this before, but last night as I watched, I just kept saying WHO PICKS THIS MUSIC????IT IS CRAP!!!!!

    Truly... WTF is up with that? How does it work Trav? Do they pick the music or is it hoisted on them by some dweeb-oid in a back room somewhere who tries to come up with the worst music for a dance????

    Honestly, I have to tell you, the music better get better...it actually put a damper on the entire night for me...


    Do the Jive to big band, swing...sheesh...HARRY FRICKEN POTTER? pulllllese

    I love the Stones, but BROWN SUGAR for a Cha cha????


    replay Marie's or Jennie's jive

  1. Steven says:

    Hope the heating pad is helping. I'm with you and Pam...Cameron needs to go. Frankly, I actually like Marie O better than him. His moved just look too overexaggerated.

  1. TopChamp says:

    P.s. Bond - I LOVE the Harry Potter music. Genuinely - I think it's fab. And I KNOW about music so it must be true.

    Not to say it's dance music though....

    French horn solos though... nearly as good as trumpet ones.

  1. I cried when I saw Donnie crying while watching the clip about his dad passing away. It was a great show.

  1. Travis says:

    TC: Mr Tucker tries to force his way, but he does mind me when I say no. He sasses me, and he keeps trying, but he'll eventually stop and just fuss at me.

    Alice: YAY for Marie! I just think she's so charming and funny. And she makes me nostalgic plus I enjoy her dancing.

    Marsha: I'm hoping now that we've reached the semis, that we can get the proper music.

    Matt: Bada bing!

    Katherine: If there's a fanbase that can do it, it's the Osmonds'.

    Julie: Good choices! I will do my best.

    Turn: Oh man that sucks! I hope you can get something new with all the bells, whistles, and whoop-de-dos.

    Akelamalu: TopChamp has been telling me about Strictly Come Dancing. She even posted some video clips. I love me some dancing shows.

    V: Look out! Vinny is on the rant! I believe there is a production team that selects the dances and the music, and then gives them to each pair right after the Tuesday eliminations. It's up to each pro to interpret the music as best they can when they get suckage. I liked some of the music last night, but I agree with you that they need to take better advantage of that fantastic band and play proper music that your basic viewer can follow.

    Steven: Thanks, it did help some. I'm hoping the Osmond fanbase has kicked it into gear and edges the soap fanbase. I want to see Marie for at least one more week.

    TC: I enjoy the Potter music too, just not for a Viennese Waltz.

    CWM: That was touching, wasn't it?

  1. I love chicken, and mashed potatoes. But not in the same bowl. And what's with the corn thing? That's just nasty.

  1. TopChamp says:

    ok ok - I was in a good mood last night... it made me outspoken.

    Firemen though... phwoar! (honestly - best night out I've had in years... and it was with 5 women & 14 little girls in a firestation finished by half 7 and completely devoid of booze.... - weird.)

    I love the dancing too and have just watched clips from Sat (had a gig again) for ours. I'm gonna post you them... just decided. A few were good. Penny Lancaster was out (these boots are made for walking dance woman).

  1. Travis says:

    Charles: I love it, but only when it's properly proportioned and I get a taste of every component in every bite.

    TC: Wooooooooo for your great night out! And I can't wait to see the clips from Strictly Come Dance. I need to check BBC channel and see if we get it here.