Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dancing With The Stars Season 5 Cast Announced

ABC announced the official Dancing with the Stars cast list this morning, thus debunking half of the rumors that were floating out there.

The official list with their professional partners:
• Melanie "Mel B" Brown, 32, Spice Girls ("Scary Spice") singer (pro partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
• Sabrina Bryan, 22, actress/singer (The Cheetah Girls) (pro partner: Mark Ballas)
• Helio Castroneves, 32, racecar driver (pro partner: Julianne Hough)
• Mark Cuban, 48, businessman (owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks) (pro partner: Kym Johnson)
• Jennie Garth, 35, actress (Beverly Hills, 90210) (pro partner: Derek Hough, older brother of Julianne Hough)
• Josie Maran, 29, supermodel (pro partner Alec Mazo)
• Cameron Mathison, 38, actor (All My Children) (pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska)
• Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 30, boxer (pro partner: Karina Smirnoff)
• Wayne Newton, 65, singer (pro partner: Cheryl Burke)
• Marie Osmond, 47, singer/doll designer (pro partner: Jonathan Roberts)
• Albert Reed (pictured above), 22, supermodel (pro partner: Anna Trebunskaya)
• Jane Seymour, 56, actress (pro partner: Tony Dovolani)

First thoughts ...
• Finally, Cheryl Burke gets to prove her teaching skills by getting paired with the token old guy.
• Jonathan Roberts get another stiff partner
• Kym Johnson gets the class clown again (Mark Cuban)
• There are some serious hot couples here - Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinka; Albert Reed and Anna Trebunskaya (and I'm glad to see her back!); Josie Maran and Alec Mazo
• Hard to pick an early favorite right now, but I think Sabrina Bryan is going to do well. She's an actress/singer/dancer (and they failed to include dancer in the description!) and she'll get the Disney vote. If Cameron Mathison and Albert Reed have any kind of rhythm, look for them to get the ladies' votes. Floyd and Karina should do well also.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hip-Hop Loses Cred

Train-wreck alert: MTV has a new celeb-reality show debuting on Aug. 30, called Celebrity Rap Superstar. Eight celebrities will be mentored by real rappers (or at least they were considered real rappers before this show!) and will perform on the show for America's vote. A Celebrity Rap Idol, if you will.

The "celebrities" competing are gossip-monger Perez Hilton, hair band rocker Sebastian Bach, Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson, Laguna Beach jailbird Jason Wahler, the ex-Mrs. Federline Shar Jackson and her former Moesha buddy Countess Vaughn, Efren "Vote for Pedro" Ramirez and former NFL player and Dirty Bird creator Jamal Anderson.

The mentors are Paul Wall, Redman, Warren G, Too Short, Bubba Sparxxx, Tone Loc, Bizarre and MC Lyte.

I can't decide which lineup is worse - this one or the one that was on But Can They Sing? That was Bai Ling, Antonio Sabato Jr., Michael Copon, Carmine Gotti, Morgan Fairchild, Joe Pantoliano, Larry Holmes, Kim Alexis and Myrka Dellanos. Um, ok ... that one was worse.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

CA NOW targets Big Brother Dick

Evil Dick's misogynistic and sadistic comments towards the female houseguests on Big Brother have not gone unnoticed (even though CBS would like its viewers to think none of this happens!). The California National Organization of Women (CA NOW) is urging the public to complain to CBS and the Big Brother producers about this:

CBS’s and the producers of the reality show Big Brother 8 are allowing a contestant on the show to verbally abuse and threaten a female contestant with violence.

One of the show's contestants, a 44-year-old man named Dick has repeatedly verbally attacked 23-year-old Jen, calling her crude names, telling her he’d like to sodomize her until she bleeds to death and that if he was wasn't in the house (and at risk of being expelled) he would like to kill her. In a recent episode, he dumped a glass of tea over Jen's head, laughed about it, and said he wished it had been "piss." Many fans called for his expulsion from the Big Brother house. Instead, Dick is still in the house and CBS is running ads promoting the "explosive" events of the house.

Contact CBS and tell them allowing this kind of abusive behavior for the sake of entertainment is irresponsible and unforgivable.

Contact CBS:
CBS Television Network
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 975-4321

And the show's producers:
Allison Grodner Productions Inc.
12925 Riverside Dr, 4th Floor
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 325-6900

******

That doesn't even account for the time he said he'd like to kill Carol and rape her corpse or all the homophobic comments he made about Dustin. And CBS more or less glorifies this behavior by making Dick and his evil spawn Daniele the stars of the show. BTW, I read at Morty's today that Daniele said that Asians were stingy, and when Asian families go out to dinner, they bring calcuators and figure out tip to the exact cent. Racist bitch.

And to add to the insanity, a reader at Reality BBQ has posted Dick's prior arrest record:

Arrested: 11/95, LA County
Charges: Spousal Abuse; Traumatic Injury, Cal Penal Code 253.5(C)

Arrested: 11/94, LA County
Charges: DUI, Cal Vehicle Code 23152(A)

Arrested: 6/95, LA County
Charges: Unawful Posession of a Firearm Silencer, PC 12500

Arrested: 3/98, LA County
Charges: Driving Without Valid License

Arrested: 6/02, LA County
Charges: DUI (pot)
?
Arrested: 2/02, LA County
Charges: 22/21

Arrested: 6/97, LA County
Charges: Driving With Suspended License, VC 14601

Who screens the cast?!! Seriously! And could one person have a more appropriate name than this jackass?!

Monday, August 20, 2007

K-Fed Comeback Continues

With assistance from his thoroughly messed up ex-wife Britney Spears, Kevin Federline has been getting quite the redemptive makeover lately. Once the butt of all jokes, K-Fed is now seen as the sane one in that relationship, and a lot of people, myself including, are actually rooting for the guy to get custody of their kids. Scary.

And now K-Fed's career is also getting a boost. Mr. Popo-Zau has just landed a guest-starring, multi-episode gig on the CW's One Tree Hill. He will be playing Jason, "a cocky, enigmatic frontman" for No Means Yes, a legendary rock band in the show's fictional setting of Tree Hill, N.C.

From People: "Kevin came in and (auditioned) and he did a great job," Mark Schwahn, the creator of One Tree Hill, tells PEOPLE. "He really seemed like a sweet guy and I just felt that he would be great in that."

This whole thing just goes to show just how messed up Brit is.

And in other casting news, former Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell will join the cast of Heroes this fall. According to the show's executive producer, her character, Elle, will appear in October and will be "a sexy, intriguing, mysterious young lady" who will commit a terrible crime, but it won't be clear whose side she is really on. This is the second series Kristen will be a part of in the fall - she's also narrating the CW's Gossip Girl.

Seacrest ... In

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will host the Emmy Awards on Sept. 16 (on Fox, of course).

And weren't these the same Emmy Awards that the Idol producers were supposed to be but are no longer producing?

Unfortunately, we won't get a chance to vote for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Because you know that if it were up to the audience, "Dick in a Box" would win, hands down.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Say What? Sabra Wins

Huh. So I thought it would come down to Danny Tidwell and Lacey Schwimmer in the So You Think You Can Dance finale, but Sabra Johnson snuck in there to take the third season crown.

And when I say snuck in, I mean that Sabra was pretty much the stealth contestant up until about the Top 14. I don't think they ever showed her until they showed her making the Top 20. At some point, though, Nigel and company decided that they wanted her to win and ceased to give her any kind of constructive criticism and did nothing but heap praise on her.

Don't get me wrong, Sabra is a terrific dancer and was one of my favorites early in the competition. I really loved her partnership with Dominic, and I thought her boardroom dance with Neil last week was one of the best of the season. But I truly did not think that she brought it last night (unlike Danny, who absolutely threw down the gauntlet). Sabra apparently almost ate it in her final solo (I didn't notice it, though), her hip-hop was blah (thanks for nothing, Shane), and her cha cha was not good. It just really bugs me when the producers try to manipulate things. Nigel all but held up a "Vote For A Girl (whose name is not Lacey)" sign last night. And the "she's only been dancing for four years" thing ... they repeated it almost as much as they repeated "She's only 17!!!!!111!!!" about Jordin Sparks.

But having said that, congratulations to Sabra, and my condolences to Danny, who I think really should have won. And condolences to Jesus too because I still think he was totally robbed!!!!!!

Most of all, though, congratulations to all of the dancers for being the best collective Top 20 this show has ever seen.

ETA: OK, Benji Schwimmer is way more gracious than I was. And he had a vested interest in someone other than Sabra winning. Now I feel bad. Blogging SYTYCD posted Benji's MySpace blog where he congratulates Sabra, Lacey and the whole cast and thanks the fans for voting his sister into the finale. He said seeing her on the stage in the finale brought him more emotion and happiness than when he was there last year. Awww!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

SYTYCD Finale Showdown

Finale time! The Top 4 dancers from So You Think You Can Dance (Danny Tidwell, Lacey Schwimmer, Neil Haskell and Sabra Johnson) dance-marathoned their way through a total of 11 dances tonight in the last performance show of the season.

The show started with a group dance from the finalists - a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine. Apparently he is the only one who can choreograph Broadway on this show. Neil opened the dance with a poorly-executed pirouette. It was an ok dance, definitely not as memorable as last year's group dance to SexyBack. After they finished, Nigel took the time to say something about each finalist, starting with Lacey. He gave her criticism right off the bat, masking it as advice, then turned to the next dancer and praised each of the three and did not give anyone else any critical advice at all. WTF?! Transparent much, Nigel?

As far as the partner dances go, Danny and Lacey's Viennese Waltz was the best of the night. It was truly exquisite. The turns Lacey did where she moved her head (wish I knew the technical term for it ... they kind of remind me of attitude turns) were awesome, and the lifts were so effortless.

Neil and Sabra's hip-hop was very average, and Neil looked like Cheer Boi again. I kind of blame Shane's choreography for the blandness of the routine, though.

Lacey and Sabra's jazzy wolf dance was interesting. I knew it would be one of those you-either-get-it-or-you-don't dances. I liked how the two of them played their parts to perfection. As a non-contemporary dancer, I thought Lacey moved quite well in this style. Sabra moved so quickly ... like a fox.

I didn't see a lot of dancing in Neil and Danny's contemporary routine. It was a bit more West Side Story fight-dancing than anything else, which works perfectly to Neil's strengths. I thought Danny looked very regal in terms of his carriage. Neil ... not so much. I actually preferred the wolf routine to this one. And I could sense Wade Robson rolling his eyes when the judges praised Mia Michaels for this routine after they totally hacked his fox routine.

Neil and Lacey's Lindy Hop was full of difficult tricks, but I thought Neil was really lacking in the other parts ... the actual dancing. His side-by-side dancing did not have much extension, and both he and Lacey looked a little awkward and lacking in energy at times (him much more so than her). But I'm so glad that Nigel brought up the fact that Lacey really connected with her partner this dance because I totally noticed it during the dance.

Sabra and Danny's cha cha was lacking technically. Both of them had questionable footwork. Danny and these kind of dances don't always fit, although I did like his samba. As Nigel said, he danced too tall. His posture is too perfect for this dance and for hip hop. I thought he looked quite awkward a lot of the time. Sabra didn't make much of an impression on me one way or another. They did sell it, but I wasn't really buying. And I was so exasperated by Nigel's comment where he basically said let's ignore technique and praise you instead, Sabra! Gah! So. Transparent.

In the solos, no doubt that Danny delivered probably one of the best solos if not THE best solo ever on this show. The speed in which he did his running split jumps at the beginning was jaw-dropping, and that spin that lasted forever ... WOW. Neil may have given his best solo performance. Sabra still hasn't surpassed her first solo. Lacey's was much improved and more well-thought out, although I think I liked her last one better than this. Nice shout-out to her brother in that stage dive, but overall it was the weakest solo of the four.

So I don't know who should win. If based on tonight, I'd call it a tie between Danny and Lacey, with Danny's cha cha and Lacey's solo cancelling each other out. If I had to pick based on tonight, though, I think Danny's solo would be the tie-breaker. If you base it on the whole season and on how well they did in all the dances they were given, it's Lacey, hands down, for me.

I think it's going to come down to Danny and Lacey, and maybe this time a Wall will beat a Schwimmer.

ETA: So I woke up Thursday morning thinking I'd give the edge to Danny over Lacey. We'll see what happens!

Becks Earns His Keep

In his first start with the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight, David Beckham did exactly what he was paid $250 million to do - he scored on one of his trademark bending free kicks.

It was sweet (and I totally called it!). You can watch the video on the MLS website.

Oh, and the Galaxy won, 2-0. Beckham assisted on the second goal. Way to go, Becks!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dump Evil Or Be Evil?

That is the question ...

America has a really good chance to shake things up in more ways than one on Big Brother. Evil Dick, who was nominated for eviction along with his evil spawn daughter Danielle, won the power of veto and chose to save Daniele. This forced Head of Household Jessica to put someone else on the block. In a stupidly cocky move, Dustin volunteered to be the pawn.

Normally, this wouldn't be a problem because Dustin's group, the Nerd Herd 2 Late Night Crew (LNC), has the numbers to control the vote. But what they don't know is that one of those votes (Eric's) is controlled by America because Eric is "America's Player". So if America's vote calls for Eric to vote out Dustin, Dustin could be in deep shit unless one of either Jen or Zach votes out Dick.

And normally, I would not think that America would want to deal with listening to Dick's homophobic, misogynstic and generally hateful comments towards almost the entire house, but America seems to hate Eric or love screwing with him, as the last two America's Choice votes have showed, so I don't think Dustin is safe by any means.

It's a bit of a conundrum, actually, since there really isn't anyone in this house who I don't want screwed over, other than Jen. The LNC group is so smug. Daniele is an entitled and whiny princess. Dick is deplorable. And they're all hypocrites. It would be funny to see the LNC freak out if Dustin left and Dick stayed, but I think enough is enough now.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Top 4 Finally Revealed

After four days of secrecy that would make CIA agents proud, the Top 4 finalists for So You Think You Can Dance were finally revealed on tonight's broadcast. It was a long, drawn-out show (even more so than usual!), but the show revealed Wednesday's finalists to be Lacey Schwimmer, Danny Tidwell, Sabra Johnson and Neil Haskell, leaving Lauren Gottleib and Pasha Kovalev on the outside looking in.

Lacey and Danny were the first two announced as safe, but before Cat Deeley could announce the other two finalists, they kicked the audience out of the studio (this was taped last Thursday) in order to maintain the integrity of the broadcast, which would air four days later no thanks to an NFL pre-seaosn game.

Unfortunately for the two eliminated dancers, that meant no cries of outrage or sympathetic cheers for their elimination. It's too bad because other than the Top 12 cut, this is probably the worst spot to go out in, just one step shy of the finale. Lauren and Pasha both took it well, perhaps aided by empty stage. Hard to get too emotional when there's no one around to react with.

So for the finale, we've got three contemporary dancers and a Swing/Latin dancer. I'd say Lacey has the edge just on variety alone. She won't have split votes amongst people who enjoy contemporary dance. I assume that each finalist will get a dance with the other three finalists. Sabra and Danny will get a contemporary together, guaranteed. And they'll probably saddle Lacey with something like rumba with Neil.

In other SYTYCD news, People magazine reports that Paula Abdul was asked to be a guest choreographer but had to back out. Dammit! That would've been cool!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Duran Duran Collaborates With JT And Timbaland

Normally I'd yawn at yet another Timbaland collaboration, but this one seems so out of left field ... Duran Duran with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake? Huh.

Entertainment Weekly has streaming audio of the new song, called "Night Runner". About the only thing Duran Duran-y about it is that I have no freakin' clue what the song is about. And I still don't know how the reflex is an only child waiting in the park.

Listen to "Night Runner" here

Thursday, August 09, 2007

SYTYCD Spoiler

The bad thing about Blogspot here is that you can't put a break in your post to continue reading on another page (or if there is that feature, I can't find it anywhere!). So reporting spoilers for the So You Think You Can Dance Top 6 results show would be difficult.

Well, I guess I don't need to worry about that because apparently the spoiler is that there are no spoilers. They taped the show this afternoon = group dance, solo dances, etc. - but kicked the audience out before revealing the results because the show wouldn't air on TV until Monday due to a pre-season NFL game pre-empting the broadcast tonight (curse you, NFL!).

Well-played, Nigel. I didn't know you had it in you. That was brilliant.

So spoiler-free we will continue to be. The suspense is going to drive me batty.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Fighting For Finale Spot

The Top 6 duked it out for a spot in next week's four-person finale for So You Think You Can Dance. The judges were effusive in their praise for every dance. Me? Well, not so much for every dance.

I subbed in for my buddy Kim as a guest blogger at GirlsTalkinSmack.com for tonight's SYTYCD review. To read it, click here.

Idol Engagement

Gina Glocksen got engaged last night during the American Idol concert in her hometown Chicago. Gina's boyfriend Joe popped the question on stage after Gina's duet with Phil Stacey.

Video here found on YouTube:


Congrats to the happy couple!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

MTV VMA Nominees Announced

Justin Timberlake and Beyonce top the list of nominees for the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards with seven nods apiece. The awards will be held in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino on September 9.

Both Justin and Beyonce are up for a new category - Quadruple Threat of the Year - along with Bono, Kanye West and Jay-Z. MTV says the award is for someone who excels in multiple fields, such as "music, fashion, philanthropy, business, acting and dance".

Hmm, let's see:
Justin = singing, acting, dancing, and I guess comedy
Beyonce = singing, acting, dancing, and falling down stairs
Kanye West = rapping, producing, business, complaining about not winning awards
Jay-Z = rapping, producing, business, fighting with other rappers
or
Bono = singer, writer, philanthropist, activist, honorary knight, Nobel Peace Prize nominee ...

Um, yeah. This should be a slam-dunk. Bono for the win!

The complete list of nominees:

Video of the Year
Amy Winehouse: "Rehab"
Beyoncé: "Irreplaceable"
Justice: "D.A.N.C.E."
Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around ... "
Kanye West: "Stronger"
Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella"

Male Artist of the Year
Akon
Kanye West
Justin Timberlake
T.I
Robin Thicke

Female Artist of the Year
Amy Winehouse
Beyoncé
Fergie
Nelly Furtado
Rihanna: "Umbrella"

Best New Artist
Amy Winehouse
Carrie Underwood
Gym Class Heroes
Lily Allen
Peter Bjorn and John

Best Group
Fall Out Boy
Gym Class Heroes
Linkin Park
Maroon 5
White Stripes

Most Earthshattering Collaboration
Akon (featuring Eminem): "Smack That"
Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar"
Justin Timberlake (featuring Timbaland): "SexyBack"
Gwen Stefani (featuring Akon): "The Sweet Escape"
U2 (featuring Green Day): "The Saints Are Coming"

Quadruple Threat of the Year
Beyoncé
Bono
Jay-Z
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West

Monster Single of the Year
Avril Lavigne: "Girlfriend"
Daughtry: "Home"
Fall Out Boy: "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs"
Lil Mama: "Lip Gloss (No Music)"
T-Pain (featuring Yung Joc): "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
Timbaland (featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E. and Sebastian): "The Way I Are"
MIMS: "This Is Why I'm Hot"
Plain White T's: "Hey There, Delilah"
Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella"
Shop Boyz: "Party Like A Rock Star"

Best Director
Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (director: Jake Nava)
Christina Aguilera: "Candyman" (directors: Matthew Rolston and Christina Aguilera)
Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around ..." (director: Samuel Bayer)
Kanye West: "Stronger" (director: Hype Williams)
Linkin Park: "What I've Done" (director: Joseph Hahn)
Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z): "Umbrella" (director: Chris Applebaum)

Best Editing in a Video
Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (editor: Jarett Figl)
Gnarls Barkley: "Smiley Faces" (editor: Ken Mowe)
Justin Timberlake: "What Goes Around ..." (editor: Hollee Singer)
Kanye West: "Stronger" (editors: Peter Johnson and Corey Weisz)
Linkin Park: "What I've Done" (editor: Igor Kovalik)

Best Choreography in a Video
Beyoncé and Shakira: "Beautiful Liar" (choreographer: Frank Gatson)
Chris Brown: "Wall To Wall" (choreographers: Rich & Tone and Flii Styles)
Ciara: "Like A Boy" (choreographer: Jamaica Craft)
Eve: "Tambourine" (choreographer: Tahesha Scott)
Justin Timberlake: "My Love" (choreographer: Marty Kudelka)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bad Break For Breakers

Not a good night for break dancing fans, as both b-boy Dominic Sandoval and b-girl Sara Von Gillern were voted out on So You Think You Can Dance. Both have come so far, particularly Dominic, who barely squeaked into the Top 20 to begin with, and probably exceeded most viewers' expectations.

I'll miss Dominic, in particular. He wasn't the best technical dancer, but he was one of the most entertaining, particularly when he wasn't dancing. Tonight, even, he was cracking me up with his displays of affection towards Cat Deeley. And his breakdancing chair routine was crazy! Neil was a surprise Bottom 2 member with Dominic. I figured shirtless + Mia routine where everyone cried = safe.

While I've wanted Lauren to go for a long time now, I can see why she stayed over Sara. I didn't think Sara had a particularly good week or had good routines that made people want to vote for her. Her partner Danny was in the Top 2 amongst the guys, but his being in danger so often during the first half of the competition has kept his fans from being complacent as of late.

Each of the Top 8 had to dance a solo tonight. Although it did not count towards this week's voting, there's no doubt that it could play a part towards storing votes for next week. Unfortunately, no one took the opportunity to really stand out here, except for Dominic (too little, too late, unfortunately) and Pasha, who did a solo (and shirtless) paso doble. Lacey's solo was the worst, and she better hope that if the Top 6 have to do solos next week, that someone else choreographs the same routine, a la Wade last week. Sabra's was good from a musicality standpoint, but her dancing has been better. Lauren's hip hop was the best solo amongst the girls. On the guys' side, Danny and Neil have both done better. Neil stumbled out of a move, and it looked like Danny stumbled out of his backhandspring.

As for next week, if they try to give everyone new pairings again, it should be:
Lacey/Pasha (MUST. DO. LATIN!)
Danny/Lauren
Neil/Sabra

I'd much rather see Sabra with Danny, but I guess that'll have to wait for the finale (I hope) since that particular pairing would mean Lauren/Neil were together again. I will refrain from predicting Lauren and Neil's demise next week. Maybe that will actually make it happen. Heh.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tango, Tumble and Tears on SYTYCD

There was a whole lot going on during tonight's episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The Top 8 got two new dances to do with new partners (they got rid of the ill-conceived everyone does the same solo thing, thank goodness!). The new couples were: Danny/Sara, Dominic/Lauren, Neil/Lacey and Pasha/Sabra.

Danny/Sara started off with the Argentine Tango to "Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)". It had kind of a James Bond feel, with Sara wearing dominatrix boots. I wasn't as enthused about it as Adam Shankman was; I was a little iffy on some of Sara's footwork. And I still don't get why they Sara is so versatile when she hasn't done contemporary, quickstep, cha cha, samba, mambo, waltz. Yes, she has done paso doble, but she wasn't very good in it, and she wasn't very good in this.

Dominic/Lauren pulled a krump routine to some song I did not like. I thought the Sara/Jesus krump was so much better than this. Dominic and Lauren weren't in sync at all, and then Lauren stumbled while climbing over Dominic near the end of the routine. And although Nigel would like to pretend that it wasn't obvious, it totally was because Lauren's arms flailed. Credit to her for covering, but the fact is that she fell!

Neil/Lacey got a Latin jazz (whatever the heck that is), and they were supposed to do a lift where Neil holds her up above his head with one hand. He didn't do it - he used two hands. The dance was entertaining enough, but I completely agreed with the judges when they said there was no chemistry and that Lacey plays too much to the cameras and audience and not enough to her partner. And Neil going shirtless? Oh brother. So not necessary (other than to get votes from the fangirls!)

Pasha/Sabra did a Tyce Diorio Broadway routine that the judges fell over themselves praising Sabra for. I actually thought Pasha was better than Sabra here. Round 1 goes to them, though.

Back to Danny/Sara for a Shane Sparks hip hop to "Push It". Of course, they revisited the Shane-hates-Danny thing from the beginning of the season. Which sucks for Danny. And although Shane takes it back now, I can't help but think he saddled Danny with a craptastic routine with all the bad dance moves from the 80's-early 90's, like the Hammer dance and ground humping. And then there were the clothes ... Danny looked like Skinny Rerun. I hated it.

Dominic/Lauren got a rumba to "Ain't No Sunshine" for their second dance. This is Dom's second rumba this year. Go figure - this is the first year they've done rumba on this show, and Dom's gotten it both times. I prefered his first rumba with Sabra, but this was also good. I even liked Lauren in it. And then I liked it less when they kissed at the end. Eww. Too calculating. And then during judges comments, she twirled to show off her bod for pervy Uncle Nigel, and any goodwill she gained from dancing well went out the window.

Neil/Lacey did a contemporary dance to "Time" by Billy Porter, choreographed by Mia Michaels. Apparently, this is quite the controversial dance of the season because a lot of people think it was emotionally manipulative. As Mia explained, this dance represents her and her dead father reuniting in heaven. The criticism seems to be that there was hardly any dance in it, and that it was designed to manipulate you into loving it from a purely emotional standpoint and that you can't fairly critique it. Mary Murphy didn't say anything - she just cried. I guess if you didn't know the backstory of the routine you wouldn't feel the same about it. Honestly, I liked it. I know it was simple from a technical standpoint, but dance isn't always about technique. It's art. It's about how it makes you feel. I do think the judges were over-the-top with their praise, though. I thought Lacey's first contemporary with Kameron was better, and the Heidi-Travis bench routine was as well. And Neil wasn't really believable in portraying Mia's dad. He was more child-like than Lacey was (and more child-like than Hok two weeks ago in his Broadway piece that the judges criticized).

Pasha/Sabra got the dance of death - quickstep. And they killed it. Sabra had a noticeable slip-up that Nigel pointed out (and acted like only he knew because he's an expert. Oh please. I noticed it!), but otherwise, it was great, especially from Pasha. These two got the hardest, most energetic routines of the night and were excellent in both.

Not sure who will be going tomorrow ... I think it's between Lauren and Sara and Dominic and Danny. Neil seems to have the fangirl vote locked in, and going shirtless and having the dance that everyone cried over should keep him safe. I would personally dump Lauren and Neil, but I've been saying that for WEEKS now, and they're both still here!