Thursday, April 30, 2009

Video Of The Day - Prince Tavis Smiley Show

Here's a snippet of a great interview with Prince on Tavis Smiley's show. In this clip, he talks about having childhood epilepsy and says that he was teased a lot when he was younger, so he compensated by being as flashy and noisy as he could.

You can watch the full interview on the PBS website.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bottom 3 Shocker On Idol

It wasn't a big shock that Matt Giraud was eliminated this week on American Idol, but who joined him in the bottom 3 certainly was shocking. Both Adam Lambert and Kris Allen hit the seal for the first time this season, leaving Allison Iraheta and Danny Gokey in the Top 2.

And not only did Adam hit the seal, but he did it while choosing the wrong group in the George Huff Memorial No-Win-Situation-Pick-The-Safe-Group moment. Unlike most of the others who have been in this situation (Bo, Melinda, Archie), Adam actually chose which group he thought he belonged with rather than being diplomatic and refusing as those three did. Then again, none of those went on to win, so maybe he's on to something!

Adam seemed to be such a huge front-runner, but he ended up in the bottom 2 with Matt. Whether or not he really was bottom 2 is up for debate, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was put there to ensure he doesn't get Tamyra'd. Or Daughtry'd. Because there is no way that his fans will allow this to happen again next week! I'm hoping this also mobilizes the Kris fanbase as well. I think Allison's frequent bottom 3 vists will keep her fans mobilized, leaving Danny to get the shock boot I was halfway anticipating this week.

Prior to the final result, the Idols sang "It Don't Mean A Thing" and "I Got Rhythm". There was some really nice harmony going on there at the end. And these group songs have gotten so much better without the albatross known as Scott MacIntyre in the picture. Sorry. They also showed a food fight in the mansion between Allison and Danny, and Ryan gave Danny a bill for $6,000 to cover the cleaning costs. HA.

Lots of guest performances tonight. Natalie Cole (looking like she needed to eat a sandwich) sang something that didn't interest me at all. Taylor Hicks sang something that didn't interest me at all (Simon shockingly gave him a standing ovation. That really is stunning). And Jamie Foxx blamed it on the alcohol. Yeah, that explains it!

Next week is Rock week - should be tailor-made for Allison and Adam. But then again, Rat Pack standards was supposed to be tailor-made for Matt ...

Video Of The Day - Ryan Star Losing Your Memory/So Ordinary

I just recently found this video of Ryan Star singing "Losing Your Memory", merged a little bit with "So Ordinary". I've never heard him do this on guitar instead of piano. Either way, it's beautiful.

ETA: Walmart is offering his latest single "Last Train Home" free as the spotlight single of the week. You can download it HERE.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Foxxy Standards

The Idol Top 5 performed standards from the Rat Pack, and Jamie Foxx - he of Wanda fame - was curiously chosen as their mentor. Sure, he has an Oscar for portraying Ray Charles and some Grammy nominations, but really?! Jamie Foxx? Blame it on the al-al-al-al-al-alcohol!

Anyway, this was a great show, singing-wise. I thought everyone did great, and it's going to be tough to see someone go after this week. I think the bus is coming for Matt Giraud, especially after Randy Jackson shat all over Matt's "My Funny Valentine", which I thought was pretty awesome with those jazzy runs. Randy and Kara were very lukewarm, with Randy saying it was only about a 6. Bah! And the clip package at the end showed probably one of the most bland parts of the song. Luckily for Matt, it's more Simon's opinion that matters than Randy's, and Simon called it brilliant and authentic.

But Simon's bus was aiming straight at Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta. Kris, who looked like Seacrest's little brother in a nearly identical suit, did "The Way You Look Tonight" and sounded like a total dreamboat. Very romantic ... and then he changed the tempo and jazzed it up a little and then went back to dreamy. I loved that little spice of variety there! Safe, my ass, Cowell! And Allison, who showed both the beauty and power in her voice on "Someone To Watch Over Me", got a "mechanical" comment from Simon, who also told her she could be in trouble. Although I do actually thank him for that because that's always a good impetus for people to vote.

Danny Gokey finally showed a little originality with his "Come Rain Or Come Shine", but it took him a little while to get there, per usual. But when he did ... wow, that was kind of crazy. Had to LOL over Kara turning into Lil' Mama for a sec, using the word "swag". It does not have the same effect coming from her. haha.

And Adam Lambert closed things out with "Feelin' Good", unleashing the craziest glory note I think we've ever heard on this show. That was seriously ridiculous - and ridiculously controlled. The whole performance was pretty wow, from the strutting down the steps to the lighting to the high-pitched squealing from the audience throughout the ENTIRE song (probably led by Paula). Simon came up with a good one-liner - "Randy complaining about you being theatrical is like complaining that a cow moo's."

It will probably be Matt's night to go tomorrow, but I still think there's a chance for a shock Gokey boot. The setup is there, but he did deliver tonight ...

Video Of The Day - Hollie Steel

The latest emerging YouTube star from Britain's Got Talent - 10-year old ballerina/singer Hollie Steel:

Last Dancer Standing Wins?

Yet another injury has struck the set of Dancing with the Stars. Melissa Rycroft, who is one of the front-runners, was unable to perform last night after suffering what appears to be a hairline fracture in her ribs. Like they did with Steve-O, the judges based their marks on their last taped rehearsal, which, unfortunately for Melissa and Tony, was their marking rehearsal, not their dress rehearsal. Melissa was basically just going through the motions and even forgot some steps and just stopped dancing for a second or two. And she was wearing super lowrider jeans that she kind of stopped to pull up.

Their total of 21 was kind of generous, especially considering the crazy score Len gave Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower. Ty and Chelsie's salsa got the crowd in a frenzy, and his partner skills were amazing (that little man is strong!), but Len gave them a 7 - the same score he gave Melissa and Tony for their lackluster practice dance - and said that unless Ty nailed his group dance tango he'd be going home this week. Hmm, those kind of comments usually get the opposite effect, so thanks, I guess.

And then there's Carrie-Ann, who inexplicably gave Shawn Johnson a 10 for a bland samba to a slowed-down "Get Down On It". This time, Len's low score was warranted, and he gave them an 8, while Bruno split the middle with a 9.

Also slightly overscored was Chuck Wicks, who got two 9s and an 8 from Bruno on his cha cha cha. Chuck looked a bit stiff and still has that psychotic killer look on his face. He and Julianne had just gotten their first 9s last week, and when Bruno gave them an 8 this week, Julianne had a look of indignation and then pouted. I'm really annoyed by their entitled selves.

Gilles Marini, who is also injured and had to have a cortisone shot in his shoulder, may have been slightly overscored as well for his lindy hop (all 9s). I need smoldering Gilles back soon because pompadoured Gilles isn't doing anything for me.

Winning the night was Lil' Kim, who had a well-choreographed paso doble. Bruno gave her a 10, while the others gave her 9s. She didn't keep it up in the group tango, though, messing up a few steps in her solo with Derek. Bruno gave them a 10 regardless, but maybe that's because he gave the mambo group a 9 for their "Single Ladies" SNL ripoff that involved Chuck, Tony and Mark donning unitards and light-colored tights while standing on top of the judges' table. Funny, but ewww. Lacey Schwimmer was a last-minute replacement for Melissa in that dance, and she did a fantastic job ... unfortunately for her group, the judges couldn't base their scores on what she did.

If Melissa isn't taken out for medical reasons, I think it will probably be Chuck going home because I think Len backlash will mobilize voters to keep Ty. This could be a shocking elimination week, however ... Gulp. And I don't consider Chuck leaving to be shocking.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Video Of The Day - AI Paula Abdul Medley

OK so maybe I should call this the periodic video of the day. I meant to do this one last week after the Paula Abdul-choreographed disco group performance on American Idol but didn't have computer access. This is from the first season of Idol - the Top 4 (Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Nikki McKibbin and Tamyra Gray) doing a medley of Paula Abdul hits:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lights Dim On Anoop, Lil

Thanks to last week's gimmicky save of Matt Giraud, two American Idol contestants went home this week, and in what really wasn't much of a surprise, the two who received the lowest votes were Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai.

Lil hit the chopping block in the first 20 minutes or so of the show and then proceeded to KILL the sing-out of "I'm Every Woman". If she had done that yesterday, she may still be here.

Prior to Lil's departure, they had a group disco number to the Jackson 5's "Shake Your Body" that was choreographed by Paula Abdul (and Benji Schwimmer in an unbilled cameo). I'll hand it to the kids - they did a decent job at keeping up with the choreography. Especially for non-dancers. Of course, it helped that they didn't have to sing. It was lip-synch city again.

There was an "all-star" medley from Freda Payne ("Band of Gold"), Thelma Houston ("Don't Leave Me This Way") and KC from KC & The Sunshine Band ("Get Down Tonight"). Honestly, I was super-embarrassed for these three. Let's face it ... the disco era ended 30 years ago, and they are not 20 or even 30-something anymore. They really should not be dressing like that anymore! I couldn't help but think that Simon would rip them a new one if they were in this contest! Freda Payne, especially. I felt like she didn't even get the words totally right, she was off the beat a little, and I kept waiting for Frenchie Davis and Kimberley Locke to strut on stage and shove her aside to take over. Because girllll ... that was not good!

The rest of the contestants were then told their fate. Kris, Adam and Danny were safe. Anoop was the first to hit the seal, making it between Matt and Allison for the last bottom 3 slot. With Matt's fans voting extra hard knowing he was in danger, Allison fell into the bottom 3 (argh!) with Anoop.

Before the last person was cut, David Archuleta returned to the Idol stage to sing "Touch My Hand". His voice sounded a little odd, and that song is just awful ("Trying to reach out to you, touch my hand/Reach out as far as you can/Only me, only you, and the band/Trying to reach out to you, touch my hand" ... gag!!!!), but his stage presence has improved dramatically. He looked like he was having the time of his life, which is always fun to watch. Archie had words of wisdom for Anoop and Allison, and then Anoop joined Lil out the door.

Next week's theme is Rat Pack Standards, according to EW. And - holy smokes - they're actually acknowledging Taylor Hicks' presence and inviting him to sing?!?! I'm hoping for the first shock boot of the year, with the Gokey going bye-bye!!!! We shall see ...

Video Of The Day - Hudson/Holliday Dreamgirls Singoff

Jennifer Hudson and a really trimmed-down Jennifer Holliday shared the stage at J-Hud's concert with Robin Thicke in Atlanta last Thursday for a performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going":

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Idols Play That Not-So Funky Music

Disco and American Idol have rarely been a good combination (see Josh Gracin's "Celebration", Clay Aiken's "Grease", and Carrie Underwood's "Macarthur Park", among others), yet they trotted it out for a double elimination week this week.

I expected more of a trainwreck than we got, to be honest, but no one was really horrifying ... just a few who were really blah and karaoke (which in some respects is worse than horrifying) and a few who really turned songs on its ear and made it interesting.

Kris Allen won the night for me again, Cook-ifying Donna Summer's "She Works Hard For The Money" into an acoustic guitar, slightly Santana-ish song that I could totally hear on the radio right now. He certainly made the song his own and did some really cool things with it.

Allison Iraheta also did some cool things with her rock-infused version of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". She definitely rocked it out and took it away from karaoke-ville.

As soon as Adam Lambert got on stage, however, the judges seemed to forget all about Kris and Allison. Yeah, Adam changed up "If I Can't Have You" and made it his own, but I didn't think that what he did was as drastic and original as what Kris did. And I certainly didn't like his arrangement as much as I did Kris' arrangement (I thought Adam's song got a bit boring halfway through. Paula was too busy crying to care. Oh lord!). I felt like I was watching a Broadway musical set to the music of the Saturday Night Live soundtrack. Adam doesn't really move me - he just makes me think he's a good actor.

But big credit to Adam for not karokeing his way through his song. Unlike some of the others. Simon criticized Lil Rounds for doing karaoke on "I'm Every Woman". Lil made a big show about saying she didn't sing it the same as the original. And she didn't - she changed up some notes and stuff, but while it wasn't a copycat, the performance itself was a bit karaoke and not so polished. Danny Gokey wussed out on the high notes of Earth Wind & Fire's "September" and shouted his way through the song as he does EVERY song. Paula, of course, loved it. I was yelling at Danny to STFU and stop "dancing". Matt Giraud's "Staying Alive" didn't do it for me, and he really needed to deliver a knockout after almost getting knocked out last week. And Anoop Desai with "Dim All The Lights" ... I guess that's an appropriate song since he nearly put me to sleep and hit an AWFUL!!!! note at the end. I was more entertained by his facial hair (and dude ... if you're gonna sport that stubble, please pluck your eyebrows!).

I would think that two of Anoop, Matt and Lil would be going (please let it be Anoop and Lil!), but I really can't predict. It'd be great to get Danny in the Bottom 3 also, but Paula's already anointed him a spot in the finale, and since he hasn't been slaying it on the stage, I'm thinking she's seen the voting totals, and he must be killing it there. Gah! Why?!

Video Of The Day - Perez Hilton Miss California Rant

Perez Hilton responds to Miss California's dumb answer on same-sex marriage.

LMAO at 1:55: "If that girl had won Miss USA, I would have gone up on stage, and I shit you not, I would have gone up on stage and snatched that tiara off her head and run out the door!"

Monday, April 20, 2009

Leaderboard Shifts Again On DwtS

For the second week in a row, there is a new couple on top of the leaderboard on Dancing with the Stars. Melissa Rycroft took over the top spot, scoring 29 on an impressive Argentine Tango. The footwork and especially the lifts were outstanding, and she lost the cheerleader faces for once. Well-deserved scores.

Shawn Johnson received her first perfect 10 (from Bruno) on a Michael Jackson-inspired cha cha cha to "PYT". I personally hated the choreography, but the judges felt differently, giving them a 28.

Tying for third with 27s were Gilles Marini, who smoldered during a Viennese Waltz (when does he NOT smolder?!), and Chuck Wicks, who easily had his best performance with a samba.

Lil' Kim got a 26 for her rumba and was told by the judges to bring the raunch back. I mean she couldn't have raunched it up any more than Julianne did last week!

Bringing up the rear were Ty Murray, who scored a 24 for his waltz, and Lawrence Taylor, who scored 21 on a waltz. I'm so over LT. But I will give him credit for designing Edyta's dress. That dress was gorgeous! Earlier in the day, Ty became the latest to get the injury bug, getting poked in the eye by his partner's microphone pack on a throw during rehearsal. Man, this show is jinxed!

Starting tomorrow, six dancers will compete in a new pro dancer contest for a pro slot on the show next season. The dancers will perform on the results show in the next five weeks (with eliminations taking place each week), and the audience will vote. The dancers in the running are a few familiar names, two of whom are siblings to former pro dancers (Ashly DelGrosso's sister Afton and Alec Mazo's brother Genya), and another former So You Think You Can Dance finalist (Snow Urbin from Season 1). The other three are Mayo Alanen, Brent Borbon (who I recognized from Le Reve) and Anna Demidova.

Video Of The Day - Miss California Anti-Gay Comments

Here's today's Video of the Day, also known as "How To Lose A Beauty Pageant":

Needless to say, she lost. Good.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Video Of The Day - Falling Slowly

In honor of Kris Allen's knockout performance of "Falling Slowly" on American Idol this week, here's the Oscar-winning original from the movie Once, sung by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Video Of The Day - Marshmallow Peeps

It's a little past Easter, but it's never too late for a good Marshmallow Peep video:

And really quick thoughts on last night's Idol ... I missed the show because I was traveling, but solely based on song choices, Kris Allen wins for picking "Falling Slowly" from Once. GREAT song, perfect fit. The others? Oh good lord. Two Bryan Adams songs, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", "Endless Love" and "The Rose"?! Could they have picked more treacly, boring and predictable songs? Adam's "Born To Be Wild" wasn't treacly or boring, but that song is lame, and for all of Randy Jackson's "you're the most current contestant we've ever had" bull, Adam continues to stay away from any songs from this decade.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Video Of The Day - Do Re Mi

The hills are alive in the Central Station of Antwerp, where this viral video was created. This video has been zipping its way across inboxes throughout the world.

Apparently, it's a promo video for a Belgian reality show in which they search for new talent to play the lead in "The Sound of Music".

Monday, April 13, 2009

DwtS - Rumba And Jive

This week's contestants on Dancing with the Stars performed either a rumba or a jive, and curmudgeony judge Len Goodman seemed to be scoring the rumbas based on the raunch factor. Shawn Johnson got it just right and made it "age appropriate", and he rewarded her justly with a 9. Julianne Hough upped the raunch factor with quite a skankalicious outfit and got a 7 from Len. And although raunchiness had less to do with his score than bad dancing, Len cancelled out Carrie-Ann's 7 for Steve-O and Lacey with a 4. Ouch.

I thought Shawn and Mark had the best dance of the night, but Carrie-Ann and Bruno gave 10s to Lil Kim and Derek (Len gave them an 8. HA). Here's how the night went:

Ty Murray was so uncomfortable with his jive. He kept looking at Chelsie Hightower for guidance. His personality will keep getting him through, especially while LT and Steve-O are still in the game.
Score: 6-6-6=18

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas did a rumba to John Mayer's "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room", and I thought it would be way uncomfortable because she's so young and cutsie-pie-ish. But wow Shawn's all grown up. She does a really good job of pulling off these mature dances, and Mark did indeed design an age-appropriate dance. If she ever returns to gymnastics, I can't wait to see what she does with her floor exercise routine. They got way underscored, especially compared to the others.
Score: 8-9-9=26

Lawrence Taylor performed a jive with Edyta. He seems to have sucked the joy out of dancing from Edyta this year. And he sucked the speed out of this jive too. Yet somehow he got his best scores so far. Go figure.
Score: 7-7-8=22

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovalani did a rumba to "If I Were A Boy". Not sure about the costuming, especially Tony's purple and yellow gradient shirt and Melissa's samba-ish attire. And the choreography did absolutely nothing for me. I thought Shawn and Mark's was much more interesting. I find it very interesting that Len's criticism was that it could be more "earthy" when he slammed Lacey's last year just for that.
Score: 9-9-9=27

Lil Kim and Derek Hough did a jive to (surprise!) "Jailhouse Rock". The whole dance was VERY cliched, from the costume to the choreography (although I do gotta laugh at the former jailbird playing the cop part). Then again, subtlety has never been Derek's thing (see the Grease freestyle routine with Brooke Burke from last season's finale). I think Lil Kim messed up a little bit near the end, but overall it was an entertaining routine. Not perfect, though! Thank god for Len with his more reasonable 8 paddle!
Score: 10-8-10=28

Steve-O and Lacey were challenged with a rumba to "Fall For You" by Secondhand Serenade. He's not exactly a romantic character, and he's not feeling her as a romantic interest either. So I guess they pretend they're dancing with his cute little puppy. There's no chemistry there (Steve-O can barely hold in his laughter at the end), and his movements are choppy, while "Racy Lacey" as Bruno called her, is very flowy and bendy.
Score: 7-4-5=16

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke got sabotaged with the slowest. version. ever. of Fall Out Boy's "Dance Dance", with which they're supposed to do a jive (and not a Can-Can. haha). And Superman has found his Kryptonite. He's not as irresistable doing this dance as he is with every other dance he's ever done. He's got the steps down right, but it's not really his bag. I knew Len would find this dance to be frantic. I didn't agree last week, but I did this week.
Score: 9-8-9=26

And if Bruno thinks Lacey's outfit was racy, how about Julianne's head-to-toe lace number? Someone's a little worried about the voting, hmmm??? I didn't see much of a connection between them, and they were conveying very different emotions. Chuck totally looked like a serial killer, while Julianne was all smiley and "look at me!". And the leg fondling at the end did not fool me one bit. Those two have ZERO chemistry.
Score: 8-7-8=23

I'm sure it will be LT and Steve-O in the dance-off. And I'd love to see LT outta here. He's dull. Steve-O isn't a good dancer by any means, but at least Lacey has been bringing some interesting routines.

Video Of The Day - Susan Boyle

Here's the first of my Video of the Day series I'm going to try to start.

This is Susan Boyle, a 47-year old never-been-kissed cat woman who blows Simon Cowell and the rest of the viewing audience away on Britain's Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables.

The video doesn't allow embedding, so here's a link:
Susan Boyle - I Dreamed A Dream

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

American Idol Top 8: Worst Group Of Song Pickers EVER

How many times have American Idol contestants been told that song choice is "key important"? This season's group, with a few exceptions, act as if they've never watched this show in their lives. They are the absolute WORST at picking songs!

The worst of the worst is Lil Rounds, who hasn't picked a good song since doing Mary J. in the semifinals. For this week's theme - Songs from your Birth Year - she picked "What's Love Got To Do With It". What's bad about that song is that you can't really do much different with it. And Lil has done nothing but karaoke since the finals began. Once again, she more or less parroted the original, including Tina Turner's movements!

Right behind Lil in the bad song choice department is Scott MacIntyre, who continues to bring the snooze factor with his Love Songs on the KOST AC songs. This week, he did "The Search Is Over" by Survivor. Only Scott would do a song on electric guitar and still have it be boring. And his voice wasn't even all that. The falsetto at the end was all kinds of wrong.

Kris Allen made a few dubious choices this week, first in selecting Don Henley's "All She Wants To Do Is Dance", second in arranging it in that "jazz funk homework" way, and then choosing to do it in the mosh pit. Oh boy.

Danny Gokey somehow found a way obscure version of "Stand By Me" that was recorded in his birth year. And sang it in the same one-note way he sings everything else. There aren't a lot of dynamics with Danny's voice, and when he isn't powering and gruffing it up, he is very very bland. And yet he got a tongue-bath from the judges. Argh!

Anoop Desai continues to befuddle me with his song choices. He's either picking the party songs or he's picking boring ballads. "True Colors" is a bit of a boring song, but he picked it up about halfway through and did his own thing with it. But the best performance he's had so far, Paula? Hello ... Always On My Mind!

Matt Giraud picked one of my least favorite songs ever - "Part Time Lover", but at least he picked a song that's more in his wheelhouse and out of that Fray/Coldplay wheelhouse that he thinks he should be in. Judges again went a bit overboard.

I kind of think the judges went overboard with Adam Lambert as well, although anyone who watched it on DVR without adding about 10 extra minutes wouldn't have seen it. He did "Mad World" by Tears for Fears (or Gary Jules' version, which I'm sure will turn into covergate all over again somewhere), which ... mad props for picking something different and un-Idol-y. Simon gave him a standing ovation. Standing ovation? First of all, that last note was way off. Second of all, if anything he did deserved a standing ovation, it would have been Tracks of My Tears, IMO. But whatever. There was no time for anyone to say anything. I think it was 9:07 or something like that! And after the suck-fest of songs everyone else picked, I guess the song choice alone was worthy of a standing O.

But my personal favorite of the night was Allison Iraheta, who went for an Idol standard with "I Can't Make You Love Me". This song has been done to death on this show, but when you can sing it like that, then by all means, do so! Like Paula said, she kept the arrangement but made it her own. Loved it, love her. Stop putting her in the Bottom 3, America!!!!!!!

I have a very, very bad feeling that Kris will be sent home after his one and only meh showing of the season. Which would suck so bad when Scott and Lil have been boring me to death the entire time. I really hope the voters don't forget his body of work. Or even forget last week!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Len Full Of Bull On DwtS

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke turned in a killer paso doble that, once again, looked like a professional dance performance, but Len Goodman ruined what should have been another perfect 30 by giving the couple a 9. Seriously, Len?! Are you doing that just to keep voters from getting complacent? Because I honestly didn't see a damn thing wrong with that routine. That routine was passionate, precise and artistic. They basically acted/danced the story of their music (Carmen) with the stabbing at the end. So cool.

Not so cool was the very AWKWARDDDDD moment when Samantha Harris asked Chuck Wicks about his down-on-one-knee ending to his Viennese Waltz with girlfriend Julianne Hough. She asked him if there was something we should know, and he just said "No." Um, ok. CoughfauxrelationshipCough.

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas did much better this week than last, performing a Viennese Waltz that earned mostly 9s. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani got 2 8s and a 9 for their paso doble to "Poker Face" (BWAH!) even though she messed up a few times and Cheshire catted her way through that dance. Lil' Kim and Derek Hough did well with their Viennese Waltz, but, like Melissa, her facial expressions kept distracting me.

Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower took a step back on the paso doble, with Ty reverting back to his clompy, stiff ways. Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer had a charming French-inspired Viennese Waltz, but his posture was not good, and they received the lowest scores with an 18. I have a feeling, though, that he may not go tomorrow. I have a hunch it will be Lawrence Taylor, who I always seem to forget at the end of the day. Or David Allen Grier, who needs to tone down his bitch-face during critiques.