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TV Review: Dancing With the Stars Stacy or Drew?

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I watched the final five contenders on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on 2/9/06 and now take a stand that this contest will be close. Very, very close.

For Stacy Keibler has turned out to be the femme fatale of the contestants while Drew Lachey dances fluidly upon his well-coordinated feet. The remaining five contenders that evening were:

George Hamilton
Lisa Rinna
Stacy Keibler
Drew Lachey
Jerry Rice

I’ve taken a personal shine to Jerry Rice and have developed a nostalgic attachment to George Hamilton. I didn’t believe either of these men would land in the top two for this series.

Jerry Rice performed a paso doble that evening. In the pre-performance vignette, Rice stressed his need to “get mad.” Which puzzled me a tad in that dancing is not considered the sort of activity that requires anger to perfect. Perhaps it was that paso doble thing and indeed Jerry did look to be glaring and ready for battle as the dance began.

I thought he looked like a Russian Cassock but that’s just me. One judge declared the performance “nothing to jump up and down about.” Rice’s dance team scored 23 points out of a possible thirty.

Next up, Stacy, doing the jive. I got curious about this dance and discovered that all dances are described onABC’s official web site on the series.

Here’s the description of the jive:

Jive is a rhythmical and swinging dance which was influenced by the Boogie, Rock & Roll, African/American Swing and the Lindyhop. The roots of the Jive are in New York’s Harlem.

It is the fastest of the Latin dances and should show lots of kicks and flicks and twirling of the woman. Although on first impression it might look like the feet are all over the place in every direction, the feet/legs should actually be under the body and the knees should always be close together.

Jive doesn’t move around the dance floor like other dances.

Distinctive moves:
The basic movement is chassez to the left chassez to the right and a rock step (changing weight from one foot to the other).

Look out for the flick, ball, change movement – where you stand on one foot and kick down at the same time.

Look out for the distinctive kick action in jive where toes are always pointed to the ground when kicking.

Watch out for the American Spin – when the man lets go of the lady and lets her spin on her own.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comIf ever a faded or striving celebrity benefited from a series such as this one, it would have to be Stacy Keibler. A vignette of Stacy visiting the troops was presented and they loved her. This professional wrestler has made quite a name for herself. She worked hard for it. She deserves it.

Stacy performed beautifully and looked great. I marvel at how well she dances on those very high heels. I thought she did very well and indeed, Stacy and her partner were awarded a perfect score of 30 for their jive.

George Hamilton has displayed a pleasant sense of humor during the series. This night he amused by actually hiring a man to teach him how to wiggle. Not only was the lesson amusing, Hamilton used the new moves quite effectively during his routine. Hamilton’s dance team tied with Rice, bringing in 23 points.

Lisa Rinna too hired a trainer only her lessons were in, of all things, etiquette. Lisa and her partner performed the quickstep. Their dance song was Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5″ and this seemed a very odd choice.

Initially Rinna’s performance was boring and lackluster. Towards the end she really pulled it out with some excellent footwork. Rinna and her partner were awarded 27 points.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comDrew Lachey performed and displayed some very nice footwork. The man does seem to move his feet marvelously and with seemingly little effort. Drew and his partner too scored a perfect 30 that evening.

The following night, 2/10/06, the contenders faced the music, as it were, as one couple would be eliminated. I was pretty sure Drew and Stacy were moving on.

Alas it was my tanned hero, George Hamilton, that was eliminated.

The final four now are:

Lisa Rinna
Stacy Keibler
Drew Lachey
Jerry Rice

The first review of this series posted on 1/10/06. The second review posted on1/15/06.
George Hamilton and his “packet”, is a must-read. The most recent posted 2/9/06, was when the competition was down to five.


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  • http://www.politicalsports.com Chip Spear

    Drew and Stacy are both terrific, but being a red-blooded guy, I would rather stare at those long, beautiful legs for as long as possible. As else being equal the hormone factor sees only one choice. Go Stacy!!!! (How is that for objectivity?)

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    any thoughts on the way things are judged? 50/50 panel/call-in vote.

    i sort of have problems with it (for instance, Master P, hanging in there over more deserving contenders) but don’t really know how it could be fixed.

  • Smitty

    I really want Drew to win, he has really worked so hard..Vote for Drew!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://murasaki.blog-city.com Purple Tigress

    The paso doble requires an air of arrogance on the part of the man. He is supposed to emulate a matador, so it is like a battle. This is what the comment meant about anger.

  • Michelle

    Obviously, Stacy has many assets to help her along AND she has talant for the dance, but Drew even being a bit on the short side has, in my opinion knocked every dance out of the park! I think women automatically stand out in dancing to begin with- but Drew stands out with PIZZAZZ!!!

  • Dell

    Comments from the judges should not be personal attacks. Of course, Mr. Rice is not an accomplished dancer, but give some credit for effort. You can tell someone, who is obviously an icon to the public that he is not doing well without a personal attack.

  • Curtis Myer

    It amazes me how someone with such long legs can move so gracefully accross the floor with poise and elegance, My vote goes to Stacy, I think she is a fantastic dancer.