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TV Review: Dancing with the Stars – Round 7

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If Jerry Rice makes it to the Finals of Dancing with the Stars, I’ll shoot myself. Okay, I think I’ve said that before, but I’ll be really angry and disappointed. No one likes me moody, trust me. I learned this lesson while still a tot. Nonetheless, when I get into a funk (which is likely to happen if Jerry receives more votes than Lisa tonite), you betta watch out.

And I’m not ‘fraid of taking on Jerry Rice either. His partner Anna and her broomstick (what was up with that Tango prop anyway?), well, truthfully, her, I’m a little weary of. For some reason, I can vividly conjure up gruesome images of her stabbing me repeatedly in the chest and ripping out my heart while it was still beating, all the while laughing. She’s Russian, after all. These people invented the term “torture”. Just ask any of those former Commies. Or Sayid on Lost.

Russians? Iraqis? Who can keep up with the “Cold War” enemies du jour?

Not I.

Anyways, here are some of my thoughts regarding the conceivable Stacy vs. Lisa showdown. I know that Bruno Tonioli is all hot for Stacy, despite the fact that the dude is so flaming he readily falls into the “Gay or Euro” categorization school of sexuality. Ambiguity aside, while I comprehend Stacy is hot, she doesn’t do squat for me dance-wise. Her legs are way too long and she just looks like some washed-up Carnival Cruise line wannabe Rockette. Wow, that was a mouthful. Speaking of which, I could have done without pervy Tom Bergeron commenting about her dancing, “You are the only one in America looking at Stacy’s feet” to Carrie Ann.

Like ew. And double ew.

Image hosting by TinyPicDeep down I know I’m biased. Lisa is all heart (with lips like labia, mind you) and conveys this figurative heart. Stacy doesn’t. Convey heart, that is. She doesn’t show me she wants to be there. I don’t see the strong will, the drive. The only indication perhaps is her showing up half-naked all over certain magazines at a cruicial period in this competition. She’s shrewd to capitalize on her assets, since she has many obvious physical ones. But her heart, I can’t feel it. There ain’t much soul to that girl, which is why I just can’t get behind her.

But all this is superfluous talk really. The competition tonight won’t be between Stacy and Lisa. Tonight is about Jerry and Lisa. While I commend the football star’s hard work, he’s not performing at the same level as the rest of the dancers. I agree that effort can get a person far, but there are only so many medals to go around and Jerry, of all people, should know that we can’t all be winners. Of course, he already does know this; which was why he was playing the part of the “gentleman” ever so well last night. Unfortunately, I’m no one’s sucker and neither should you be. But this is all a moot point now since the voting is officially over.

I did my part and cast the right vote.

Did you?

Stay tuned for tonite’s show starting at 8 PM on ABC. Here’s hoping Team Rinna pulls out on top.

Okay, that wasn’t supposed to sound sexual either.

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  • Realgirl

    While I agree with your comments on Lisa AND Stacy, I think you are unwise to write off Drew Lachey. I think he and his partner are and have been THE BEST, and they deserve to win the whole enchilada.

  • http://sbcglobal.net Sandra

    I do not think Stacy should even be in the competition. She is an excellent dancer but she has had previous dance training where the others have not. This seems a little unfair to me. At this point, I feel that Drew should be the winner.

  • Julane

    I am not sure that Beth was writing Drew and Cheryl off–I think she is assuming that the final battle will be Stacy versus Drew, and tonight’s decision is whether Lisa or Jerry will be eliminated. I admit I am a big Drew/Cheryl fan as well, but Stacy has won me over by the consistently professional quality of her dancing. I was all prepared to hate her, probably because her legs are almost as tall as I am, but she is really really good. Sandra, you have a good point about her dance training, but hasn’t Drew done choreography with 98 Degrees?

    So back to Beth’s original point. Of the people still in the competition who are actually amateurs, Lisa has shown a lot more aptitude and a lot more improvement than Jerry, even if Jerry is a bit easier to look at. ;-) And if there were a trophy for Most Emotional, it would be Lisa’s for sure.

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    You can’t compare boy-band dancing to ballroom, trust me on that. Two different animals.

    I give Lisa Rinna points for being the most improved over the season’s course. Stacy Kiebler leaves me cold. Jerry Rice is lovely, but he ought to go. And IMO, the trophy should go to Drew and Cheryl -hey have skill, precision, talent *and* heart.

  • Cleone Dicus

    I think your show stinks — Jerry Rice should have been gone — there fore I will not watch anymor of your stupid shows——————–!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Toni Canada

    I will not watch again….that was such a crock of bull…Jerry Rice has no rythm and Lisa has worked her ass off…..

  • dee preston

    I think Jerry Rice not leaving daning with the Stars tonight was a huge slap in the face to LIsa Rinna. Was she too good to compete with Stacey , who is her biggest competition.. I am totally disappointed , it doesn’t matter who wins now.. Too bad for Lisa, she was the best.

  • M Figgy

    Totally disrespectful!!!!!!!!!!! How can anyone vote for Jerry over Lisa. Yes, he was great at football but definitely has two left feet. Lisa has been wonderful to watch.

  • Ed

    What a shame this show is,Tom Bergeron can dance better than Jerry Rice,I watched the show for the last time.

  • bebe

    Voting Jerry Rice in and letting Lisa go is disgusting. They should change the name to “Dancing Popularity Contest” because that’s what it turned out to be. Jerry obviously has a huge fan base and that’s not what this should be about. If they want to keep this show going, they should not allow the viewers’ votes to count. The judges should have the only vote. This was supposed to be about dancing, not popularity. If the Westminster dog show had the audience voting for the dogs, everyone would pick their favorite breed. Same with beauty contests. The individual states would pick the girl from their state, etc. What a turn off this turned out to be.

  • Ed R

    I thought that this is a show that the fans voted on? The fans voted for Jerry and his partner! Even after ABC changed the rules after the show had started. Keep dancing Jerry!!!!!

  • Glenda

    Yes, Jerry Rice should have been out simply
    because he is not the dancer Lisa is so
    more people should have voted for Lisa!!!!!!!

  • CONNIE

    DREW IS A MUCH BETTER DANCER THAN STACY AS HIS ROLE IS MORE DIFFICULT…HE HAS TO LEARN TO LEAD HIS PARTNER AND STACY’S PARTNER IS THE PROFESSIONAL AND HE MAKES STACY LOOK GOOD..STACY IS BEAUTIFUL AND I THINK THE JUDGES ARE TOTALLY TAKEN BY HER BEAUTY WHICH IS UNFAIR..LISA DID A GREAT JOB AND SHE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF HERSELF FOR WHAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED…I LOVE THE SHOW BUT THEY NEED 2 MALE AND 2 FEMALE JUDGES WHO CAN LOOK BEYOND ONLY BEAUTY..

  • http://www.dailybeth.typepad.com Beth

    Stay tuned for my follow-up column tomorrow. I am writing a letter to ABC vehmently protesting this.

    Jerry? Are you kidding me?

  • http://www.dailybeth.typepad.com Beth

    Ed I’m totally with you on Tom Bergeron. He reminded me of Dick Van Dyke. And that’s after one week. Can you imagine after a 6 weeks of intensive training like Jerry has had?

  • http://earthlink.net Smitty 187

    What calibre weapon do you want to shoot yourself with? Just askin’. I am so happy Jerry is in the finals! I wish Lisa didn’t make it with the voters, but I am thrilled Jerry is still standing.

  • http://earthlink.net Betty

    Write all you want to. The reason I watch the show is because I have a stake in it. My vote counts. Otherwise I would not watch it. Jerrys fanbase came thru in a major way. If you want to complain, complain about Len and Bruno invigorating the sympathy vote by their over the top critiques. I voted for Jerry because if I was at a dance, of all the dancers there, he’d be who I’d want to dance with. He also entertains me the most. He is also the most out of his element. Complain that other stars don’t have his charm.

  • Denny in Toledo

    If Jerry Rice is the “Class Act” everyone says he is, he should have the gumption to bow out and relinquish his position to Lisa. The least he can do is look straight into the camera and tell people to vote for him based on how he is dancing now, not how he caught footballs in the past.

  • carol seeman

    I am so very, very disappointed to see Lisa and Louis leave and feel that tonight’s judging was totally unfair to them. They are absolutely great and have given their all to this!! Jerry and Anna should be history by now and are only remaining because Jerry is considered an underdog (poor baby! what a joke!). Again, it’s just not fair. Stacy and Tony are good HOWEVER, I feel that Stacy’s sex appeal and “legs” are giving her a definite edge, especially with the male judges. I am so disgusted that I will definitely not be watching the remainder of the contest. I miss you Lisa and Louie!

  • Mary in Phoenix

    I’m so surprised that Jerry made it to the finals. I agree with most people that Lisa has worked the hardest and had wanted it the most. She was a breath of fresh air in this show and I’ll miss her smile and enthusiasm — I also enjoyed seeing husband Harry in the audience weekly supporting her efforts-kudos to Harry!! Jerry does not have the obvious background in dance that both Stacy and Drew have. Many people also think that the judges are taken by Stacy’s looks–I must agree as well. They are voting on her looks, long legs and sex appeal. Having two male judges does favor her in the finals. I’m figuring Jerry 3rd place, Drew 2nd, and because of her sex appeal, Stacy in 1st place.

  • http://gratefuldread.net Natalie Davis

    Lisa Rinna was gypped royally. Even Bergeron danced way better than Jerry Rice. But c’mon – Kelly Monaco’s win proved DWTS is more a popularity contest than a dance competition.

  • Anonymous

    I am quite upset that Lisa & Louie are gone! Jerry Rice – I agree he was the best at what he retired as —A FOOTBALL PLAYER!! Not a dancer! Guess all of Chocolate City voted tonight! Sorry Lisa & Louie–you definitely had my vote!! Now – I only hope that everyone votes for Drew & Cheryl,,I know I will! Totally unjustified! People cannot vote for true talent nowadays!!

  • http://www.dailybeth.typepad.com beth

    Btw, Julane you are right. Wasn’t discounting Drew. He’s my favorite right now. Just think Lisa deserved her turn. She’s clearly proven herself most capable. Anywho, thanks for picking up what I was putting down :)

  • Rgina

    I am new to dancing with the stars this year so I am wondering how the finals will go do the audience still vote or is it strictly the judges pick?

  • http://AlwaysSeeking shirley romano

    Can anyone tell me why the contestants dance to music totally unconnected to the dance they are performing? Stacy and her partner were doing the Rhumba, or Mambo to Kelly Clarkson’s, “Since You’ve Been Gone” which is a rock song. Why isn’t the appropriate music played for the appropriate dance? This goes for all dancers, which is a complete mystery to me.
    It makes the show a complete joke, and any professional dancer would agree with me.

  • http://www.dailybeth.typepad.com beth

    What needs addressing and exposing is the exact number of votes viewers are calling in or doing on-line. Why is that we know the judges’ scores, but not know the overall percentages attained by the contestants. The lack of transparency feels less credible and legit to me. I’m not cool with it.

    And the muzak, is the least of my concerns right now…

  • http://myspace.com/getonmylevel8908 Taylor

    LISA RINNA SHOULD NOT HAVE LEFT TONIGHT, I THINK JERRY SUCKS! I MEAN THE GUY CAN NOT DO BALLROOM, BUT I GUESS FOR SOME ODD REASON HE STAYED. IT WASN’T RIGHT AND I THINK LISA SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME BACK. THE LINES WAS BUSY FOR THE WHOLE TIME WE WAS ABLE TO VOTE, NOT EVERYONE GOT A CHANCE. I FEEL THAT STACY DOESN’T WANT THIS AS BAD AS LISA, AT ALL. I FEEL THAT DREW DOES WANT IT BAD. HE IS GOOD, BUT JERRY? COME ON NOW!nOT CLOSE!

  • Eileen

    Jerry I am glad to see you are gone to the final. I miss you Lisa but someone had to go. Jerry just continue to train and do your best. Yes Stacy doesn’t seem to really care about winning ,she should go back to her wrestling and stop using her body and looks to win. NOT FAIR!!!! Drew has been working real hard, keep up the good work, hope you are the true WINNER…. I’m behind you and Jerry BIG TIME although Jerry third place is for you. YOu have surely come a far way. Good Luck Guys!!!!!

  • Mike

    Jerry Rice is still in this competition for one reason. He’s Black!! A blind man can see he was the worst dancer by far… But just like Master P who couldn’t dance a lick, but lasted for a few weeks, The Black vote votes strictly along Racial Lines, and not for their Dancing talent. Judges alone should score this competition.This show will lose its appeal real fast with ridiculous results like tonight… Are you listening ABC?

  • Jimmy John

    Jerry Rice? C’mon…..what is going on here? It’s obviously fixed. I’m surprised ar ABC.

  • Mary Hagberg

    A great disappointment for us tonight. Lisa deserved to be one of the finalists. Nothing against Jerry, but, he did not hold up to the quality of dancing the other stars produced. I really think that for all the hard work these people put in, the judging should be more fair. It has become a popularity contest, not a dancing contest. What a shame. I don’t think we will be watching Dancing with the Stars anymore. It is not fair. I like fair and the best wins, not the most loved wins. Why do you have judges? I don’t get it.

  • Ginger Tafoya

    I can’t believe that Lisa is gone. Jerry, as talented as he might be an ex-football star, dances as though he has a stick up his back. Lisa gave heart and soul and wowed!! It doesn’t matter who wins now. It’s not fun anymore, realizing that the judging is not really judging on talent — it’s a popularity contest.

  • Franny

    How can a black man dance so stiff? Most of the black people I know can really cut a rug. I believe that Jerry did work hard to improve but he looks so out of place on this playing field. He should also be very thankful that he doesn’t have to make a living at dancing. He will never make the hall of fame on the hardwood floor. Jerry, can you say ESPN?

  • dale

    This show is a popularity contest. While I adore Jerry’s personality and looks, he is not deserving of going to the finals.Lisa was SOOOO much better!!! My husband refuses to watch the rest of the show. This voting needs to be changed ASAP!!!!!

  • jamie

    Drew should be the WINNER!!!!! He and his partner have great chemistry and are wonderful dancers. If Jerry wins,this show should go off the air. I t is a popularity contest not a dancing contest!

  • jonette

    This is not a dance contest — it is a popularity contest. Giselle Hernandez, who was doing a wonderful job of dancing was eliminated because that clod “P” had such a fan base. If “Dancing with the Stars” wants to continue with this show, they need to eliminate the viewers’ votes. The judges votes should be enough. Eliminating Lisa and keeping Jerry Rice in is a joke. I don’t care to watch this show anymore. Too bad.

  • blackbritishbabe

    i watch dwts online, and not being a wrestling or football fan i think i can offer a relatively unbiased opinion. i just don’t understand why stacey keeps getting such high marks (apart from the obvious). she is a very wooden dancer and does not have any chemistry with her partner – the polar opposite of drew lachey. surely top points should be based on ability and consistent improvement. plus stacey was arrogant to argue with one of the judges. i think it undermines the credibility of the programme, which is meant to be a dance contest, when jerry goes forward at the expense of lisa. let’s hope that next season the judging panel consists of 2 men and 2 women, and the judges votes are final, to reduce the risk of bias.

  • Stephanie

    As a white female, former dancer, I find some of the comments really interesting. (Why is it that so many females seem to find fault with Stacey – even the female judge. Is it her dancing or her legs?) Any time the public votes, with phone, TV Remote, or money spent on Movies or CD’s – it is a popularity contest. Do people actually think that the most talented individual always “wins”. I don’t think Jerry is the best dancer but I like watching him. Drew does a great job and so does Stacey. I certainly do not find her “wooden”, I think she is very talented. Lisa did a good job, she improved greatly but I personally picked Jerry over Lisa because I liked watching him better. (And I am not a football fan I didn’t know who Jerry Rice was until this show.)

  • kiathryn ott

    I will never watch again. !!! I love dancing but when a non dancer consistently wins I give up. Lisa and Louis were the best matched couple and Lisa should have won!!1

  • Annie

    The competition is obviously fixed. The network, along with too many other organizations, feel they need to be “politically correct” and compelled into including a black person no matter how deserving they are. This does nothing but undermine the show and making it look like a farce. If he deserved to be there then by all means he should be, but he is taking the spot away from someone that is more talented and more deserving.

  • Tom

    I am very disapointed with the results and please dont blame the voting public cause that is a cop out! Your rules are such that if you have popularity from toher than dancing then you can win even if you stink!!!!! I love Jerry but he needed to go before now and as for Master P!!!!!!
    PLEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEE!It is rigged and I won’t be a part of it. I am out!

  • kasty

    I BELIEVE LISA RINNA WAS FANTASTIC. SHE AND LOUIS WERE GREAT. SHE WORKED VERY HARD AND DESERVED TO CONTINUE. I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST JERRY RICE BUT YOU CANT COMPARE HIS DANCING WITH LISA. LISA WINS HANDS DOWN.

  • Linda

    I am very disappointed that Jerry Rice was not eliminated from the show. While I think he is very elegant, works very hard and Anna is adorable, their poor scores as compared to the other dancers should have been a clue to the public that Lisa and Louis are far better dancers, and isn’t that what this show should be about: a fair and honest evaluation of the dancing abilities of the contestants? I will not watch the remainder of the contest.

  • Eric

    First week they got it right then we had the sagas of Mister P and now Jery Rice…
    The show should be called, “Dancing with the Bizarres”.

  • jess

    Everyone, please just calm down, chill, and enjoy the show. This is nothing more or less than entertainment.

  • Gloria

    I loved watching the show until this week. In the past I have never voted or participated in the voting, but I wanted Lisa to win so bad (as she deserved to) that I tried to vote, only to have her line busy all day………how fair is that? Is that how the voting is decided? You can only get thru on the lines that ABC wants to win? I will not be watching anymore as I don’t care now who wins. It’s all rigged anyway. It should be a talent competition, not a popularity contest. It feels like back in high school again! How insulting for Lisa and Louis to be beat out by someone as bad as Jerry, and as nasty as Anna!

  • Karen Korpi

    I feel the results are ludicrous. My mother, who loved watching the show, is boycotting the finals, as am I. Why can’t the public be privy to the actual numbers? If it had been a truly close competition, there would be no public outcry. Talent was not the winner, nor was integrity. Sorry, Lisa and Louis. You were robbed.

  • Karen Korpi

    I feel the results are ludicrous. My mother, who loved watching the show, is boycotting the finals, as am I. Why can’t the public be privy to the actual numbers? If it had been a truly close competition, there would be no public outcry. Talent was not the winner, nor was integrity. Sorry, Lisa and Louis. You were robbed.

  • A. Gaites

    Lisa and Louie were great. They deserved to be in the final running, not Jerry Rice. Jerry may be a fine person and a great football player, but he can’t dance and this is supposed to be a dance contest. Please, change the voting rules. The best dancers should win, not the most popular personalitiesl. I am really disappointed in the show. I agree that there should be two male and to female judges. I really enjoyed this show until it became a popularity contest and not a test of talent. Lisa and Louis you were the best. I am now pulling for Drew and his partner.

  • Ciccio

    Well, Jerry and Anna DID get the lowest scores from the judges (and yes, Anna is disgusting). But, as an NFL legend, Jerry has a great fan base which unfortunatley Lisa doesn’t quite have as well. This is not unlike Giselle Fernandez who should have gone farther, but not having a fan base hurts. I agree however that ABC should reveal the votes of the fans.

  • LD

    I think we should thank Jerry Rice for showing a positive image to the younger people and not all the bad things so many of our sports stars do in this day and age. Some sports figure is always on the news for drugs, rape, beating up some one or even worse. But we allow that so they can play ball and intertain us and ignore the bad things. Thank you Jerry !!! Post note I am not even a sports fan myself. But think credit is due to the good guys of the sports world today. The ones who show the younger generation sports can be a honorable professtion to be in.

  • LD

    I think we should thank Jerry Rice for showing a positive image to the younger people and not all the bad things so many of our sports stars do in this day and age. Some sports figure is always on the news for drugs, rape, beating up some one or even worse. But we allow that so they can play ball and intertain us and ignore the bad things. Thank you Jerry !!! Post note I am not even a sports fan myself. But think credit is due to the good guys of the sports world today. The ones who show the younger generation sports can be a honorable professtion to be in.

  • LD

    I think we should thank Jerry Rice for showing a positive image to the younger people and not all the bad things so many of our sports stars do in this day and age. Some sports figure is always on the news for drugs, rape, beating up some one or even worse. But we allow that so they can play ball and intertain us and ignore the bad things. Thank you Jerry !!! Post note I am not even a sports fan myself. But think credit is due to the good guys of the sports world today. The ones who show the younger generation sports can be a honorable professtion to be in.