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:
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.
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.
If 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.