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Jessica
03-23-2010, 11:28 PM
I guess that's very subjective. I talked to someone today who actively watched DWTS when Kristi was on it, and I asked her what her impressions of Kristi's dancing were. She said, "Technically, Kristi was impressive. She basically did what she was told, and did it very well. But artistically she just wasn't as good."

Anyway, I'm impressed that Evan is currently in second. I bet he's pretty pleased. :)

I also "actively" watched DWTS when Kristi was on (every episode), and I was very impressed with her technically and artistically. IMO her expression was better than anyone she competed against. But I guess you're right, it is subjective. However, it's obvious the judges and a lot of voters agreed with me.

REO
03-23-2010, 11:50 PM
Len said Evan had "clumsy feet". lol I thought his arms looked great for Vienese Waltz. He does look kinda self- conscious though. I can't wait to see him do some Latin dancing. I didn't think Ana acted like she liked him much. She kept rolling her eyes and making faces both during judging and talking to Brooke. I thought she seemed mean.

orbitz
03-24-2010, 02:58 AM
http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/03/dancing-with-the-stars-has-a-record-setting-premiere-castle-high-too.html

Dancing with the Stars has a record-setting premiere



Somehow I think Pam Anderson ... and her twins ... had a lot to do with the big ratings :D.

barbk
03-24-2010, 03:24 AM
Somehow I think Pam Anderson ... and her twins ... had a lot to do with the big ratings :D.


After so much watching of skating -- where very, very few of the ladies would fail the pencil test -- the amount of jiggle and wiggle on DWTS was a little shocking.

I don't know if she'll be a one-trick pony, but Pamela Anderson definitely put her all into the cha cha.

Cheylana
03-24-2010, 07:18 PM
I watched the season with Kristi, and except for the Tango, thought she did very, very well both technically and artistically. Her first dance (a foxtrot) was quite a bit better than Evan's first dance (a waltz). Evan looked more self-concious, and I think that he was having more trouble getting his feet into the right places than Kristi did. Kristi also managed really great extension on almost all of her moves, and that's something that you just didn't fully see in any of this season's competitor's last night. Evan had great arm extension, but not so much elsewhere.
I agree, but in Evan's defense, isn't this season starting up with the least amount of practice time for the contestants? I seem to recall someone saying that.

barbk
03-24-2010, 09:34 PM
I agree, but in Evan's defense, isn't this season starting up with the least amount of practice time for the contestants? I seem to recall someone saying that.

That may be it. Kristi also had the advantage of years and years of SOI, where some of the routines really pushed her out of her comfort zone, and she had to learn to deliver the performance anyway, and the many years of being a pairs skater gave her really important experience in being held and lifted and working with a partner. I don't think she'd have done nearly as well on DWTS if she'd tried it immediately after turning pro.

aymkjb88
03-24-2010, 10:06 PM
Kristi has many advantages over Evan:
1) Years of dance training
2) Years of pro skating with SOI
3) Experience as a pair skater
So her starting point is definitely higher than Evan, but Evan will get there, he's a fast learner and a hard worker, most important of all, he's a great competitor.

Here's a cute blog Evan wrote for "People", he's a very good writer. :respec:

http://tvwatch.people.com/2010/03/23/evans-dwts-blog-my-pre-dancing-rituals/


People have asked me why I wanted to do this show, especially after winning the men’s figure skating gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics. It’s simple: I’m a competitor and I love to challenge myself.


We had to work really hard at a few things. First of all, the posture is different in dancing. You’re always standing up and leaning back whereas with skating, you’re always leaning forward over the ball of your foot. I only rotate one way on the ice — if you’re right-handed you rotate to the left and if you’re left-handed you rotate to the right. So, to have to go both ways — and mostly my opposite way — and lead with the opposite foot and the opposite shoulder is difficult. It’s like going in reverse. There were many times Anna would hold my head when we danced because I’d naturally want to turn in the opposite direction.

He's surely having lots of fun and made many new good friends from the show... and got many new fans. Here's one of them.

http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/in-the-know/36-news/2979-biggert-roots-for-evan-lysacek-on-dancing-with-the-stars-


Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) has made her pick for this season's "Dancing with the Star" and her choice is off to an impressive start.

The GOP lawmaker took to the House floor Tuesday to wish Olympic gold-medal figure skater Evan Lysacek good luck on the popular dancing show, and to congratulate him for his win in Vancouver.

Keep up the wonderful work Evan and Anna! :swoon::kickass:

orbitz
03-24-2010, 10:14 PM
Kristi has many advantages over Evan:
1) Years of dance training
2) Years of pro skating with SOI
3) Experience as a pair skater
So her starting point is definitely higher than Evan, but Evan will get there, he's a fast learner and a hard worker, most important of all, he's a great competitor.



It's also harder for the guy celebrity contestant, because the guy is expected to lead in the dances. It's difficult to do that when you don't know the dance half as well as your female partner.

aymkjb88
03-24-2010, 10:21 PM
It's also harder for the guy celebrity contestant, because the guy is expected to lead in the dances. It's difficult to do that when you don't know the dance half as well as your female partner.

That's true, good point!

According to Access Hollywood, oddsmakes in Las Vegas still regard Evan as the favorite. Although I'm rooting for him all the way, I still thought Nichol and Derek will be the ones to beat. Well, I hope the oddsmakers are correct! :cheer2:

http://www.accesshollywood.com/vegas-oddsmakers-tap-evan-lysacek-as-early-dancing-with-the-stars-favorite_article_30464


An online wagering site, SportsBookGurus.com, has picked Evan as the favorite to win “Dancing with the Stars,” following the skater’s impressive debut on Monday night.

Evan’s odds are listed at 1.25:1, with Pussycat Doll lead singer Nicole Scherzinger not far behind at 2.25:1 and outspoken NFL star Chad Ochocinco listed as a 3:1 contender.

barbk
03-24-2010, 11:04 PM
I suspect that Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger will not be quite a successful with the demographic that DWTS has traditionally drawn -- my understanding is that skews older than does SYTYCD. I'm thinking that Pamela Anderson and Kate what's-her-name may have similar issues in the long run. (Though I'm still expecting that they may stick around longer than Shannen or Buzz, because those two are pretty much completely incompetent at dancing under anyone's metric.)

REO
03-25-2010, 03:31 PM
I personally could lose Pam and Kate right off the bat. At least Shannon and Buzz are likeable people. Look how long Ty Murphy lasted and he was no good. He was just so sweet everyone voted for him!

sporkwhatspork
03-25-2010, 05:24 PM
It's also harder for the guy celebrity contestant, because the guy is expected to lead in the dances.
Actually, a common opinion at a DWTS board I frequent is that female celebrities have it harder. Yes, the men have to learn to lead (or be surreptitiously "back-led" throughout the dances, haha), but for most of these dances, it is the women who have the flashy roles. With the guys, it is a lot easier for a female pro to 'dance around' her student and hide his weaknesses as much as possible. It is not as easy to do that for a female celeb and a male pro.

Natasha Miller
03-25-2010, 06:08 PM
I thought Evan came across about as masculine as Johnny would. Just not as entertaining. :P

deltask8er
04-27-2010, 06:20 PM
It's also harder for the guy celebrity contestant, because the guy is expected to lead in the dances.


Actually, a common opinion at a DWTS board I frequent is that female celebrities have it harder. Yes, the men have to learn to lead (or be surreptitiously "back-led" throughout the dances, haha), but for most of these dances, it is the women who have the flashy roles. With the guys, it is a lot easier for a female pro to 'dance around' her student and hide his weaknesses as much as possible. It is not as easy to do that for a female celeb and a male pro.

I also get the impression that voters are more likely to vote for men out of sympathy, rewarding them for trying something most men consider not cool to do.

Anyway, I see that a TV network in France will be launching a similar show this autumn, and they have contacted Joubert about being one of the contestants.

http://blog.leparisien.fr/brl-tv/2010/04/danse-avec-les-stars-debarque-sur-tf1-a-lautomne.html

BigB08822
04-27-2010, 07:02 PM
I would search high and low for clips of Joubert doing sexy dancing numbers. :grope: