DWTS Season 18: DWTS means Dancing With Tables, Silly!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skatingfan5, May 13, 2014.

  1. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Well-Known Member

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    Since the other thread has closed (and I didn't see a new one), here's my two cents worth (reported from the Davis/White thread):

    Last night's show had me alternately :eek: :confused: :mad: :swoon: and :wuzrobbed. What upset me the most was that both Candace and James were safe and Charlie was eliminated. They both must have very, very large and loyal fan bases whose votes have kept them on longer than their dancing merited. I've been wishing James would leave for more than three weeks now ... and if he outlasts Meryl next Monday night, I will be ready to :lynch:. I just don't understand his appeal at all (although his dancing was a bit better last night than in previous weeks).

    I'm hoping that the combined votes of Meryl/Maks fans + a good portion of the Charlie/Sharna and Danica/Val fans are enough to keep Meryl in to the very end. I firmly believe that her footwear the past two weeks has been in good part because of her toe injuries. I actually really liked the boots with her long ruffly skirt for the western Viennese waltz.

    Maks posted this on his instagram. http://instagram.com/p/n7MbG_yQHC/
    I especially love this part of what Maks wrote:
    :lol: So do we all, Maks, so do we all.

    ETA; It was bad enough that Charlie was eliminated last night, but to have not even shown his highlight reel or really given him time to say his goodbye and thank yous was a really shabby treatment. :(
     
  2. DORISPULASKI

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

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    We need a new thread.

    But I am so sad to see Charlie voted off. I don't think we value the ability to express joy and happiness in dance enough. Dance isn't just for lust, it's jumping for joy, too. Charlie excels at joy!
     
  3. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to see this recognized in ice dance too. Maybe sibling partners would have some better luck with the judges.

    I'll miss Charlie on this show, though my votes have been going to Meryl. I still think as much as Charlie, Danica was robbed.
     
  4. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    For all we know, they were also in the bottom. The show just doesn't tell you that.
     
  5. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I know that, but while they may have been in the bottom group, they clearly weren't THE bottom, so their totals were both above Charlie's.
     
  6. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Hear, hear! :respec:
     
  7. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

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    I don't care that Charlie's been eliminated, it's all the better for Meryl IMO.
    Now we have to fight Amy and her stooooopid partner. What will he invent next week? I mean I should give her a break, but since I do NOT like Derek, I just can't.

    Please let Maks win it this time pleaaaaaase !
     
  8. professordeb

    professordeb Well-Known Member

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    I've actually enjoyed Amy's and James' dancing out of the four that are left 9(I've seen growth in both of them, more so than who are still left) and as much as it pains me to say it, I'm rooting for Derek :eek: Yeah, there, I said it. Please don't take out the brush to tar me with it just because I'm pulling for an Amy/Derek win.
     
  9. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

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    Oh right, I was reading it as being annoyed they were safe vs. in jeopardy; not safe vs. eliminated.
     
  10. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    I would have enjoyed it if Tanith came out of the audience to dance the Elvis number. Although I prefer Elvis-Ben to Elvis-Maks.
     
  11. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Well-Known Member

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    A chacun son goût.
     
  12. lmarie086

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    I do enjoy Amy and I do think she's a good dancer, but I think she has been overscored for many of her dances. Though you could probably say that really, everyone has been overscored this season. I don't typically watch DWTS but I was surprised by how high the scores were right off the bat in Week 1 - it really makes it hard to grasp any level of improvement.

    The only reason I could give for not wanting Amy to win (besides wanting Meryl to win) is that this would be Derek's third win in a row (I think?). And I don't think his choreography is always amazing; he's certainly very good, but the constant tongue baths from the judges leave me :confused: more often than not. I hated the Jazz routine he made for Nene, and the judges all loved it. The jive and quickstep with Amy were both wonderful, but those were the two dances that Amy had the most movement in. Every other dance, Derek has basically carried her or just didn't give Amy a lot to do. To bring in a figure skating term that gets thrown around, it's smoke and mirrors.

    James really isn't dancing all that much; there have been times when I was like whoa, he's actually pretty good, but then in another performance I suddenly didn't get him again. I think he should have gone home last night.

    Candace actually really is what this show is supposed to be all about, and she has improved I think. She gets into her own head too much and needs to work on the facial expressions, but she's definitely had a journey since the start of the show. She also hasn't talked about her faith as much as I was expecting her to; I mean you definitely don't forgot that she's going for the wholesome image, but I thought she'd be talking about her beliefs more than she has (though last night was a bit :rolleyes: for me).

    Meryl's growth on the show has been more about the emotional depth of the performances and just seeing that she is capable of more than what Marina gave her to work with (that goes for Charlie, as well). That's what I've been enjoying most about them being on DWTS.
     
  13. Whitneyskates

    Whitneyskates Well-Known Member

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    According to Carrie Ann, the finalists will redo their dances they did during the switch week, so Meryl and Maks will get to dance an Argentine Tango! :smokin:

    I really have nothing against Amy, but it's becoming harder and harder to ignore that the judges do treat her differently. No one else could get away with dancing in such small areas of space or sitting on a stool or a table for so long without doing any actual dancing.
     
  14. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

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    Mods, any way these threads cd be merged with this title? I dont really get Dancing to the Bitter End, personally. Whatever happens I dont see Meryl or Chatlie being anything but upbeat.
     
  15. skatingfan5

    skatingfan5 Well-Known Member

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    I just meant "bitter end" as in staying to the end of a long and sometimes difficult enterprise -- I usually use in when I'm speaking about staying to the very end of a movie, even if it's not one that I'm enjoying over much. That's what some of this season has been like for me (especially ALM's stint as guest judge). Anyway, I'm fine with the mods changing the title -- DWTS Season 18: Dancing Until the Better End? ;) Or just merging it with this one, although I think this title is a bit of a dig at Amy & Derek's dances. :shuffle:
     
  16. DORISPULASKI

    DORISPULASKI Watching submarine races

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  17. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow dancing

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    I think that's why I like it. :shuffle:
     
  18. Lacey

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    Charlie deserves a non-existent trophy for being such an outstandingly great sport and marvelous human being through this DWTS process. He was robbed, but he did not miss a beat last night, in spite of even not being allowed to do his send off routine (WTF, did they run out of time?), he piped in with the right words and was fabulous on GMA this morning. Proud of him. He repped the skating community well.

    Hate the way this show is judged. Charlie should still be there.

    And Meryl is the best dancer left, but she might not win.

    Probably going to recede back next year to watching The Voice instead, if they are on again at the same time, now that's a show
     
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  19. loopey

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    Can someone please explain the format for the remaining two days? In particular:

    - Do they have two dances next week? Is one dance the Free Style?
    - Does the audience vote next week?
    - What happens on Tuesday, do they dance again? I am assuming if they dance there will be no audience votes since East Coast is Live and West Coast is a rerun.
    - How do they chose the winner if not by audience votes?

    Thanks!
     
  20. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break Well-Known Member

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    Monday:
    Two dances, one couple eliminated based on dancing last week & audience votes, audience votes for the final time

    Tuesday:
    EITHER: Two dances, one couple eliminated, fluff & stuff, winner crowned. OR (most likely): One dance, one couple eliminated based on scores from Monday + audience votes + scores from Dance 1, second dance, fluff & stuff, winner crowned after adding the final judges scores.
     
  21. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break Well-Known Member

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    :wuzrobbed Charlie. I kind of figured it was going to happen, the recipe was there. I'm sure most of the skating fans threw their votes to Meryl due to ALM's mission to dethrone the frontrunner :rolleyes:

    Of course he's a better dancer than everybody left than Meryl, but I've watched every season of this show, surprise eliminations aren't anything new. I'm just glad both he and Meryl made it all the way to the semifinals together. There were so many memorable and good dancers this year that one of them could have easily got lost in the shuffle. His attitude considering their hectic schedule is that of a winner.

    If I have to guess, Candace will probably be eliminated Monday night at 4th place, but that means that all the Mark votes will go for Derek. I'd much rather see James eliminated because I think his and Peta's votes would be spread a bit more among the remaining couples.

    Amy is such an inspiration, but the scores for these dances recently have had my eyeballs rolling right out of my head. Sure, Derek is an AMAZING choreographer -- I will be the first to say that, he is phenomenal at showcasing his partner in the best possible light. But 10's for sitting on stools and laying on tables is just way too much. Not to mention that both dances had mistakes. I distinctly remember when Tyne created a jazz routine for Bill Nye that had limited mobility due to his knee injury, and was actually a bloody brilliant piece of choreography considering their circumstances, and the judges completely knocked it down for "lack of content." What's the case here? Oof. Her quickstep, however? THAT was good enough to earn 10's based on the scoring this season.

    I can't wait to see their Furniture Showroom freestyle next week.
     
  22. michiruwater

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  23. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break Well-Known Member

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    All that chart does is crush my heart to pieces over Katherine Jenkins not winning her season :fragile:

    But yay Kristi! :cheer2:
     
  24. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

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    It goes without saying that I am bummed about Charlie getting eliminated before James and Candace but I have a q about Amy. She was so good on those bladerunner feet - why did she not use them all season? They seem so much better for dancing than blocks of wood.

    Dont know if anyone saw the interview where Maks said he never prepares anything in advance - he comes in, hears the song for the first time, and does whatever comes (sometimes slowly) to mind. His freestyle is going to be a nailbiter... or rather, waiting for it will be.
     
  25. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    I presume the blades have their own issues - given the curve she probably couldn't turn for dances that have any sort of a pivot, or do the kicks for a jive.

    My Mom wanted to know if Oprah is so inspired by Amy, why won't she have dinner with Derek and Amy even if they don't win DWTS? :lol:
     
  26. cheriepopo

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    I do enjoy some of Amy's dances, and I think Derek did a good job with her, maybe he's the only pro here can make it work.

    However, I just hope Meryl can win! lol
     
  27. loopey

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    Thank you! Are lifts legal at this point for all dances? Or just the freestyle?
     
  28. Whitneyskates

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    Of the dances that have been confirmed so far; lifts are allowed in the freestyle, and Amy and Meryl can do lifts the Argentine tango and salsa.
     
  29. CynicElle

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    I read somewhere -- can't remember where -- that she was worried they wouldn't work well for dancing and also that Derek might have trouble dancing around them because of their shape. I have to admit that I was watching their feet on Monday and wondering about that myself, but obviously it wasn't an issue. They both looked great.
     
  30. LilJen

    LilJen Well-Known Member

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    Heh, no kidding.
    I was wondering the same thing--if they would cause him to trip, or if they'd get caught on her costume. Didn't seem to be a problem.