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18 March 2008 @ 10:10 pm
Dancing with the Stars (night two)  
Before I go into thoughts on the ladies tonight, I did want to address the Julianne comments made in response to last night's post. If I offend anyone, I'm truly sorry and I don't mean to. I just adore Julianne and really can't fathom the dislike. I know it's to each their own, but it's so frustrating when people whose opinions I respect differ so completely from mine. Therefore, this bit that follows ... Honestly, those who no longer like her are simply not going to like anything she does at this point, I think. I mean, the complaints (and not just in response to me, but elsewhere) are basically that she pouted when receiving extremely low scores. I guess for me, I don't understand why that was so horrible.

What was she supposed to do? Smile, act like it was all fabulous? Of course not. This is a champion who is used to getting high marks because she does her damndest to deliver and here she is faced with the lowest scores of the night. Of course, it was sucky. She wasn't happy with the scores, but she didn't argue them, she pouted (mock-pouted, I might add), true, but she also smiled and had a good attitude. If she stood there stoic, I'm sure some would have found fault with that (she thinks she's above the judges' critique or something). So unfortunately, I honestly think she's at a lose-lose situation with those who for whatever reason stopped liking her in her first or second season. As for her fans, they love her no matter what, because she's still the same adorable, insanely talented Julianne that we fell in in love with. Bottom-line is that she knows she's not going to win with Corolla as her partner, and she's accepted that clearly. I just don't see what's wrong with a few faux pouts amidst smiles and good-natured acceptance of the scores. What else could she do?

With that said ... onto the ladies tonight with a preface. I will say that I like Marlee Matlin bunches and Shannon Elizabeth going into this. Also, I may be the only person on the planet, but I'm pretty much actively rooting AGAINST Kristi Yamaguchi. I'm a huge figure skating fan and have been since I was a young girl and Yamaguchi bores me silly. Always has. She's graceful, but not graceful enough to deserve the kudos she's received in my opinion. I've read/seen countless interviews with her and for some reason she's always rubbed me the wrong way. And, more importantly, did I mention that whenever I watch her skate 99.9% of the time she bores me silly? Well, she does. I think out of EVERY routine of hers I've watched and I've watched dozens upon dozens upon dozens, I've only loved ONE. The rest? Meh. B-O-R-I-N-G!!!

Of course, she's everyone's favorite to win. Sigh.

Anyhoo, on with tonight's performances ...

Shannon Elizabeth -- Girl has gorgeous, amazing legs. She just needs to figure out what to do with them. Re: judges' comments. Damn, my momma would be proud. (She was a fabulous dancer/amazing choreographer). Last night I called Christian's rounded shoulders (which, I found out after reading TWoP, that many people knew something was off but didn't get it until the judges pointed it out), and tonight I called Shannon's amazing legs and lack of knowing what to do with them. And the judges again pointed that out. See, mom, I did pay attention during my formative years to all the dance!dance!dance! discussion. Woo me!!! Back to Shannon, I COULD see her improving and I think she has a shot to go farther.

Monica Seles -- She and Jonathan have chemistry!!! Nice. Gorgeous dress. Alas, she is quite stiff ... and tentative. She could get better, but I could also see a mental block ala Ian that never goes away. Lovely routine though. If she does last way long, I'd love to see them re-perform this one down the road. I know, unlikely, but I really liked the routine.

Marissa -- I thought she'd annoy me insanely when her package started, but by the end of it I was grinning. She's adorable. Okay, the dancing ... definitely the best so far. She's got the moves, she does. She's not controlling the footwork that well though, I can see her stumbling over steps, but she can improve on that. She has the natural talent. I don't know how America will feel about a "plus-sized" dancer, though. I'm aware that it doesn't matter because my mother was overweight (and short, LOL!, like Marissa) and she was a PHENOMENAL dancer. But who knows? Donyelle was a few years back, a different show, had the Benji-pairing to help push her and not as plus-size as Marissa. Hmm, re: judges' comments, I was so busy watching her, I wasn't even picking up on the lack of Cha Cha, but the judges were totally right. Eh, I do blame Tony for that, I think Marissa has a LOT of promise.

Priscilla Presley (aka Botox face) -- Name-dropping Elvis, LOL! (Note, I LOVE Louis!) She is pretty darn good, but it did look more like he was dragging her across the dance floor in parts. Also, she kept coming this close to falling out of moves, she recovered before doing so, but it was still there. First performance jitters though, I think, she's actually pretty good and I think has a lot of potential. And she and Louis have a nice chemistry too. I think the judges were a bit TOO gushing, but I do think she's quite, quite good and I agree that she did own the dance unlike anyone else has done so far.

Kristi Yamaguchi -- Sigh. I actually expected her to be better, but that doesn't take away from the fact that she's by far the best, no question. And it's totally and completely unfair that she's in this competition. I'm sorry, a female figure skater does a LOT of lyrical dancing in their routines -- they are trained to have the extension and the grace, etc. They take ballet to work on their grace and extension, they train hour upon hour, their bodies are temples and a lot of what you see in ballroom dancing -- the posture, the extension, the grace, the musicality is inherent in good figure skaters. I may not be a fan of hers, but she's not a good figure skater, she's a great figure skater ... one of the greatest American figure skaters ever. She may be the BIGGEST ringer they've ever had. (Ugh!! How did she do this, Carrie-Ann? She's had dance-training her whole life.) I really don't think it's fair, and I'd say that even if it was Oksana Baiul (loopy, but my favorite figure skater EVER!!!) performing. (The difference is that I wouldn't mind at all if it was Oksana, LOL!) Is it bad that I really hope she's voted out earlier than expected ala Sabrina because she's SO, SO, SO a ringer and it's SO, SO, SO unfair that she's in this competition?

Marlee Matlin (!!!!) - ("Profoundly deaf. Profoundly. But I sleep great." I LOVE MARLEE MATLIN!) She's really good, but this Fabian dude!??! LOUSY choreographer. L-O-U-S-Y!!! I can't tell if the too slow movements is her dancing's fault, or his craptastic choreography. Oy. She was good, though. She was really good. (And, yes, I am biased, but I DON'T CARE!!!) Shallow note ... she's so gorgeous. (Whatever, Len! Fabian sucked at choregraphy, I don't care if he got the steps in, the choreography SUCKED!!! Oh, if only the early rumors had been true and it was Louis with Marlee, alas.)

Favorite - Marlee!!!
Least favorite - Kristi
Best overall - grr, grr, Kristi, with honorable mention to Priscilla.
Worst overall - Monica, but she has a LOT of potential.

Clearly, the girls are MUCH better than the guys. Clearly.
harper47harper47 on March 19th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
I know you like Julianne and it's great you support her. In the end, that's all we ever do anyway. I hope I wasn't hurtful in my comments yesterday. See you know Jennifer I have never been a Julianne fan. I liked Apolo but even during his season I was rooting for Laila. So you know I'm not being hypocritical when I say things that are critical of her. She's just not my cup of tea. But I fully support your right to go flaming after those of us who critique her.

Well, I don't watch figure skating that much so I had no opinions really about Kristi one way or another. I will say though that I think Joey Fatone was as much a ringer as Kristi. That Sabrina was as much a ringer as Kristi. Both had a lot of dance training coming into the competition. So, for me, I'm okay with it. I think - like SYTYCD last year, that the judges feel that the show needs a female to win to add legitmacy to the race. And I think they finally figured out how.

Fabian did suck in his choreography. I did not like him. But then I think Tony sucked big time in his choreography too.
Arabianarabian on March 19th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, you weren't hurtful and I know that you've long not been a Julianne fan. I just was trying to explain why I don't think she can win with those who aren't her fans now, and where I thought she was coming from and why she was okay.

If you were more familiar with figure skating, I think you'd agree. Joey and Sabrina have NOTHING on what a figure skater (a good one) brings to the table in comparison to ballroom dancing. Like I said, some of the key things that they were dinged on (posture, extension, moving fluidly with the music) is something that good figure skaters HAVE to do and are known for. She is the ringiest ringer that has ever rung on this show.

And now I will confess something. I don't care if a guy wins every dance competition on television. I don't care if a girl wins every dance competition on television. As long as the best dancer wins, I'm happy. (And yes, I well aware that Helio not only did NOT deserve to win, but should have been voted out in the first five weeks. Still not sure how that happened. I was happy for Julianne, but I thought it was a joke that he won.)

Fabian DID suck; as did Tony. What the eff, Tony!?!?
eolivet on March 19th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Goodness, if anyone has the right to be offended it's you, not people who've criticized your favorite! I do hope I haven't offended you, but don't even think twice about the other way around. You're of course entitled to your opinion. :)

For the record...

If she stood there stoic, I'm sure some would have found fault with that (she thinks she's above the judges' critique or something).

This is what I think she should've done. But I recognize she has a more outgoing personality than some of the other dancers, and is also younger, so I'm sure it's harder. And the smiling didn't bother me -- the pouting did. JMHO.

Haven't seen the women yet, so I can't comment, but I do apologize if you felt offended. :( You know I loved Julianne with Apolo, but because I think he was her perfect partner, I haven't really gotten into her dancing since. A/J were just awesome. :D
Arabian: Apolo & Juliannearabian on March 19th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
No, you haven't offended me (nor has Gerrie), it was just the overall criticism that I was reading and I didn't get the annoyance with her pouting. But again, me=uber-Julianne-fan.

I know you loved Julianne/Apolo. I still love her, but I actually haven't gotten into her partner dancing either since him, but I do still love to watch HER dance.
Cynical Bitch: julianne - greenunicorn23 on March 20th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
How can anyone NOT like Julianne? The horror! Just kidding. I totally get where you're coming from because it also irks me sometimes (okay, always) when people say bad things about Julianne but I've learned to just ignore those and move on. I like Julianne, I don't care if anyone else doesn't like her. Potato, potahto. No point in dwelling in it, right?

It would be great if Julianne lasts for a while on the show just to spite all the non-fans, heh.
Arabianarabian on March 20th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
It would be great to continue to see her, but I just don't think she'll be here longer than another week or two. Oh well.