5Takeaways from Dancing With the Stars

Why are Kellie Pickler and Zendaya even on this show?

Dancing With the Stars is supposed to be a show where celebrities from all facets of the entertainment world spend ten grueling weeks learning to dance. It is kind of fun because you have people like Andy Dick battling Super Bowl champion Jacoby Jones.

However, when you have “celebrities” such as Kellie Pickler and Zendaya, it cheapens the contest as a whole. If you didn’t know Kellie Pickler was an American Idol contestant that is now a country music singer. You’re telling me Pickler has never had dance classes or had to train in some other way for her concerts?

And, Zendaya’s participation on the show is even more ridiculous. The youngest (16) celebrity to appear on the show, Zendaya is the star of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. On her Wikipedia page, she is listed as an “actress, singer and dancer.” This would be akin to if a Mensa member went on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? or Jeopardy!  The deck is stacked in their favor. Unsurprisingly, Pickler and Zendaya nabbed two of the top three scores (both received 26) this week. Good luck to the other contests.

Lisa Vanderpump is a crazy bitch.

Vanderpump is known from her work on the Bravo reality shows The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules. Vanderpumps’s terrible dance moves are only matched by her terrible attitude. Her scores in the contest so far reflect no attempt at trying even the slightest going from 18, 18,21 and 18.

In fact, in the first episode she was concerned that dancing with the well-toned Gleb would cause jealousy from her husband. Are you kidding me? Don’t you star in Vanderpump Rules, where you are constantly flanked by 30-something models? She even has an annoying dog Giggy who has a personal Twitter profile with over 68,000 followers. This is what I would like to do Giggy.

This week, Vanderpump “faints” during her rehearsals, which causes some drama to if she will even perform during the show. She does of course, but is about as wooden as Stick Stickley from Nickelodeon. The judges were hard pressed to find something nice to say about her performance, leading Bruno to say “What you could do, you did well.” She received a total score of 18.

D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick may be terrible dancers, but at least they have good attitudes.

Dancing with the Stars usually has a few comedians every year to provide some, well comedy relief to the show. This year’s stars D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick have proven to be not the best dancers, but attitude wise are the complete opposite as Lisa Vanderpump. In what Andy Dick feared to be his “last week,” Dick wanted to dedicate his dance to his daughter who has had to deal with his substance abuse problems her whole life. Dancing to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, Dick did a pretty good job, receiving a score of 21, Judge Carrie Ann Inaba choked back tears explaining his dance was of the “the simplest poem, a beautiful moment.”

D.L. Hughley on the other hand, did well improving on his 12, 16 and 16 from previous weeks. Performing the foxtrot, Hughley, seemed more at ease with the dance moves, almost more natural. Len Goodman (the Simon Cowell of the show) remarked, “I admire your spirit, the content and elements of fun infused in the dance.” With that, Hughley received a combined score of 21, his highest score in the competition so far.

Jacoby Jones is awesome.

Baltimore Raven’s Super Bowl champion Jacoby Jones follow in line with other athletes on Dancing with the Stars tend to be very successful and Jacoby Jones is no exception. Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anthon Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Hines Ward and Donald Driver have all won the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

Jones has been excellent on the show so far, credited to his natural rhythm, slender body and easy movements. Jones has improved each week starting with a 20, going to 23 to 24 and then this week scoring a 24. The judges continue to be big fans Jones, as Bruno stated, that he is all “flash and flair that is irresistible.” Carrie said, “There is always something joyous about your dances, they are always so out of the box.”In the aww factor this week, Jones performed his dance in front of his newborn son, which was obviously adorable.

The Bachelor’s Sean works tremendously hard.

When I heard that Sean was announced for this season of Dancing with the Stars, I was bit a concerned. Not because of his body type, but because of his personality. On The Bachelor it seemed that Sean was a bit wooden and could really let loose and have fun with himself. A huge part of being successful on Dancing with the Stars is not caring what people think of you and I thought Sean would be too hesitant to put himself out there.

But Sean has proved me wrong. He has improved every week. Sean has progressed ever so slightly starting with a 19, going to a 20 and then earning a 21. Unfortunately, Sean received with a 20 this week, but with his popularity among the audience who watches the show I remain fairly confident he will around another week. Dancing the Viennese Waltz this week, the Judge Bruno remarked, “You have the wide-eyed innocence of a child, but stumble at times, while Len added, “It was a pretty good effort and overall it was a good job.”



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