DWTS: Season’s Half-Way Point Is Full-Blown Entertainment!

October 20, 2008

October 20th…


What a night and such a smart change in the platform of the show.  This week, they had the couples dance head-to-head on 4 new styles of dance: West Coast Swing, The Hustle, Salsa, & The Jitterbug.  Way to go, ABC!  I dug it.  The show was organized better, and the viewers could better compare one couple against the other!

Before I get into my commentary on the couples, some general observations that I wanted to share with you!

  • Len wanted to get “down and dirty” tonight?  Is Len feeling frisky?
  • Harold Wheeler and The Band were ON FIRE!  Even my kids said… who is that band?  They are so good!  They sound just like the album song!  A shout out to Harold!  Hollah!
  • I hated Samantha Harris’ “do” this week.  It looked icky.
  • Who is that hunkie guy sitting behind Bruno that we get to gaze at during Bruno’s comments? 

The “low-down” on this week’s couples:

Brooke & Derek

I’m going to get “boo’s” for my commentary on them this week.  The song they danced to was “Don’t Be Cruel” by the infamous Elvis Presley… I’m going to be cruel… I apologize… I apologize!

They had The Jitterbug and faced off against Julianne & Cody.  Derek was not familiar with this dance, so he did INTERNET RESEARCH to improve their routine!  Ahhh, the Internet!  First, in the film of their practicing, Derek is wearing a scrunchie in his hair.  E-gads!  That’s not hunkie!  But, my daughter still thinks he’s cute.  According to Derek, the Internet research claimed the dance should look like a cartoon.  I guess, that it did. 

The judges LOVED IT.  Len told Derek that he had hair “like a bird sanctuary” and that Len had the same hair as Derek in 1959.  But, his hair was amuck in the scoring section, so Cloris went and licked her hand and fixed it during judging! 

The Judges’ scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 10
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonlioni: 10
What?  Did nobody see it when they weren’t in sync with each other?  Sigh.  Whatever.


Julianne & Cody

I loved, loved, loved their Jitterbug!  But, then, I Love Lucy! 

They did a dance in the I Love Lucy Theme that was straight on the mark!  From their looks (loved Julianne’s hair), to their costumes, to their moves… they had it down!  Cody even had his hair dark!

In the rehearsal film, Julianne nearly killed Cody with the lifts (poor Cody).  But, by showtime, he had them!  Before the performance, the film also showed Cody telling us that he was going to take Brooke down and that “America needed change”, implying he was the one to bring it!  It made me smile!

Did I say that I loved the dance?  I guess I did.

The judges seemed to really like it.  But, after they gave their scores… which should have been higher than Brooke & Derek’s… the crowd boo’d the judges!  I boo’d too!  In my never to be humble opinion, they won the Jitterbug, hands down!

The Judges’ scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 10
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonlioni: 9
TOTAL SCORE: 28 (What?)


Cloris & Corky (aka “Clorky”)

They had the Salsa this week.  Oh, no!  More groping from Corky all over Cloris.  No more “Grabby Grabby, Corky…”  No, my wish did not come true!

I loved the rehearsal film showing Cloris with her fans.  Very cool!  She’s the hippest 82 year old I’ve ever seen.  For her to make it to the 1/2 way mark was huge!  I loved Cloris’ eyeshadow, super electric.  I also really liked Corky’s shoes… ultra cool! 

The dance was okay.  I liked it, other than Corky’s constant molestation of Cloris, including the boob grab.  Yes, the DOUBLE boob grab.  Ugh.  

Now, to the judges’ remarks.  Bruno said, “The Old Girl can still turn a trick!”  When it came to Carrie Ann’s turn, Cloris apologized to her profusely for “being born.”  Then, Cloris asks Len how old he is after he mentions to her that she is older than he is.  Len tells her he’s 64.  Cloris then proceeds to tell him that he’s a “baby.”  Len tells her that she’s “hotter than a chili pepper.”

But, the best part of all is in the Red Room.  When Samantha asks Cloris what character Corky had her portray for this dance, she can’t remember the exact name of the character… “it was the something ho.”  As she is trying to think of it, asking her co-stars, Corky is “whispering ‘sweet nothings’ into her ear,” but it looked disgusting.  ICK!  Then Cloris says, “A Skanky Ho!”  YEAH!  I love the word SKANK!  Whoo-HOOOO!  Go Cloris, it’s your birthday, Go Cloris, it’s ya’ birthday!

 The Judges’ scores….

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonlioni: 7
TOTAL SCORE: 21 (Is that enough to beat Susan?  Fingers crossed!)


Maurice & Cheryl 

The Salsa competitors!  They were great.  Of the two couples, they won the Salsa, no contest!

The costumes were frickin’ awesome.  I loved the colors!  Cheryl was really mean to Mo in the rehearsal film.  She accused him of being lazy and not caring.  I don’t know if that what spurred him onto this great performance, but her chastising helped!  They were really in-sync, and hot, hot hot!  Cheryl is not as familiar with Latin as she is ballroom, so it was a bit tough on her, too!  But, she choreographed a very classic Salsa, with all of the right ingredients!  Ole!

The dips during the spins were tremendous.  Although, I’m sure they didn’t get 1/2 the praise as the lifts of the other couples… but, they are very hard to do right.  Also, Cheryl’s head drop down to Mo’s foot and the bounce up!  TERRIFIC!  Plus, Mo was shaking his “Boo-Tay” and did a great back-bend himself!  

The judges seemed to really like it.  Carrie Ann loved it and called Mo over for a hug.  Really good comments from the judges.  P.S. Mo’s boogey’ing down the steps at the beginning made me giggle out loud.

The Judges’ scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 9
Len Goodman: 9
Bruno Tonlioni: 9
TOTAL SCORE: 27 (Good.)

Lance & Lacey

They got The West Coast Swing.  Now, Lacey’s entire family are swing dancers and she’s a national W.C.S. champion.  So, we expected a lot.

Some background that I’d like to share.  As I’ve mentioned before, I fell in love with Lacey’s dancing on So You Think You Can Dance.  Her brother, Benji, was a winner of this show 2 seasons before.  Their parents have a dance studio and raised them in dance.  In the rehearsal film, we see Lacey’s Dad.  Boy, does Benji resemble his father.  But, then the sappy part of the film… Lance goes on and on about how he was almost kicked out of In-Sync when it was being signed/developed because he was the worst dancer.  BooHooHoo, you rich boy!  Kinda made me gag.  Life could be a whole lot harder!  I saw you and Kathy Griffin in Australia!  You are so not hurting for anything!  Plus, you get hotter guys than me.

Moving onto the dance.  Lacey out danced him.  And, boy, did she get her hand slapped for it.  In addition, Lance fell on the slide.  But, Lacey looked super hot in her outfit and I really liked her hair. 

Lacey got a tounge lashing from the judges for not dancing more with her partner…. more like she was dancing around him.  Also, they said that it was “Dancing With the Stars, not Dancing Around the Stars.”  Oh, no, Lacey!  Bad Bad.  But, she think Len has it out for her anyway and keeps making comments about being the new girl.  Lacey… buck up!  Go get them next week!  Len even said that Lacey was “too much of a showboat!”  Atleast Lance danced better than Susan!

The Judges’ scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonlioni: 7
TOTAL SCORE: 21 (Are you kidding me?  The same score as Cloris?  Highway Robbery!)


Toni & Alec

The West Coast Swing Opponents… well, not so much swing in their step!

First off, I totally assume and hope that is a wig Toni is sporting.  Her hair is so gorgeous, it better be!  Kudos to Toni.  She is just such a smokin’ hot chick!  Her body is insane and she is so beautiful.  I want to look exactly like her in my next life… please, God, please!  I like Toni.  I like Alec.   I didn’t like their dance.  I mean, it was okay.  But, not great.  Toni’s steps were precise, but the rhythm of their dance was way too slow!  Then, Bruno hated their moonwalk in the midst of it (even though it was Michael Jackson).  Len thinks that Toni needs to re-group because she has all of the attributes of a good dancer.  See?  He thinks she has a smokin’ bod, too!

The winners for the W.C.S.:  Lacey and Lance, although the judges scores didn’t agree with me on that one!

The Judges’ scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonlioni: 8
TOTAL SCORE: 22 (So unfair!)

Susan and Tony

My, oh my… Susan’s broken two bones.  And, yet, she rallies!  She wants to dance.  Frown.  She’s going to try to dance The Hustle.

Everybody seems to love Susan, but me.  Let’s start with what I like about Susan:  great hair this week!  The cut and funky colors made you look great!  Also, cool boots, Suz!  She looked super sexy. 

Now, for my review.  First, the rehearsal film showing pics of her at Studio 51.  NO!  God, help! 

Now for my review, ahem.  The dance.  It’s like watching this:  Susan is counting, aloud in her head, “One and Two… Three and Four”  and on every count, she bounces her steps like a manequin doll, barbie cheerleader from The Valley of the Dolls.  Then, when she gets ready for a lift (yes, she stops and gets ready for the lift)… it’s like her head is saying aloud: “O.K., you can lift me now.”  THE HORROR!

OK, now the judges… Len tells her to get her knickers off and for Tony to get her out of her glass house.  Len then goes on to say that he wants it rough.  Oh, Len… you’re so naughty!  Are we talkin’ a little black leather?  Hmmm…

The Judges’ scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonlioni: 8
TOTAL SCORE: 22 (Are you freaking kidding me?!?  Better than Lance & Lacey?  BOOOOOOOO!!!!!)




Warren and Kym

Every week, I love them more and more!

They not only got The Hustle… they KILLED IT!  They beat the pants, and go-go boots, off of Susan and Tony!  Well, anybody could…

The goods:  Kym’s outfit was killer rad!  Super electric funky hip disco chick!  She looked spectacular.  In my life after the one that I have with Toni Braxton’s body & looks, I want Kym Johnson’s body!  Holy smokes, Batman!  And, Warren.  I JUST ABSOLUTELY ADORE WARREN!  He’s so dreamy!  Come and dance with ME, Warren!  Me!  Pick me!

Their Hustle was to Fuuunnnnnkkky Town (do do do-dodo, do, do do do!)  Won’t you take me down, to FUNKY TOWN!?!  Yes, I want to go with Warren to FUNNNNNKY Town!  He was totally AWESOME.  The breakdown:

  • The Snake
  • Saturday Night Fever’s John Travolta Finger in the Air
  • The Robot
  • Moonwalk
  • The “Giddie Up”
  • The Remarkable Lifts
  • The “S” on the back of his vest.

The judges seemed to really like it.   Bruno’s sexed up comment was, “huge climax at the end!”  (Gag, Bruno!)  It’s too bad they didn’t judge it adequately.

The Judges’ Scores…

Carrie Ann Inaba: 8 (What?)
Len Goodman: 8 (You have to be kidding me!)
Bruno Tonlioni: 9 (At least has 1/2 a brain)
TOTAL SCORE: 25 (That’s just completely ridiculous.  Want to noodle whip the judges)


So…. my favorites of the night, in order of how much I loved them:

Kym & Warren

Maurice & Cheryl

Julianne & Cody

Lance & Lacey

Brooke & Derek

Toni & Alec

Cloris & Corky

Susan & Tony (Cool Daddy of twins with super white teeth)

Here’s the ABC Video Link:

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For more commentary on this week’s DWTS, visit Apooo’s Site… she’s got tons of good conversation on everything!


Tomorrow night’s guest is The Brian Setzer Orchestra.  I saw them live and I danced the night away under the stars to his killer music!  Next week, Len is gone and we’ll have a guest judge.  Hmmm….


I Can Totally Park Like This! (hee hee)

October 20, 2008

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Saturday Night Live: Palin Rap Video

October 19, 2008


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Current Headlines: Drinking Coffee Can Shrink Your Ta-Ta’s…

October 19, 2008

From UPI.Com, Science Department

LUND, Sweden, Oct. 19 (UPI) — Drinking a lot of coffee reduces the size of many women’s breasts, a Swedish researcher finds.

Helena Jernstrom, an oncologist at Lund University in southern Sweden, said that the effect is the result of a gene that about half of women possess, The Local reported.

“Drinking coffee can have a major effect on breast size,” she said.

Jernstrom became interested in the subject because of research that has shown that large-breasted women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, while downing at least three cups of coffee a day reduces cancer risk. She decided to look for a correlation directly between drinking coffee and breast size and found one.

Her study tracked 270 women. Jernstrom’s results were published in the British Journal of Cancer.


The Sunday Salon: This Week’s Books & News

October 18, 2008

This Week’s Reads, News & Updates

I am exhausted.  I’ve definitely caught a flu bug, cold, or something.  But, I’ve had a lot on my mind and my “plate,” so I haven’t gotten sufficient rest.  I think I’m cranky (don’t you just hate that when you feel that way?).  For this week’s The Sunday Salon, I just wanted to update my co-bloggers, readers & friends on this past week’s “haps” and share my “stuff.”

  • NEW BLOGSITE:  I’m undergoing a site renovation.  I have been working on a new theme, colors, etc.  It’s coming along nicely.  I’m going to try to “self-host,” but I am totally scared.  I have not the slightest clue as to what I’m doing. Hopefully, the transition will work out okay and I’ll figure out the self-hosting rather quickly.  I just can’t wait to show everybody the new, improved site… and am hopeful that you all enjoy it.
  • THIS WEEK’S BOOKS:  I’m doing some book tours, so I haven’t posted as many reviews as I usually do.  I have reviewed The Lost Diary of Don Juan (post coming October 30th) and am currently finishing up Life After Genius (posting October 29th).  What I can report is that I did enjoy both reads and the forthcoming reviews are favorable.  I was able to post my review of The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.  My favorite part of this post is that somebody actually wanted to pick up one of his books to “check him out,” and noted so on my post.  She wanted to know my favorite one, if I could only recommend one… it was so hard… like picking out your favorite child.  So, I emailed her.  It was sooo cool!

  • THIS WEEK’S ENTERTAINMENT NEWS & HEADLINES:  I’m pleased to report that each week I will be sharing a sprinkling of entertainment news & current headlines.  I’m focusing on the news that isn’t necessarily “mainstream,” and is fun or quirky.  If you haven’t watched the “Joe The Plumber” video, it’s worth the couple of minutes.  If you caught it on TV, don’t waste the time… but, it’s pretty humorous, the press, that it.  DWTS is coming up tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to writing an update on the show.  The video herein is the most current ABC video feed on DWTS and shows the “countdown clock” as to the next show (fun, huh?).  My brother, Bill, keeps saying… “Cheryl Burrrrrr…..” because of how the announcer says “Cheryl Burke.”  Now the kids always say, when talking about DWTS, “Cheryl Burrrrrr….” 
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  • CONTESTS:  Well, I’ve written and reminded about Menagerie’s Halloween Haunt.  Entries are due by the 22nd.  I was really hoping for more entries due to the size of the prize…. so, if you or your kids have a story, a post, or a referral on a good scary book…. get your comment posted or email me at anovelmenagerie@aol.com.  I have a Second Chance Drawing for those who post the buttons on their blog post or sidebar, as well.  For all of you who have entered… thanks so much for your participation!  I appreciate it!  My kids are so excited to help me judge the entries!

  • BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH:  A Novel Menagerie and Thursday’s Thoughts are focused on promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.  I’ve prepared a button for your site, if you are interested in spreading the word… mainly to remind the women you know about self-exams and the benefit of mamograms.  Thursday’s Thought’s Contest for the week hasn’t received as many entries as I’d hoped for.  Since the “winning prize” is a donation to charity in the name of the winner, I may extend Thursday’s Thoughts for another week, rather than doing a new MEME/Contest next week.  I’m really keeping my finger’s crossed on spreading the word via posts and buttons (badges).  Thanks to Shana and Yasmin for all of their support on this effort.

Well, it’s time to take this cranky butt to bed.  Yes, that’s where I need to be!  I look forward to posting this week on The Fall Into Reading 2008 Challenge (where I’m at), Lit Flicks Challenge Update, and hopefully Home Girl and My Husband’s Sweethearts.

Poor “Joe The Plumber”

October 16, 2008

Oh, Joe!

"Joe The Plumber"

I can’t begin to tell you how bad I feel for Joe W. from Holland, Ohio (aka “Joe the Plumber”).  He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and is now, as he calls it, “a flash in the pan.”  This guy has news crews up and down his street, broadcasting about him while he is still asleep!  After all the “pestering,” he finally relents to a “news conference” (if you want to call it that) in his front yard!  Oh, my goodness, I am laughing so hard.  Thank God it’s not me with all of those reporters outside my lawn… with their camera crews reporting at the butt-crack of dawn while waiting for me to wake up!  Ha Ha Ha.  Riveting stuff!  Ha Ha Ha!

Anyway, this video, if you haven’t seen it on AP or MSNBC. is pretty darn funny.  Not the topics nor him as a person, but just the situation that this guy is faced with… the relentless and stupid press!  They kept asking him who he was going to vote for and he told them, “that’s why voting booths are private.”  Good for you, Joe!  He told the press that who he was voting for would not affect the voting of the public.  (Tears in my eyes, still laughing at the press!).


I love love love when Joe The Plumber says to the press:

“I’m not Matt Damon.”

“We’ve been there, brother… come on, now!”

“This isn’t national, is it?”

If you like to laugh at the press, you have to check this out:

Can You Eat a 20 Lb Hamburger?

October 16, 2008

The Associated Press Reports:

CLEARFIELD, Pa. – It took Brad Sciullo 4 hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds. The mountain of beef is the product of Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield.

Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich Monday. “About three hours into it, things got tough,” he said.

When asked what possessed him to eat a burger that big, Sciullo said: “I wanted to see if I could.”

The burger included a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish, pub owner Dennis Liegey said.

For completing the challenge in the under-five-hour time limit, Sciullo won $400, three T-shirts, a certificate “and a burger hangover, as I call it,” Liegey said.

Dear God, he is going to be pooping for weeks!  He’s so thin… how did he get it all in?  It would take WAY MORE than $400 and some t-shirts to get me to eat that!  Holy COW!