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  1. tessaforever

    S27.E11: Week 9: Finale

    I totally agree with this analysis! I think there was dancer potential there (his energy and musicality), and for some reason it didn't seem to go anywhere. Whether it was because of his exhaustion (seriously, he looked so TIRED when he won!) or because of the "poor me the non-dancer" narrative or what, I don't know.
  2. tessaforever

    S27.E11: Week 9: Finale

    Yes, exact,y! Bobby did two silly dances! Now if he had repeated his Foxtrot, for example, and then had that freestyle, it would have quelled some of the hate. Does anyone know how they choose the repeated dances these days? I thought it used to be one of their worst that needed improvement but that doesn't seem to be the case now. As a few others have said, Milo has posted about his dad on Instagram. His dad is part of his life.
  3. tessaforever

    S27.E11: Week 9: Finale

    I feel like Sharna did him a disservice with that freestyle. Obviously Bobby's not a great dancer, but we've actually seen him, you know, do some *dance moves* in other dances. But for some reason Sharna didn't have him do any dancing. It was really weird. I think she must have not thought they would win, because she could have dimmed some of the hate by actually having him dance a little bit in the freestyle. I missed the fusion dance rehearsals, where they walk into the studio and see the big posters of their best moves throughout the season. It's always really emotional and very nice.
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    What can be done different for season 28?

    Oh, I don't like switch-up week at all. For the few great dances it's given us, the dances are often sub-par and the stress on the celebs and pros is uncomfortable - like pros will cry if they think they let a celeb down that week. I would love a week that wasn't a theme week! Also no contemporaries, so the freestyles will be exciting! (At least put the contemporaries earlier in the season instead of having some in the semi-finals like they did last week). I miss the results shows and the opportunities it gave to do something creative (Derek used to do some great, creative dances on the results shows). I don't think they have the ratings to bring those back though. These are just dreams, but: retire Gleb, use the troupe a lot less, improve the music. But I'm really glad they have not had any guest judges this season! Maybe they've finally learned how awful that is...
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    S27.E10: Week 8: Semi-Finals

    Honestly, I don't think JP could have won this show. Not only was he not well-known enough, he didn't have that "arc" that viewers look for - if not an improvement arc, at least an emotional journey, an injury, etc. There was nothing. He just came out and danced well each week but that's not memorable enough. And I'm not a huge fan of Cheryl, so maybe that affected my perception, but some of their dances (like the Gaston one) just did not click for me and even seemed a little weird and "off" even though they were a high difficulty level. I am really disappointed in Bobby. I read his book (fail, repeat, etc) this past summer and while some of the humor was childish, I liked his strong work ethic and rags-to-riches story. I have no idea why he keeps bashing other dancers on social media. He does not need to do that in order to succeed on this show - he has a ginormous fan base because of his radio show that would have voted him through no matter what.
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    S27.E08: Week 6: Halloween Night

    It's so weird that Alexis has 12.8 million followers on Instagram but hasn't posted anything DWTS-related since trio night. And she's a social influencer??? Damn, Bridget, your whole post is like WORD. You've completely nailed what I've always found weird about Keo and sadly, it really hinders his ability to go far on this show. I super disliked how he made their poor scores for the Tangled dance all about Evanna's caring too much what others think. Instead of about his lackluster choreo, overdancing, etc. Ugh. He really can't view himself objectively. Oh - and I only brought up Janel & Val as an example of showmancing. I understand that it was completely different from what they're trying to do with Alexis and Alan. Aka Janel thought it was real and Val encouraged her to think that way.
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    S27.E08: Week 6: Halloween Night

    Sadly, I remember talking heads where Janel shared her feelings about Val (Val, like Alan, kept things murky) and Maks and Meryl was played up to high heaven. It just hasn't happened in a long time, with so many troupe members getting married lately. I agree that Alan looks totally out of it. I can't stand that Tom, Erin, and the judges keep bringing it up! I agree! Several story lines seemed very odd in this era of awareness about mental illness and domestic violence. As s one person said here, Lindsay's dance was way too close to that recent limo accident to be comfortable.
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    S27.E08: Week 6: Halloween Night

    The troupe ruined several dances tonight...not because they aren't good, but because it detracted so much from the pro/celeb. For example, Evanna (bless her heart) looked good with Keo (he's still over-dancing) but she was out of sync with the female pros. I wouldn't have noticed if she had been dancing by herself. They completely detracted from DeMarcus' dance as well. I was surprised to see Allison - she seemed to have some sour grapes after leaving DWTS under criticism for her choreography and lack of ballroom training. Weird offering from her and Twitch, whom I normally like to see together. DeMarcus' daughter is adorable. But sadly I think he and his wife have split.
  9. tessaforever

    S27.E08: Week 6: Halloween Night

    Her make-up...to do that to a woman who already looks older than she is was just mean. I had to go watch Foxing Awesome as a palate cleanser after tonight's show! Missed the group dances :( Bobby looked decent dancing and somehow his stubble made him look hot?? What is going on?
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    S27.E07: Week 5: Disney Night

    I don't think they can do any part of the dance ahead of time. What I think happened, and I felt the same for a second, was that we saw the other side of the ballroom and it had the same kind of stage, but with no jail cell. Then the camera angle turned back around and the jail cell was still there where it was in the beginning. On another note, I didn't mind Tom coming out of the jail, but he should have done something other than stand there in a stupor afterwards. Their costumes were horrible for the quickstep! My daughter suggested, what if Milo had been in black pants and black blazer, with a t-shirt with the Incredibles logo on it, and Witney in a red bodysuit with a long black skirt over it. But I guess everyone has to BE their characters. Wrong choice of dance for the song.
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    S27.E06: Week 4: Trios Night

    It definitely makes or breaks it, but do the celebs/pros choose their trio partner, or do the producers tell them who they're going to dance with? There were definite similarities, but enough differences that I wouldn't call it a copy. Lindsay's was even better, though! Wasn't it always troupe members or pros who had been eliminated thus far in the season? Also, I felt like it was always an opposite-gender third person (Artem with Val & Rumer, Lindsay with Witney and Alfonso, etc). It worked so much better that way! Right...only Joe's score from the judges counted on Monday. It's this Monday that the votes will matter. Agree completely on the trios - Milo just happens to be charismatic enough to pull attention, but the other celebs dancing with the same gender trio partner didn't fare all that well.
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    S27.E05: Week 3: Most Memorable Night

    Lol, I paused the show and made my daughter watch Derek and Amber's freestyle after Witney & Milo danced! There were some similar elements but not enough that I can say she copied...and Witney's a really good choregrapher (generally) so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt that the song lends itself to a certain style. A good point that's been made before - when a male celeb wins, a female pro wins. So I honestly don't mind either way. Just want the best dancer to win! I think that Tinashe is actually doing better than Normani in perception - she comes across as more genuine. I think the bottom two was producer manipulation and Tinashe will be in the final 3 at least.
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    S27: Milo Manheim: Can Zombies Samba?

    Honestly, I always found Camryn Manheim a little annoying on The Practice. But, she seems to have raised a really great kid - and very likable given his showbiz childhood. It's funny how many actors say they hope their kids do not go into the business! But maybe he wanted to, and she figured she could guide him because of her own showbiz experience.
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    S27.E03: Week 2: New York City Night

    So...this past summer, I actually read Bobby Bones' book Fight, Grind Repeat. I don't listen to his show, but I thought the book might be inspirational to my son who was going off to college, and I read it too. It's easy to tell he's ADHD and needs constant attention and validation. But he's definitely had a hard life (his dad wasn't present at all even though he lived one town over, and his mom was a drug addict who died of an overdose. He was beyond poor.) And while I wouldn't justify everything he does just because of this background, it does help to explain some of his behavior (my own mom grew up in similar circumstances, and while she lives a mostly functional life, this kind of childhood messes you up permanently - the coping skills you use to survive end up being harmful to adult relationships). That said, while I was expecting Bobby to be over-enthusiastic and immature, I've been taken aback by his behavior, especially the "flossing". There has definitely been douche-y behavior on DWTS before - just as one example, Jacoby Jones would leave Karina on the floor at the end of a dance (or drop her) to prance around the dance floor in victory while she picked herself up and dusted herself off. No mutual congratulatory hugs for Jacoby! Ugh. (However Jacoby was a much better dancer!) What does surprise me about Bobby is that in his book, he talks about how he's learned to be professional and respectful to colleagues, country music stars, etc - to the point of praising his whole team on a regular basis for how hard they work. Why wouldn't he respect Sharna the same way? So confusing. The trouble with Swan Lake is that it's only been done once before - Val and Rumer. And they did it fantastically, timing the perfectly done lift with the crescendo in the music, etc. They had a lot of advantages: Val is a more seasoned pro than Alan, Rumer was a better dancer than Alexis, and they had wacky-but-brilliant Bruno engineering it behind the scenes. With all that, I felt like A & A's version was way too similar, but a watered-down, pale imitation. Even if the lift and costume change had gone well, it was just ok. (Regarding the costume change: no one should ever forget Tony and Betsey Johnson's boa slip-up! Don't let it be you.) Sadly, during rehearsals but before the show started, they seemed to get along great. Watch her on his radio show, or Instagram posts/stories. I think they really hit it off at first, and his immature behavior during the dances has caught her off-guard.
  15. tessaforever

    S26.E04: Finale

    Interesting theory. I thought they maybe just didn't have time because it was only an hour finale. (I think the most propped contestant who ever got third is Ginger Zee! But those others are pretty good too). I think TPTB loved being part of Tonya's redemption arc, but I don't think they wanted or expected her to win.
  16. tessaforever

    S26.E04: Finale

    That is definitely a possibility!!
  17. tessaforever

    S26.E04: Finale

    Adam being the pre-determined winner is interesting (and I'm not disagreeing with you) - but doesn't that mean that TPTB wanted Jenna to win? Otherwise, they could have given Adam to Sharna and 100% guaranteed her a win? I mean, I'm glad they didn't do that, because I liked Josh with Sharna and Adam with Jenna, but it's interesting to ponder. I actually like Sharna as a person and a dancer, but I don't know if everything will ever align perfectly for her to win. But I thought the same thing about Emma and Lindsay, and they both finally got their MBT.
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    S26.E04: Finale

    It was absolutely hilarious that the judges compared him to both the Three Stooges and the Monkees! Not what they were going for at all...you could see the embarrassment on their faces. Now that I've had a chance to think about it, Adam & Jenna's contemporary routine should have been their freestyle. By giving them contemporary in such a short season (why could he not have done the AT or the paso?), they kind of forced A & J to have to come up with something *even* more crazy. Lol at People Magazine. In their article about Adam winning, they quote him as saying he wanted to do something "corky". I think he meant quirky...maybe it was both. Oh, and usually the couples have to wear their final dance outfits to receive the Mirrorball in. But in spite of the time crunch, everyone got to change. Which benefited A & J the most, for sure.
  19. tessaforever

    S26.E04: Finale

    Right! Reminded me of that time Val almost dropped Julianne. Dancing is dangerous!
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    S26.E04: Finale

    Oh, there were so many lol-worthy moments in this finale! "Magic rainbows" - I heard that song recently at a Subway or something. Somehow David Cook made it work, but the singer tonight, not so much. To put a ring on it, right?? Because it needed to be even more about Jenna and the fam than it already was :) I have no idea what was up with Adam & Jenna's last dance, but I liked their jazz (it had a lot more jazz - that is to say, it had jazz at all) than a LOT of DWTS "jazz", and it was cutely well performed. Don't know why he wasn't given more ballroom overall, since he could clearly handle it. But he was the best dancer out there, and in spite of the fact that it got tiresome to hear about, they had the most chemistry and the best partnership (with Sasha/Tonya a close second). Didn't someone almost drop Lindsay during that last group dance? Or something? Glad no one was hurt.
  21. tessaforever

    S26.E03: Week 3

    Yes, Rashad did a great job too! I think David might have been even better. Never would have guessed.
  22. tessaforever

    S11.E24: The Bow Tie Asymmetry

    And I thought he was going to get together with the woman he returned the drone to? That seemed to be going somewhere. OMG! I Grok Spock. I had that skit taped on my Betamax and watched it over and over :) Overall, an amazing episode! I don't know why, but I wanted Mark Hamill & Wil Wheaton to already know each other (it seems probable) and have some ongoing rivalry about which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek (since this show has made a big deal of both). Seemed like a wasted opportunity. Otherwise, perfection.
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    S26.E03: Week 3

    I have no problem with women being snarky on this show (Erin makes a decently funny comment every so often) but somehow Marai's comments just fall flat. Adam has a clunker occasionally also, but more of his comments seem natural. An example of Marai's awkwardness was when the dance-off was being critiqued, and one of the judges (Len?) mentioned better kicks & flicks, Marai lifted up her leg, as she knew he was referring to her, and it was so strange and out of place that everyone froze. I don't think she understands what works with an audience. As someone else mentioned, they may not tinker with votes, but from the first moment of the first show of a season, the producers are carefully editing, packaging, assigning songs & dances, giving the judges a script, and on and on and on. There's a ton of manipulation. When they announced him as guest judge, I groaned. I normally loathe guest judges! But color me surprised that he was a great judge - pithy, meaningful comments, wove in his own experiences on the show but in a natural way, and had some good critiques. He was better than Cher, Maks, Jessie J, Shania Twain, Pitbull, (not a high bar to clear) and a whole bunch of other guest judges I can't remember.
  24. tessaforever

    S26.E02: Week 2

    Ugh, Keo. A gorgeous man and talented dancer who just can't seem to learn the first thing about competing on this show. He continues to overdance, and outdance his partner instead of backing down and letting her shine. And his frantic choreography isn't doing Jennie any favors. The pros who've done well on this show are willing to learn, and grow, and take feedback, and improve. I don't think Keo will ever change his approach, no matter what. Bye, Jennie! Sweet Kareem. Listen, I'm 5'4 and my husband is 6'7. People gape at our 15-in height difference. Tall people just move so differently, their center of balance is so much higher than regular people. Balance is different, limbs are longer, it's a whole buffet. Bravo for Kareem for coming out and trying it, and he had the line of the night (for me) when he held up the (comparatively) tiny tennis sweater and said "Maybe I could give this to my granddaughter." Boom. Great man, sweet guy, and as Erin said, an absolute legend. Thank you, sir. Sasha threw me by doing the set up for the worst dance ever, and then having Tanya actually do a proper quickstep! Was not expecting that. Can't say I liked it, but props (like bears!) to Sasha for trying. If Bristol Palin had been in that bear suit I would have cried with laughter. Rashad isn't at Alfonso levels yet (where is he, btw? Alfonso-o-o-o!) but I didn't enjoy the "I recently wrote my first book, and it had chapters, and..." Nah. Maybe let Tom plug your book when he thanks you at the end. Don't make it part of a critique. (He's still smokin' hot though). Erin...seems calmer? Perhaps marriage has settled her down a bit? Really liked her hair, dress, and make-up. It's a good look, far better than many she has sported on this show. 1. Adam, 2. Mirai, 3. Could be Tanya, but probably not. Depends on further producer machinations. Josh and Chris are both cute & talented, either could end up in 3rd. I haven't been keeping track, but how are the ratings going? Wondered if the absence of Derek, Mark, Val, Peta, and Maks would make any difference.
  25. tessaforever

    S25.E12: Week 10: Season Finale Part 2

    Luckily they picked one where they spent a ton of time apart and never had to look at each other while dancing together!
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