Sunday, March 27, 2011
Dancing With The Stars 2011 Kicks Off Season 12
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Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid) danced as if he'd been waltzing his whole life. His performance put him at the top of the leader board with a score of 24 out of 30.
Other top performers were Hines Ward (NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers) and Kirstie Alley (TV and film star).
Kirstie was a pleasant surprise. I half expected her to come bounding out like a Macy's float, hitting buildings and light poles. However, she showed real style and never missed a move and she too wound up near the top of the heap.
What I like most about Kirstie Alley is her attitude. She should be a role model for every plus size woman in the world. She embraces who she is and deals with here ever fluctuating weight with grace and humor.
The dancer I wanted to see the most was TV's Wendy Williams. I love Wendy's show (CW Network) and love her personality. However, even on her show, she does not move around with much fluidity. She's always perched on her 6" heels and seems to tip-toe around the stage and into the audience. I didn't have high expectations for her DWTS debut. And her performance sunk her to second from the bottom of the leader board.
Honestly, Wendy looked like she was walking around next to a dancer. She needs lots of work if she wants to have a serious shot at the Mirror Ball Trophy.
What Wendy has going for her is what I call "The Bristol Palin Effect." Bristol trounced around the stage last year and shockingly outlasted Brandy in the competition - this was due to her huge fan base, courtesy of her mom, Sarah Palin. Fan votes propelled the awkward Palin into the finals.
Wendy could have the same card in her deck. Williams has a large fan following with her TV show. Being on TV every day and having daily face-time with the public is a big advantage. Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxing legend, but he's been out of the public eye for a long time. He'll be counting on older viewers who recall his championship prowess in the ring. Wendy, on the other hand, has a large, young female and gay audience. Their demographic flies just below the age profile for DWTS. But, being on TV, Wendy can pump the faithful and goad them into voting and anticipating her answer to, "How you doin'?"
Dancing With The Stars 2011 - Season 12 looks like it will give us some exciting moves and plenty of entertainment. I'll be glued to my screen.
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