With a wide range of personalities and celebrities pulled out for the latest season it was a truly magical time for some.
Magician Penn Jillette half of the famous duo Penn and Teller was paired up with professional Kym Johnson. While Penn has a true ability to perform amazing magic tricks there were no tricks capable of keeping the duo on the show. They were eliminated in the very first elimination round that was held on March 25, 2008.
Monica Seles a women’s tennis Grand Slam champion was paired up with the talented Jonathan Roberts. Despite talent on the tennis court, the couple was also eliminated on the first elimination round on March 25, 2008.
Steve Guttenberg an actor well known for numerous films including Three Men and a Little Baby as well as Three Men and a Little Lady, was paired up with the talented Anna Trebunskaya. Following a very brief stint on the show, they were the third couple to be eliminated on April 1, 2008.
Adam Carolla a truly funny comedian as well as radio host was paired up with the two time winning Julianne Hough. Despite Julianne’s luck with previous seasons, the couple was eliminated on April 8, 2008.
Priscilla Presley best known for being the wife to the King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley was partnered with Louis van Amstel. After performing well on the show for several weeks, the couple was finally eliminated on April 15, 2008.
Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin was teamed up with professional Fabian Sanchez and performed wonderfully for several weeks. After a fabulous experience on the show they were eliminated on April 22, 2008.
Shannon Elizabeth an actress best remembered for her role in American Pie was paired up with the talented Derek Hough. After a thrilling experience on the show, their partnership came to a halt on April 29, 2008 after coming in only sixth place.
Mario an R&B singer with plenty of soul was partnered up with Karina Smirnoff. After a smooth flow on the dance floor the pair was eliminated in fifth place on May 6, 2008.
Marissa Jaret Winokur an incredible Tony award winning actress from Broadway was paired up with ballroom professional Tony Dovolani. Putting their talents together the pair managed to hang in to secure a fourth place finish. They completed the show on May 13, 2008.
Cristian de la Fuente was paired with professional and previous winner Cheryl Burke. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television shows as well as movies. Many of his movies and appearances have also been Mexican shows as well. They worked well together until the conclusion of their adventure when they made a great third place finish on May 20, 2008.
Jason Taylor a NFL player for the Miami Dolphins is used to playing the defensive end. However, despite being the NFL Man of the Year, he and professional partner Edyta Sliwinska only managed to secure a second place victory in the final on May 20, 2008.
The winner a female for the first time in five seasons was Olympic Champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. After receiving the only perfect score throughout the entire season as well as the talented professional Mark Ballas as a partner, she waltzed her way to victory in the season finale on May 20, 2008 and was one of the treasured favorites throughout the entire season.
After three successful tours the empire has continued to grow and the results that ABC are finding is absolutely incredible.
The first tour kicked off on December 19, 2006 in sunny San Diego, California and wrapped up after 38 different arenas on February 11, 2007. The first tour showcased celebrities Drew Lachey, Joey McIntyre, Lisa Rinna, Joey Lawrence and Harry Hamlin. The professionals involved in the initial tour included Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Louis van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska, and Karina Smirnoff.
Rout two for the tour was a bit smaller with only celebrities Joey McIntyre, Apolo Anton Ohno, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence and Joey Fatone combined with professionals Julianne Hough, Cheryl Burke, Edyta Sliwinska and lastly Kym Johnson.
The third tour, which started on December 18, 2007 and ran through February 10, 2008 was much larger and offered a much greater cast. This time the tour included Sabrina Bryan, Monique Coleman, Joey Lawrence, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Drew Lachey, Mario Lopez, Joey Fatone and finally Helio Castroneves for celebrities. The professionals for this tour included Mark Ballas, Derek Hough for a brief period, Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Jonathan Roberts, Kym Johnson, Brian Fortuna, Karina Smirnoff, and Julianne Hough.
Trying to really generate interest for the tour, it was really important that it not last too long. Additionally, it is also extremely certain that the show would limit the show dates to accommodate the very small amounts of time that is left open between seasons. Dancing with the Stars continuously starts a new season after only very short breaks, which leaves very little time for a tour.
The overall tour has not been as successful as the actual television show; however, it is has still performed extremely well with most audiences. The last run of the tour was certainly the biggest with the largest cast participating from all three tours.
One person who was obviously missing from the third tour was Melanie Brown the second place winner for season five. Due to a Spice Girls Reunion Tour, she was unable to participate in the tour and was forced to miss out completely. Additional problems can when professional Cheryl Burke started having problems with her appendix and was forced to withdraw from the show.
While it is not quite time for the next tour to set out across the country, it will be extremely curious to see celebrities like Joey Lawrence and Drew Lachey will return again, after all they are the only two celebrities who have participated in all three tours. Trying to work out an ever growing cast may be a nightmare logistically, but for the audience it means an even bigger and better show than previously and is certainly well worth all of the time and effort to really get great seats. After all, how many other opportunities are presented to actually see Dancing with the Stars live?
The show itself features professional ballroom dancers who are teamed together with celebrities from a wide range of fields. The celebrities themselves come from movies, television, music and even some modeling. Combining the dancers together with the actual celebrities is typically done randomly but the final result is a pair that is combined together for the season and must compete against all other pairs for the season. It is the job of the professional dancer to teach, coach and encourage the celebrity in all of the appropriate styles of ballroom dancing that is needed in order to complete the season. The celebrity that performs best is typically the winner, which obviously requires a very strong professional dance partner in order to actually help the celebrity learn the necessary dances.
Once each pair performs, they are provided a score from the three judges. This score is then combined with the votes from viewers voting for their favorite pair as well. At the end of the voting period, the couple with the lowest score is sent home. This is the format that has been adopted from the British version, Strictly Come Dancing. Additionally, as well as adopting the British version the show also includes two of the judges from the British series. Both Bruno Tonioli and also Len Goodman are associated with the American version and the British version to name a few.
The show itself has been incredibly popular all around the world and is shown in numerous countries all around. Finding the perfect combination of judges, guidelines, contestants and even dance styles has afforded the show a large amount of success. With success coming all around the world the show seems to have everything it could possibly want, great stars, wonderfully talented professionals and a cast of great judges.
However, much as Dancing with the Stars seems to have everything they are still behind in terms of ratings. American Idol is still the top ranked show in television; however, Dancing with the Stars is fighting very hard to actually catch up. How successful the show will be at working to catch up in ratings is still yet to be seen, but each season has continued to increase ratings.
As you can imagine, the show tends to strike at the hearts of competition. With a highly competitive nature, arriving all around from both the professional dancers and even the celebrities who find competition extremely addictive the show pulls a large number of contestants, viewers and fans. As you can imagine, the show’s popularity has continued to grow and there is an ever increasing number of people who are looking for great advances in the show. Finding the substantial success that Dancing with the Stars has located is never easy, but it is always something that will continue to grow as the show has continued down a path of great success.
Season one saw the show kick off with a total of six couples. There were six celebrities and also six professional dancers. The judges all awarded points at the conclusion of the dances and then audience members were permitted to call in and vote.
Season two increased the contestant count to ten couples. However, there was no other changes made aside from adding contestants.
For season three the vote scoring system changed a bit. The votes of viewers still accounted for half of the final score however; it was changed to directly relate to percentages rather than actual points. This was a significant change and was intended to help minimize the popularity vote that was seriously harming many of the less popular contestants that were much more talented.
Dancing with the Stars season four kicked off a few different changes. With a total of eleven couples paired together, the season kicked off on March 19, 2007. The biggest change of the season was the shift of time slots. Dancing with the Stars was moved to a new night to avoid a conflict with the Fox hit show American Idol. This proved good for the ratings as well.
The beginnings of season five started with twelve couples paired together. This was the one year that had the greatest problems with viewer voting. There was numerous complications with better dancers being kicked off in favor of contestants that were actually much more popular contestants that were not as skilled at dancing. The celebrities that were voted off included Sabrina Bryan leaving early and also Melanie Brown losing to Helio Castroneves.
Season six offered relatively few changes with everything staying essentially the same as in season five. This allowed for a very smooth flowing season and very few problems over all.
As you can just imagine, those instances when significant changes took place created the opportunities where there were some very large complicated that took a bit of effort to smooth out. For the majority of contestants adapting to the changes was easy enough. However, it is also important to note that during the duration of the show voting was changed to require votes from viewers to wait until the end of the show, instead of permitting voting to occur during the actual show itself. This change was made to help ensure that all voting was conducted in a fair manner.
All of the changes that have occurred so far during the show have worked to ensure that the show increases in popularity. For viewers the changes to the show have helped to add a significant amount of value. There are very few contestants who have found negative repercussions due to the changes which have further proven that the changes made to the show have helped to ensure that it is running the best possible. While further changes are likely, at this point there have been no changes for season 7 released yet.
In general terms it is typically widely accepted that the show is based heavily upon appearances. Both the appearance of the celebrity and also the appearance of the professional dancer. It is very seldom that anyone actually makes it through the competition by looking sloppy, uncoordinated and even badly organized. If you are looking to ensure that you are well pulled together and are actually appropriately scored then it is critical that the contestants actually look the parts that they are trying to play. For many this means stepping out of their comfort zone and wearing clothing that they normally would never wear.
In order to actually put together the true package needed to win the show it is very much necessary to take the time to pull together a great routine that is complete with perfect timing, great dancing skills, audience draw and even a great costume. Someone is just not going to look as pulled together if they select the wrong costume. There is no denying this at all, but if you do not take the time to actually select a good costume you could quickly find yourself leaving the show simply because the costume took too much attention away from the actual dancing.
In order to really move past the small details and determine if the judges really do decide the show based on actual dancing skills it is important to watch a season from start to finish. There has been speculation for a very long time that the judges are not very concerned with the actual dancing. This has been further proven by the lack of fairness that judge Mary Ann Inaba often shows to contestants. However, while the show continues to plug along, there are times when it is noticeable that the actual dancing is the primary concern of the judges.
For most viewers it is extremely frustrating only having a partial impact on which contestants stay and which go. The judges having at least some impact on which contestants are permitted to stay is intended to ensure that the competition stays focused on dancing skills, however it does still occasionally fall to the side in the event that some contestants are more favored by the judges and even the viewers than others who are more talented. While the show has struggled to ensure that it is fairly judged there is still an uncertainness whether the actual dancing or the whim of the judges makes a greater difference in who will actually win.
Pulling your favorite star out of the crowd and giving them the boost needed to win is not just based on actual votes. It is still required that contestants at least attempt to completely master the dances that they are trying to compete with. This goes a long way towards helping contestants be absolutely certain that they are winning based upon their actual dancing skills, rather than just popularity but as many arguments have occurred, it is still undetermined just how effective this actually is. Many feel that the dancers whom are actually more talented are actually penalized by the judges in terms of a contestant that is more favored, such as the case with Melanie Brown and her partner on five. However, while the debates continue to rage on, there are still several theories that are discussed and the show marches on for a new season after each one ends, further increasing the popularity.
Joey McIntyre has picked up quite a bit of publicity surrounding his performance. After successfully finishing in a third place finish for season one his band New Kids on the Block decided to create a reunion tour and also is working on promoting an album of new material that the group has recently released.
From season two the biggest name to make a splash recently has been Tatum O’Neal who was recently in legal troubles after being arrested by police in California over drug charges. The only other member of the season two cast to spark a huge career boost has been Drew Lachey who has appeared in all three Dancing with the Stars The Tour as well as also stood in for the show’s co-host while she delivered her baby.
Mario Lopez in season three brought back the attention that had since waned from his A.C. Slater days on Saved by the Bell. By turning to Broadway to star in A Chorus Line, he has certainly seen a renewed spark of attention.
For season four the biggest contestants ended up being Billy Ray Cyrus who is working to heavily boost his image as the father of Miley Cyrus the star of Hannah Montana. With plenty of publicity surrounding his teenage daughter he has made great advances in staying in the public spotlight, just not quite for his career per say.
In the midst of season five Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls spent a large amount of time in a very public paternity dispute with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy as well as working to organize a reunion tour with the girl power group Spice Girls. All of the publicity that was extended also poured over to Floyd Mayweather Jr. who is nicknamed “Pretty Boy” and he made several appearances on shows that earned him additional publicity as well.
With all of the celebrities involved in season six; it is rather quite on the home front. There have been so far no major attempts to really create massive amounts of publicity for the newest season. However, with the season just ending at the end of May it is extremely early into the summer to see exactly how the publicity that the contestants received will really pay out.
For all of the attention that is drawn, many of the contestants disappear into the background once their time on the show is over. For all of the attention and all of the viewers that the show pulls, it is also important to stay on the show long enough to actually gather a good following in order to see real results in the publicity and careers of each of the contestants. With so much going on for a few of the contestants, it is true that the career really can see a huge boost after a great run on the show.
With the start of the show on June 1, 2005, it was immediately obvious that the show was a hit. The viewers for the very first episode hit an enormous 13 million viewers and climbed its way to the number one position. This was an incredible feat for a show that was just starting out, and was success that would just continue to grow as the show went on. Combining together celebrities from a wide field, incredible costumes and some fabulous dancing has all proven to be a great recipe for success for the show.
The initial cast of the show for celebrities included several people who had not been seen heavily for a very long time, and demonstrated that a bit of time away from the spotlights of Hollywood is not always fatal for a career.
The initial contestants for the show included:
Trista Rehn, her claim to fame was her time on the show the Bachelorette as well as also competing on The Bachelor. Her time on the show was extremely short lived as she was eliminated on June 8, 2005 along with her partner Louis van Amstel.
Evander Holyfield, he dazzled the world as a major heavyweight boxer and proved that while he was not the most graceful on his feet; he certainly was not the worst. Pulling all of his experience, as a boxer did not seem to benefit him greatly as his time on the show was tragically brought to an end on June 13, 2005 after just two weeks. His professional partner was Edyta Sliwinska.
Rachel Hunter, as a famous supermodel it is standard that moving gracefully is required. While dancing with partner Jonathan Roberts it was unfortunate that Rachel was eliminated on June 22, 2005, which brought their time on the show to an end.
Joey McIntyre, made famous by the 1980′s boy band, New Kids on the Block he has also done a few acting gigs, mostly plays though. With his own semi-successful music career covering several years, it had been a while since he had been actively heard from. Paired with professional Ashly DelGrosso he was eliminated on June 29, 2005 after coming in 3rd place.
John O’Hurley was able to secure several acting jobs as well as numerous television show hosting gigs; however, his first stint at competing came on Dancing with the Stars. Paired with Charlotte Jorgensen as his professional partner the pair was eventually awarded a second place finish on July 6, 2005 for the season finale.
Kelly Monoco, a successful actress with numerous shows to her credits including Baywatch, Port Charles, Hard Copy, Spin City, and General Hospital to name a few was declared the winner of season one on July 6, 2005 with professional partner Alec Mazo bringing a successful end to the first season for the show.
Due to the success of the first season, additional seasons of the show were quickly organized. Each additional season of the show has increased the number of viewers watching and each features a unique set of celebrity contestants as well. One of the key factors that has helped to influence the success of the show is the uniqueness compared to anything else that is currently on television. Because the show pulls upon the success of contestants and offers no prize money at all, it is only a title as well as a trophy that the winning pair is awarded. While many contestants are not as comfortable with this idea, many others are thoroughly pleased to simply be able to compete again and stay in the public spotlight.
Pulling out the contestants for season four was a lot of enjoyment, with a range of athletes, singers, and even actors combined together it created a really enjoyable show.
Paulina Porizkova a supermodel was paired with Alec Mazo and was the first contestant that was sent home. Paulina and Alec departed the show on March 26, 2007 after only two weeks on the show.
Shandi Finnessey has enjoyed a career as a former Miss USA and also a game show host. Partnered up with Brian Fortuna she was also struck from the show extremely quickly and found herself removed on April 3, 2007.
Leeza Gibbons a talk show host was paired up with professional Tony Dovolani and only stayed for 4 episodes before being eliminated from the show on April 10, 2007.
Clyde Drexler a retired NBA player was teamed up with professional Elena Grinenko and was eliminated on April 17, 2007 after holding on for several weeks.
The former wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, Heather Mills was on the show for season four as well. Her official job was listed as Charity Campaigner; however, this has not been verified since there is some difficulty locating her actual job. It was rumored that her stay on the show was dragged out due to the publicity surrounding her extremely public divorce to Paul McCartney. As the only contestant with a prosthetic leg, she only had one incident where her leg created a problem. She was partnered with Jonathan Roberts and was eliminated finally on April 24, 2007.
John Ratzenberger an actor with credits including the hit television show Cheers was partnered with professional Edyta Sliwinska but was eliminated on May 1, 2007.
Billy Ray Cyrus the one hit wonder of the 1990′s was partnered up with Karina Smirnoff. Presently best known as the father of Hannah Montana star, Miley Cyrus he was eliminated from the show on May 8, 2007.
Ian Ziering an actor with credits that include the popular show Beverly Hills, 90210 was partnered with professional Cheryl Burke for his stay on the show. After an elimination on May 15, 2007, they finished in fourth place.
Laila Ali the daughter of Mohammad Ali and also a professional Boxing World Champion. Partnered with professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy she pulled out a third place finish on May 22, 2007 at the season finale.
Joey Fatone from the 90′s boy band Joey Fatone from the 90’s boy band ‘N Sync was partnered with Kym Johnson and pulled out a second place finish. Despite an extremely limited career outside of music before his appearance on the show, he was extremely popular with the audience and received a large amount of votes.
Apolo Anton Ohno is a five time Olympic Medalist in Short Track Speed skating. After winning two gold, one silver and also two bronze medals in the Olympics Apolo appeared on season four of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered together with professional Julianne Hough and danced his way to victory yet again by winning the title and first place in the season finale on May 22, 2007.
With the wide range of celebrities involved, it was only natural for a bit of controversy to follow as well. The biggest controversies included Vincent Pastore an actor pulling out of the show right before it began. Originally partnered with Edyta Sliwinska he was replaced by John Ratzenberger. There were two professionals who pulled out of this season as well, Ashly DelGrosso pulled out due to a pregnancy and Louis van Amstel pulled out due to personal reasons but still appeared as a professional dancer for performances and assisted with choreography.
So with more people in the market for pearls now is a good time for some “pearl talk.”
The pearl has always been a rather prim and proper piece of jewelry – classic and seeped in tradition. Well things they are a changing! The pearl is has had a very glamorous make over!
Yes, the classic strand still exists as it always will. But we warned we are seeing some vary daring looks from the pearl this season. Extra long lengths, tasseled multi strands, pearls with semi precious stone accents, pearls on gold or silver chains. The pearl has been transformed into a fun and fashionable accessory.
So if you’re going to be in the market for pearls this year here is what the Celebrities say you should know.
* The glow or radiance of a pearl is the most important quality. Avoid pearls that are chalky or dull as they will be weak and may crack or peal.
* The surface of the pearl should be blemish free – no bumps or cracks. Inspect under a bright light. Baroque pearls are the exception to this rule – their charm is in their irregularities.
* Pearls are measured in millimeters. The larger the pearl the higher the cost. A 6 mm pearl is going to be much less than a 12 mm pearl
* The least expensive pearls are the freshwaters which mainly come from China. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Average size is around 7 mm
* The best way to care for your pearls is simply to wear them. The natural skin oils keep them moisturized. Do not put them on until you are done with your cosmetics. This includes hair, facial, and perfume. The residues from these products will ruin your pearls. Do not wear your pearls in the water – chlorinated and salt water will damage them. Polish with a soft cloth and never use jewelry cleaning products on your pearls.
Quality pearls are not cheap but they will last a lifetime. Freshwater pearls are becoming very affordable. Not all of us will be in the market for “Real Pearls” and lucky us there are plenty of options. Swarovski makes a crystal pearl that is of the finest quality and quite difficult to tell from a true pearl for a fraction of the cost and they are available in a variety of colors.
There is an endless supply of imitation pearl or costume jewelry pearls on the market. These are offered in a wide variety of styles and colors. Great fun at affordable prices. Do you think Jennifer Garner wears the real thing for bumming around?
So you ask what’s “In Style” this season? Well I’m glad you asked!
* Pearl rings get the green flag – from low settings to monster large solitaire pearls, they are all the rave. A pearl ring can go from romantic and simple to sleek and stunning.
* The Bib Necklace makes a very dramatic statement. A broad necklace that tapers towards the back just like a baby’s bib [thus the name]. They range from extremely wide to as narrow as a ½”. This style works great with a simple black dress or strapless neckline.
* The multi-strand necklace is ever so preppy. They range from 12″ to 18″ and pearls are usually small to medium. The object of these necklaces is for every pearl to be in perfect placement. Very versatile and fashionable.
* The opera length necklace simply never disappears from the fashion scene. They measure 36″ or longer and they can be worn as a long single lean line, doubled up, tied in a knot, wherever the moment takes you. These long strands are terrific for dressing up a pair of jeans or semi casual look.
* The tassel necklace from the footloose and fancy free1920s has made a come back, and rightly so! Today tassels are often made from tiny seed pearls or irregular baroques. They range in length fro short at 16″ to navel length at 36″. The tassel necklace swings and sways with your movement making it a must have for those night of dancing.
* This season for first time, we are seeing pearls mixed with colored gems such as amethyst, peridot, or topaz. They compliment each other nicely – pearls with their soft and subtle shades mixed with semi precious gems with their vibrant and bold color. Picture it – what a fashion statement!
* Pearls mixed with silver is also new this season. Long silver chain dangle earrings accented with pearls, or freshwater droplets set on silver.
* This season the pearl is all about the color. Pearls are available in many hues but this season the “hot spot” is “lavender” and the lavender family ranging from pale iris to plum.
If you already own a beautiful classic pearl necklace its very easy to transform it into something from this season. Try adding a group of charms or pendants, fastening a vintage brooch or clip[ on earring at the bottom. You could mix various lengths or sizes of pearls together or entwine a silver or gold chain. How about mixing your real pearls with your fake pearls? The options are as endless as your imagination.
Remember when you freshen your wardrobe for the spring, freshen your costume jewelry too and Make Your Fashion Statement!
If finding celebrities partying down at the nightclub is more your style, then you’ll want to check out some of the hottest nightclubs around, such as the Cabana Club where Britney Spears and Nicole Kidman have been spotted, to the Mood, where Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton have been seen dancing the night away. A new “hot spot” can be decided upon as fast as it takes for someone to simply whisper the name out on the streets, so the current trendiest nightclub destinations can sometimes be tricky to stay on top of. If you’re sure you want to check a place out, always try to call ahead to reserve a table when possible (which costs money on top of the cover charge) but with a table reservation, you’re more likely to get in the door. And make sure to dress the part, or the bouncer may conveniently “lose” your reservation anyway. The fun of this approach is that you have a chance to show off your moves and dance right along your favorite celebrity, giving you a chance to mingle with them on a more personal level than you may have any another way.
Dining out is also a popular way to spot celebrities, although of course this makes it a bit more difficult to really interact with them other than interrupting their dinner and making it obvious you’re trying to get some face time with them. However, if you just want to observe them from a distance, restaurants are the way to go. Make sure to check out The Ivy or Fred 62, as they are two of the hottest restaurants around.
Whatever approach you take, California has got plenty of hot spots to check out and have fun in, even if you don’t end up seeing your favorite celebrity.