Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I Confess

It’s time I come clean with a full confession: I have found a TV show that I love. It’s Dancing With the Stars – the ballroom dance competition that pairs a star (and they do use the term loosely) with a professional ballroom dance partner. Viewers watch the competition on Monday night, call in their votes and then watch again to see the results on Tuesday night. One couple is eliminated each week until only one remains at the end of 11 or 12 weeks. I understand it’s a clone of a show in the UK and we even have two of the same judges they use.
Anyway, I am usually away from home on Monday and Tuesday nights, until the very last 10 minutes or so of the show, so I have to videotape it and watch it later. That’s okay, because I can fast forward through the MANY MANY commercials. It turns out that it only takes about 70 minutes to watch a 120 minute program.
My favorite stars this year are Apolo Ono, a speed skater, and Heather Mills, whom they identify as a professional activist, but her better known claim to fame is as Paul McCartney’s ex-wife. She has an artificial leg, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing her down much. She still does better shimmies, grinds, jumps, kicks and twirls than Leeza Gibbons and Laila Ali.
Apolo Ono is partnered with the youngest professional dancer to ever participate. She’s 18 and her name is Julianna something and besides dancing their hearts out every time, they make the CUTEST couple in the bunch.
The music is live; the costumes are sparkling, flowing and brilliant. The close-up vignettes of each couple between each dance are humorous. I find it all elegant and charming – what’s not to like?
Another reason I like this show is that it is so completely opposite of what is usually on in our house. My family likes the shows that involve crime solving so, in the course of an average week, we have a least 15 rapes, beatings, robberies, and/or murders and their subsequent autopsies taking place in our living room. Sometimes they switch over to the supernatural side of things where we have vampires, demons and ghosts with slayers and mediums to sort it all out.
I prefer dancing.

Do you have a favorite TV show?
If you are a Dancing With the Stars fan, who is your pick for this year?

9 comments:

Myrnagj said...

Heather Mills partner Jonathon Roberts (I think that's his last name) did a performacne at the Spotlight where Paulette and I dance. It was with his partner who has a name I cannot spell. Brag Brag.

Imaging watching that kind of danceing at the rate of none group every five minutes. That's dance competition.

Brooke said...

I like Heather Mills and Joey Fatone (spelled wrong) even though they aren't partners. I am kinda interested in the Bachelor this season he is hot!

Janell said...

I'd be more jealous if we hadn't gone to see the live show when it was in Omaha in January - we got to see Cheryl Burke, Edyta Slavinska, Maksim Unpronouncable and a bunch of last season's stars. It was almost better than the rodeo!

LaDawn said...

I love the dancing show and the ice skating show. We don't get the American version over here just the UK one. I love the fact that the celebrities work so dang hard all for charity especially the ice skating. I tis really hard to ice skate!

Heather Mills is not a popular person over here and they have covered some of her participation but mostly to point out what a publicity addict she is. Don't be too fooled by her public persona. I reckon she is a bit of a mare behind closed doors.

Stephanie said...

I love this show, too. And I have to tell you that it was my husband who first starting watching it. He will kill be for putting this up on the web. My favs for this season is....drum roll please...Apollo and his young, hot-2-trot sassafrass.

slw

PS. Brooke, I love the Bachelor too!

Stephanie said...

Janell,

You need to look into getting a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). Much better at recording show and zapping through all the commercials. If it weren't for our DVR, Anthony and I would be able to watch any TV. With 3 small children, primetime is just to rough for their impresionable eyes and fantasy imagination.

slw

Stephanie said...

PS. Typing was horrible in last comment.

LaDawn said...

PS Love the Commuter Sightings bit you've added to the left hand column. Saw that on you sister's blog. Will think about adding it to mine.....might be difficult since I live 3 miles from work and tend to drive half asleep.

Janell said...

I don't watch "Dancing". I would
probably be with the rest of your
family watching the cop shows.
My favorite is Without a Trace.
I also like to watch HGTV and see
how to fix up the house and yard.
I wish I had the $$$ to hire a
professional landscaper.
Sue