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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Mario dismissed from Dancing With the Stars and stars return to celebrate 100th show

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See ya later, Mario! Last night, R&B singer Mario didn’t earn enough votes to remain on Dancing With the Stars.
I was a little shocked that Mario was shown the door. I thought it would be low-scorer Marissa, but she somehow got more votes. Marissa really connects with the audience, and women love that she’s doing so well and isn’t a size two. I was even cheering when she did that lift. Go Marissa! You looked beautiful and graceful.

At the end of Monday’s program, I was irritated that the judges were so hard on Mario. His waltz was lovely, and despite being crowned “the prince” of the ballroom by judge Bruno, Mario still failed to score a 10 for that routine. The performance earned him straight nines, even with that breathtaking lift with Karina. Crazy! That waltz was beautiful.

It was the jive that really did Mario in. Again, I thought it was fun, entertaining and a blast to watch. However, the judges didn’t love it, criticized the technique, and Len told Mario his feet were “bloody, big ugly ones.” That was harsh. I don’t have the technical eye that the judges do, but that jive was NOT ugly. I wish the judges would realize that what they say does influence voters at home. Mario was such a gentlemen in the competition, always taking the criticism in stride and improving each week. I’ll miss him.

The big upset of the night came from an injured Cristian, who danced both dances with only one arm, due to his ruptured tendon. At the end, he and Cheryl were the high scorers, ousting Kristi and Jason from the top of the leader board. Cristian joked that he should have been dancing all the dances with one arm. Kudos to Cheryl for somehow choreographing routines for Cristian that only involve the use of his uninjured arm. That was impressive, especially the one-armed lift.

The highlight of the evening was the 100th episode celebration. Previous cast members and professional dancers performed and watched from the audience. It was great to see Kelly Monaco, Sabrina Bryan, Stacy Keibler, Helio Castroneves, Mario Lopez, Lisa Rinna and the rest of the gang, and especially pro dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Ashly DelGrosso. I really miss Maks this season. And we haven’t seen the lovely Ashly since season three. I hope she returns next year.


One of the highlights of the 100th episode was that the judges chose their top 10 favorite dances of the entire series. I had hoped some of my favorites would be on the list, and they were: Kelly Monaco’s famous helicopter lure free-style to “Let’s Get Loud,” Drew Lachey’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” and Mel B’s Paso Doble to “Free Your Mind.”

The judges chose Mario Lopez’ tango to “Whatever Lola Wants” as their favorite dance of all seasons. It’s interesting that the number one spot went to a guy who didn’t even win the competition. I had forgotten how amazing Mario was during his run. I still can’t believe he didn’t win. Emmitt Smith was just too charming that year.

Next week, I’m assuming Marissa will be the one to go home. As great as she is, I don’t think she’s on the level that the remaining contestants are. The final three should be Jason, Kristi, and Cristian in a fight for the trophy. Then again, never underestimate the popular vote. Marissa has won the hearts of America, so perhaps we shouldn’t count her out yet.


Anonymous said...

You're right Tube Talk Girl. Mario's scores were way too low. I thought he deserved 10s for that waltz too and his jive wasn't that bad. Len's comment about his feet were just mean. I've never seen him be like that. Did someone pee in his Cheerios?

Kim said...

I miss Maks, too! I hope he'll be back next season. I just read at TV Guide that he's still under contract for next year, so maybe he'll return

chacha said...

I wasn't sure that was Ashly until I saw your post. She was so great during the first three seasons, even when she got hooked up with slacker Master P. Come home soon, Ashly!

kellyt23 said...

Look how thin Marissa looks in that photo. I bet she's like a size eight or ten. On TV next to those itty bitty dancers and celebs she doesn't look that thin though. I'm rooting for her. She's shown great improvment and Tony seems to be happier than I've ever seen him, even when he was paired with the blonde with the six foot legs.

Anonymous said...

Mario and his "bloody big ugly" feet can knock at my door anytime. Len is nuts!

jellybean said...

I thought Cristian was AWESOME!!!!!

That one-handed lift was so cool.

obxrulz said...

I really loved last night's show. Looking back at all the past dances really made me realize how incredible some of the past contestants were...Joey Fatone, Mario Lopez, Kelly Monaco...I wish they would have showed Joey Lawrence though. He had some really great dances.

Jenny said...

I forgot how good Kelly Monaco was. But then didn't they turn around and take her trophy and give it to that John guy?

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