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DWTS is back with Season 16

My first question to everyone is, what do you think about DWTS adding a contemporary category to the show? Let me know on my twitter: @toniredpath

D.L.: I’m afraid he is NOT going to be the first comedian to win DWTS. His cha-cha was clunky and thumpy.

Andy: Was he crying over Foxtrot!?? Wow, isn’t he meant to be a comedian? His routine was actually better than expected. Dreading seeing him do Latin though.

Wynonna: It’s interesting watching all these professional performers crying so early in the competition. Perfectionists put so much pressure on themselves that they actually just melt down and stop functioning.
Her cha-cha was OK but she has got to raise her eye level up. Looking down makes her look so unconfident.

Lisa: She (and Gleb) have got to go. Their forced chemistry weirds me out. And the dancing sucked!

Victor: I think he could be a sweet surprise. He looked quite comfortable and happy out there dancing the foxtrot. Lindsay was smart with the choreography because she designed it for him look at her a lot!
It did 2 things…

  1. Slightly camouflaged his hunched posture and
  2. Highlighted their genuine chemistry.

Sean: My favorite moment of the night came from him
“I’m not going to lie to you I forgotten everything,” then he laughed (all these crying celebs should take a page out of his book).
Her looked pretty good in his Foxtrot, but I must admit it was a crazy routine. Pinball Foxtrot? Ok?
Very dynamic though, so props for that.

Jacoby: He’s so fun to watch! What a natural mover. I can’t believe he leant that routine in a week! Karina is going to have so much fun working with him this season.

Ingo: DWTS =” DANCING” with the Stars (not specifically “BALLROOM” Dancing with the Stars) however, I think the Contemporary couple has a distinct advantage, over the other couples who are doing Ballroom, because they can do lifts. It just looks more impressive. If they are going to do Contemporary everybody has to do it at the same time to get the same advantage. I think it’s actually harder to keep your feet on the floor and look graceful.

Dorothy: What I can say is she’s obviously got such a head start over all the other competitors. Even though ice-skating is not dancing you can tell she is trained posture, movement and grace. Didn’t love the routine, but she is obviously going to be very good in the competition.

Aly: Va Va Voom! She has all the ingredients to be a top contender. She’s athletic, flexible, young and vivacious. I’m looking forward to seeing her improve in the ballroom dances.

Kellie: LOVED her interpretation of the “figure 8″ (A phrase coming we used by dance teachers to describe what a hips are doing during Cuban motion).
If you have to pick a winner of the Ballroom dancing division (Foxtrot/Cha Cha ) from week 1 she is obviously it. She has the best technique and the best performance skills… plus she has a Derek!!

Zendaya: Obviously the best contemporary number of the night was by Zendaya. She is fluid and beautiful.. I can’t wait to see her in the ballroom dances. I think she’ll be amazing!

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