Dancing With The Stars: Melissa Keeps On Chugging Along - Here's The Rankings Rankings and Commentary by RTVC Senior Staff Writer Joseph Braverman
May 7, 2012
None were particularly exciting like Season Twelve’s eclectic mix of Classical music, but I do think this theme is definitely worth revisiting.
It produced one of my favorite episodes in the history of the show, and is still the only redeeming quality for Season 12 in my humble opinion.
For me, the four who could all very well win are Katherine Jenkins, Maria Menounos, Donald Driver, and William Levy.
I don’t see America being cruel and splitting up this strong foursome. They are all just too talented at this point.
I know it has been awhile since you’ve heard from me – I’ve been extremely busy in my personal life and have tried to really put all my reality television concentration on this season of American Idol – so don’t be surprised if suddenly I have a new favorite.
After the first two weeks of the season had passed, Katherine was easily my favorite. I still love her spirit and her perfect technique to match, but lately I’ve been missing the emotional factor.
There is a coldness to Mark’s choreography that doesn’t place Katherine in the best of lights – I hate to say this, but some of her routines leave me cold as ice.
However, I did like what Mark did with the Rumba. Instead of playing it raunchy, Mark brought a classical approach where Katherine could really stand out with some amazingly displayed technique and a command of her partner.
For once, I never felt like Mark was trying to outshine or outpace his partner – he let Katherine be Queen Cleopatra for the evening.
It wasn’t a perfect dance, but it was solid in my book, which is more than what I’ve been able to feel from the pair in a long time.
My new favorite now is Maria Menounos. I love her tenacity and her work ethic.
Anyone who shows incredible amounts of passion will always have me as a fan in their corner.
Maria knows she isn’t a natural dancer, but listens to Derek’s suggestions like the perfectionist she is.
Her Paso Doble this week was amazing. Sure, it may not have been my personal favorite of the season – that honor goes to the pair’s Rumba to “Material Girl” – but it was pretty damn close.
What it reminded me of was Bram Stoker’s original European setting for the world in which the vampire, Count Dracula, reigned supreme.
It had that Olde-English quality to the routine while still paying great homage to Stoker’s vision for the vampire.
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