Wednesday, September 26, 2007
'DWTS': The Men's Turn on the Floor

I was oddly disappointed by the men's turn at taking the floor on last night's 'Dancing With the Stars'. The one standout of the night for me was Abercrombie & Fitch model Albert Reed, who showed he was definitely more than just a pretty face, though I will be waiting around for that promise of shirt removal. Judge Len likened his routine to watching a stripper have a go. It worked for me!

Basketball team owner and billionaire Mark Cuban was annoying to watch as he mouthed most of the words to King of the Road, and proceeded to stick out his tongue when the moves got difficult. He reminded me of watching Billy Ray Cyrus loaf around the floor from last season.

Floyd Mayweather looked as if he was ready to beat the hell out of his partner, though he negotiated the routine well enough. The judges said he need to add a bit of tenderness to his dance repertoire.

Another crowd pleaser was race car driver Helio Castroneves, who showed a little dazzle on the floor, and definitely impressed the judges. The judges praised his chemistry with partner Julianne Hough, though I think that girl would have chemistry with a brick wall and still make it look good.

Soap star Cameron Mathison was above average, and showed he has a great sense of humor to go with his good looks. He had a little bit of a hard time with the footwork due to a very demanding work schedule, and he admitted that his dance practices were sandwiched in between midnight and 4am. Ouch!

The biggest disappointment for me was Las Vegas showman Wayne Newton. I realize he is the eldest dancer on the show, but I thought he would be quite a bit smoother with his dancing, and, as it turned out, he was petrified of performing. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and the judges said he did pretty well, but needed to loosen up in the hips next time.

The final tally of scores for both the men and women are as follows:

Sabrina Bryan 9, 8, 9 = 26
Helio Castroneves 8, 9, 8 = 25
Melanie Brown 8, 8, 8 = 24
Jane Seymour 8, 8, 8 = 24
Marie Osmond 7, 7, 7 = 21
Albert Reed 7, 7, 7 = 21
Mark Cuban 7, 7, 7 = 21
Jennie Garth 7, 7, 7 = 21
Cameron Mathison 7, 7, 7 = 21
Wayne Newton 6, 7, 6 = 19
Floyd Mayweather 6, 6, 6 = 18
Josie Maran 6, 5, 5 = 16

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