I must give credit to IW’s own Pam for coming up with the title for this week’s episode thread.(Kate was saved from elimination in week four and will be dancing the Fox Trot this week!)
So much to report it is hard to know where to start. How about with the positive? Kate showed marked improvement with her tango last week. Not only was she more technically proficient, but she actually didn’t look petrified. She kinda sorta almost looked like she was having fun! And for those of us who have been rooting for her, it made for enjoyable viewing. Kate garnered the lowest score, but only one point lower than Aiden. I might note that Kate’s scores would have matched Aiden’s, if Carrie Ann -aka the Lift Nazi (not sure who originated that name, but I love it) hadn’t witnessed one of the imaginary lifts that only Carrie Ann notices and marked Kate and Tony down a point. Anyway, it didn’t matter, because Kate was safe again thanks to viewer support – and that includes many of you!
Why even Maks had nice things to say about Kate’s performance last week in his weekly blog for TV Guide. “Kate did much better this week. The scores didn’t really reflect that per se, but it was definitely a better performance. She’s very foot heavy still, but there were more instances where you could tell she was enjoying herself. I’m hoping to see more of that. Her facial expressions were a little more relaxed. By facial expression, I don’t mean in a real-life way. Like I’ve said before, success is 50 percent technique and 50 percent presentation. She has to present the mood and the character. If the mood changes and she enjoys herself more and more, she will get better.”
Some have suggested Maks doesn’t like Kate. This is based on a couple of videos floating around – one with Maks rolling his eyes at the mention of her name. I mentioned this to Ann@IW and she offered an astute observation I hadn’t considered. Perhaps Maks doesn’t have a problem with Kate, The Person, but is annoyed at all the hullabaloo surrounding her participation this season. And that is completely understandable. The thing is – none of that is Kate’s fault. In fact, I give at least 80% of the credit to Kate’s detractors. They continue to feed the Kate Buzz daily on the internet and that fuels the media machine to some degree.
So enough about last week, let’s look ahead to Monday night. Thanks to the blog, Puredwts.com, we have the lowdown on the expected dances and some insight into the likely musical numbers. Remember, this is Movie Week on DWTS.
-Kate/Tony – Fox Trot. Kate says they are dancing to a song from an 80’s movie. Speculation is it might be “The Breakfast Club.” I am excited to see what Kate and Tony bring. I know it has been an exhausting week for them both.
Erin/Maks – Jive. Word is “Pulp Fiction” will be their movie. I am running through the possible song choices. Can’t wait to see this.
Evan/Anna – Rumba. Might possibly be dancing to a romantic song from an action movie.
-Jake/Chelsie – Cha Cha. Rumors are they are dancing to “Risky Business.” If that is true, the song must be “Old Time Rock And Roll.” Interesting.
-Niecy/Louis – Jive. Dancing to “La Bamba.” Not sure if it is the title song or not.
Nicole/Derek – Tango. Chitchat indicates “Pretty Woman” will be the movie they will dance to. No definitive word on the song selection, however.
Pam/Damian and Chad/Cheryl. Quickstep. No additional details available at this time.
Once again, I don’t think I need to remind anyone that Kate needs our votes. And help has arrived from unexpected quarters. The supremely unfunny late-night host, George Lopez, has decided to hop on the Kate publicity bandwagon and has created a campaign and website to urge his viewers to vote for Kate. “Times are tough, but when we see that, we feel better about ourselves!” Oh, George you are hilarious. You obviously belong to the school of comedy that likes to pick on the shortcomings of others. Kind of a male Joan Rivers, perhaps? You know what else is funny??? The fact that you owe your career to Sandra Bullock, not to your talent. (We already know Sandy doesn’t have the best taste in men).
But a vote is a vote – right? I am sure a few of Lopez’s minuscule audience members will follow along with ‘the joke’ and vote for Kate, so no harm is really being done. End of rant.
Back to the positive, let’s keep Kate another week and allow her to showcase yet more improvement. Vote away!
Kate — 800-VOTE4-10 (800-868-3410), Text Code: 3410, and on ABC.com.
Erin — (just cause we love her too!) 800-VOTE4-03 (800-868-3403), Text Code: 3403.