Yes, I know. I have yet to spout off on the latest season of my favorite 'feel good' reality show. To be honest, when I first saw the list of contestants, my reaction was...meh. Many of the names were unfamiliar to me, and a few seemed to chosen more for shock value than either ability to dance or entertain. We're in week six now; let's see how we're doing...
- Lance Bass: Lance's biggest handicap? Edgy partner Lacey, who's way, way, way outside-the-box choreography is pissing off not only the judges but anyone's who like a bit of ballroom in their ballroom dancing. Lance himself obviously has a bit of an edge--boy-band background like Joey Fatone, but without Joey's husky silhouette.
- Toni Braxton: I confess, one of those on the list of "vaguely familiar". Didn't know about her heart condition, but seemed both sincere and talented; I was hoping she'd last a bit longer.
- Brooke Burke: Who? Sounded vaguely familiar, but I could place neither the name nor the face. As it turns out, not only does she have an amazing body (after having four adorable kids), but she's quite charming and a hell of a dancer. Currently the favorite to win, and I wouldn't mind seeing her walk off with that glitter ball.
- Rocco DiSpirito: Well, you gotta give the guy credit for giving it the ol' college try. I didn't think he'd last that long, but he was fun to watch while it lasted.
- Maurice Green: Who? Well, since I'm not a huge Olympic fan, that would explain my unfamiliarity. Seems talented on the dance floor and funny, but...I don't know...just not quite enough to earn my votes. Perhaps I expect more since he's got two-time winner Cheryl as a partner
- Kim Kardashian: The thirty or so minutes I spent watching this no-talent 'reality star' is time I'll never get back. When the phrase "sex tape" appears near the phrase "claim to fame" on one's bio, than one needs to re-examine one's life. This is an example of producers catering to the lowest common denominator. Shame on them...
- Cloris Leachman: Well, I hope I'm that limber when I'm 82. That being said, Clo's gotta go. There is a difference between laughing at you and laughing with you, and Cloris' pseudo-drunk antics aren't amusing.
- Cody Linley: Add "watching Disney programs" right next to "following the Olympics" on the list of things I don't do. However, Linley--like his partner, Julianne Hough--displays a maturity beyond his years (and refreshing coming from someone out of young Hollywood these days). Still needs a bit polish, but making quite a bit of progress; I'd like to see him make it to the final four.
- Susan Lucci: Ooh... scary. Pulled a wee bit tight, and with frightening-skinny arms. Again, at her age, in great shape overall, but she seems awfully fragile.
- Misty May-Treanor: Ooh... scary. Those shoulders. Those arms. Those legs. Lots of potential, and delightfully self-effacing; I was sorry to see her leave too soon.
- Ted McGinley: I had heard about the Ted McGinley Curse, but I never thought he was that bad an actor. Another actor in pretty good shape for his age, but, like Rocco, his enthusiasm outweighed his talent.
- Jeff Ross: I guess every season needs some jerk who think he's funny and doesn't take the competition--or the show--too seriously. Ciao, baby.
- Warren Sapp: Holy Emmett Smith flashback! Big guy, light on his feet, with a million-watt smile and a delightful personality. I'd love to see him go the distance (although I think it would be nice to have a non-athlete win this season).
My prediction? Warren and Brooke as the finalists. Let the best dancer win...