I am totally the biggest nerd in the world, but I love me some good reality TV and I love, love, love Dancing with the Stars. And I’ll admit it. I thought it was going to flop when it first came out. I didn’t even watch the first season because it sounded like such a lame show, but then there was all the hype around it and I jumped on the bandwagon. What can I say? I’m kinda a follower.
So, earlier this week when I heard they had announced the new cast for season 13, I was so excited to see who they all were and how they were matched up with the pros… because lets be honest, it’s all about the pro you’re matched up with. Some are just more enjoyable and better choreographers than others. You know what I mean.
So, first up we have Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskya. I think Carson is going to be a hoot to watch. His practices are probably going to be some of the best. And I bet he’s light on his feet, too. I think it’s odd that they paired him with Anna, though. Because is it just me or is she very unlikable? She just seems so cold. Maybe it’s just in the edit?
Next up is Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer. I know this is totally politically incorrect, but the whole gender thing really throws me for a loop! I have a hard enough time calling my friends by their nicknames after I’ve been calling them by their full names, so to go from female to male is just too much for me. (I told you I’m politically incorrect.) Then there’s Lacey who I loved on SYTYCD, but I haven’t been too impressed with on DWTS. She’s always got some crazy outfit on (usually metallic) that distracts me from her dancing.
“Someday somebody’s gonna make you wanna turn around and say good bye…” LOVE THAT SONG! And next is Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani. Poor Chynna. Tony is by far my least favorite pro. It bugs me to death that he’s called the “bad boy of the ballroom.” Really? It is because he always wear his shirt unbuttoned to his navel? Because honestly I just find him incredibly annoying.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson… hmmmmmmm…. should be interesting. Is he trying to make a comeback because he knows the public is way too Team Courtney. Because we are. And a little ballroom dancing isn’t going to change that, buddy. No siree bob. You tell your jokes at practice. You do your quick step and your jive, but my baby tee says Team Courtney.
Next is Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovski, better known as Maks’ brother. I know Elisabetta is a model and all, but I think her real claim to fame is that she was George Clooney’s girlfriend. Which, that’s cool. Honestly, I could be completely wrong, but I’m guessing these two are going to be a snooze-fest and will be gone by the third week. But maybe I’ll be surprised and they’ll turn into another Brooke Burke and Derek Hough. Who knows?
Usually Maks is paired with someone who he can fight with. Someone feisty and firey that doesn’t take his crap, even though she usually has a breakdown mid-season after he makes her cry. This year he’s paired with Hope Solo, soccer superstar. I don’t do much sporting, especially when it involves a ball, so I don’t know much about Hope. Seems like an athlete of her caliber would be able to stand her ground against a ballroom dancer. And I bet she’s quick on her feet, too. This could be the winning duo.
Karina Smirnoff is paired up with war vet turned soap star, J.R. Martinez. Sidenote: Do you think things are still awkward between Maks and Karina? Just wondering. This was actually a wise match. Because Karina is not nice. Not nice at all. And being paired with an injured war vet is probably going to pull at some heart strings. Good move, producers. Good move.
The couple I’m most, most, most excited about… Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas. I told you I was a reality TV junkie! I loved The Hills, and I miss LC and Brody. But Kristin will do. And Mark Ballas is my favorite pro. His choreography is stellar, and he seems like a nice guy. And he’s so cute and small. I could just shrink him down to the size of a strawberry and carry in him in my pocket. 20 bucks to the person who knows where I got that from. (Not really 20 bucks, but maybe a high five.)
Newbie, Tristan MacManus got the old lady, Nancy Grace. (I figured I was already politically incorrect with Chaz Bono, so I thought I would make it a running theme in this post and call Nancy Grace an old lady.) Kinda strange that they didn’t give the old lady to Tony. He usually gets the more mature female of the group, ’cause he’s a bad boy, you know. Honestly, I don’t know who Nancy Grace is. Her bio says that she is a “respected legal analyst” and her first book is titled Objection! So my guess is that she will be battling Elisabetta for who is the biggest snooze-fest. Yawn.
Gotta love Ricki Lake! Especially since she made that movie where she video taped herself giving birth in her own bathtub. And she’s paired with Derek Hough, who I have mixed feelings about. On the one hand, he’s a great choreographer and always gives us something great. But on the other hand, he seems arrogant and cocky. And then there was that whole awkward moment of dipping and dipping and dipping and dipping his partner during that dance off competition a few seasons back. That just didn’t sit right with me. So, we’ll see. I’m sure they’ll last awhile.
Rob Kardashian is paired up with Cheryl Burke. Cheryl is probably my favorite of the female pros. She’s just good dancing, you know? And I like the way she flips her hair around. She usually flips so hard that she ends up losing an earring at least once a season. Hopefully Rob has some more skillz than his sister, cuz she kinda sucked, right? If so, this could be another dynamic duo.
Finally we have Ron Artest and newbie Petra Murgatroyd… which, I would hate to have a last name that ends in “royd.” Hopefully she’s tall. Athletes usually fair well in this competition, but it’s always awkward when there’s a huge height difference, you know? Hey. Do you think Khloe and Lamar will come and watch, and Khloe with root for Rob while Lamar roots for Ron? I love it when reality TV worlds collide!
So, that’s the line up. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the top three will be Hope and Maks, Kristin and Mark, and Ricki and Derek. My guess is Tristan and Nancy will be the first one’s out.
So, who’s your favorites? And who do you think will be taking an early exit?