Televised Talent: Monday Night Action

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

OK, I told you Monday was going to be an epic night of Televised Talent.

And it did not disappoint.

Recently, I said not to expect me to blog about Dancing with the Stars too often. But I also said I would respond to reader demand.

And though you haven’t commented on my posts — get on the stick, people ;-) — I’ve also been watching my Facebook news feed, and noticed that more of my friends seemed to be watching DWTS than the first Battle Round of The Voice.

So here are 10 random observations from Week 1:

The 80s sitcom stars (Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar) are the ones to watch. They tossed in an age-old “argument” about a boyfriend who had dumped one for the other to create controversy. Surprisingly, it worked, as did their dancing. People will want them to stick around for a while.

Drew is just happy to be there. He does have a good partner and a good personality. Both of those should take him further than local interest can.

Sigh. Bad Maks is already hitting on sweet Meryl. I hope she can keep him at bay. An ugly breakup is not what we want to see on the dance floor.

I knew I would either love or hate NeNe. I love her. Tony doesn’t often have a partner who can dance. (Remember Kate Gosslin?) It’s time he got somebody with a larger-than-life personality.

I was right about Charlie and Meryl being the ringers of the competition.

I was wrong about Cody. It seems he’s the “Disney kid.” But I still don’t know anything about him, and it’s unlikely that his Twitter and Facebook followers watch the show.

People are going to tire of the whole “did James break Peta’s heart by not calling” nonsense. Stop belaboring it, or James won’t outlast the old folks.

Oh my Land-O! Why have a 77-year-old guy talk about his knee and hip surgeries in the promo package? Billy Dee is the same age as my dad, and dances about as well. Is his sole purpose to make Diana look good? At least she has a good sense of humor. 

It’s easy for us to guess that one of those two will be the first to go. But voters have a way of surprising us and rallying so those who annoy us will stick around, while those who didn’t do half bad are the first to go. Remember Shannen Doherty? Yeah, me neither.

In the old days of DWTS, when they used to waste 3-4 or more hours of our time each week with a “results show,” they used to highlight a special dance. It wasn’t always the highest scoring but is usually the most memorable. This is my winner. It showed that Amy “got a bronze medal at the Olympics and a gold medal in the Cha Cha Cha.”

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In other excitement, what happens when your DVR is asked to:
Record The Voice and Dancing With the Stars at 8 (both 2-hour shows)
and
Record Bates Motel and Dallas (and you’ve already switched Bates to 1 a.m. Tuesday to resolve the conflict)
and
Record at least 1 other show for your roommate

and

Your DVR can only record 4 shows at a time, and that’s assuming none are being recorded in HD?

If your DVR is like mine, it cuts off just as epic moments like this are about to start:

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