I was the guest speaker at a local writers group last Thursday. It was Q&A. They could ask me anything. Naturally, one subject was about marketing, and I bloviated on blogging and Facebook and Twitter. One of the gals who follows my blog mentioned that I haven't written a single word about Dancing With the Stars this season. True. But not because I haven't been watching. I've just been so involved in writing and revising. Still, I guess it is time to rectify this oversight. I have really enjoyed watching Season 11 and certainly have formed my opinions.
Jennifer Grey has been amazing. She is 50 and looks 30 with a trim figure and flexibility that belong to a 30 year old, too. The past two weeks haven't been as stellar as she's been early on, so her age may be catching up with her (compared to the younger Brandy, for instance). But I think Jennifer will rally and could definitely win.
I really like both of the sports guys (Rick Fox and Kurt Warner). I don't think they will go on to win but they could surprise. I especially admired Kurt when he had some issues with the sexiness of a dance when he wasn't dancing with his wife. I have to respect a guy who sets a high standard of what is expected of him in his role as husband.
But my sentimental favorite is Bristol Palin. Can't help myself. Here is a young girl (just turned 19 last week) who was thrust into the public spotlight (an all too often unfriendly and sometimes vicious public spotlight) through no fault of her own, and this is what made her a "star" and brought her to the show. She surprised me in week 1. She was really good, and I think she is adorable. Yes, she doesn't have the acting/performance polish the way someone like actress Jennifer does, but I don't think she is as bad as the judges sometimes make her out to be either. Her technique has usually been at a high standard (chimp week not withstanding). And her week 6 performance was great, her best yet. She's blossoming.
I'm not sure Bristol will go all the way to win Season 11, but she is better than those who've already left the show. I'd like to see her continue on. I've got to give a lot of credit to a now-19-year-old from Alaska for conquering her fears and stepping way outside of her comfort zone to take on this competition.
I've had a few readers suggest that they would love to see me on the show since I'm a fan and some would consider me a celebrity. I know it would be fun because I love to dance (seven years of ballet while a schoolgirl and the desire to learn ballroom).
But my initial reaction is fear that I would appear much more like Cloris Leachman and much less like Jennifer Grey or Jane Seymour.