The Season 18 cast of Dancing with the Stars includes another Real Housewife. Last season featured Lisa Vanderpump of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa was eliminated in the fourth week. This year, NeNe Leakes of the Real Housewives of Atlanta is taking her turn on the dance floor. NeNe has a recurring acting role in Glee and was featured in the sitcom The New Normal (which was cancelled after one season). NeNe also competed in Season 11 of The Celebrity Apprentice. If you’ll remember, she walked off the show during the tenth episode after arguing with fellow cast member Star Jones. She failed to win any money for her selected charity, “My Sister’s House”. Her dancing partner is Tony Donvolani who, I have to say, hasn’t gotten easy partner assignments in past seasons (Wendy Williams, Kate Gosselin, Martina Navratilova, and Wynona Judd to name a few).
Here’s a list of the rest of the competitors and their professional partners:
Sean Avery (former pro hockey player)/Karina Smirnoff
Candace Cameron Bure (actress “Full House”)/Mark Ballas
Drew Carey (comedian/actor “The Drew Carey Show”, host of “The Price is Right”)/Cheryl Burke
Meryl Davis (Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Dancer)/Maksim Chmerkovskiy
James Maslow (actor Nickelodeon’s “The Big Time Rush”)/Peta Murgatroyd
Danica McKellar (actor “The Wonder Years”)/Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Diana Nyad (Legendary Distance Swimmer)/Henry Byalikov
Amy Purdy (Paralympic Snowboarder)/Derek Hough
Cody Simpson (Pop Star and Gigi Hadid Boyfriend)/Witney Carson
Charlie White (Olympic Gold Medalist Ice Dancer)/Sharna Burgess
Billie Dee Williams (Legendary Actor)/Emma Slater
The hostess duties have also changed. Brook Burke-Charvet has been replaced by Erin Andrews.
DWTS premieres on Monday night, March 17th, at 8:00 p.m. EST. Recaps of DWTS will appear on the Wednesday blog until RHOBH ends. After that, I hope to recap the Monday competitions on Tuesdays and the Tuesday results shows on Wednesdays, if ABC’s normal DWTS scheduling is consistent with past seasons. Should be fun watching NeNe go through her practices and performances. It will be interesting to see if GiGi or anyone from the Hadid/Foster families shows up in the audience to cheer for her boyfriend Cody. Who knows, they may not even still be dating. You never know with these “Hollywood” romances. They are kind of like “Hollywood” friendships. Here today, gone tomorrow.
Survivor S28E3 by MelTheHound
Last week Brains managed to squeak one out and win a tarp, and immunity, sending Beauty to Tribal council. Exactly what makes these people beautiful is beyond me. To me the least beautiful thing in the world is stupidity and that tribe is overwhelmed by it. Brice was sent packing and frankly, I’m not disappointed to see him go.That leaves Brawn stuck in the middle without a tribal visit and a full team of 6. The douchery is deep on that tribe and it all appears to rest on Tony’s back. He and Sarah have some sort of BS Cop / blueblood alliance now that he’s admitted to being a cop, and an alliance that won’t last past the first 10 seconds of their first tribal. This is very late so I am just going to do the challenges this week.
The first one is a reward challenge and the reward, is food. In the form of 3 egg laying hens, and a rooster. Brains of course is probably the furthest on that road to starvation so they of course are hoping to pull out a win. The game is for two members of each team while blindfolded to collect 5 items from the playing field as a ‘shouter’ yells navigation instructions at them. The shouter is on a tall platform and each item once retrieved must be hoisted up to the shouter after it is placed. Sounds simple, right? The hoisters, are also blindfolded and this elevator platform is a two rope affair. Both sides have to go up at the same time.
Teams all navigate this course with the help of their callers. There are a lot of bumps, bruises and crotch shots along the way. Probst really enjoys calling these out. There wasn’t anything very difficult about any of the items but it seemed folks had trouble getting stuff balanced on that platform so it could be hoisted up. The 6th and final item to be lifted is a team flag. Let’s cut to the chase here.. Beauty won this challenge and claimed the live birds. Brawn took second place coming from way behind winning a dozen eggs. Brains, thanks to JTia not being able to properly lay a flagpole on a wooden rectangular platform, went home empty handed to a few grains of rice.
Back at the camps, brains are still hungry.. I guess Brawn is having their eggs. Beauty kills the rooster cooks him and eats him.. This is before they have a debate as to whether or not he was actually needed. Turns out not. Hens are born with all the eggs they will ever produce. The rooster is only needed if they want to make more chickens.. Here is an article I found that describes it.
Okay.. Everyone who is going to eat, has eaten… Time to start thinking about the immunity challenge. Somehow, maybe treemail, they figure it has something to do with shooting baskets. I don’t know how they figured that, I don’t remember. That isn’t the important part though. Sarah, dumbshit that she is (brawn) decides Cliff was plotting against her because Liar Tony said it was so, and she wants him gone. Somehow, she convinces others that he’s dirty because Tony is so trustworthy.. So, it’s kind of decided they will throw the immunity challenge to get rid of Cliff. Got that?
The challenge.. It’s sort of a water polo challenge I guess. Each member one at a time, will dive down at varying depths to retrieve a bouy that is tied to a rope, marked by a floating ball. Once they have the bouy, they toss it back to their platform. Once 5 are collected, they can star shooting them into the provided basket. First and second to do that, with all 5, win immunity, loser goes to tribal. If the shooter misses, someone has to retrieve it and throw it back to him. They cannot toss another before they get the one they were working with, in the basket. Any guesses as to what happened? If you guessed that Brains had a shot at it, especially with half of Brawn trying to throw the challenge, but blew it because JTia is not a strong swimmer, see Djprincessc for your platinum star. Cliff proved his worth to the team as an ex NBA player.
Yep, Brains is going to tribal council for a 3rd time. I’m not going to waste a lot of your time with the probsting here.. It was actually pretty boring. It came down to skill (Spencer) vs Loyalty (JTia).. Loyalty to whom? there isn’t anyone left.. Of course, they are talking about post mixup or post merge. So let’s end the suspense. JTia is finally rightfully voted off of the tribe. She took it in good stride, knew she was a screw up and it Was her who dumped the rice. You can see her post boot interview here. That’s all I got for this one.
I should be on time with the next one but here is why I’m late with everything this week.