McKayla Maroney is not impressed with the talent, bikini, or evening wear portions of your pageant, Miss America. Just kidding! She might be! She is going to judge the ever-loving s**t out of you, though, on on January 12, when the Olympic gymnastic champion and top meme of 2012 takes on judging duties at the 2013 Miss America Pageant/Competition/Scholarship Program/Girls in Sparkly Bikinis Event.
Ms. Maroney will be joined by eight other judges at this year's Las Vegas-based event, including Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke, Oprah Winfrey "glam squad" fashion guru and amazing-name-haver Bradley Bayou, weatherman Sam Champion, Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, Shark Tank star Daymond John, and 2009's Miss America, Katie Stam Irk. The judges were announced live this morning on ABC's Good Morning America—the same program where Champion tells you whether or not to wear a jacket!
For those somehow completely in the dark on what the Miss America pageant is all about, let's break it down: according to the organization, the program "exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community", while also providing "a forum for today's young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the telecast and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year." So, a lot of spray-tanned girls waltzing around on stage in bikinis, sparkly things, and business suits talking about all the things they do and attempting to achieve relatable intelligence. Also those bikinis seem to be popular. We're sure, though, with all the silver and gold medals Maroney's used to, she may be a wee bit underwhelmed by what she sees—thank goodness there are judges that are way easier to impress also on the panel.
This year's sparkly queen of America will be chosen in a live broadcast on ABC, January 12, 2013 at 9PM ET. Are you going to to tune in? Let us know in the comments!
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Jason Statham headlining a gritty action thriller is as routine as the sun coming up. But the man has the role down to a science — whether he's a down-on-his-luck cop former CIA agent ruthless assassin or any of the other stock characters that open up the Pandora's Box of butt-kicking Statham can deliver. Safe embraces these expectations throwing together an amalgamated central character (Luke Wright a currently homeless former NYPD cop who was secretly black ops maybe assassin hired by the blah blah blah) who goes to battle with every bad guy New York City can offer. Russian mafia Chinese mafia corrupt cops — name the group Statham breaks their tracheae. If that sounds delightful and fresh Safe is a must-see.
Wright's metropolitan misadventure begins after he crosses path with a young Chinese girl Mei (newcomer Catherine Chan) whose endless memory holds the combination to a locked up unknown prize. Every immoral guy in town wants the information — Han Jiao (James Hong) and his gang who kidnapped the girl from her home country want their lost property back; Vassily Docheski (Joseph Sikora) wants to make his mob operation richer; Mayor Tremello (Chris Sarandon) and Captain Wolf (Robert John Burke) want to keep the whole thing under wraps so they continue extorting the crime families. Then there's Wright just a nice guy looking to do a nice thing for a girl in trouble. Commence gun fire and painful deaths.
Writer/Director Boaz Yakin does his best to innovate within the Statham formula utilizing some tricky camera work and snappy comedy dialogue. Simple things keep us on our toes; when Wright first rescues Mei from the clutches of pursuing goons the two jump into a car. We're in the back seat witnessing Statham slamming people back and forth the rear view mirror catching all of the action behind us. In a movie where violence is prioritized over plot the little things really count. Yakin knows it.
Tonally Safe never clicks and it's a major barrier for enjoyment. On one hand it's all about realism — the emotional trauma undergone by a child the real world implications of criminal activity and the bigger picture issues at hand (Sarandon's mayor character just had to go and make it a 9/11 thing didn't he). On the other countless people are gunned down in array of cartoonish violence. Safe isn't Crank; this fact makes rooting for Statham as he punches and shoots his way through crowds of mafiosos a little uncomfortable. The movie's too heavy for its own good even for a strongman like Statham.
Tonight was the finale of Dancing with the Stars, and the three couples worked their hardest to pull out all the stops to impress the judges and try one last time to get some perfect scores. Each couple performed two dances: a regular routine, and then the infamous freestyle (the judges pointed out early on in the episode that each year, it seems that the people who do the best freestyle go on to win the trophy).
First to dance was Ricky Lake with the Cha Cha Cha, It was a pretty boring dance, and she seemed to be playing it safe. It wasn't as passionate as some of her other dances have been, but Len enjoyed it and said "it was a dance deserving of this final." She and Derek received 27 points for their routine.
Next was Rob Kardashian with the Waltz. It was graceful, intimate, and very nicely danced. He seemed very comfortable and confident in himself, and Carrie Ann told him he was "the male version of Cinderella." He also earned 27 points.
Then came J.R. Martinez with his Salsa, and there were a few moments where J.R. was clearly out of sync with Karina. The judges were quick to point out to him he didn't dance very well and that his posture was off the entire time. They did not refrain from expressing their disappointment with his routine, and they gave him 24 points.
The Freestyles were next. As I mentioned earlier, the couple that performs the best Freestyle usually goes on to win the season. First came Ricky, and it was clear she benefitted from having the best choreographer this season. She completed numerous complicated lifts, but did get a little disoriented once or twice. But for the most part, I don’t believe her movements have ever been more precise. The judges gave her 27 points for her dance, giving her a total of 54 points for the night.
Rob Kardashian’s Freestyle was also pretty great, and Cheryl was smart to realize that over the course of Rob’s time on the show he always performed better in the slower dances. So she chose to have them start off slow, but then quicken the pace later on in their routine – and it definitely worked in their favor. Rob is not going to win Dancing with the Stars, but it was definitely an enjoyable dance to watch. They got a perfect score for their Freestyle, meaning they earned 57 points overall.
Last came J.R. Martinez, whose Freestyle was exceptional. Every bit of it was perfect, and it completely captured the essence of what a Freestyle is, which is a completely unrestrained and unfiltered dance. It will surely go down as one of the best performances in Dancing with the Stars history, and not surprisingly, it earned J.R. and Karina a perfect score. They also got 54 points for the whole night, meaning they tied with Ricky Lake and Derek Hough for second place behind Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke.
The semi finals of this season of Dancing with the Stars were last night, and tonight we learned which of the four remaining couples weren't going into the finals. The two pairs in danger of going home were Hope Solo (who was criticized last night for not matching any artistry with her aggression) and JR Martinez (who the judges disappointed with his reserved movements). But ultimately, Hope Solo was sent home, and she told Brooke Burke, ""This competition is one of the toughest competitions I've ever been a part of. Instead of trying to win a Mirror Ball Trophy, I'm going to try to win a gold medal this summer at the Olympics. Maks was amazing, the producer of the show! Thank you, Maks, for having me on your show." And in a surprisingly sweet moment, Maks thanked Hope for being his partner and apologized that he didn't get her further. This means the finalists for this season are Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, and Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke. Tune in next week to watch one of them walk away with the Mirror Ball trophy!
Last night on Dancing with the Stars, one couple had to go home before the four remaining groups were to go on to the semi finals. I think we all agree Rob, J.R. and Ricki Lake were safe going into last night's show, and so that left Hope Solo and Nancy Grace up for elimination. So who ultimately got the least votes? None other than the firecracker and mother of two, Miss Nancy and her partner Tristan. From the way she reacted it was as if she knew it was her time to leave the show, but she deserves great praise for sticking around this long and for beating out countless other younger (and possibly more agile) competitors. When Brooke Burke asked her if she was proud of herself, she said "I am so proud, but I really cannot take the credit. You know what, it's been all Tristan from the get-go. And the whole crew at Dancing with the Stars, my family who flew out here to take care of my twins so I could dance...all of you, and especially to you Tristan. Thank you." Tristan also took some time to extend his thanks to everyone involved for being so welcoming during his first season on the show, and hopefully we'll get to see him go even farther next season.
After his enthusiasm for the show and his partner, Kym Johnson, compelled viewers to vote for him for six weeks, David Arquette was sent home last night on Dancing with the Stars. It seemed to come as a shock to everyone in the audience -- and even to David and Kym -- that the couple at the bottom of the leader board after Monday night's performances (Tristan and Nancy Grace) made it through to the next week. Once Brooke Burke and Tom Bergeron called him down onto the stage for a chat, David said "This has to be a mistake! This is my show! I love all the people I got to know and dance with. This whole production is top-notch, and thank you to all the fans!"
Interestingly enough, The Hollywood Reporter ran an interview with David yesterday -- before he was eliminated from the show -- where he and his partner acknowledged the possibility that they would be going home. David said, "I set out to entertain people, learn more about myself, challenge myself, get in shape, have fun and learn how to dance. I've done all that...Everything hurts. My knees hurt. My ankle hurts. My ribs hurt. I pulled my breast muscle. I mean, how do you do that?"
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For the first time in a long time, the person who earned the lowest scores of the week was eliminated on Dancing with the Stars. Unfortunately, the person sent home was the person we all wanted to win the competition, which was Chaz Bono. After he learned he was eliminated, he told Brooke Burke and Tom Bergeron, "I took so much away from this experience. This was an amazing journey that really pushed me and showed me that I could do so much more than I ever thought I could. I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man," he added. "I dedicate everything I did to all the people out there like me, especially the kids and teens who are struggling. You can have a wonderful, great life and be successful and happy." All we can say is he will be truly missed, and the competition won't be the same without him.
After last night's pretty successful 80's Night, the dancers and the celebrities were eager to make it through into next week's round, where the pairs will perform routines to songs from hit Broadway musicals. But one couple had to be sent home before then, and the three celebrities up for elimination after were David Arquette, Hope Solo, and Carson Kressley. At the last minute David was saved from elimination, and then it was announced that Carson received the least amount of votes and was therefore sent home. Before leaving, he told Brooke Burke how thankful he was that Anna was his partner and he explained how the whole experience of being on the show brought him such joy. Tom Bergeron pointed out it seemed unfair he was going home the week before the Broadway tribute episode, and Carson replied that it didn't matter because he was going to be in the audience for the rest of the season to cheer on his cast mates.
Tonight was another elimination night on Dancing with the Stars, and the three celebrities who received the lowest votes were Rob Kardashian (who danced the Paso Doble to the theme from Superman), Chynna Phillips (who danced a Tango to the theme from Mission Impossible), and Nancy Grace (who danced the Paso Doble to the theme song from Flash Gordon). At the last moment, Nancy Grace was saved from elimination, and then we learned the celebrity who received the least amount of votes was Chynna Phillips. She told Brooke Burke that she was disappointed, but commented that she accepted she made serious mistakes in her dance last night, and was thankful she had Tony there to help guide her through the rest of their routine.
So yes, Chaz Bono will be back next week. What if he won? Could this be the first time the celebrity who continually received the lowest scores from the judges went on to win the Mirror Ball Trophy?!
The bottom three couples on tonight's Dancing with the Stars were Elisabetta Canalis and Valentin, David Arquette and Kym and Chaz Bono and Lacey. Chaz and Lacey were saved at the last minute (they were shocked!) and so that meant either Elisabetta or David would be going home. Fortunately, voters decided to give David some more time to develop his technique, which meant Elisabetta was the celebrity who was eliminated. While talking to Brooke Burke and Tom Bergeron about her time on the show, Elisabetta expressed that she was thankful to come to the United States for work and she even thanked her partner Valentin for all his hard work, and then Valentin apologized for not being a better teacher. To be quite honest, I'm really glad Elisabetta is gone. She was undoubtedly the weakest one in the competition, and didn't even seem to particularly care as to how well she did. Chaz is much more deserving of competing on the show because of his desires to prove all the people who wish the worst for him wrong, and even though his weight places significant limitations on his routines, he genuinely wants to be there for as long as he can. In the two weeks that Elisabetta was in the competition, she displayed little or no interest in how far she got, and really didn't seem committed to rehearsing to the extent that is required to succeed on the show. And so in that way, Elisabetta's elimination essentially made the show more competitive -- without the worst person there, everyone's going to have to get better.