Dance War, Episode 2: Survivorby Jill Jones -- 01/15/2008
Last week on Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, hopefuls from all over the country sang and danced their way into the hearts of Bruno and Carrie Ann. 14 talented performers made the cut; however, two of them will be eliminated tonight. Let’s find out who stays and who goes, and if the show becomes any more entertaining.
Drew welcomes us to the show and the finalists perform for us. I don’t know their names yet, so I can’t tell you who does what. I can tell you that these are the performers in case you missed my article from last week:
Several things stand out to me: the performers don’t seem to be as nervous as I would think they would be, and Drew’s hosting skills have improved since Dancing with the Stars.
Next, Drew introduces Bruno and Carrie Ann. All they do, though, is walk out on stage, walk over to their seats, and sit down. What an entrance. Finally, Drew asks them questions. Carrie Ann points out that most people on TV don’t sing and dance live anymore. Bruno says he is ready for a battle. The audience goes wild.
Drew introduces the male performers. They now sing and dance to “Hold On, I’m Coming.” Overall, the dancing is much better than the singing; some of the guys hit a few rough notes. The hotties receive a lot of cheers and screams from the audience.
Carrie Ann says that Bradley and Zack stood out for her. Bruno notes the performances by Chris, Phil, and Tony.
It’s now time for four of the men to perform together. Maxx is shown talking to cows at home. Can I just tell you that there is nothing better than petting a cow? If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot. Qis (Marqis) says he’d like to be on Carrie Ann’s team. He’s also very charismatic. Chris loves to perform for his family. His mom, who has MS, is his inspiration. Bradley has been performing for a long time. He wants nothing more than an opportunity to entertain.
The guys perform to “Larger Than Life.” The performance is impressive, but a bit cheesy. I feel like I’m watching a boy band, and at my age, that’s just wrong.
After the performance, Bruno and Carrie Ann give their critiques; they don’t hold back. In fact, Carrie Ann calls Qis out for a mistake he made with his dancing.
The remaining three men prepare for their performance. Zack talks about his family. He’s studying to be a dentist, but entertainment is his real passion. Tony moved to Los Angeles with next to nothing. He hopes the show gives him his big break. Phillip tells us that he hasn’t had much training in dance. He’s also a competitor and isn’t fond of losing.
The guys perform to “Hard to Handle.” Carrie Ann dances in her seat; she looks like she’s at a strip club.
Carrie Ann tells the guys they have the strongest voices. Bruno feels that Tony’s talents go deeper than he thinks.
It’s now time Bruno and Carrie Ann to pick the men for their teams. Carrie Ann gets to choose first. She goes with Bradley. Bruno acts as if he’s mad. Bradley tears up.
Bruno says he needs a leading man for his team. With that, he selects Zack. Now it’s Carrie Ann’s turn to be mad. Oh, the drama!
For her next team member, Carrie Ann selects Chris. The cheese continues.
Bruno tells Tony that he’s on his team. The remaining guys are told that they will perform at the end of the show before Bruno and Carrie Ann make their final choices.
Can this show drag on any longer than it already has?
The women now take to the stage. They perform to ”Bad Girls.” Some of them have really strong voices. I’m impressed.
Once again, Bruno and Carrie Ann talk about who stood out to them. Bruno says that Lacey and Mariel have great voices. Carrie Ann tells Corina that her dancing was a bit off.
Four of the girls prepare to dance together. Kelsey tells us that her mom is a dance instructor so she has danced almost all of her life. Corina wants to be taken seriously by the coaches. Allysa talks about the flavor that she has. Charity teaches dance to little kids; they are adorable.
The girls sing and dance to “The Beat Goes On.” The performance is fine, but because of the song, there isn’t a lot of singing.
Carrie Ann compliments Allysa and Kelsey on their performances. Bruno tells Corina that she messed up on her vocals. Drew tells her that her singing sounded good to him. Stay out of it, Drew.
It’s time to meet the remaining women. Mariel talks about her grandmother, who is dying. This show is a downer. Lacey is the choir director at her church. Her voice is incredible. Elizabeth is close to her family. She’s quite adorable.
The women perform to “Lady Marmalade.” Nothing says “entertainment” like a song about sex. Anyway, this performance blows the other one away. All three of the girls can sing.
Bruno says, “Now we are in business.” Carrie Ann says that Mariel blew her over (not away). Riveting.
The coaches now see who picks the remainder of their teams first. Bruno wins the opening selection this time.
Bruno tells the women he wants a diva. He selects Lacey.
Carrie Ann selects Mariel. She wants soul on her team.
For his next selection, Bruno goes with Kelsey. He describes her as hot, solid, and sexy. Right now, I’m tired, fat, and cranky.
Carrie Ann chooses Elizabeth for her next pick. She notes that she’s not the greatest all-around performer, but she has a great voice.
The remaining three women must perform one last time before Bruno and Carrie Ann finish putting their teams together.
Drew asks Bruno and Carrie Ann how the remaining sex can improve. Tee hee. He actually said “sex.” The coaches give everyone a pep talk.
Charity, Corina, and Allysa are up. They perform to “Survivor.” It literally hurts my ears. In keeping with the cheese, the final three men perform to “End of the Road.” In my humble opinion, they do a much better job than the women; however, one of them will be going home regardless.
If you read my recaps for Dancing with the Stars, you know I hate filler. Just when I think I’ve had all I can take, the show begins to wrap up. Bruno once again gets to select first.
Bruno has to pick one guy and one girl for his team. He goes with Phillip and Charity. Bruno now has his team.
Carrie Ann is ready to select. Drew tells her that he wouldn’t want to be her right now. Carrie Ann reaches a decision. She selects Qis and Allysa. That means that Maxx and Corina have been eliminated. The two go out with class and style. They should be proud of their accomplishments.
Drew tells us the teams will return next week to perform. The viewers will finally have a say-so in who stays and who goes (sort of). Join me then. And if you can’t make it, turn to RNO for the recap. I promise to make it more exciting than the show.
Jill is an east coast mama who loves Michael Kors, Bea Arthur, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. If she were in a room with the three of them, she might explode. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss these individuals and other topics.
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