Peta Murgatrovd debuted this year as a Pro dancer on “Dancing With The Stars” and was eliminated in the first week. It was a rookie mistake that led Peta and her partner Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) to and early departure.
Ron Artest plays for the LA. Lakers and just days before “Dancing With The Stars” aired he legally changed his name to Metta World Peace. Even though the idea of dancing was fraught with images of girly stuff for Ron, he was doing it for one reason only, his daughter. Ron told “Dancing With the Stars” that he was dancing for his daughter, Diamond, who survived cancer at the age of four. He felt that if she could go through cancer treatment then he could wear fru fru outfits and dance around in heels.
While it is true the Metta’s dance skills were woefully lacking, the same could be said for Carson Kressley and Elizabetta Canalis. The difference in who went home was the presentation and theme of the dance. “Carson’s dance was very entertaining but severely lacked any connection to an actual Cha Cha.” Judge Bruno
Metta World Peace didn’t dance worse than Carson but it was the story telling of the dance that didn’t grab the attention of viewers. The celebrity dancer does not pick the choreography of the dance, the theme or the music, those are all choices made by the Pro dancer they are assigned.
Dressing Metta up as a Dennis Rodman look alike with a pimp daddy routine did not appeal to the Dancing With The Stars voting audience. As a Pro, Peta Murgatrovd will need to package her dancer in the most appealing way in order to garner votes from viewers. It was a rookie mistake that she will have to learn from in order to be better prepared on the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Peta will have to learn that entertainment value is a huge component of Dancing With The Stars and it is what the general public vote on in the first few weeks. In the first few weeks of DWTS entertainment value is what carries weak dancers into the next round and giving them some time to improve.
As for Carson Kressley he was packaged in a fun loving dance in which his steps and facial expressions were over exaggerated to look like Jagger and cover up his lack of dancing ability. Carson had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he mocked his own dance ability and Mick Jagger all at once. The high energy routine scored higher than Rob Kardashian and Meta World Peace with the judges for pure entertainment value alone. Judge Len Goodman remarked that he already knew what he wanted to see as the encore dance when he was watching Carson’s routine. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was by far her favorite performance of the night and Bruno Tonioli remarked it was great but had nothing to do with Cha Cha. What the judges loved was the routine, the energy, the entertainment but not the dancing. Carson’s was able to get away with the class clown routine in the first week but next week he is going to have to bring the footwork in order to survive.
Another rookie mistake was made by new pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy when he had his dance partner start her routine in a bed. Judge Len Goodman is notorious for hating pre-dance props and gimmicks. Len has always preferred that the dancers go straight into the routine and tell the story with the dance instead of props. When pro dancers choose to use props before their dance they know that the dance itself must be rock solid because Len will view the entire dance in a sour mood. So when Elizabetta Canalis and Val danced their first dance it was with one strike against them, the second strike came when Elizabetta looked weak and lost when not connected to her partner. Val is the younger brother of Maxsim Chmerkovskiy and bragged that he would have to bring home the mirror ball trophy since Maxsim has had 10 years to do it and has not. Val and Elizabetta don’t stand much chance of making the finals based on their first performance.
The stakes go up with each passing week of Dancing with the Stars and tonight those who got a pass from last weeks elimination based on entertainment value will have to up their technical dance skills to stay in the hunt for the mirror ball trophy.