Unpopular Opinions: ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Hi, hi, hello! My name is India, and in addition to acting as Kari’s punching bag and legal representation on the Internet, I also have a few unpopular opinions. Unfortunately, I usually don’t know that my opinion is unpopular until I’m being reamed out in a spectacularly public fashion. Dear readers, I, like the dolphins in “Bridesmaids,” am here to save you from similar humiliation.

In my debut column, Unpopular Opinions, I will share some of my greatest (worst?) hits and also provide some superior alternatives so you can keep your thumb on the pulse of pop culture without having to suffer through inferior material. Let’s get started!

So, “Dancing with the Stars.” It’s a bad TV show, straight up. As loyal followers of Blog Like It’s Hot, you know that Kari and my other roommates are big fans of the show. As the only AT&T subscriber in the apartment, this puts me in a difficult spot when voting time comes around.

Despite the high ratings and endless line of C-list celebrities (sorry, Rob!), this show has failed to pique my interest.

First, the dancing is bad. Yes, yes, I know the premise of the show is teaching C- and D-listers to ballroom dance, but seriously. Viewers are forced to watch the same ballroom dances from episode to episode with little variation beyond who will screw up this time. How many times can someone realistically watch someone stumble through a paso doble before they are longing for something, anything, even infomercials, to break up the monotony? Pro-tip – I make it about ten minutes every time.

Second, the music is terrible. I love a good cover band, but the band on “Dancing with the Stars” is routinely sub-par, fumbling contemporary songs so badly that I cannot pay attention to anything else. The singers are nearly always off-key, the tempo is mangled, and the overall effect often forces me to leave the room clutching my ears. Points for enthusiasm, guys, but some songs just aren’t meant to be mashed into a sambo rhythm.

Skip to 2:00 to listen to the house band commit aural crimes against humanity as they butcher Gwen Stefani’s “What’chu Waiting For” while Mario Lopez attempts to tango.

Third, the costumes are questionable at best and seem to be approximately 30% double-sided tape. I’m not sure how being mostly covered in nude spandex with some flowy bits tacked on contributes to one’s ballroom dancing, but check out the monstrosity below.

Image from starpulse.com.

So combine bad dancing, bad cover songs, and bad costumes, and we have a bad show.  “Dancing with the Stars.” I do not recommend it.

If you, and I understand the urge, need something to fill the dance-shaped hole in your life, try FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” or MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Not only do the shows feature real dancers, but the music and costumes are waaaaay better! Checkout ABDC’s Season 1 winners, the Jabbawockeez, below!


Future of Hollywood?

Nowadays, the celebrities aren’t the only ones in the spotlight…their babies are! They haven’t been in any movies, on television shows, or in magazines. Celebrity babies have become famous because their parents are stars, but being cute doesn’t hurt either.

We are so invested in celebrity babies that we know them by their first names, we buy the magazines right after they are born, and we want to know where they shop. For example, there is a website dedicated to Suri Cruise’s clothing choices: http://suricruiseclothes.blogspot.com/.

While all of the famous babies are special in their own way, some of the babies are destined to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Listed below are the future stars of Hollywood.

Kingston Rossdale

No Doubt’s lead singer, Gwen Stefani and the front man of Bush, Gavin Rossdale, gave birth to their first son, Kingston on May 26, 2006. We first found out about Kingston when his mom yelled out to the audience at a concert, “I want you to sing so loud that the baby hears it.” “Us Weekly” confirmed the story.

With these two rock stars as parents, how can Kingston not be destined to be the lead singer of a rockin’ rock band? Being spotted in fashionable suits with epic mohawk haircuts, he is being groomed to be the next Grammy award winning artist!

Maddox Jolie-Pitt

Adopted by Angelina Jolie on March 10, 2002, the world was introduced to Jolie’s first of six children. Obviously being in the presence of Angelina Jolie, some of that acting talent should be rubbing off. And with the addition of Brad Pitt to the family, Maddox already is an unstoppable force in Hollywood.

Along with an acting career waiting for him, I could see him becoming a humanitarian, just like his parents. Maddox has seen more of the world then some adults! Spending Halloween in Hungary, Christmas in Paris and weekends in Venice, Maddox is living every baby’s dream!

Suri Cruise

Born on April 18, 2006, Katie Holmes clone, also known as Suri, is the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Suri was surrounded by controversy and the musings of tabloids before her birth. With rumors swirling of a Scientology “silent birth” and the questioning of her existence, Suri was born into the spotlight.

We finally met Suri on the cover of “Vanity Fair” on the October 2006 issue. Even today, Suri is constantly in the press for her fashion choices. I must say myself that she dresses better than I do. We can see Suri rocking the runway or designing clothes (just like her mom) at future Fashion Weeks to come!

Celebrity babies are fun, cute and offer us a happier side to the world of entertainment. We love to see what they are up to, where they are getting their cool baby toys and what funny things they will do next. Remember when Suri picked up the X-rated gummy bears? I can’t wait to see where you end up in the future.

Photos Courtesy annehelenpetersen.com, news.softpedia.com, and bittenandbound.com


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