Another day another Dancing with the Stars
analysis. So far, we've looked at one Olympic athlete, a soap opera legend, a celebrity chef, among others. Today, it's time to look at the comedian on the seventh season roster.
When Dancing with the Stars
returns to ABC on September 22, we'll be able to see if any of our predictions actually had any truth to them. But until then, we just have to rely on some rehearsal photos, any prior knowledge of the contestants that we might have, and some still photos of their rehearsals. Today's subjects are comedian Jeffrey Ross and his professional partner Edyta Sliwinska
Jeff Ross, the New York Friars' Club's “Roastmaster General,” doesn't have a whole lot going for him in terms of his physical prowess. But he's a popular personality among aficionados of “insult comics,” so maybe he'll be able to garner some votes that way. Other than that, I'm not sure that there is much else positive that I can say about his perceived dance potential. I'm hoping that he'll surprise me.
Jeff might be funny and good at insulting other people for laughs, but unless he can use this power to extract high scores from the judges and votes from the audience, I'm pretty sure he's going to have a tough time with this whole dance thing. He's not exactly a shining exemplar of physical strength, endurance or grace. Taking a look at the rehearsal photos here, Jeff clearly lacks good posture, which is the cornerstone of dance, and he just looks scared or out of it. He is definitely not filling me with an overwhelming confidence that he'll make it farther than week 1.
I make it no secret that Edyta Sliwinska is my favorite professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars
. I mean, all the pros are amazingly talented and they all come up with excellent choreography, but I think that Edyta sets herself apart with her creative costume and music choices. Somehow, her performance dresses seem to be made up of a teensy swatch of fabric but she manages to make them look glamorous.
Two of her paso dobles from recent years that exemplify the creativity she brings to costuming and music were with Cameron Mathison
in season 5 and with Jason Taylor
in season 6. She dressed Cameron in a blue skintight number with a big C emblazoned on his chest. For her paso with Jason, they both dressed up in Miami Dolphins colors, a nod to Jason's former team. Neither of these dances was necessarily perfectly performed, but they remain memorable because Edyta's willingness to eschew the norm.
That said, I don't think there is any hope for this particular team. Even Edyta can't make someone a good dancer if they don't have the aptitude for it.
Read more pre-season analyses:
Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke
Ted McGinley and Inna Brayer
Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas
Cody Linley and Julianne Hough
Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson
Brooke Burke and Derek Hough
Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo
Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas
Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer
Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff
Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani
Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Images courtesy of ABC)