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Dancing with The Stars
Season Seven Review — Top 10 Couples

By Dr Matt 

Here are the weekly Recaps from the Top Thirteen Couples to the Final Three:

Intro       13      12      11      10      9       8       7       6       5       4      Final 3

Howdy DWTS Maniacs!

Last week it was Ba Bye for the Bland Bunny: Kim "what's she famous for" Kardashian.

This week Misty May gets injured while practicing the Jive. Does that mean Misty and Maksim get a pass to next week?

Last week gay guy Lance Bass kissed a girl, and he liked it! I swear Lacey is going to persuade thi gay guy to switch his attraction preferences. Check out the fantastic looking lines of Lance and Lacey:

Here's my Less to Best Ranking for Week Number Three:
** Click the Pro's Name to see a Video of each couples Intro & Performance 

    ** - MISTY MAY-TREANORMaksim Chmerkovskiy  ( J-Score: 21,   J-Rank #6 )
                  Jive —

Misty May was injured this week. I wonder if Slave-Driver Maksim pushed her too hard BEFORE a proper warm up? On the injury replay, it looks like a FREAK accident: Ruptured Achilles Tendon.

At first, I thought the Beach Volleyball Queen was going to be out for a week, but Misty May is OUT for the season! Yet she vows that she'll be back to dance the Jive in the future!Misty definitely has the Olympic Spirit—You Go Girl!

    9 - CLORIS LEACHMANCorky Ballas  ( Judges Score: 11,   Judges Rank #9 )
                   Jive —

At this point, having an 82-year-old doing a Jive . . . is getting embarrassing! Cloris has been very clever and funny, but the time has come for Cloris to be kicked to the curb. Bruno called it "wacky . . . beyond comprehension." Carianne described the audience reaction as "off-their-rockers hysterical." And I call it . . . Embarrassing!

Len acknowledged that Corky and Cloris did manage to execute ONE Jive step, amid a lot of prancing and pranks. I expect LOW scores from the judges 5's and 6's. I'm hoping that the Cloris fans will end her charade with DWTS.

Judges Scores: 6, 5, 5 . . . But the burning question is: Will Cloris fans have enough votes to keep her around another week? I hope not for the sake of quality dancing.

    8 - ROCCO DISPIRITOKarina Smirnoff  ( J-Score: 20,   J-Rank #8 )
                  Viennese Waltz —

It was a very cute routine in the Gestalt. BUT when you just watch Rocco apart from Karina's pretty embellishments, . . . he's like a floppy puppy dog. Very cute, but . . . elegant V-Waltz? NOT!

I'm smelling more Score Inflation, to make the lesser dancers APPEAR more competitive. In the end it all DWTS Smoke and Mirrors. There you go: 7, 7, 6 (with Bruno being the only realistic Judge).

    7 - CODY LINLEYJulianne Hough  ( J-Score: 21,   J-Rank #7 )

Another edition of "Dancing with the Spazz." Cody's awkward was showing through painfully so. Three 7's . . . the judges were generous, which was the theme of this show tonight.

    6 - MAURICE GREENECheryl Burke  ( J-Score: 24,   J-Rank #3 )

Carianne calls Maurice "a wild untamed beast." She got that right. Bruno tell Maurice he's "rough around the edge." I was thinking Mr. Greene was rough all the way through the middle . . . to the core.

I'm expecting Maurice to be a whole lot more coordinated than he is: Can you say "Dancing with the Spazz?" The Judges ended up being kind to Maurice, I'm expecting Score Inflation. Maybe he get 7's but I give it 6's—we'll see how the scores come down?

I called it: Score Inflation BIG TIME. 3 — 8's. That's according to the DWTS Producers wicked plot: Let's make Maurice and Cheryl more "apparently" competitive by pumping up their scores. Well it didn't work with me. It was NOT better than the previous two performances by Lance & Lacey, and Susan & Toni.

    5 - TONI BRAXTONAlec Mazo  ( J-Score: 22,   J-Rank #4 )
                  Viennese Waltz —

The MC comments "It's the first Viennese Waltz that made me want to trash a hotel room." That's because the beautiful classical music was intermittently AMPED UP with Heavy Metal Guitar segments. I thought the Heavy Metal touches were a huge distraction to what might have been an elegant and classy V-Waltz.

Len had essentially the same reaction as I did (except he didn't mention the ghastly musical arrangement). He told Alec and Toni to trash the gimmicks and the tricks, and emphasize Toni B's more than sufficient dance talent.

After the crumby comments from the Judges, . . . surprise, surprise, . . . judging generosity continues: 8, 7, 7 — what is UP with that? The judges were suffering from PTSD: Post Traumatic Scoring Disorder. Anyway, I disagree with their evaluation and put Alec and Toni in the bottom half of my rankings.

    4 - SUSAN LUCCITony Dovolani  ( J-Score: 21,   J-Rank #6 )
                  Jive —

Susan was nursing an injured ankle. Boo Hoo. Her dancing was a little careful, and I don't think it was entirely due to the bad ankle. In a previous performance, Len said he wanted MORE "slut" and Less dainty. But even though Susan takes "baby steps" throughout the routine, on the bright side, her execution was very clean!

    3 - LANCE BASS Lacey Schwimmer  ( J-Score: 22,   J-Rank #5 )
                  Viennese Waltz—

Lance and Lacey try traditional with their V-Waltz. While they did appease old-fogey Len Goodman, their normal contemporary pizzazz was lacking in this performance—which was Judge Bruno's complaint. Judge Carianne loved it and gave it an "8"—great!

It's kinda hard to pizzazz-up a Viennese Waltz anyway. It was just Ah-right with me.

    2 - WARREN SAPPKym Johnson  ( J-Score: 25,   J-Rank #2 )
                  Viennese Waltz —

Aussie Kym and Big Boy were amazingly nibble in this V-Waltz. I've got to think that the Gestalt of the Dance—the whole, undivided meaning and impact—is simply the way each dance is going to LAND on the viewers! Kym was exquisitely graceful, and Big Boy was THERE every step of the way—and THERE is a BIG WAY, and BIG people tend to be.

Holly Smokes, the Judges are whipped into an insane frenzy: Carianne give the performance a 9 — which is the second 9 of the season, followed by two 8's. It the Gestalt that GOT to the Judges. Kym was very beautiful, and you just couldn't deny or be distracted from her exquisite contribution—even while dancing with the human wall.

The evil DWTS Producers are cooking up a contrived competition again. Pumping up the scores of the lesser dancers, to make it SEEM like they are being competitive.

    1 - BROOKE BURKEDerek Hough  ( J-Score: 28,   J-Rank #1 )
                 Viennese Waltz —

Brooke and Derek have "brought it" every week. I expected a lot from them . . . and they definitely did not disappoint! They were the only couple to do a Reverse Turn the way it ought to be done!

Their scores were not inflated: two 9's and the seasons first 10. Brunette Barbi and Ken Doll are clearly the couple to beat!

Elimination Prediction:

It should be between Chef Rocco and Cloris Leachman. We'll find out who has the bigger Fan Base. Cloris deserves the boot based upon dancing alone, but with Misty May out of the competition, . . . DWTS may decide to give all the couples a week of grace?

Here's the scenario . . . they put everyone through the gut-wrenching suspense of elimination, . . . and when they come to eliminating ONE of the final two couples . . . they will say "April Fools . . . we're not eliminating anyone tonight."

Floppy Puppy Dog Rocco DeSpirito &
Gorgeous Karina Smirnoff.
Kicked to the Curb?

Results Show Recap:

Rocco and Karina were the low vote getters as I suspected—but they were also NOT kicked to the curb quite yet. Because of Misty's injury, no one was eliminated this week. They did, however, identify Rocco and Karina as the low vote getters (who would have been eliminated, had Misty not had her misfortune).

Lance and Lacey were in the "perceived" bottom two (view at 5:45). It seems the show wants to give everybody a turn riding the emotional roller coaster that IS . . . being in the Bottom Two—and then being saved at the last possible moment.

I wasn't worried for Lance and Lacey . . . at all. They've been dancing well and their Fan Base has to be pretty solid between Boy Band Fans and SYTYCD Fans.

From the beginning of the Show, Brooke & Derek are SAVED first—after being the top scorers in all three weeks thus far. THEN, cloris and Corky are SAVED next—the lowest scorers in all three weeks thus far. So, with this kind of RANDOM saving-order, it's not even worth mentioning the ORDER in which the Stars are saved—the "no particular order" system is what DWTS will follow.

It is worth noting that Maurice Greene & Cheryl received an INFLATED SCORE of 24 (three x 8) yesterday, and . . . during the Results Show, Maurice and Cheryl were among the first couples to be saved.

Based upon his dancing, Maurice should be in the bottom half of the pack. However, Maurice may be getting a lot of popular votes; thus, it appears that DWTS Producers have decided to parallel his vote-popularity with higher scores from the Judges. YES, I'm talking CONSPIRACY here! So, when Maurice hangs around for a few weeks longer . . . it makes sense that he should (based upon his inflated scores). But I already see past the Smoke and Mirrors, and am warning the rest of the world of the rouse!

Tonight's results show had some entertaining dancing & singing performances. Check'em out:

** Edyta joins Maksim to do Misty May's Jive that Might Have Been at 6:40

** Cool and the Gang sing a medley of their best-loved hits, while three Couples do some disco-friendly dances, starting at 1:45

** Doing some pizzazz-filled, precision high-kicking: The Radio City Rockettes at 1:45 on this same Video Clip, brother and sister duo Julianne and Derek Hough tear up the dance floor while, Jennifer Hudson does some soulful crooning at 4:20

** At 2:20 the "Bermuda Triangle" of the DWTS Dance Floor is chronicled; more injuries in Season Seven compared to all others.

I don't know if these hyperlinks will last for long: ABC/Dick Clark Productions is going after copy rite infringement with a vengeance! I've already had half my Video Links SHUT DOWN, and many of the You Tube Submitters have quit trying to submit more DWTS Videos. We shall see how this dastardly plot unfolds.

Dr. Matt

P.S. Here's the Recap and Review for DWTS Week #4

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Dancing with the Stars Season Six  
Order of Finish:

Penn Jillette, Magician & Kym Johnson — 12th
Monica Seles, retired Tennis Player & Jonathan Roberts — 11th
Steve Guttenberg, Actor & Anna Trebunskaya — 10th
Adam Carolla, Comedian & Julianne Hough — 9th
Priscilla Presley, Actress & Louis van Amstel — 8th
Marlee Matlin, Actress & Fabian Sanchez — 7th
Shannon Elizabeth, Actress & Derek Hough — 6th
Mario, Singer & Karina Smirnoff — 5th
Marissa Jaret Winokur, Broadway Actress & Tony Dovolani — 4th
Cristian de la Fuente, Actor & Cheryl Burke — Third Place
Jason Taylor, NFL Football player & Edyta Sliwinska — Second Place
Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Figure Skater & Mark Ballas — DWTS Season 6 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars Season Five  
Order of Finish:

Josie Maran, Model & Alec Mazo — 12th
Albert Reed, Model & Anna Trebunskaya — 11th
Wayne Newton, Entertainer & Cheryl Burke — 10th
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing Champion & Karina Smirnoff — 9th
Mark Cuban, Billionaire Entrepreneur & Kym Johnson — 8th
Sabrina Bryan, Cheetah Girls member & Mark Ballas — 7th
Jane Seymour, Actress & Tony Dovolani — 6th
Cameron Mathison, Soap Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 5th
Jennie Garth, Actress & Derek Hough — 4th
Marie Osmond, Entertainer & Jonathan Roberts — Third Place
Mel B, Spice Girls member & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Second Place
Helio Castroneves, Indy 500 Champion & Julianne Hough — DWTS Season 5 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season Four  
Order of Finish:

Paulina Porizkova, Supermodel Alec Mazo — 11th
Shandi Finnessey, former Miss USA & Brian Fortuna — 10nd
Leeza Gibbons, Talk show host & Tony Dovolani — 9rd
Clyde Drexler, Retired NBA player & Elena Grinenko — 8th
Heather Mills, Charity Campaigner & Jonathan Roberts — 7th
John Ratzenberger, Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 6th
Billy Ray Cyrus Country Singer and Actor Karina Smirnoff — 5th
Ian Ziering, Actor & Cheryl Burke — 4th
Laila Ali, Boxing World Champion & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Third Place
Joey Fatone, 'N Sync Member & Kym Johnson — Second Place
Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic Gold Medalist & Julianne Hough — DWTS Season 4 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season Three 
Order of Finish:

Tucker Carlson, Political Pundit & Elena Grinenko — 10th
Shanna Moakler, Former Miss USA & Jesse DeSoto — 9th
Harry Hamlin, Actor & Ashly DelGrosso — 8th
Vivica A. Fox, Actress & Nick Kosovich — 7th
Willa Ford, Pop Singer & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 6th
Sara Evans, Country Singer & Tony Dovolani Withdrew (withdrew due to family matters)
Jerry Springer, Talk Show Host & Kym Johnson — 5th
Monique Coleman, Actress & Louis van Amstel — 4th
Joey Lawrence, Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 3rd
Mario Lopez, TV Host & Karina Smirnoff — Second Place
Emmitt Smith, retired NFL Running Back & Cheryl Burke — DWTS Season 3 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season Two  
Order of Finish:

Kenny Mayne, ESPN Sports Anchor & Andrea Hale — 10th
Tatum O'Neal, Actress & Nick Kosovich — 9th
Giselle Fernandez, TV journalist & Jonathan Roberts — 8th
Master P, Rapper & Ashly DelGrosso — 7th
Tia Carrere, Actress & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 6th
George Hamilton, Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 5th
Lisa Rinna, Actress and TV host Louis van Amstel — 4th
Stacy Keibler, former WWE Diva and Actress Tony Dovolani — Third Place
Jerry Rice, retired NFL Wide Receiver & Anna Trebunskaya — Second Place
Drew Lachey, 98 Degrees member & Cheryl Burke — DWTS Season 2 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season One  
Order of Finish:

Trista Rehn, The Bachelorette & Louis van Amstel — 6th
Evander Holyfield, Heavyweight Boxing Champ & Edyta Sliwinska — 5th
Rachel Hunter, Supermodel & Jonathan Roberts — 4th
Joey McIntyre, New Kids on the Block member & Ashly DelGrosso — 3rd
John O'Hurley, Actor & Charlotte Jørgensen — Second Place
Kelly Monaco, Actress & Alec Mazo — DWTS Season 1 Winners



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