Checking in with Dancing with the Stars Season 19

Tavis Smiley

What I said: Smiley will be partnered with Sharna Burgess, who’s still relatively new to the ballroom. However, she did well with Andy Dick, so maybe she will be able to build up Smiley’s profile. If this show were a science experiment, this pairing would be the control group.

Oh yeah, he was on this season, I totally forgot that. He seemed to have fun while he was there, but he had too many professional distractions to go the distance.

Lea Thompson

What I said: Lea Thompson’s casting checks so many Dancing with the Stars boxes: sentimental favorite, ABC/ABC Family/Disney synergy, audience surrogate, and probably the most game to being on the show.

Lea came out of the gate strong, but she is showing signs of cracking. Her main critique last night was that while her precision was on-point, she and partner Artem Chigvintsev need to take a break. The routines are coming across as over-rehearsed and mirthless. Perfectionism is dangerous and may be Lea’s downfall.

Michael Waltrip

What I said: He’s partnered with Emma Slater, who previously worked with Bill Engvall and Billy Dee Williams, so she has a knack for working with partners completely out of their element. Waltrip’s progress will most likely depend on his personality—if he’s like Sean Avery last season, Waltrip will be out the door quickly.

Called it, but I’m not happy about it. Unfortunately, Waltrip’s personality is a mix of Bill Engvall and Cloris Leachman, which means he has overstayed his welcome by at least three weeks. His routine this week received 5’s from all four judges: I didn’t even know they had access to the 5 paddles after week three. I suppose it’s possible he could outlast Tommy Chong (which would be incredibly unfair), but the Waltrip sympathy tour can not legitimately go beyond that. Can it?

Dancing with the Stars Final Predictions

  1. Alfonso Ribeiro
  2. Janel Parrish
  3. Bethany Mota
  4. Sadie Robertson
  5. Lea Thompson
  6. Tommy Chong
  7. Michael Waltrip

I’ll be honest: I’m only confident about Lea finishing fifth.

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