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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Early Predictions!

24 Sep


With Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars kicking off tonight (and with me covering it for our live blog on ETOnline), I thought it would be fun to try to make some pre-premiere predictions for how this season’s slate of stars will fare in their race for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Here’s my take on who goes out first, who makes the final three and who wins the whole thing.

First Contestant Out: Nikki Glaser and partner Gleb Savchenko (Comedians always seem to drop out quickly (maybe because they don’t take it seriously, or get embarrassed, or don’t care?)

Final Three:
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke (He’s a handsome actor with a background in musical theater, and she’s a returning fan favorite.)

Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong (Tinashe is already a professional dancer, and the closest to a ringer this season has. Plus, this is Armstrong’s first season as a pro and he likely wants to prove himself)

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber (She’s a revered Olympic gold medal gymnast and Sasha is awesome and you can’t not love Sasha.)

Winner: Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong (I think her experience with a dance background will give her an edge that lasts all season, like when Jordan Fisher was the frontrunner right from the first episode of Season 25)

Rest of the Lineup:
2nd Place: Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke
3rd Place: Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber
4th Place: Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev
5th Place: DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold
6th Place: Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe (Keo usually gets saddled with stars who have no chance going in, so it’ll be interesting to see what he’s able to do with the 27-year-old Harry Potter actress)
7th Place: Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy (Her Facts of Life nostalgia factor will take her a long way, as well as Val’s considerable fan base.)
8th Place: “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson (Being a Bachelorette fan favorite will get him plenty of votes, especially if he can dance at all.)
9th Place: Bobby Bones Sharna Burgess
10th Place: Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
11th Place: John Schneider and Emma Slater
12th Place: Milo Manheim and Witney Carson (He seems like a talented dancer, but having a fan base plays a huge role and he’s literally only be in one Disney channel movie.)
13th Place: Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko

Obviously, there’s a good chance all of this will be wrong, but I’ll be watching all season to see how things turn out (and I may possibly update once we get to see the stars hit the dance floor for the first time.)


11 Weird Things You Notice When Binge Watching ‘Friends’

2 Feb


By Meredith Lee – Contributing Writer

On New Year’s Day, Friends finally became available on Netflix and fans everywhere rejoiced by not leaving their houses for a few days. They stayed in pajamas, drank pots of coffee and powered through eating unhealthy snacks in order to keep up momentum while binge watching every episode starring six fictional friends that fans know as well as they know their own. From those first moments when Rachel runs into Central Perk in her wedding dress after having left her fiancé at the altar to those final minutes when the gang leaves Monica and Chandler’s empty apartment behind to begin the next stage of their lives, not a second was wasted.


Yet through those binge watching moments, you start to pick up things. While you smile at the old-school telephones and VHS tapes, you start to notice plot holes and Matthew Perry’s drastic weight fluctuations. The time lapse between season six and season seven is really only supposed to be about an hour yet he looks about 20 pounds thinner from one episode to the next. Personalities also change drastically over time. People become less intelligent, they like to yell more and it somehow seems like they all become different people with no recollection of things that have happened in their lives.

 I shall now list those things because that is what people do to the things they love: try to ruin them for themselves and others… but in a fun way.

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The 14 Best Sketches (So Far) From ‘SNL’ Season 40

2 Jan


Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: SNL’s 40th season started off a little shaky – despite an admirable hosting job by the endlessly entertaining Chris Pratt – and it seemed that the cast, as it stood, was going to take some time to gel. As it turned out, they gelled much faster than anyone anticipated and as the show reached its final episode of 2014 it found its stride in a way that had been missing for quite a few seasons.

SNL’s 40th season, hiccups aside, has had some truly brilliant, fascinating, and insanely funny moments, and I’ve decided to cherry pick my very favorite 14 (in honor of 2014, get it? It’s not arbitrary… I promise) sketches of the season (so far).

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