UPDATE: Tuesday March 30, 2010 –
You know that (annoying) TV commercial in which everyday people take credit for the new Microsoft Windows 7: “It was my idea.” ?
Well obviously, DWTS listened to me, or read my blog, because more of the pro dancers and celebrity dancers wore pantyhose during Monday’s second episode and tonight’s Results Show of the 2010 season.
But not my favorite from the first show last Monday night, Nicole Scherzinger. Bimbo. I knew it was too good to be true!
Monday March 22, 2010 –
I had stopped watching Dancing with the Stars many seasons and many reasons ago. But you had to know I’d at least watch Monday night’s (March 22, 2010) opening episode to see if, by some miracle, any of the female celebrity and pro dancers wore pantyhose. Would any of them show any class, or like during the Oscars, would most of them wear fabulous costumes, jewelry and heels but go bare-legged?
Helloooo … this is ballroom, people! Where’s the grace and elegance?
Two places, actually:
- First, as usual, the women in the audience looked better than the celebs and pros, as almost everyone of them wore pantyhose. After all, these ordinary people have the class and good sense to realize they’ll be seen on national TV. When the audience members dress better than the stars, the costumer associated with the show should be ashamed.
- Second, toward the end of the show, there was a wonderful commercial for L’eggs pantyhose, featuring an absolutely gorgeous Asian girl wearing a variety of pretty outfits and pantyhose. Wow! A pantyhose commercial. Haven’t seen one of those since, what, the 1970s?
In all fairness, celebs Niecy Nash and Nicole Scherzinger (photo above), and pro dancers Chelsie Hightower and Anna Trebunskaya did wear pantyhose.
But celebs Shannen Doherty, Erin Andrews, Kate Gosselin and Pamela Anderson, and pro dancers Cheryl Burke, Ashly Costa (too bad because she’s very cute and sweet), and Edyta Sliwinska (whom I’ve NEVER seen in pantyhose ever) went with the bare legs look.
Here’s what I don’t get: Dancing with the Stars does an elaborate job and must spend an enormous amount of money on the set. On the surface, the overall look and atmosphere is one of class, elegance and glamour. The orchestra is first rate. The concept is well conceived. So what is with the costumer for this show? Hellooooo. This is ballroom!
You don’t see professional or even amateur figure skaters going bare-legged just because pantyhose “aren’t in fashion” right now. And cheerleaders of professional sports teams (and some college teams) wear pantyhose (or at least tights).
And who cast these celebs, anyway? It seems that the show thinks it has to feature women with huge busts (hence my title for this post) to pull in viewers. Pamela Anderson? “The most downloaded celebrity of all time?” Huh? And all the male cast members and celebs just went ga-ga over this? Ugh, I must belong on a completely different planet.
Insert (June 2010): OK, I must admit, I had never really given Pamela Anderson a chance. She actually grew on me during the course of the show, which I did monitor (only to see who wore and who didn’t). I have to give Pamela credit. She isn’t the bimbo I’d expected. She was funny, she can dance, she maintained a professional attitude and she brought character to each of her performances. AND she often wore pantyhose. So, I am now admitting that I prejudged her, and for that, I am sorry.
Am I wrong here? Too hard on this show? Is it OK for celebs and pro dancers of the ballroom to allow their wardrobe to drop to the depths of what we can expect to see on late night talk shows and award shows? Does anyone care?
Please let me know your thoughts: Dancing with the Stars — or Dancing with the Slobs?