Carrie Ann Inaba’s Season 16 Dancing With the Stars Blog: Week Seven

May 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm , by

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Okay, I said the word “fart” on national TV. Live television is a blast and you never know what’s going to happen next! I apologize to anyone who hates the word or is trying to make sure their child doesn’t grow up making fart jokes. I honestly didn’t mean to offend anyone. It just made sense at the time. Sometimes the wrong word comes out. Len and Bruno were laughing so hard at me during the commercial break, and then they got on the bandwagon and said the word about 20 times back to me. Lol. :) I love my boys. I guess I’m just grateful I didn’t say “fart” and then fall off my chair, because that would have been a doozy! And my friends would never let me live that one down.

On a serious note, I have to say, I wish I could’ve given Andy Dick and Sharna a better score. But I couldn’t because at this point in the competition, I start to hone in on details and get really specific about things. I wanted Andy to stay in the competition until the end. He brought incredible heart to the show and he has a special quality to him. He’s a love bug on the dance floor and I love and respect him for his efforts and vulnerability. I was going to give him a 6 for that final routine, but then he had the lift in his routine, which means I dock a point. It happens. It’s my duty to do that, but I do hope he is okay. I worry about him because he is truly facing some big demons in his life. I want him to win the battle of staying clean and off of drugs as well as staying the positive role model he’s been this whole season. He’s given hope to the underdogs and shown that change is possible, fears can be faced, and demons can be battled and won—if you really want it. Andy really wanted to do well. He wasn’t afraid of making mistakes or looking silly. He just wanted to be his own personal best. In this day and age, we need more role models like him. If being inspirational were a category, I would’ve given him a 10. If courage were a category, yet another 10. If the power to move us were the only criteria we had to judge on, I’d give him a 10.

I personally owe Andy for the incredible dance he dedicated to his daughter. I had not yet mourned deeply for my father’s passing. As life would have it, my father passed away a few days before our season premiere. And although I cried and was deeply saddened and brokenhearted by the loss, I hadn’t really cried like I did that night when Andy performed. I actually “lost it.” So I am grateful to him and he will forever be a part of my own healing. I remember seeing Andy in the halls backstage and he called me his angel, but I wasn’t the only one cheering him on. I think we all were Andy’s angels. He’s so talented and he’s got a quality to him that is very unique. He’s able to be honest and show his true emotions without hesitation. That’s the kind of role model we need in the world today. He is not desensitized, nor is he too cool for school. Andy is just Andy. And he will always be someone special to me. I’m excited to hear what happens next for him and I wish him well.

I also want to say that Sharna did an amazing job with Andy. They worked together beautifully and this was her first season as a pro. They really trusted each other and I think they will be a memorable part of the DWTS history books. I remember when I first met Sharna. She was a dancer on Burn the Floor, a show I helped bring to Broadway as one of the producers. Peta was also in that show. We had a short run on Broadway, but I think Sharna did some amazing choreography and coaching with Andy. They had some fun routines and she captured his essence in those performances.

You know, it’s easy to go on a dance show if you know you’re a good dancer. But if you’re not, this journey is nothing short of climbing Mount Everest, with viewer commentary all the while. It’s a very public forum and it makes you quite vulnerable. When you accept that and just do your best, it’s truly amazing how the world reacts. With no pretense to hide behind, people fall in love with you, and that’s because it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable. Andy’s a winner in my book, no matter what happened last night.

I’m excited to see everyone next week. As the stakes grow higher, the dances usually get better. But I won’t lie, I’ll be missing Andy along with everyone else and awaiting his return in the finale, which is just a few weeks away.

Until next week, have a wonderful life.

10 Responses to “Carrie Ann Inaba’s Season 16 Dancing With the Stars Blog: Week Seven”

  1. Your blog regarding Andy Dick’s journey on DWTA was extremely well written and from the heart. We all knew he wouldnt win, but he was such a joy to watch. I just found out my huband’s cousin’s stepson went to school with Andy ad they have remained friends. Any has had some real demons to deal with and I think dancing has helped. I hope he stays strong. Looking forward to seeing him in the finals. I still think there should be 2 mrror ball trophies – one for the women and one for the men. And just have to say – is it really fair to have a nimble 16 year old competing against people old enough to be her parents & in some cases, grandparents? Or a gyumnast who can do things with her body no normal person can do? (As much as I loved Shawn Johnson, it just wasn’t fair then either! Love Keely P.

  2. I don’t quibble with you for docking him a point for something legitimate, but I did not care for the offhand way that you did it. It is just as easy to be kind–and more important–when delivering bad news than good news. As a just-started-caring-this-season viewer, I felt as though it was convenient to the show to feature Andy until it got “serious.” He deserved more consideration–and showed more–even as the departing star.

  3. What a joy to watch him interact with his childrenHe has come a long way.

  4. That’s my only issue with the show. The people who get the most out of the journey & need to be there the most, aren’t the ones who get to stay to the end.
    I wish there was a way of casting out the first few who don’t really want to work or aren’t really getting something out of the process & then keep the rest – mediocre dancers & all until the very end. I know Andy isn’t going to take home a mirror ball & so does he … but I’d happily have watched him dance each week…and heck, every week on every season from this point forward!

  5. Carrie Ann, This season you’re always on the ladies about how they need to show emotion and feelings when they’re dancing. I’m waiting for you to bring that up with Jacoby. He rarely smiles and always seems to have that ‘football game face’ on. Seldom see him cheering for the others. His dancing isn’t bad, but his dour, poker face isn’t fun to watch. Give me an Emmet Smith or Jerry Rice any time over him. They looked like they were enjoying their time on the show.

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