While Joanna Krupa dominated ladies’ night with her sultry salsa and fluid movements, it was Kelly Osbourne who won the hearts of the judges and of the audience on Dancing With the Stars. Who knew that the ‘scary rocker chick’ could pull off such an elegant Viennese Waltz?
When I tuned in to watch Dancing With the Stars, I had low expectations of Kelly Osbourne. In her bio clip she fumbled in her attempts to be “ladylike” while complaining about having to “wiggle her bum.” When I hard that she would be performing the Viennese Waltz, I figured she would be in trouble on Dancing With the Stars.
Yet this was one of those Susan Boyle moments when I realize that I can’t judge a book by its cover. Kelly Osbourne’s Viennese Waltz was elegant and clean. Her movements were surprisingly graceful. She had clean lines, good rhythm. Her footwork was solid as well. While she is not on the level of Kristi Yamaguchi (who is arguably the best contestant in Dancing With the Stars’ history), Kelly Osbourne has great potential to succeed in this competition.
Kelly Osbourne was likable as well. In her performance, she came across as ladylike, sweet, and even vulnerable. Even her parents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were in disbelief, as they had never seen their tomboy daughter perform so elegantly. Of course, equal credit goes to partner Louis van Amstel who is a phenomenal teacher and master of the Viennese Waltz.
Kelly Osbourne and singer Mya tied for second place with 31 points behind swim suit model Joanna Krupa. Yet in her bio clip, Joanna Krupa admitted to having studied dance as a child, so she did have an advantage.
Joanna Krupa, Kelly Osbourne, and Mya were the stars of ladies night on Dancing With the Stars. Melissa Joan Hart’s Viennese waltz was a bit lackluster, though she did improve during her relay performance. Macy Gray’s technique was abysmal, though she did display a unique flair and likability. Kathy Ireland was arguably the weakest link of the night, as her movements were a bit stiff and uninspired.
On the ladies’ side, Debi Mazar and Kathy Ireland may be in danger of elimination while Ashley Hamilton and Tom DeLay are vulnerable. Yet I’m expecting Tom DeLay to stick around for at least a few more weeks on Dancing With the Stars, as ABC will want the ratings.
The performance of Kelly Osbourne’s and Louis van Amstel’s Viennese Waltz is available on YouTube.
DWTS S08 Wk 1 Kelly and Louis Viennese Waltz, YouTube