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Posted May 26, 2011 @ 2:03 PM

Is Austria going to be participating in the Eurovision Dance Contest later this summer? I would love to see the "bonus" episode of Dancing Stars that doubles as the tryout for the right to represent Austria, if Austria takes part in the contest.

Can I ask where you heard about the Eurovision Dance Contest? The last thing I heard was, that it was postponed from 2009 to 2010 and then adjourned indefinitely, but I can seem to find any new information. However, if it takes place, I don't think that Austria will participate, since ORF had already withdrawn from the contest right after the EDC 2008.

I haven't heard anything about it; I was simply assuming that there was going to be one this year, and was wondering whether Austria would particpate and use Dancing Stars as the tryout for Austria's representatives again.

I wondered why I never heard anything about it last year, either. I didn't know that it's been on indefinite hiatus since 2008.

Anyway, here's hoping to a good season end tomorrow night for Dancing Stars. I hope Alfons and Vadim do their Viennese Waltz for their farewell dance, since it was my favorite of all the dances that they did.

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Posted May 31, 2011 @ 10:07 AM

I was busy over the weekend, so I just watched the finale. I think that Astrid absolutely deserved the win, since she was very good right from the beginning and never really had a bad dance.

I have to say that the finale was rather boring; contrary to previous seasons, there were absolutely no surprises. Even the freestyle dances were exactly what I expected - they were all very good, undoubtedly, but the only dance that really got me excited was Alexandra's Tango.

Btw, right after the finale, ORF confirmed a 7th season, probably for next spring.

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Posted May 31, 2011 @ 11:12 PM

I'll give Astrid the win, simply because she was the best of the three finalists (I still haven't quite forgiven her for mugging and lip-synching her way through the Viennese Waltz, though!) And after watching Mike's technique-free Foxtrot (complete with bad posture, airplaine arms, and a butt sticking out so far that I could serve lunch on it) and so-so Showdance, all I can say is that Alfons and Vadim were ROBBED last week -- no way should Mike have made it into the finals over Alfons, in my opinion, especially since Alfons and Vadim reprised their sublime Viennese Waltz as their farewell dance, in sharp contrast to Mike's horrendous performances.

Speaking of Alfons, I have a question that I meant to ask you last week after watching the semi-finals. After Alfons and Vadim's Rumba, I noticed that Klaus asked Alfons in the WunderBar about the gold wedding band that Alfons wears on his right ring finger, but I couldn't follow their conversation about it at all. What was Alfons' explanation for why he wears that ring? I've known for quite a while that he wears one, and I always assumed that it meant he was partnered, since I know that in Germany, wedding rings are traditionally worn on the right hand after marriage (they're worn on the left hand during the engagement period only, and are switched over during the wedding ceremony.) Is the same tradition followed in Austria?

Finally, I'm glad to hear that the show was immediately renewed for a seventh season, hopefully in 2012. I hope that Alfons will be back on either the dance floor as host or in the WunderBar with the backstage interviews, since I've really missed him in that capacity this year. I'm extremely proud of him for doing what he set out to do this year, and I hope I'll get to see him again in one of his regular roles next year (and I will definitely keep my eye out for him on YouTube during the Vienna Opera Ball this year!)

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Posted Jun 1, 2011 @ 12:19 PM

Speaking of Alfons, I have a question that I meant to ask you last week after watching the semi-finals. After Alfons and Vadim's Rumba, I noticed that Klaus asked Alfons in the WunderBar about the gold wedding band that Alfons wears on his right ring finger, but I couldn't follow their conversation about it at all. What was Alfons' explanation for why he wears that ring? I've known for quite a while that he wears one, and I always assumed that it meant he was partnered, since I know that in Germany, wedding rings are traditionally worn on the right hand after marriage (they're worn on the left hand during the engagement period only, and are switched over during the wedding ceremony.) Is the same tradition followed in Austria?


It's his father's wedding ring (he died when Alfons was 17). As for the traditions, I don't know. My parents wear their rings on the right hand as almost everybody does in Austria, whilst my aunts and uncles in Germany wear them on the left. Generally speaking you're right, but I think that it might vary in different regions of Germany - the wedding ring seems to be mostly worn on the right hand in traditionally catholic regions (i. e. South and West Germany), while people in protestant regions (North Germany) seem to wear them mostly on the left hand.

Btw, on 10 June there will be a special called "Österreich wählt ... den beliebtesten Dancing Star". Apparently they're gonna do a survey and then they will show clips of previous seasons - which sounds quite boring, but Alfons will be a guest in the studio and Andy & Kelly will perform a showdance. So, if it doesn't show up anywhere on YouTube, I'll upload the interesting parts myself.

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Posted Jun 1, 2011 @ 8:43 PM

Ah, thanks for answering my question about the wedding ring. At least it now confirms for that Alfons is most likely single, and therefore theoretically available to me (as if I'd ever stand a chance of meeting him in person, much less dating him! *LOL*)

That special sounds interesting, and it's probably the closest we'll get to an All-Stars show. Since I've been able to watch the entire series on YouTube this year, I'd be surprised if the special isn't also available there as well. It's just too bad that I can't vote for MY favorite, because you know who that would be! ;)

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Posted Jan 24, 2012 @ 9:38 AM

So, the seventh season of Dancing Stars starts on March 9 2012. It will be hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun and Klaus Eberhartinger. Sadly, Alfons Haider is no longer part of the show, since ORF is planning to develop a new show for him.

These are the candidates (lots of actors this year):

Michael Schönborn (age 57, actor and brother of the archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn)
Wolfram Pirchner (53, TV host)
David Heissig (22, actor)
Albert Fortell (59, actor)
Frenkie Schinkels (48, Dutch-Austrian football player and trainer)
Marco Ventre (36, local news presenter and singer)
Sueli Menezes (43, writer, was once soloist in a Samba show)
Eva Maria Marold (43, actress, musical actress, singer and comedienne)
Brigitte Kren (57, actress)
Petra Frey (33, singer)
Katerina Jacob (53, actress)
Dolly Buster (42, once an actress in pornographic films, now a producer, director, writer, painter and politician)

There have also been lots of changes regarding the professionals. Andy and Kelly Kainz, Balázs Ekker, Alice Guschelbauer, Julia Polai and Werner Figar all quit the show. Balázs however, is now the fourth member of the jury alongside Hannes Nedbal, Nicole Burns-Hansen and Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer. That may be the best and certainly the most professional jury we ever had on this show.

The "old" pros are:

Babsi Koitz
Kathrin Menzinger
Roswitha Wieland
Gerhard Egger
Vadim Garbuzov
Florian Gschaider
Christoph Santner

And the "new" ones:

Maria Jahn (sister and professional partner of Christoph Santner)
Anna Chalok-Bock
Lenka Marosiová
Wilhelm Gabalier (former professional partner and fiancé of Babsi Koitz, they broke up after the fifth season of Dancing Stars)
Thomas Kraml

The parings will be announced on February 6.

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Posted Jan 25, 2012 @ 1:41 AM

That's pretty exciting news, although I'm sad that Alfons is no longer part of the show. :( On the other hand, I don't blame him for wanting to move on to other things, since he's now done pretty much everything he's ever really wanted to do on the show: presenter, WunderBar interviewer, judge, and celebrity contestant. The only job left for him would be as one of the pro instructors, and I don't think even he would seriously try to fill that role!

I just wish he'd come back to Twitter so I can keep up with him again. I miss corresponding with him. *cries*

Anyway, I'll look forward to the new season. I wonder whether Balázs will finally cut his hair, now that he's been promoted to judge on the show. Probably not, but I can still dream!

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Posted Feb 6, 2012 @ 2:53 PM

And here are the couples:

  • Dolly Buster & Gerhard Egger
  • Albert Fortell & Lenka Marosiová
  • Petra Frey & Vadim Garbuzov
  • Katerina Jacob & Christoph Santner
  • David Heissig & Kathrin Menzinger
  • Brigitte Kren & Willi Gabalier
  • Eva Maria Marold & Thomas Kraml
  • Sueli Menezes & Florian Gschaider
  • Wolfram Pirchner & Anna Chalak-Bock
  • Frenkie Schinkels & Roswitha Wieland
  • Michael Schönborn & Maria Jahn
  • Marco Ventre & Babsi Koitz

You can see photos here.

I can't wait for the show to start!

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Posted Feb 7, 2012 @ 1:06 AM

It's going to be a good season, I think, even without Alfons as host and without Andy and Kelly. I know they're busy concentrating on raising their daughter right now (among many other things, I'm sure), but I'd really like to see them come back for at least a pro dance or two during the season.

Is it March 9 yet? :)

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Posted Mar 5, 2012 @ 1:40 PM

The website for the show is now online: Dancing Stars

ORF also announced the dances and music for the first show:

  • Eva Maria Marold & Thomas Kraml: Cha-Cha-Cha „On Broadway“
  • Sueli Menezes & Florian Gschaider: Cha-Cha-Cha „Sugar Sugar“
  • Petra Frey & Vadim Garbuzov: Cha-Cha-Cha „Sway“
  • Katerina Jacob & Christoph Santner: English Waltz „Moonriver“.
  • Dolly Buster & Gerhard Egger: English Waltz „Are You Lonesome Tonight“.
  • Brigitte Kren & Willi Gabalier: English Waltz „Fly Me To The Moon“.

The male candidates and their partners are going to perform a group Salsa.

Btw, I recently discovered a legal way to watch ORF outside of Austria: There's a site called OTR (http://www.onlinetvrecorder.com) which acts as a personal DVR for its users. You can only download shows you programmed before, which makes it perfectly legal. I've been using it for years to watch German and British TV and they now also record all ORF programmes.

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Posted Mar 10, 2012 @ 8:35 PM

Ah, it's so good to have the show back! And it looks like it's going to be a great season. If anybody can't find a way to watch the show online, please send me a PM.

I wasn't surprised by the elimination of Katerina, although she clearly did the best Waltz of the evening (well, Christoph is an exceptional Standard dancer and I'm rather sad to see him go). She did a couple of interviews about two weeks ago, in which she made some really insulting, even borderline racist, remarks towards Balázs, Sueli and Dolly. She even denied Balázs the authority to judge Standard dances. When I read one of the interviews, I immediately thought that it's not going to matter how well she's performing, she'll be eliminated anyway. Being bitchy and insulting towards others has never worked for any participant in the past 7 years.

I really liked the three Cha-Cha-Cha performances. These three couples all have very good chemistry and the pros came up with some clever choreographies. Petra and Vadim were the best tonight (and seriously, how can a man be that adorable?). Sueli and Eva Maria both have to dance a bit less stalky, I think.

Brigitte and Willi did a nice Waltz, but the Jive in two weeks is gonna be very hard for them, I think. It will be even harder for Dolly and Gerhard - Dolly was by far the worst tonight, although not as bad as you could have expected from the film shown immediately before their performance. We've seen worse in previous years, I think.

Before the first show, I would have bet on a male participant to win this season, since we now had two female winners in a row, but in the group Salsa I really couldn't see anyone being able to keep up with the three Cha-Cha-Cha ladies. Frenkie and David seemed to do okay, but Albert's, Wolfram's and Michael's Salsa was an outright disaster. Well, next week we have Quickstep and Rumba and we'll see, how they're doing.

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Posted Mar 17, 2012 @ 7:48 PM

Well, it certainly was no surprise that Albert had to go, his Rumba was a disaster. Balázs even gave him the lowest score (2) ever in the history of Dancing Stars. Speaking of Balázs - he's been criticised in the media for being too nice and boring in the first show, for which the participants probably aren't grateful now, because he was almost hypercritical in the second show.

Marco did the best Rumba of the evening, although I have to say that I found it rather boring. But him and Babsi make a pretty good couple.

Frenkie had to perform with a very swollen cheek and heavy toothache and had to go to hospital immediately after the show. His Rumba was not bad, but I have to agree with Balázs' criticism towards Roswitha that she made the choreography too much about herself. I think that Frenkie could do a lot better, if she was actually dancing with him and not just putting herself in a good light.

David and Kathrin did the best Quickstep of the evening. He had a few timing problems, but they are a cute couple and I'm looking forward to the Jive next week.

Wolfram's and Michael's respective Quicksteps were considerably weaker, but I'm especially glad that Michael is in the next round - I just really, really like him. But I guess that things are looking bleak for both of them with the Jive next week.

Generally, I dont think that any of the men can keep up with the women, who did a beautiful Salsa this week (well, except for Dolly, probably). I was especially surprised and impressed by Brigitte. She was so coy last week that I feared for the worst, but she did a beautiful Salsa and I'm now really looking forward to her Jive.