Wednesday, November 23

Dancing With The Stars

Although I am not a big fan of this show, I do watch it on occasion ... Dancing With The Stars has become a cultural phenomenon so I have to tune in to see what all the hype is about.  This season I was half in, half out.  Chas Bono had me captivated in the beginning and then J. R. Martinez got me towards the end.



Last night was the finale and quite honestly it was competitive reality television at its best.

On the one hand you have Rob Kardashian.  The classic "little brother" who is part of family who is, shall we say, in decline right now.  Leave it at that.  Why should we care about this guy?  He's the most un-interesting guy on the show who improved the most through the weeks.  I guess in a way that's what the show is all about.

But then on the other hand you have J. R. Martinez.  Military guy who suffered burns over 40% of his face.  Appears to be the nicest man on the planet and has some raw natural talent, although not the best dancer the show has ever seen.  Most people don't know that he's also a soap star!

In between you have Ricky Lake who danced her butt off, literally.  But there's no drama there so she didn't make the final cut.

What's my point here?  Not sure, actually, but I did enjoy watching two men who couldn't be more opposite from each other in competition.  I wouldn't have thought Rob Kardashian had a chance of making it this far.  His sister Kim did the show and got booted off within the first couple weeks.  And here is her couch potato brother in the finals, shaking his bon bon.  Not much more substance there.

Standing next to him in sharp contrast is a real American hero who has the courage to smile in front of a camera ... a true inspiration to us all.  I'm glad the judges and the voting public chose to celebrate that.  Good job, J. R., I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of you.

What's your experience?  Jim.

Jim Joseph
President of Lippe Taylor
Author of The Experience Effect

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