Mr. Divabetic keeps track of one of the world’s most famous “Divabetic” aka Miss Patti LaBelle on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ (DWTS) each week.
Last night was Disney Night on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ which means that we’re at the halfway point in the competition.
The night kicked off with a dance number featuring the entire cast sharing the dance floor with your favorite animated and live-action Disney characters. Then, each couple performed to songs from classic Disney films including Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Frozen, and featuring special effects courtesy of Disney animation!
Co-host, Erin Andrews seemed very excited about working with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy, throughout the evening which only goes to prove that you’re never too old to enjoy the magic of Disney!
Unfortunately, we found out early in the night that Suzanne Somers was in jeopardy of facing elimination. Her fans might be willing to buy anything she’s selling but they’re not supporting her with their votes.
This is a bit of a disappointment because we’ve been routing (not voting) for her week after week. Suzanne’s no match for the real athletes in the competition (who is?!!) but she’s by far the best over 60 contestant that they’ve ever had on the show! However, the weekly grind of learning complicated steps in a short amount time seems to be taking it’s toll on the TV icon’s upbeat attitude and exuberance. Suzanne actually broke down during her rehearsals and admitted that she might not be up to the challenge.
“It takes me all week to feel the dance,” Suzanne Somers told her partner, Tony Dovolani. “It’s very, very frustrating. I’m just too lousy at it.”
Could she shake off the self-doubt on the dance floor?
Not a chance. But Suzanne Somers looked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! She wore a sensational black sequined dress that showed off her fabulous figure. Finally, the DWTS wardrobe department nailed it. Suzanne credits her youthful looks to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a process that she advocates for in several books, including 2006’s “Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones” and 2012’s “Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging.” Many of Somer’s views have been challenged by the medical community, but the actress maintains that her methods are safe and healthy.
Although she was flawlessly dressed, her dancing was seriously flawed. Midway through her routine the heel of her shoe caught on the hem of her dress and completely threw her off. It wasn’t her finest performance.
Judge Len Goodman said, “When you dance you’re always easy on the eye. Without a doubt that could have been your past dance to date.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli commented, “In the first half, the lady was a ‘Vamp.’ Accidents happen to any professional. Next time, come back and capitalize on what you did well.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, “This is the mature, sexy and graceful Suzanne!”
The judges scored her dance with a 7, 7. 7. and a 7 for a total score of a 28 out of 40. (Her scores were high enough to keep her at the top of the leader board for almost the entire night.)
Then, another bombshell was dropped on the dance floor: We also found out that our favorite ‘Divabetic’, Miss Patti LaBelle was also in jeopardy! Miss Patti, like Suzanne, was pretty honest about her future in the competition too .
“The waltz is a pretty difficult dance,” she admitted in rehearsals. “I never thought this journey would be this tough. I injured my knee a few weeks ago and it still hurts.”
People with diabetes often experience slow or limited wound healing. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which derive from bone marrow, normally travel to sites of injury and are essential for the formation of blood vessels and wound healing. However, poor circulation from diabetes makes it harder for blood – needed for skin repair – to reach areas of the body affected by sores or wounds.
Keeping your blood sugar levels in a target range can help to reduce the risk of slow healing wounds now and further in the future.
Miss Patti and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev danced to the waltz to ‘When You Wishing Upon A Star.’ She looked beautiful in the hottest color of the season, yellow and her wig was working it too. The opening sequence (see the picture above) of her routine was glorious. Miss Patti proved when you waltz, you move! She actually danced more than ever before! It was shocking to watch because of until this point she seemed to be rationing out the number of steps she was willing to take in her routines.
Judge Bruno Tonioli, “You managed to sprinkle your own stardust. Just the right touch of Disney Magic.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba says, “Watching the Fairy Godmother of DWTS. It was beautiful”
Judge Len Goodman said, “It was charming. You’re great. I love watching you.”
“It’s all about attitude,” said Judge Julianne Hough.
The judges scored Miss Patti’s dance 7, 6, 7 and 7 for a total of 27 out of 40.
The night took a major nosedive when the fourteen year old competitor preformed. I’m still confused about why actress Willow Shields is even on the show. And why is a 14 year old competing against a 70 year old? If we didn’t love her dance partner, Mark Ballas so much we’d seriously stop watching. Mark’s costumes and his epic production values seem to have no limit this season. It just gets bigger and bigger with each new dance. But Willow can’t keep up with what Mark’s serving up because the judges scored her routine with a 8,8, 9 and 9 for a total score of 34 out of 40.
I have to admit I fell in love with professional dancer, Sharna Burgess and her partner, soldier, model and athlete Noah Galloway this week. Together they seem to defy the boundaries of physical limitations. It’s so empowering to watch them dance. Although Noah suffered his amputations from the Iraq war, he can serve as amazing role model for people with diabetes who have suffered amputations.
Diabetes complications include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat.
The good news is that proper diabetes management and careful foot care can help prevent foot ulcers. In fact, better diabetes care is probably why the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years.
When foot ulcers do develop, it’s important to get prompt care.
Back to the dance floor! Sharna’s choreography and performance to ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin was flawless. She is the second best professional dancer left in the competition behind Derek Hough. She’s incredibly athletic as well as creative. I was shocked to see the judges score the dance 7, 7, 7 and 7 for a total score of 28 out of 40.
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker danced the ‘dance of the night’ to “He’s A Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean. It was amazing.
Judge Len Goodman said, “It was fast and furious.” The judges scored them 10, 9, 9 and 10 for a total score of 38 out of 40.
At the end of the night I hate to admit that one diva was dismissed. Suzanne Somers was eliminated from the competition. Hopefully her powerful message to women over 60 that you can still be sexy and beautiful will continue to live on!
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