I have a special relationship with Dancing With the Stars having been the Body Language Expert on the show. Today I am taping a segment which should air this evening on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight about what the stars body language really said. It still amazes me how what goes on off the dance floor is reflected on the dance floor. Below are my observations of Episode 1 Season 12.
Chelsea Kane was stiff and nervous when she first met her dance partner. She appeared very nervous before she even began. She didn’t exclude enough confidence. When she was in front of the judges her shoulders were hunched over indicating she felt very insecure. That is understandable considering she was the first one to dance. It confirms what I have said all along that what one does off the dance floor occurs on the dance flor as Kerry Ann Inaba told Chelsea to “watch your shoulders.” When it came time to get her score she was literally sick to her stomach as she no doubt felt the butterflies as she put her hand over her stomach as she was hunched over.
Wendy Williams had a great chemistry with her partner. She is open and has a great deal of warmth. She is so real with regard to her emotions and not embarrassed by them to the point of wiping her eyes with one of her wig. She was clearly spooked when she got to the dance floor on stage as she didn’t act like the Wendy we all know and love. Her body language was stiff and she showed a lot of FEAR. Her face was tense and shows she was petrified which came out in her stiffness while dancing. Her fear was also displayed in her timid movements. I think she needs to get over being self conscious and just go for it so that next week we can see the real large and in charge Wendy!
Hines Ward was having a lot of fun as determined by his relaxed smile and exuberant smile. Unlike Wendy, Hines wasn’t afraid to let go as it made him a very confident and radiant performer. There was also a very nice chemistry between him and his dance partner.
Petra Nemcova was gracious and elegant when she met her partner and it reflected on the dance floor. When you think of what she had gone through in the Thai Tsunami with her broken pelvis and losing her fiancé it is amazing to see how far she has come. So when the Tsunami hit in Japan on Friday it clearly restimulated all of the devastating feelings she once had as she broke down. One has to give Petra so much credit for her inner strength and soldiering through and delivering a beautiful gracious performance. Her graciousness showed on and off the dance floor. She is stiff lower bodywise because of the residual effects of her once broken pelvis but she compensates for it beautifully with her upper body movements.
Romeo Miller showed that he was a very poor loser as she leaned away from his partner when he was getting his scores from the judges and had to listen to their critique. He was all over the place withhis dancing which showed he was not very disciplined.
Sugar Ray Leonard was very emotional when he was working with his partner. He was not ashamed to cry which was rather touching. It showed his vulnerability. His shoulders were hunched which indicated that he was clearly not confident, As the scores were being read, his shoulders were squared which indicated that he was confident and was prepared to man up and hear the results of his performance.
Kendra Wilkenson was so open when she met her dancing partner. She should her good natured personality. Her openness showed on the dance floor. She appeared a little insecure as she was a bit hunched over when receiving her scores which indicated she as a little self conscious.
Ralph Macchio seemed a bit timid and unsure of himself when he first began practicing, but those feelings quickly left him when he hit the dance floor. When he hit the dance floor he became confident as he held his head high. He obviously mustered up his performance skills and showed that he was the true exceptional performer he was when 27 years earlier . He ended up being the best performer of the evening, receiving the highest score for his Fox Trot.
Chris Jehrico the WWE seemed stiff in his rehearsals with a lot of upper chest and shoulder tension. But his partner certainly Cheryl certainly worked on that with him. When he hit the dance floor she was charismatic and completely connected with the audience showing what a great performer he was. He also has a great deal of chemistry with Cheryl. When they were waiting for their scores, he pulled her close to hiand after his score was read he kissed her. He feels extremely comfortable with her as she does with him.
Mike Catherwood of Love Lines had no chemistry with Lacey which is not a good thing for success on DWTS. When he initially saw her she gives a poor hug and doesn’t even look at her , There is a disconnection between the two. He is uncomfortable and very self conscious as he crosses his arms over his chest while his shoulders are hunched over. He appears to be too self absorbed to connect with his partner or the audience. As he was given his criticisms from the judges it was apparent that it was very hard for him to take it. He was overly serious and doesn’t seem as though he can easily laugh at himself in this situation. He doesn’t connect with or look at partner as there is too much physical distance between them. He feels very vulnerable which is indicated by his placing his hands over his genitals as a form of protection.
Kirstie Alley was good natured from the get go. As soon as she and Maxim met she was warm and affectionate and could easily laugh at herself . These are all great traits for someone who has the potential to be a winner on DWTS. There is great chemistry between she and Maxim. You could see it when she was getting her scores from the judges. They were both affectionate with one another with Maxim hugging her and being totally supportive. One thing we have learned from seeing Maxim all these years is that has no tolerance for laziness or for people who are not dedicated to the dance. Kristie has definitely stepped up to the plate and that is why Maxim adores her.
For the entire season, I will be bringing you weekly updates regarding my Body Language Analysis on DWTS. www.drlillianglass.com