Awhile back I wrote about those Olympians whom I’d like to see on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Perhaps someone was reading my blog, because one of them ended up on the current season. Sadly though, Dorothy Hamill was down shortly after she sprung from the starting gate, withdrawing after only one week due to a back injury. And I’ve got to tip my hat to Ms. Hamill, because the last thing I wanted to see was another dancer’s health woes dramatized each week on the show, like those of Melissa Gilbert and Jennifer Grey. I hope, hope, she can heal and that producers will allow her to return to the show for a future season.
After the success of Shawn Johnson (not once– but twice) on ‘Dancing,’ it was a no-brainer to lure a member of the 2012 US Women’s Gymnastics Team to join the cast. I’m grateful Gabby Douglas wasn’t selected, as we all suffered from her overexposure in 2012. Aly Raisman was the obvious choice. Although I wonder how amused McKayla Maroney was over not being selected?
Also on ABC is a new series called “Splash.” I’ve only watched bits of it. While ‘Dancing’ might be more entertaining for the quality of some of the dancing, “Splash” fails to match. It’s just one giant train wreck as celebrities attempt to pull off dives. What I do love is getting to see Greg Louganis again. With silver streaks in his hair and a body over 50 years in age, he’s still got charm and grace–both as diver and in personality. He even won bonus points from me for how he handled Kendra Wilkinson.
While show judge David Boudia shows incredible ease and naturalness in front of the camera, it’s still Louganis whom I’m drawn to, and probably for sentimental reasons. If only Fox’s “Skating With Celebrities” and ABC’s “Skating With the Stars” could have produced better results.
What will be next? Gymnastics With the Stars? I can just see it: Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci as coaches, with Mary Lou Retton and Mitch Gaylord as hosts or judges. And we’d have to include Bela Karolyi as a judge. He’d give Bruno Tonioli some competition as most animated and heavily accented reality TV judge. Hey, and who wouldn’t want to see Chuy Bravo perform a bar routine?
Faster, Higher, Stronger.