Enough of politics. I need a break from the lies, the spin, the meanness — and that’s just the media. It’s time for a palette cleanser and, with Dancing With The Stars having kicked off its 23rd season, I’ve got that emotional refresher lined up.
A quick explanation about why I happen to like DWTS so much: DWTS is all about what I call “getting it right.” People start something new and, through perseverance and a good attitude, they get better and better. Some get so good that they go on to win the mirror ball.
I love watching this kind of trajectory, whether in real life or in fiction. My fondness for improvement explains why I don’t like any of the much-lauded crime shows such as The Sopranos or Breaking Bad. Those shows are all about people getting it wrong. The best thing that can happen is that the bad guys die, and that’s not very uplifting. A “getting it right” show is about hope.
Also, I really like watching the pros dance. They are seriously good and, as long as the dancing doesn’t get too vulgar, it’s a pleasure to watch them move.
Since last night was the first show of the new season, I thought I’d just take you on a journey of the “stars” and tell you what struck me about each star’s personality and performance. I’ve followed the DWTS website as a model and listed the stars in alphabetical order, by their first names.