Meryl Wins the Mirror Ball Trophy!

I suffered through 2 hours of kitsch but was rewarded when our girl, Meryl, won the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars!


Other than the frustrating fillers in the episodes, there were a few dances by our lovely ice dance couple, including one where Meryl danced with Charlie.

Those lifts and moves look awfully familiar…

And here was Meryl & Maks’ fusion dance:

In any case, congrats to Meryl and Maks for winning! They totally deserved it!

~The Rinkside Cafe

For a look on Meryl (and Charlie’s) journey in DWTS, check out these links:

Week 1 to 3

Week 4 to 6

Week 7 to 9


Meryl Goes for Gold (aka the Mirror Ball Trophy)

Although Charlie hasn’t made it to the finals, Meryl is still in the running to be crowned this season’s winner of Dancing With the Stars. I admit, the public’s fascination with Meryl is still obvious on my blog as many posts about her are still popular. This week is finals week and I believe the winner is to be announced today.

The Rinkside Cafe wishes you the best of luck! I want to see you with that trophy in the end!

Do you think Meryl will win? Let me know in the comments!

~The Rinkside Cafe

For past dances…

Week 1 to 3

Week 4 to 6

Week 7 to 9

Dancing with Meryl and Charlie (Week 7 to 9)

Congratulations to Meryl and Charlie for lasting this long on Dancing with the Stars but I think we expected nothing less from one of the legendary ice dance teams of the last two Olympic cycles. So far, it seems as if Meryl is consistently in the lead but who knows how far both of them will go. Here are the videos for the dances for weeks 7 to 9.

Week 7

Week 7 Team Dances

Warning: Both dances are so campy.

Charlie’s Team

Meryl’s Team

Week 8

Who is this girl? She does not look or feel like Meryl Davis.

Also, that judge who called out Meryl’s feet? It’s not because she’s in ice skates. Even in ice skates, there are skaters who point their toes.

The star of this dance was Sharna’s dress. Love the colour and the shape.

Also, “You have impeccable musicality.” Darling, he’s an ice dancer who’s not trained by Nikolai Morozov. Also, why hasn’t Tanith gotten on this show? That face in the quick shots. Gorgeous.

Celebrity Dance Duels:

Kitsch. Pure. Kitsch.

I was surprised that lift in the middle wasn’t done on ice. It was so fast and furious, signature Meryl & Charlie lift.

Week 9

Loved this jive. And Kristi Yamaguchi came by! What fascinates me with this clip is Meryl’s relationship with Maks and how his frustration doesn’t faze her one bit. Compare that to Tessa dealing with Scott’s frustration on their reality show and how shaken she was. There are times where I’ve wanted to shake Tessa and tell her to be more confident with herself, the way Meryl is here and just be that rock for her partner.

Oh Charlie. Turning on the charm.

Unfortunately, Charlie was eliminated this week and will not be participating in the final. A pity, I wanted him and Meryl to go head to head at the very end.


For previous weeks’ performance:

Week 1 to 3

Week 4 to 6

Dancing with Meryl and Charlie (Weeks 4 to 6)

I was initially going to put up links to videos on one post only but I didn’t like how cluttered that would seem so I’ll put 3 weeks worth of dances per post. This post will be updated as the weeks go by. So, enjoy seeing Meryl & Charlie on Dancing with the Stars! Does anyone watch the show religiously/steadily? What do you think of Meryl & Charlie’s progress? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

Week 4:

There’s more sex in this tango than in all the combined performances of her and Charlie’s 2010/2011 FD but to me, tangos and Meryl don’t seem to go together. I think it’s her leg lines that bother me. Still though, it looks like Meryl is the front runner, even leading Charlie at this point after looking at the DWTS18 wikipedia page.

Week 5:

It’s Disney week and we don’t use a song from a movie where there’s a Disney princess that Meryl looks like? Blasphemy.

Decent dance, though I expected better from Charlie since this style tends to be his and Meryl’s forte, along with the passionate, rushing style.

Week 6:

The interesting thing about Meryl here is seeing the relationship between herself and her partner. Meryl & Charlie didn’t get a show like Tessa and Scott but even in interviews, M&C don’t seem as chummy or cutesy as their arch rivals. This is interesting because Meryl seems to have more chemistry with Maks than she ever did with Charlie. I quite like seeing this side of Meryl.

This dance brought a smile to my face. Still though, Sharna, you have to know that that their arch-rivals have an iconic exhibition to that song.

Click below for links to the post with videos from…

Weeks 1 to 3


Dancing with Meryl and Charlie

dwts meryl charlie

Right after the Olympics, my Twitter blew up all of a sudden when it was announced that Meryl Davis & Charlie White were going to be participating in this season’s Dancing with the Stars. (Also, since when did Meryl get such great leg lines? I swear her lines weren’t this nice when she was wearing skates.) I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars but I might tune in to see how Meryl & Charlie do each week. I have no doubt that they’ll do well considering ice dancing is based off of ballroom dancing.

Week 1:

Charlie was kinda swoon-worthy in this dance.

Week 2:

Week 3:

For any fans who know of Youtubers, Lindsey Stirling played the violin for Meryl & Mak’s dance.

Judging from their DWTS18 wikipedia page, it seems as if both Meryl and Charlie are doing well in the competition.

Also, seriously Americans, if you think Meryl and Charlie look like a couple, have you seen their rivals? Also, everyone knows Charlie is dating Tanith Belbin, Olympic silver medalist in Torino 2006. (You see her for a few seconds in the video of him in week 1 in the audience. Fun fact: she used to date Evan Lysacek who was also in DWTS a few seasons back.)

What do you think of Meryl and Charlie’s performances on DWTS? Let me know in the comments?

~The Rinkside Cafe

EDIT: I’ve decided to split the DWTS performances post so that they feature 3 weeks worth of dances each. For…

Week 4 to 6

Week 7 to 9


The Best Two Ice Dance Teams to Have Ever Graced the Ice

vm dw 2014 owg

For once, my Olympic predictions were not so far off but that is the nature of this discipline. In ice dance, it is the subtleties that matter and sometimes mistakes are imperceptible to the average viewer. Here is a recap of sorts of the ice dance event at the Olympics and my two cents. Hopefully this post will help balance things out amid the news reports and angry rants by sportscasters who fully admit to knowing nothing about the sport. More

A Figure Skating Scandal A-Brewing?

The Sochi Olympics has been entertaining so far in so many ways. From Russia’s terrible anti-gay laws to the #SochiProblems reported in the Twitterverse to the terrorist attacks, I’ve nicknamed this Olympics the Clusterf$ck Olympics because so much had gone wrong even before the games even started. Now, there are allegations of another storm to pass by the Olympics in figure skating.

In a French article by l’Equipe (forgive me for the lack of accent), alleges that Russia and the U.S. have struck a deal so that the U.S. will help the Russians win the team event while the Russians will help the American ice dance team, Meryl Davis & Charlie White to win gold in the individual event. Even before the team event started, there was talk that the results of the team event would be Russia, Canada and the U.S. in first, second and third respectively while Davis and White would win the gold with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir getting the silver in the individual event. So far, the prediction for the team event has come true and apparently the Canadian skaters have been subjected to what may be an unusual number of anti-doping tests right before the competition.

Olympics team event 2014

A reader has asked me what my take on this whole situation and well, here we go. More

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