I'm rooting for J.R. Even though Maks is my favorite, I will vote for J.R. What an inspiration! Anyone who puts their life on the line to defend our freedoms is a hero in my eyes.
Well, I am partial. (see signature). :winkgrin
Bjaminsmom, I agree: anyone who puts their life on the line is a hero in my eyes, too.
Kara, I'm also a little worried that they will throw JR and Karina under the bus. HOPEFULLY since he is a war hero, the judges/producers will treat him with more respect (I realize I might be dreaming, LOL). I like how last season and this season the celebs are seem to be on pretty equal footing (with the except of one or 2 not so good dancers)
Looking forward to seeing them, but I just have to ask....
Has Karina really gone blonde? What's with all the brunettes thinking they need to be blondes. Not loving the look!
I think he will go far no matter how he dances. The posts here reflect how the public feels about war veterans.
God bless him, I hope he rocks out there! How could you not be voting for the guy!
Really excited about tonight! Whether J.R. nails his performance or not, he's obviously already won a special place in fans hearts and will no doubt be an inspiration throughout his time on the show. I really can't see him leaving early. Perhaps late/middle of the pack, but I wouldn't be surprised if his fan support takes him to the finals. I applaud him first for his service, and also for not letting what could have been something devasting take over his life. Much like Chaz, I think he'll definitely make an impact.
The dance of the night :yay These two had some fun interactions in their rehearsal package. Karina with her 'butt in, you're J.R. not JLo' and J.R. saying he only has one ear so he can only hear half a sentence. No wonder that guy can go out there and give a performance like that, he's got an amazing attitude. Totally makes you look at life and think if he can overcome all he has and still smile that pretty smile...I would make an early prediction these two could be finals bound. It'd be Karina's second time, so it'd be interesting to see what she could pull out of her hat for a freestyle again. Some celebs do well with once style, but not the other, however I think J.R. will be just as amazing with latin as he is with ballroom. I don't think any VW was anywhere near there's.
I think I liked Karina better with lighter hair, but I wasn't digging her style tonight.
I wonder if Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison (his fellow All My Children co-stars who also appeared on DWTS) gave J.R. any pointers before he came on the show? I was hoping he would do well and he did! I can't wait to see him take on a Latin dance. The Viennesse Waltz is a very difficult dance to start with and he nailed that so he should do well other dances.
Lord knows there is plenty of dead weight this season. J.R. should sail through fine for the next couple of weeks as some of the weaker stars are eliminated, as long as the worse dancers don't have a big fan base pulling them through. Between his soap fans and war hero fans, though, he should have a pretty good fan base, too!