No, I DON'T appreciate the "Teacher's Pet" angle, the overuse of the fog machine, etc.
But I don't think anybody in their right mind can deny the guy's genuine talent. He's been able to MORE than back up that "I'm deadly on the dance floor!" statement that he made in his very first intro clip for DWTS. Also, his ability to be able to understand that with his different partners he has to work differently, and thus always seems to be able to get the absolute best out of them that he can get has always been apparent to me. He also understands that his partner is the one that matters.
Sure, I remember him showing his ass on at least one occasion, but then again, I think that's called being human. Plus, the very next show, he DID apologize in front of God and everybody for losing his temper and going off like he did. Also, I recall him royally pissing a couple of his partners off during their seasons, but being able to work with them and move past that.
I have to honestly say, though, that I'd REALLY like to see him work his magic at least ONE season with a partner that'd be an absolute hopeless case on the dance floor.
Frankly, I've always got to wonder about HIM what it must be like to be a friend and brother to somebody like Derek, who CLEARLY outshines him in their chosen, mutual profession. Add to that the fact that Derek actually lived under his roof for a few years, under the wings of HIS parents, who taught him, Derek AND Julianne. And now, it's plain to see that while Mark is GOOD, he's definitely no Derek, and never WILL be.
I've always wondered if --- besides the need to draw attention away from somebody like, say, Kim Kardashian --- the continuing use of the spats when they don't really seem to fit in with the costuming style of a particular dance, the overdancing, the mugging, the putting on of a BIG "show" when one of his partners (Katherine) got injured during a routine are his desperate ways, possibly without him even being actively conscious of it, of trying to show that he's JUST as good as Derek. That HE'S the flip side of Derek's particular coin, if you will. That while Derek is the golden-haired Golden Boy of the Ballroom, then HE'S the dark, Cellblock D-hairdo-and-tat-sleeve-wearing Ballroom Bad Boy Wannabe?
Didn't mean to threadjack or offend.
I just turned my mind loose for a minute (or twenty), I guess.
And I, too, think it's going to be a right-down-to-the-wire call between Z and Kellie for first place.
As it SHOULD be.
And yes, I DO hope Jacoby takes third spot over Aly, too. I like Aly, but I HAVE enjoyed Jacoby and his dancing more over the course of the entire season. I've loved experiencing him as a person and entertainer, his growth on the dance floor, and his partnership with Karina.