For so long we’ve been talking about Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir vs Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Well now we can put that battle to rest because a new one has started in the form of Meryl Davis vs Charlie White! Partner vs Partner! Ice Dancer vs Ice Dancer!
Meryl Davis and Charlie White have joined the newest season of “Dancing with the Stars” or as some people have come to know it- “Dancing with Elite Sports Athletes, D List Celebrities and ‘Oh I totally forgot about them!’ folks.”
Despite Meryl’s wish to have Derek Hough as her partner (which c’mon- would be unbelievably unfair), she is paired with none other than Maksim Chmerkovisky, Derek’s frequent rival. Charlie himself is paired with another long haired brunette beauty- Sharna Burgess.
Look at this gorgeous foursome!
It will be a close competition for Meryl and Charlie as they both have similar skating styles, I imagine their dancing style will be to. But keep reading for my take on which team will get the edge in some of DWTS’ major components.
- Lifts: Team M&M (Maks and Meryl) may have the upper hand soley because Maks is huge and strong and Meryl is microscopic. Maks is also a pro at ballroom lifts and lifts are usually set by the guy, Charlie is great at lifts too but his are more athletic and naturally may be less fluid because he’s used to the ice. But I’m sure he doesn’t mind more body contact with Sharna!
- Style: I have to give this one to Team Shar-Char (Sharna and Charlie). Typically in ballroom dance I watch the girl more (maybe it’s cause I’m trying to emualte and absorb her fierceness) but it’s the guy’s job to make the girl look hot, hot, HAWT. Meryl can turn on some major sassiness as you can see in this performance of their latin inspired program at the 2011 World Championships:
But Sharna Burgess is on the hot tamale train and I don’t think she’s getting off anytime soon! This rumba she did to Take Care with fellow pro Gleb Savchenko oozes passion, sex and emotion. It is so powerful I blush just watching! I feel like I’m spying on a couple’s intimate bedroom moments.
- Chemistry: Toss up! Charlie and Meryl have great chemistry on the ice (they also have great chemistry off the ice!) but I am very interested to see how they will fare with different people. The good thing is Meryl and Charlie have spent many many years learning how to manufacture and convey chemistry for an audience so they’re aware of the process. The bad thing is, they spent many years doing that with each other so in having to find a connection with a stranger so quickly could be awkward! Both pairs are extremely attractive and I can see chemistry brewing for both of them but I do think both Meryl and Charlie will have a tougher time with the sexy, smooth, sultry feel that is needed for dances like the tango and the rumba.
In any case, good luck to Meryl and Charlie! They finished one intense competition and is jumping headfirst into a semi-intense, pretty much only moms wil be watching, campy competition. I wonder who Marina Zoueva will be cashing her vote for?
Dancing With The Stars starts Monday, March 17!