Posted by: malia | March 22, 2014

saturday 9: copacabana

Saturday 9: Copacabana

1) This song refers to the merengue and the cha-cha. Are you a good dancer?
not really. i love to dance, though. i wish i could merengue and cha-cha.

2) Dances like the merengue and cha-cha are featured on Dancing with the Stars. Are you a loyal DWTS viewer?
oh, i was, for the first few seasons. i loved that show because i love dance, and i wanted to learn how to dance like that. but then i didn’t have a tv, so watched it online on the abc website, and i don’t know. the magic of it all seemed lost on me. i didn’t like that all these people who could dance were getting eliminated because they weren’t popular, and the ones who weren’t as good get by because of the audience vote. why have the judges if it doesn’t matter what they say? i mean, yeah, that’s happened since season 1 *glare at kelly monaco* but i don’t know. i got tired of seeing those that deserve it not get very far while others are a mess but get to the top *glare at hélio and bristol*. i think i started to get disinterested in the show when giles marini lost to shawn johnson. i would watch only the dances and then do other things when they got judges scores or interviewed. so that led to me after a while only looking up the dances on the youtube and watching there. the last time i looked up dances on youtube was when ralph macchio was on, so i’ve missed several seasons since then. in fact, looking over the casts lists of the prior seasons, i didn’t even know that certain people had been on dwts! mercedes from glee won last season? hmm. i think that’s another popularity thing because she doesn’t dance on glee! but i’ve never seen a clip, so i can’t judge. maybe she did very well. there are other people i see that i’m surprised were on dwts the past 6 or so seasons (i can’t believe they’re on season 18!). i haven’t even heard any press about that. i guess that’s what happens when you don’t have a tv. and what also irritated me, while i look over the cast lists, is they always give the young, pretty, fit girls to certain professionals *glare at derek hough* while others always get the older ones. like cheryl burke has had her share of older guys and young guys, but then you see derek always getting the girls who have had dance experience before. when will derek have the cloris leachmans out there? the producers always gave him people who have the potential to go far while others always get those that they are sure will get eliminated early because they have never danced before in their lives. totally not fair, but i know it’s done for the viewers, because people really like derek (and his sister before that). so i don’t like that, either. be more fair! not only by giving the judges more weight in the scores (or taking out audience vote all together, which, i admit, might make them lose a lot of their audience), but also let the professionals have a range of people to work with, to prove that hey, they really are good teachers/trainers, not just lucky/”the chosen/golden one” (as the hough siblings are often called on forums).

so, anyway, long answer just to say “i used to be a fan, but i don’t really care any more.” 😳

3) The Copa girl in the song, Lola, wears yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there. If we were going to the clubs tonight, what would you wear?
i am so not club material. i’d wear a nice blouse and jeans, probably.

4) The real Copacabana nightclub was on East 60th Street in New York. It was used as a setting for the movie Goodfellas. Do you have a favorite mobster movie?
no, i don’t think so. i can’t even think of a mobster movie.

5) Our featured artist, Barry Manilow, has unfortunately spent a great deal of this young century in the hospital — broken nose, face lift, chest pains and two hip surgeries. Tell us about your most recent trip to the doctor, ER, or dentist.
well, i have my semi-annual dentist appointment next week saturday. i was in the er about 2 years ago with awful, awful pain in my right shoulder (i was seriously sobbing, the pain was so bad–i haven’t cried about pain since i was a little girl!). and doctors–gosh, i’ve seen so many these past two months, and i’ve got a few more to see in the next few months, as well. *sigh* my most recent visit to one was my first time to a urologist because of hematuria. he was really, really nice, though, and explained things thoroughly and was very gentle. i really liked him. unlike the other doctor i’ve been trying to get in touch with for over two weeks, who never called me back, even though the receptionist would promise that she’d call me as soon as she was finished with the patient she was currently with. i called every single day, and i never got a call back until just this past wednesday, and i’ve been waiting to hear from her since march 4! soooo irritating.

6) Manilow told US Magazine that he enjoys nude sunbathing. Have you ever skinny dipped or sunbathed au naturel?
nope. you can count on that being something i would never, ever do.

7) Before he became famous as a performer, Manilow was a very successful jingle writer. “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there …” and “You deserve a break today at McDonald’s …” were his. Tell us about a TV commercial you saw recently.
wow, i didn’t know that. hmm. i don’t have a tv, so i haven’t seen a tv commercial in a while. but you know who has plenty of commercials now??? youtube!! ugh. so i think the last one i saw was a cover girl commercial with ellen degeneres, queen latifah, and others saying how #girlscan.

8) The Manilow faithful are known as Fanilows and proudly wear Barry hoodies, wristwatches and even dog tags. Do you have any clothes that feature a recording artist?
um. i used to, when i was a teenager. but i don’t recall seeing any of them when i recently went through my closet and cleared out all the clothes i don’t wear any more. hmm. i wonder where they are? i would think still back at my mom’s, but i don’t think she’d have held on to them after all this time?

9) In 2005, Manilow refused to respond when Larry King inquired about his sexuality. Do you think it’s rude for interviewers to ask personal questions? Or is it something a performer should expect because it goes with the job?
that’s tough. i do think that performers should expect to answer questions about their personal life because they are famous, and people do want to know more about them, and if they want people to stay interested, they know they have to do these interviews and get asked these questions that people want to know. however, i do think it’s rude to be asked about sexuality, especially knowing that some people do not condone homosexuality and so if the person admits that he is, he will get a lot of hate, possibly even harmed. who wants that? with something that could alienate a percentage of their fans, i think it’s rude to put them in the predicament of having to do that. unless it’s something that is dangerous, like murder, yes, ask about that. but sexuality? who does that hurt? no one. so leave it alone; don’t subject these people who will get hate or not depending on how they answer to that.



  1. Oh, your painful shoulder made me cringe!

    • It was pretty bad. And it seemed to come on so suddenly, which was scary. I didn’t even do anything to cause the pain (like I wasn’t lifting anything or using my arm any weird way) so I think that made it even more scary, in my mind.

  2. I’m sorry you are ill, too. It is not a good thing, is it. I hope things work out for you.

    • Thank you! Yeah, it so is not. Just keeps reminding me that I’m old. Ugh.

      Hope things work out for you, too!

  3. I loved your long answer about Dancing with the Stars because you sounded just like my mom. She loved that show! But she agreed with you, that Derek simply had to be somebody’s favorite because he got the best, most talented partners,

  4. I have a few shows that I use to be a fan of. Sometimes, the show’s get kind of tiring.

  5. That is the trouble with reality TV….there is nothing real about it.

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