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ilbasso
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posted 03-03-2010 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no problem with Buzz being on the show. Taken in light with last year's hip-hop video, he's obviously trying to show that he has a sense of humor and is trying to lighten up his image. However, I can't help feeling like he's still not quite in on the joke.

I do agree that professed lack of money is absolutely the wrong excuse for him to be using for doing this. It cheapens his image.

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Though I still think Buzz won't last very long at all, I WILL constantly vote for Buzz over the Uber-Bossy Kate Gosselin! Jimsz is right on the money $$$ though.

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Personally I can't stand any of these "reality" shows... X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity... its dumbed down TV and I'd rather watch re-runs of Frasier than any of that rubbish.

If Buzz was giving his fee to charity it might be a bit more easy to swallow... but somehow I very much doubt that.

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Agree with you there Derek... on all counts.

"I'm-an-X Factor-(so-called)-Celebrity-Dancing-on-Ice-Get-Me-Out-of-Here" is just trash TV as far as I'm concerned and just another example of people wanting to live their lives vicariously through the C-listers that usually dominate these shows.

As for the charity angle... what's the saying? "It begins at home."

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I doubt that Buzz is poor. Look at how many jobs he has in addition to all his book, autograph and collectibles sales, etc. I bet he is a multi-million dollar man.

He is doing this because that keeps him young. Look at him, 80 years young and counting. Armstrong and Collins were born in 1930, like Buzz. It's amazing how good they look too. They must have found the famous "fountain of youth" on the moon. I mean after all there is water on the moon.

Next time I meet Buzz I will ask him what keeps him so young. Buzz, Go Dance! Yeah!

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I agree, I can't believe he is genuinely on the 'bread-line' with regard to money.

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MTV: 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestant Buzz Aldrin Is The MTV Favorite
The 80-year-old former astronaut has had a surprisingly deep history with MTV. The image of Aldrin walking on the moon -- an unprecedented feat he accomplished way back in 1969 -- supplied inspiration for a lot of early MTV imagery. And of course, any time anybody wins a Video Music Award, they are honoring Aldrin, as he is the space traveler who inspired the Moonman trophy.

In fact, Aldrin was brought into the MTV fold during the 2009 Video Music Awards, where he hung out with Sway on the red carpet and gave out the prize for Breakthrough Video. "Breakthrough Video! What's better than that?" Aldrin said to Sway following his introduction. Aldrin then read off the nominees for the award, taking a particularly intense level of pleasure in saying "Gnarls Barkley" and "Yeah Yeah Yeahs." (Matt and Kim's "Lessons Learned" ended up taking home the award.) "That's a handsome looking guy!" he said to Sway about the Moonman as he exited. Clearly, Aldrin belongs on live TV, and we hope that he conquers the TV dancing world.

People Magazine: Buzz: 'Dancing' harder than walking on moon
"Walking on the moon was a piece of cake," Aldrin tells PEOPLE. "This is a challenge!"

But Aldrin, who will dance with pro Ashly Costa, says he thinks he's up for it: After all, he took Arthur Murray dance instruction in the earlier years, and went to many formal dances in his years at West Point.

"We danced wearing gloves," he recalls. "I've probably neglected my Lightfoot Louie on the dance floor, but I always have a lot to learn. I didn't take up skiing until I was 50."

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posted 03-05-2010 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Say what you want, but the guy's cool and he always makes me smile.

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I've just finished reading "First Man" the Armstrong bio. During the Apollo 11 world tour while visiting the Congo, Buzz stepped onto the floor for a spontaneous dance with "Miss Congo". The performance was well received by most in attendance. Who knows? He might just surprise us all!

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It is indeed hard to believe that Buzz is living on the breadline. A single Buzz autograph fee earns him about the same as someone on US minimum wage earns in a 50 hour week. 50 autographs (less than an hour's work at a show) brings in a year's minimum wage salary.

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I don't think it is a fair statement. Buzz, like him or not, worked at obtaining an education and one benefit of that is not earning minimum wage. Minimum wage should be one of the convincers for people to obtain an education so they can strive to do better.

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Buzz Aldrin talks about "Dancing with the Stars" on This Week in Space but first shares with Miles O'Brien what he is spending his money on (hint: it's planning and promoting our future in space).

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In common with Derek and others on this site I have no time whatsoever for reality TV shows.

Buzz's decision and rationale for appearing on such a show is nobody's concern but his own.

But at an age when many are husks of their former selves spending much of their day filling their pants and dribbling in to their tea, I for one wish him well... but I won't be watching.

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posted 03-07-2010 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick, I think you've summed it up perfectly!!

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posted 03-07-2010 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a first look at the promo shot of Aldrin with his dancing partner Ashly Costa:


Credit: ABC

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Extremely cool! Prodigious even.

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Now I understand why he is doing it!

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posted 03-08-2010 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope he's not going to wear that medal on the show, just too tacky...

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posted 03-09-2010 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will Fred Haise train as Buzz's backup?

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posted 03-09-2010 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very funny, Delta7!

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We all should look that good at 80!

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The facelift or two he's had in the past probably has helped a bit. But still, he maintains a schedule that would probably be tiring to someone half his age.

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My wife watches the show and to be honest I think he will do well. I have seen some of their choices in the past and to have the agility to be an Astronaut and do what he has done, dancing should be quite easy.

All he needs to do is learn the steps he's got everything else.

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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Here's a first look at the promo shot...
Here's another picture from that shoot from Aldrin's Facebook page:

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Aldrin's debut on "Dancing with the Stars" begins tonight at 7 p.m. CDT on ABC.

Here's a look at what people have been saying about Aldrin's odds of winning, as well as what Aldrin has said about his own chances:

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin goes from walking on the Moon to "Dancing with the Stars"

Buzz Aldrin, whose footsteps 40 years ago became an iconic photograph representing mankind's first journey to another celestial body, will trade tonight his moon boots for dancing shoes as he competes on ABC's reality TV show, "Dancing with the Stars."

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You can vote for Buzz Aldrin on "Dancing with the Stars" at 1-800-VOTE4-07 or by visiting ABC's website.

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posted 03-22-2010 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And you can vote 11 times each via phone and computer!

11?!...hmm.

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Buzz can have my vote... for $350.

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Hey, Buzz may not have danced that well, but he was very positive and cited increased interest in space as the reason for dancing. Unfortunately he is at the bottom of the pack.

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Aldrin may have the lowest judges' score (for now, the scores will be combined with those he earns next week) but he is the only dancer whose name was trending on Twitter by the premiere's end.

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I saw the show and I do not think it has anything to do with dancing. He did what he set out to accomplish, shed some light where it should be and he made me feel proud to be MY age.

Bravo Buzz!

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Even though I am not a fan of reality TV, I'll admit it, I voted for Buzz 11 times.

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If you missed Aldrin's debut on "Dancing with the Stars" here's a recap:
Buzz Aldrin moonwalks for "Dancing with the Stars" debut

If only for Buzz Aldrin "Dancing with the Stars" was more about the stars than dancing, then he may have very well topped the judges' scoreboard at the end of Monday's night's two-hour show premiere on ABC...

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I just came across that ABC's online store has men's and women's "Dancing with the Stars 'Team Buzz'" t-shirts.

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Great to see Buzz having a good time. He did better than I would have done. I hope I'm going that strong at 80. I was very pleased at the audience's response. Our space program and heroes are still very much admired here and around the world.

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"Dancing with the Stars" premiere was seen by 23.9 million people, making it ABC's second-most-watched show in its timeslot in 10 years (after the 2001 Rose Bowl).

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NASA has made note of Aldrin's appearance on its website and has included the brief video from the International Space Station that played before Aldrin danced.


Credit: ABC/NASA TV

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"Dancing with the Stars" introduction for Buzz Aldrin:


Buzz Aldrin's complete dance performance and judging from the premiere:

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Buzz got all 11 of my votes, but it won't be enough to save him. He SUCKED! Durn, I wished he would've outlast the Octomom, but unless they throw off two next week...

Fortunately she sucked too! My guess she or that British male actor will be the next two to go, then I won't watch it anymore this season; I've watched all the previous seasons. I had so hoped Buzz would have done MUCH better, but you plainly saw him verbally count all of his steps! It did seem like he did a forward moonwalk I swear!

Even The WOZ did better than Buzz.

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Durn, I wished he would've outlast the Octomom, but unless they throw off two next week...
Based on the reaction on Twitter last night (it takes a lot of people talking about you to get into the trending list and from what I saw there were pages upon pages of comments in Buzz's favor), I expect him to make it through at least the first and second eliminations and then it will be up to how much he improves his dancing and how large a fan he can motivate that will decide how much longer he stays on the show.


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