First-Class Made

My wife took a picture of the table centerpiece at Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars The actual dance routines are a bit of a blur in my mind. During the performances at Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, I was reviewing the notes with the next few things Kim Hansard and I had to say. She and I were emcees for the evening. The event raised over $56,000 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Local celebrities are paired with professionals from Academy Ballroom.

I remember that the one technical glitch gave me an unexpected opportunity to make a joke that helped set up a bigger joke that I knew would occur within Farmer Charlie’s routine. Since his character is known for giving advice, I said there was nobody he could call to get some. His dance with Kelli Rainey included humorous pauses while he answered his phone.

I made a judgment call to deviate from the script, which suggested that we ask Phillip Fulmer to comment on his daughter’s dancing. Allison Fulmer received a perfect score for her quickstep with Hayden Escobar. The coach deserved the opportunity to be the proud papa and not in the spotlight at that moment. Instead, Kim asked him to jokingly critique the performance of sportswriter Mike Griffith and his partner Suzanne Devan.

The judges also gave a perfect score to Jamie Lynn Drohan of WATE and her partner Jeremy Norris. At the end of the night, they decided to give Jamie Lynn the dancing trophy. Allison Fulmer won the fundraising trophy by bringing in over $10,000.

Marc Anthony and Emily Loyless rode a motorcycle onto the dance floor. The impressive entrance had Bob Yarbrough and Mike Simon talking about it on TV this morning after commenting on Michele Silva’s performance.

After the show, I visited with some of the recognizable faces in the audience. Look for 1st Class Maid Jaynee from the Titanic Museum Attraction in the background of one of the pictures. The expression on her face amused me.

Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Coach Phillip Fulmer Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Jewelry Television host Misty Mills

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Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Sara Shookman and Allison Kropff of WVLT Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Michele Silva of WVLT

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Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Abby Ham and Kris Budden of WBIR Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Beth Haynes of WBIR

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Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Megan Campbell of WATE Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2011 - Jamie Lynn Drohan of WATE

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