Winners! Covington's Johnny Chu & Doreen Beatrice Claim Stars Dancing Title
The 2015 Cincinnati Arts Association - Dancing for the Stars title is coming to Covington.
KungFood Chu's AmerAsia owner Johnny Chu and Step-N-Out Studio's Doreen Beatrice Uptown Funked in Gangnam Style downtown Saturday night at Cincinnati Music Hall for the annual event that benefits the Overture Awards and Arts Education Programs.
Celebrity hosts, judges, and dancers were watched by well-dressed guests that enjoyed dinner the by the bite from some of the area's best places to eat.
Seven local well-knowns were paired with professional dancers from various studios in the area for the ballroom dance-style competition. Each competitor also raises money for the fundraising element of the competition.
Chu was joined in the dance event by Cincinnati Reds legend George Foster, Chef's Cafe owner Mary Bettman, DTZ's Doug Bolton, Procter & Gamble's Barbara Hauser, UC Health's Diana Maria Lara, and plastic surgeon Dr. Devinder Mangat.
Bolton claimed the fundraising crown, bringing in more than $17,000.
The combined judges and audience vote, however, gave the dance title to Chu and Beatrice, who scored a pair of 9s and a pair of 10s for their crowd-pleasing triumph with Uptown Funk, the Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars megahit. When their music briefly shifted to Gangnam Style, the wildly successful fast-paced tune from Psy, Chu was joined on stage by new back-up dancers mimicking the moves from the song's popular video.
By the performance's end, Chu & Beatrice were rejoined for a Funk finale that sealed the deal for them.
Judges Drew Lachey, designer Joe Rigotti, Jeff Ruby's Britney Ruby Miller, and dance instructor Douglas Beal gave the Covington-based pair the highest scores of the night.
The event was hosted by Chris O'Brien and Janeen Coyle from WGRR (the station that also provided pre-show DJ Rockin' Ron Schumacher) and also featured a dance performance by Overture winner Joseph Harrington.
-Michael Monks, editor