A disco inferno literally engulfed the glitterverse during the “Dancing With the Stars” results show, as talk show host Tavis Smiley and his pro partner Sharna Burgess were Earth, Wind & Fired from the Season 19 ballroom competition.
The talk show host and author was only able to fulfill his wish to do something crazy and fun before he turned 50 for just two weeks of competition.
“I do not live a life of regret, the art of dance I absolutely love,” the now 50-year-old said, before admitting that the rigorous book tour and only eight to 10 hours of rehearsal time made it difficult to pull off a better disco cha-cha routine.
The results were not completely expected, as Tavis scored a good four points above lowest scorer and fellow bottom dweller (though “not necessarily in the bottom two”) Michael Waltrip. Though clearly the NASCAR driver’s entertaining wit helped drive his huge fan base to vote for him through this finish line. “Tough duck” Sadie Robertson and pro partner Mark Ballas joined them in jeopardy.
Rampant tooth-picker Mark should be careful of when he’s mike’d backstage, as the pro tried to cheer a glum Sadie up after Monday’s less-than-ideal performance by saying, “Len don’t know nothing about country music. Don’t know nothing about jazz, either.” Guess that’s what happens when you hire a cheeky “rebel” to work the dance floor, like Mark professed in his 2007 audition tape.
The encore dance was done a little bit differently this time around, as Len Goodman apparently couldn’t choose between Janel Parish and Val Chmerkovskiy’s foxtrot and Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev’s jive for a repeat number, and asked the Twitterverse to weigh in for #EncoreJanel or #EncoreLea. The social media masses chose Janel and Val’s “Call Me Maybe” masquerade ball.
We were treated to a couple different segments. There was the alphabet of “DWTS” terms that went from “Argentine Tango” to “Zany.” Then with Len being gone for a couple weeks, Tom announced that actor and comedian Kevin Hart would take his place in Week 3. And then we were treated to a faux trailer of next week’s Movie Night coming attractions, like Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani’s play on “Ghost” in “Spirit Fingers,” Alfonso Ribeiro punching out banana and excess carbs and yelling out “Yo Witney!” in “Stocky,” and Lea and Artem going back in time for a “Back to the Cha Cha.” Artem in an ‘80s Marty McFly vest? Priceless.
Nico and Vinz appeared center stage to perform “Am I Wrong” while Peta Murgatroyd and Karina Smirnoff tussled over Val Chmerkovskiy. Sia also belted her hit “Chandelier” but refused to show her face so as to not take away from the very “SYTYCD”-like contemporary routine emoted to stirring, disturbing effect by yellow bob-wig wearing Allison Holker and Maddie Zeigler of “Dance Moms” fame.
Julianne Hough put down her paddles and put on a pair of dancing shoes for a very revealing number with all the pro guys. (“Bruno lobbied so hard to be the judge in that dance,” Tom quipped.) At first, the two-time Mirrorball champ emerged wearing a long-skirted nude color dress with a smattering of red flames covering the pair up there. Then midway through the routine the skirt came off and just a thin nude bodysuit and some strategically placed sequins kept the world from knowing her entire business.
Some other highlights and lowlights from Week 2’s results hour:
- Adorable begets adorable: Antonio Sabato Jr.’s cute-as-a-button son, who chirped “That was awesome, Papa,” as he ran to give his father a hug backstage.
- Witney Carson showing off her beatbox skills to Alfonso Ribeiro. “That’s not bad, right?” Alfonso: “That’s pretty good.”
- Alfonso saying “I’m honestly happy” three times after getting straight 8 scores on Monday. One more time and someone may actually start to believe it.
- Tokemaster general Tommy Chong opening his shirt up a little bit more because it made him feel like a male stripper.
- Favorite line was a quick aside from our fearless host Bergeron in reference to Mark’s “cheeky” audition tape. “David Brent the dancer over there.” #EncoreTom
What do you think, ballroom fans? Surprised to see Tavis go? Do you prefer judge Julianne, or dancer Julianne? Will we ever get to see Tony Dovolani’s audition tape?