The big news in the ballroom last night was the return of former pro DWTS dancer, Julianne Hough. Julianne stepped in as guest judge while Len Goodman sat out this week. Despite a lot of chatter leading up to last night about her potential bias toward her brother, Derek Hough, that interaction was actually anticlimactic for me. She did accuse him of stealing her Barbie doll’s head or something along those lines but it was the zinger she sent pro Mark Ballas’ way that got all the attention. The two used to be competitive dance partners and Julianne empathized with his current partner, Christina Milian, by saying “you have to stand in front to be seen”. It’s not the first time Mark has been accused of being a stage hog and you could tell by his stony half smile that he was not a happy camper. You can read about his reaction here.
There have been hints that there will be other guest judges this season and one can only hope that Maks Chmerkovskiy will be one of them. Even though they’re technically judging the celebrity contestants, you can’t tell me watching him critique former girlfriend, Peta Murgatroyd or former fiance, Karina Smirnoff (both current pros on DWTS) wouldn’t be entertaining; not to mention his interaction with younger brother Val (also a current pro). This is one incestuous group which, frankly, makes the show that much more interesting to me.
Oh yeah and there was some dancing last night too. Here are some of my highlights:
My favorite dance was Elizabeth Berkley’s Argentine Tango with Val Chmerkovskiy. Sharp and precise, I thought it was her breakout performance. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
Brant Daugherty and Corbin Bleu both gave shirtless performances which are always well received by the audience (although not so much by the judges in Brant’s case this time).
We saw Cheryl’s whip cracking side in Jack Osbourne’s rehearsal package. Although she wrote it off to PMS, she definitely showed the frustration that comes from having to teach a non dancer a ballroom routine in one week. Jack seemed to weather the Cheryl storm okay.
When one of the judges told Snooki she sometimes has “T-Rex arms” while dancing, she shrugged it off and said it’s nothing she hasn’t heard before. There is no way the judges will get under that girl’s skin.
The ballroom said goodbye to Valerie Harper as she was the celeb eliminated after last night’s competition. Most of the cast seemed to be in tears as I’m sure many at home watching were too. She is an amazing human. And on a fun note, I saw on the DWTS Instagram account yesterday that this 74 year old woman can still do the splits!
Reasons to cheer: We saw some amazing dances from Elizabeth, Corbin and Amber.
Reasons to jeer: The judges’ scoring last night was predictable and boring. 3 couples tied at the top with scores of 27 (Elizabeth, Corbin and Amber). 4 couples tied with scores of 24 (Jack, Christina, Leah and Snooki). I thought there was at least one performance that deserved the first ’10’ of the season.
On to week 5 . . .