Bill Nye the Science Guy's experiment with 'Dancing With the Stars' may soon be over

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September 16, 2013|By Amy Watts, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Mirrorball Madness is back, baby!

They waste no time going straight to the competitive routines after a brief welcome from Tom and Brooke following the opening number.

 Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd
Cha cha
Brant describes himself as a "single threat" because he can't sing or dance. Who knew he could be pretty AND funny? They appear to be dancing to the recorded version of "Blurred Lines."  WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH HAROLD WHEELER?
ACK. They've moved the judges' stand to the opposite of the dance floor. This is too much for my measly brain to handle. AND THEN Bruno admits that something he said came out creepy. Up is Down. Black is White. The Ravens will take the field in Green and Gold!
All the judges see good potential in Brant and are overall enthusiastic about his dancing.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 8; Bruno: 7

 

By the way, they gave those scores RIGHT AWAY and there was no awkward interview with Brooke. Have my prayers finally been answered? THE GOAT SACRIFICE WORKED. (Teasing, teasing. I wouldn't go NEAR a goat for ANY reason.)

They also appear to have gotten rid of the crow's nest in favor of a "pit" in the form of a couch beside the stage. Kinda low rent, if you ask me.

 Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani
Foxtrot
Leah's on the show to "lose weight and not look silly." I'll wager one of those is easier to accomplish than the other. She has no idea if she can dance well or not. Well, this is one very public way to find out, dear.
I think it's possible Tony's suit is made of some plastic, reflective material. Perhaps the costume department has also had budget cuts and they've fashioned it out of garbage bags?
Leah gives Bruno some wonderful "side eye" during his comments about the possibility of her twerking. Carrie Ann likes her hand positioning and Len calls it "clean and precise."
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7
Oh, we've exiled Brooke to the "warm up room." I should've used a bigger goat.

 Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff
Contemporary
My housemate asked me why they asked a chicken sandwich to dance on the show. I tsked her and then looked at Corbin's Wikipedia page which actually has a disambiguation link to Cordon Bleu.
Contemporary: They're barefoot. The clothes billow. They have a big piece of fabric they run up and down with. Then it's like they're having sex. Oh, wait! Karina's wearing nude-looking dance shoes. HA! I should send her a thank you note.
The ballroom's gone nuts for the routine. Tom makes a big deal over how nervous Karina appears to be and she points out it's her first contemporary routine.
Carrie Ann loved it and says "emotion" a lot. Len liked it a lot too. Bruno liked it well enough  to actually speak somewhat coherently. That's a BIG sign.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

 

Oooh - they apparently kept Lindsay around from last year but demoted her to the troupe.

 

Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke
Foxtrot
He explains that he's on the show to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, with which he was diagnosed in May 2012. He's had complications in the past, including blurred vision and numbness, but he's fine now.
He's a bit flat footed and pigeon toed, but he's surprisingly more charming than I'd ever have given him credit for.
Cheryl admits that her pep talk to Jack can't be repeated on live television. Hee. Bruno calls him "joyful, playful, and uplifting." But he's slightly worried about his turns.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 7

They seem to have also abandoned putting tweets up on the screen during the show. Instead, they're reverting to the Olde Wayes and will be sharing Facebook comments later in the show.

It looks like most of the cast of Glee is in the audience to cheer Amber along. That's sweet, really.  

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