What you didn't see or hear during the Week 6 performance episode
By Minh Nguyen
Special to MSN TV
No one broke a leg during Broadway week at "Dancing With the Stars," but Maks got his ego broken when Lenny said his and Hope Solo's rumba was their worst dance of the season. Carrie Ann called Len's comment disrespectful and Len responded by saying he was there to judge.
We got seated smack in the middle of Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake and David Arquette's families. We don't know how we got such great seats; we'll just count our lucky stars.
Kenny Ortega (director/choreographer of "High School Musical" and "Dirty Dancing"), Courteney Cox (looking exactly the same as her days as Monica on "Friends"), Coco Arquette, Patti Stanger (gorgeous, smiley and doesn't look 50), Mark Ballas, Anna Trebunskaya (looking very classy and elegant in a copper-colored knee length dress), Ricki Lake's sons (who were rocking some seriously nice hair), and "DWTS" alumni Helio Castroneves, Niecy Nash and our beloved Carson Kressley were all in attendance. The whole Kardashian clan (Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kris Humphries, Lamar Odom, Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner) showed up 15 minutes early to join the masses. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries weren't the most affectionate, but with all the plastic involved in Kim's whole getup, it's probably hard to show any kind of emotion.
We're not sure who will go home tonight, but it may be time for Chaz to take his final bow.
Here are the top 10 things seen and heard behind the scenes at "Dancing With the Stars":
1. A lot of mothers and daughters were coming over to say hello to the Kardashians during the commercial breaks. The only thing I could think of was...really? I wouldn't want any young impressionable girl to look up to the Kardashians as role models. Yes, if you aspire to be the most famous Kardashian, you too can aspire to make a home video and become plastic Barbie. On the positive side, the Kardashians were all very gracious to their many adoring fans.
2. Nancy Grace is such a good person. She had both her arms up and was saying (loudly), "Go Chaz!" and waving over the balcony as Chaz and Lacey were on their way up.
3. Kristin Chenoweth is as cute as a button and even cuter in person. She is itty-bitty! When she came out she did a boob dance with one of the male dancers before her performance. The audience gave her a standing ovation. Hunky Tony Dovolani was on the judges table, and (we think) Bruno tried to get a kiss from him. Tony offered Bruno a handshake instead.
4. The warm-up guy almost always gives away two VIP tickets for next week's show to the general audience. This means they get on the main floor with the family and friends of the dancers and can be amongst the celebrity guests.
5. There was a little girl wearing a red flapper dress dancing zealously by herself in the middle of the ballroom to Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)." All three judges were waving their "10" paddles in the air.
6. "I like J.R. I am friends with Ricki and David. I'm gonna root for them. I also like Nancy Grace. I have to look at most improved and that's always impressive to me. I think J.R. stole my heart a little bit tonight. You know I'm always going to go for the petite one." (Kristin Chenoweth)
7. Have you ever seen Carrie Ann passing the piece of paper to someone after the dancers dance? The judges have the paddles underneath their table. We think the paper is for the special effects people who put the numbers on the scoreboard.
8. "To be totally honest with you, we had a midseason cast party the night before. What they didn't show you was very, very hung over celebrities and pros and even the camera men. Luckily we had Rob holding down the humor and the energy in the room and of course ...Carson." (Derek Hough) "I wasn't, I went home. Derek didn't drink the whole night. I had a couple of cocktails." (Ricki Lake)
9. Tony Dovolani came out in a black Puma tracksuit and was showing a reporter pictures of his kids. She told him he made beautiful babies and Tony said, "My wife does." Good looking and humble. Maybe Maks should take a lesson from Tony?
10. "After this number, now every other word is -- "(Karina Smirnoff) "Money. Cuz in the song all he says is (tonal sound) money. Literally all week in group rehearsal all we kept saying to each other is (tonal sound) money. How you doing? (Tonal sound) Money? How's the quickstep? (Tonal Sound) Money." (J.R. Martinez)
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"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Embarrass yourself soon!
Kim Kardashian and her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, will adorn your bedroom for the right price.
According to this TMZ report, their mugs will soon adorn linens, sheets, pillowcases and other expensive housewares -- including actual mugs. No rollout date for "Kardashian Kollection Home" has been announced, but we're happy the third word didn't also begin with a "K."
Unfortunately for the haters out there, there will be no Kardashian toilet paper. However, the K-clan is coming one step closer with bathroom products including bath mats and hand towels.
TMZ quotes a family insider describing the towels as "super soft."
Among the other products to be adorned by the sisters -- who earned $65 million last year, according to The Hollywood Reporter: picture frames, flatware, kitchen knives, golf and football towels, candlesticks, and window blinds, which you will want to draw closed so your neighbors can't see that you bought any of this nonsense.
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!
ricki and j.r. tie with almost-perfect quicksteps
Broadway Week was a bit of a rollercoaster ride! Both Ricki and J.R. danced killer quicksteps to tie at the top of the leaderboard, and Nancy Grace kicked it into high gear with a happy-go-lucky foxtrot that landed her in third place. At the other end of the scale, Chaz's lackluster tango earned him a mere 19 points from the judges, and Hope's brave but flawed rumba got her no love from anyone but Maks, who ended up yelling at the judges after their critique.
Our stars also did their first group dance of the season, an unscored, free-for-all to two Broadway hits. Carson Kressley was back to help coach, and it was fun to see all of the stars dance together. Each couple had a short solo, in most cases full of usually-forbidden lifts and other strictly non-ballroom touches.
Here's how each of our stars did tonight:
Rob's cha-cha was lighthearted and limber. His timing was spot-on and his footwork was excellent, but he was definitely playing second fiddle to Cheryl. Len called the routine "clean and precise," but thought Rob lacked fluidity. Along the same lines, Bruno wanted to see Rob take charge and own the dance.
Nancy's cheery foxtrot was the surprise of the week! Tristan definitely upped the difficulty level this week, and Nancy was up to the challenge. The judges were thrilled by her. This was easily Nancy's best performance to date, and will hopefully inspire her to even greater heights in the next round.
After last week's amazing tango, David was probably feeling the pressure. Happily, he didn't crack. The quickstep is one of the hardest dances in the roster, but David pulled it off in style. His "Grease"-inspired routine had great energy, but David was having a little trouble staying in sync with Kym. Len called it "rough around the edges," which seemed fair for once: David's energy saved what would have otherwise been a sloppy, indifferent routine.
Ricki's stunning quickstep was fresh and fun. She and Derek danced beautifully together – they're really learning how to play off each other out on the floor. Ricki's timing and footwork were both excellent and her presence onstage was the best it's ever been. Bruno praised her musicality and Carrie Ann called the routine "poetry in motion."
Chaz's tango missed the mark. The tango just doesn't seem to be his dance – he seemed stiff, uncomfortable, and totally out of his element. Although the "Phantom of the Opera"-themed routine was playful, the choreography wasn't difficult enough to inspire praise – or many points! – from the judges. All three judges agreed that Chaz needs to take it up a notch. Let's hope he gets the chance to prove himself next week.
Hope's rumba wasn't her best performance, but it had its moments. She tried to show her vulnerable side, but the routine ended up seeming self-conscious rather than intimate. The problem wasn't the technique so much as the flow of Hope's movements. Len called the routine Hope's worst dance of the season – which prompted Maks to jump in and defend her. Things aren't looking good for Hope at this point.
Last week's samba was downright incredible, but this week's quickstep left it in the dust. J.R. is truly an amazing dancer. He and Karina danced a quickstep that went up, down, and everywhere. J.R. kept up with Karina through every kick, jump, and spin during a routine that Karina called her most difficult ever. Even Len was beside himself. Bruno jumped up and down and called the routine "a hit" and Carrie Ann wished she had a Tony Award to hand out. J.R. seems just about unstoppable at this point.
Who won the judges over: Ricki and J.R.
Who dazzled the audience: Ricki and J.R.
Who needs to step it up: Chaz and Hope
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Former 'RHONJ' star sets record straight
The cashmere-lined gloves are off as Dina Manzo bashes her former TV show, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
"It's a shame this TV show used to be about our lives and now some lives are just about a TV show," Manzo blogs on her website. "That's not how it should be."
"I really wanted to walk away from all of the toxic behavior," Manzo writes. "I was not into ganging up on anyone and I was no longer obligated to talk about Danielle so the best thing for me to do was stay away."
In the most intriguing part of the blog, Manzo appears to side with Teresa Giudice in her feud with Manzo's own sister. (Caroline Manzo feels totally maligned by Guidice's new cookbook, "Fabulicious," which jokes that Caroline "is as Italian as the Olive Garden.")
"If this is all about a joke in a book (and [Teresa] assured me it was) that's not enough for me to hate the mother of my God daughter and a friend of 15 years," Dina writes. "Was it necessary to write that stuff in her book? Probably not but I don't think it was written with malice either."
Dina doesn't go into detail about what happened between her and "certain family members." However, Caroline believes it's because she didn't show enough support for Dina's new HGTV party-planning show, "Dina's Party."
Dina adds: "I feel bad that my relationship with my sister and her family is strained, but I can assure you that one day it will be back to the way it was."
Dina wishes the housewives could all "lift each other up instead of trying to tear one another down" and "showcase what women are capable of."
She adds: " Unfortunately, not sure what the ratings on that would be … so I doubt that will happen."
Budget problems plague teams as they set forth from Phuket
By Diane Vadino
Special to MSN TV
We're in Thailand as this leg of the race kicks off, and Andy and Tommy are the first to leave last week's Pitstop.
We discover a new side of the professional snowboarders tonight: "We love Jesus," Tommy says. Andy continues: "We want to run this race and just have a lot of joy." Both guy show off the Biblical verses they've written on their gear as they head for the challenge: to travel by "local transportation" (elephants!) up a river. We’re left to puzzle over the religion non-sequiturs while being charmed by the baby elephants playing in the water. Baby elephants! They solve everything. Andy and Tommy are no less amazed by the animals: "If I win 'The Amazing Race' I'm buying an elephant -- they can do some serious four wheeling," Tommy says. Justin and Jennifer are next to leave the Pitstop (about an hour later), followed by Jeremy and Sandy and Laurence and Zac. There's all kinds of foreshadowing here with the sailors: "Being the father, Zac will heed what I say," Laurence says, in a way that makes us sure that Zac will not heed him at al. Ernie and Cindy are next to leave.
Andy and Tommy have sprinted ahead to the Roadblock: “Who wants to hear some music?” Racers follow the music of a traditional Thai flute player to a natural pool, where they have to retrieve a clue packet from the water. This does not look particularly hard, and everyone speeds through it. Inside the packet is the next clue: travel to a local shop to disassemble a spirit house and take it to a nearby temple ... where they’ll be asked to do something, perhaps or perhaps not to do with assembling. Andy and Tommy head there, while Amani and Marcus and Bill and Cathi leave the Pitstop -- followed, finally by Liz and Marie, at 1:35 p.m. -- more than three hours after Andy and Tommy.
Andy and Tommy do not intuit that they will have to reassemble their house after delivering, so Tommy actually has to travel back to the shop to reexamine the setup -- but it still looks like they move through the challenge pretty quickly. Not as quickly as Jennifer and Justin, who seem to pick up a bit of time after the siblings use their driver's cameraphone to make some visual notes. Teams are fairly evenly divided between those who do and who don't think to take notes of the house's interior details, forcing a few to follow Tommy's footsteps back to the shop. Without too much fuss, everyone proceeds to the Phuket bus station, where they'll be boarding overnight buses to Bangkok. Liz and Marie, meanwhile, take on their Speedbump: Wash elephants. Everyone seems to enjoy this task, and then they're off -- they power through the spirit house challenge, moving forward with good attitudes and very little money.
The team that seems to have the most trouble with the spirit house task is Ernie and Cindy, who failed to take notes on the set-up: "We should have just written it down earlier," Cindy says. Ernie says: "If I don't get it, I think Cindy's going to kill me." Once Ernie finally does finish it, they have an ugly confrontation with their driver at the Phuket bus station -- they owe 4500 baht (about $145), but they have $100 -- in American money. A Thai interloper comes out to translate (and basically shame them for being so disagreeable) and they pony up the extra $50. It's interesting that they seemed to think they were being shaken down -- but they really got a fairly good value for money. That behavior is not acceptable ... in our lives," Cindy says, to her credit. I’d love to see how she’d handle it if someone tried to pay her in baht in the U.S. for her work.
There's an incredible amount of jockeying as the teams move on to Bangkok, with Zac and Laurence mysteriously disembarking from their first-class bus and returning to the bus station for a second-class bus. (We find out later that this meant a three-mile run._ Ultimately, it's Ernie and Cindy who arrive in the capital first, traveling by cab to Bangkok Noi Canal, where they're required to feed some really totally amazing fish. This is super quick -- and then it's off to the Pitstop, the M.R. Kukrit Heritage Home, where Amani and Marcus arrive. In first place, remarkably. Bill and Cathi arrive just about simultaneously, and there are huge hugs all around. "We sputtered a little bit earlier, but I think we're a team to watch when it comes to playoff time," Marcus says.
At more or less the same time, Liz and Marie begin their epic trek across Bangkok -- interrupted only when they give up and beg a cab driver to drive them to the canal -- which he does. "No mon-o, no fun-o," one of them says. They feed the fish, and beg another trip through the city, this time to the Pitstop. You can’t say they gave up, anyway.
Justin and Jennifer, Ernie and Cindy, Andy and Tommy, and Zac and Laurence check in at the Pitstop. At Phil's behest, we get a bit more explanation of what happened with the sailors and their bus meltdown: Apparently they (incorrectly) thought the no-first-class rule (for air travel) included bus travel as well. It’s amazing how these guys make serious, and almost game-ending errors, based almost entirely on over-thinking. (Let’s not forget the navigational challenge, where some teams just pointed to where they needed to go, and these two were ready to whip out the compasses.
This means it's going to come down to Jeremy and Sandy, who seem to have had a terrible time navigating, and Liz and Marie, who were doomed from the start. And so it is at the Pitstop: The twins are out.
"The Amazing Race" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Pee-wee Herman wants to contend on 'Dancing With the Stars'
It would be Pee-wee's biggest adventure since … well, since that thing that happened in 1991 that he would prefer I not mention.
Paul Reubens, the 59-year-old man behind the fictional man-child, wants to do the next "Dancing With the Stars." He's been a fixture in this season's audience -- ostensibly to support his friend and fellow occasional trainwreck David Arquette. But now his hidden agenda is revealed.
"My dance skills are pretty awesome," he told Hollywoodlife.com. "I'm cultivating them even further so if I am on next year then I’ll be ready."
Imagine the Tequila dance as a duet!
The publicity would help promote the upcoming third Pee-wee movie, which starts production early next year with producer Judd Apatow.
It would also help people forget that thing that happened in 1991 that he would prefer I not mention.
Personally, I love the idea. Do you? Then like this Facebook page someone created to drum up support.
However, the last time I checked, it's still the "DWTS" producers who get to decide who stars in their show.
If reached for comment on the matter, I'm pretty sure Pee-Wee would reply: "I know you are but what am I?"
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Michelle says Barack doesn't like their kids keeping up, sisters reportedly feel 'blindsided'
President Barack Obama doesn't like his young daughters, Malia and Sasha, keeping up with the Kardashians.
Here's what Michelle Obama told iVillage: "Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians -- when they watch that stuff -- he doesn't like that as much."
The First Lady softened her blow by continuing: "But I sort of feel like if we’re talking about it, and I’m more concerned with how they take it in. What did you learn when you watched that? And if they’re learning the right lessons -- like, that was crazy -- then I’m like, OK.”
Us Weekly quotes a source close to the Kardashians saying they are flattered just to be watched in the White House. However, another source told TMZ they feel "blindsided" since the Prez personally told Khloe he thought it was a "great show" when they met last year.
We like the TMZ source better.
So far there has been no official Kardashian response. However, Kourtney did tweet that she "had a chai latte and a banana" this morning.
"Do bananas ever make anyone else nauseous?" she asked.
More on this breaking story as it develops.