Romeo and Chelsie Hightower pulled out in front when their romantic waltz to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” earned the first 10 of the season (from “Titanic” fan Carrie Ann Inaba). It was also Chelsie’s first 10 on the show. After the show, both were still excited. “Crazy,” said Hightower.
“Master P’s son gave Chelsie her first 10,” said Romeo. “What do you have to say about that, Chel? You gonna give me a massage or something?”
“Are you going to give me one for taking you there?” she said.
Fun stuff. But does one 10 mean a trip to the finals? Do voters care enough about Romeo to get him all the way to that mirror ball trophy?
Time will tell.
For the record, it was not Movie Week. This week’s theme was Guilty Pleasures. But does Dion’s megahit qualify as a guilty pleasure? If it was me, I’d be thinking more along the lines of Tone Loc’s “Funky Cold Medina” or Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” But they, I don’t feel guilty for like those either.
Anyhoo, enough about me.
The guilty pleasures spectacular including booty shakes, booby shakes, kisses, and – get this – Hanson performing their 1997 hit “Mmm Bop.” For those keeping track, it was the first time in DWTS history that a group performed on a Monday night. The guys – who played snippets of several guilty pleasures as bumper music in and out of breaks (including Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” and Quiet Riot’s “Cum on Feel the Noize”) – return Tuesday night for a results show performance as well. (The middle bro is still the hottest, if you ask me.)
Our guilty pleasure? Co-host Brooke Burke’s gaffs. After a rehearsal package showing Kirstie Alley talking about how badly she wanted 9s tonight (she got two), Brooke asked, “Did you want 9s?” Uh…Duh! Our second favorite guilty pleasure of the night? Watching judge Bruno Tonioli shake what his momma gave him in a speedo in the Elton John video for “I’m Still Standing.”
Let’s see how the remaining seven fared this week…
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Samba, Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time”
Kirstie’s guilty pleasure might be Britney, but ours is Maks. He delivered the “sex on a stick” macho persona again, which frankly, I do believe helps her get votes. Right? These two are a perfect mix of silly and sexy, and their routine tonight showcased that beautifully. They had me at “oh baby baby.” Len Goodman said they finally fulfilled the potential he saw on week one. “Great job. Right up my alley,” he added, a pun on her last name. “Oh yes hit me Kirstie one more time!” squealed Bruno Tonioli. “Your wiggly bum sent shock waves through the airwaves.” “Just like Britney, you’re back,” said Carrie Ann Inaba.
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: Tango, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”
I don’t buy Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” as a guilty pleasure. It’s a damn good song. Instead these two should feel guilty about the way they moved. Their tango was awkward enough that some of us in the press room asked, “What is wrong here?” Bruno noticed too. “You lost timing so many times,” he said. “Everybody has an off night. It was cold, uneventful and a bit lumpy.” Carrie Ann agreed. “I think you’re not having fun this week. It wasn’t exciting and it wasn’t passionate.” Len disagreed. “Overall, I thought you did an excellent job,” he said.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: Waltz, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”
He wanted 10s and he got a 10 – the first of the season. But it was the end-of-dance kiss that gave the audience goosebumps. “That was magical,” said Carrie Ann. Len agreed: “It was a very, very touching and poignant performance. I commend you. Well done.” Bruno offered gushing praise, too. “I saw Romeo DiCaprio your ship will sail on and on and on.”
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: Quick Step, Katrina & the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine”
Why they dressed as nerds from the 1950s for Katrina and the Waves’ upbeat ’90s happy song is beyond us, but the Disney star put her money where her mouth is when she delivered a fun, upbeat, cherry, near flawless Quick Step that might just pave her way for the finals. “You managed to fuse high energy with control, that’s not an easy thing to do. Full on and great fun, well done,” said Len. Bruno said, “It was so bright… I’m getting a suntan.” He faulted a hold gone wrong to a booing audience, but whatever. “Sometimes magic happens, twice! That was amazing,” said Carrie Ann. And, all that with a rehearsal injury in which Mark twisted his ankle badly.
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: Samba, Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Louis promised she would shake things up, and Kendra’s only question was how much was supposed to shake. “That includes my boobs?” she asked. He replied: “Your boobs, your booty, everything God gave you.” The reality star pointed out that God didn’t give her those boobs. Funny lady! But she shook everything she had – and nailed it, though Kendra’s first booby shake was definitely memorable. She ended the dance with a booty shake on the judge’s table, which left Bruno throwing cash at her. Backstage, pro Tony Dovolani, sighed, “My daughter is watching this.” “Oh my God wow. I saw lots of information. That was a guilty pleasure, my dear. You can shimmy like no other,” said Carrie Ann. Len said, “The more you gyrated the more I palpitated. You fulfilled one of my guilty pleasures.” She replied, “Happy Birthday, Len.” (The judge turned 67 today.) Bruno said, “The revenge of the stripper! The attack of the killer boobs!”
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: Viennese Waltz, Boyz II Men’s “End Of the Road”
He’s been saying consistency is what will get him to the finals, and consistency is what he delivered once again. Gentlemanly, dapper, and refined, but is he exciting to watch? Eh. To liven things up backstage, Tony Dovolani yelled at us, “Sing! You know the song!” “You’re becoming the MVP, most valued partner,” said Len. “As a performer, it was pure pleasure,” said Bruno, who added that he and Kym were made for each other. Carrie Ann thought he over-thought the dance a bit.
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: Paso Doble, C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
He was knocked down last week ending up at the bottom, but returned strong tonight as a sexy matador with his iconic “Karate Kid” wax on/wax off moves. He told us in the beginning of the season he would only put out the big guns when needed, and boy was it needed this week. The big news is Karina’s fall in the beginning of the dance. It didn’t matter for Bruno, who said, “Once you got back on it there was no stopping you.” Carrie Ann said she was very proud of them, and noted that it was all about how they got back up. Karina was apologizing and visibly upset. Len also commended the way they save it. “I’m proud of you and you should be proud of yourself.”
Week 6 Leaderboard Totals:
Romeo and Chelsie: 28
Chelsea and Mark: 28
Hines and Kym: 27
Kirstie and Maks: 26
Kendra and Louis: 25
Ralph and Karina: 24
Chris and Cheryl: 22
What did you think? Was there anything that made you feel guilty?