'Dancing With the Stars': From the Mouths of Babes
Call it a night of inappropriateness. The professional dance (a tribute to Michael Jackson's "Thriller") involves crotch-grabbing. Then Len comes up with a major case of foot-in-mouth disease. All of which fills the major minutes before the final three are revealed. This hour-killer, though, is better than most.
Again, love the kids! But this is a joke: There are two pairs of kids who look like tiny sprites and one pair of kids who look as if they don't need to be carded to get into an R-rated movie. Seriously, backstage with Samantha, it looked like four little ones with their duo of babysitters. The far, far more developed and older ones (that would be Brandon and Brittany -- Brandon being the one who said he's into the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders) are so skilled at their paso doble that Tom makes reference to how all three judges' jaws are on the table. It's a deserved compliment -- they were pretty amazing -- but then Len goes on to make a total jerk of himself by stating the obvious: "I know the other two were cute and everything else, but these two were the real deal." Um, yeah. It's like playing the JV team against the varsity and expecting a contest. Ouch.
And that isn't Len's only faux pas. After the finish by the littlest of the competitors, Aaron and Rashell, he comments on how well they moved their "little bums" around the dance floor. Moments later, while Bruno is raving about the performance, Len can be seen, head in hands, with Carrie Ann rubbing his shoulder. One can only assume he's realizing that commenting on the behinds of elementary-school children can only be problematic.
But you have to adore little turquoise-covered Aaron for his astute assessment of the whole process. As he put it: "No matter if we lose or win, we were still on TV!"
Yes, thank you, little man, for summing up this whole universe so efficiently.
As for the main competition, the elimination was a shock-free moment: Kristi, Jason and Cristian are moving on to the finals and Marissa's fan ride is officially over. Kudos to Marissa for going out with the same enthusiasm she's brought to the whole deal, and her parting remark: "Shake what your momma gave ya!"
Time for the finale poll.
-- JENNIFER FREY
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