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'Dancing With the Stars' results recap: Boomboxed out

124005_0636_pre Last night a DJ saved her life, but on Tuesday night’s results show, the needle was removed from the record player of Wendy Williams’ dance career (cue the record scratch). In the second elimination of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 12, the New York-based tawk show host received the lowest total combination of judges’ points and viewer votes, and was promptly cut from the competition. And I don’t think anyone was surprised to see this general gababout go; Williams, who was larger than life in just about everything, hovered at near the bottom of the leader board throughout this competition, and never seemed to get the right footing on her dances.

“The problem is that it’s not my personality that’s in the competition, it’s my feet,” Williams stated. “Despite stereotypes, this is one black girl who can’t do the running man.” (Cut to Maks doing an honorary running man, to prove that despite stereotypes and a bum thigh, white men can dance.)

It was fitting for Wendy to make her swan song at this point in the competition, but I was sad to see pro partner Tony “Sparkletooth” Dovolani’s season cut short. Not only was the Albanian Stallion put back into the “DWTS” stable, his victory lap was cut short when solo player Williams took to the dance floor without him. What happened to being kind?

The results show started with a party –- a samba party, courtesy of encore dancers Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. Added bonus: Tom deemed them safe right before their performance! “Just as nice seeing it twice,” rhymed Tom, and the crowd couldn’t agree more. Last time, I was transfixed by Hines’ hips. This time, I was fascinated by Kym’s skirt, which bobbed up and down like shiny yellow leaves of bibb lettuce. And look, the judges joined Steeler Nation and swung those Terrible Towels in celebration at the end! Woo-woo! I loved this samba, but part of me would have liked to have seen Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s routine again, just to see what it would have been like without the tumble (which was shown ad nauseum throughout the broadcast), but what can you do? Luckily, Maks reported that he, his chest and his thighs are on the mend and will all dance another day.

The band OneRepublic (remember them?) performed two songs. The first was a new single called “Good Life” that started with whistling. It also featured Lacey Schwimmer and Dmitry Chaplin front and center, performing a routine where they flung their heads, bared hearts, and collapsed into each other with great gusto. Ah, there’s nothing like our pros. Then the band brought out candelabras and performed “All the Right Moves” (very “DWTS”-appropriate) with the very symmetrical yet indistinguishable “DWTS” Troupe, elaborately decked in their finest gothic brothel wear.

Disney Channel star Selena Gomez made an appearance, singing “Who Says” with her band the Scene while Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas twirled sweetly around each other. And that move at the end when Mark hurled Chelsie up in the air and she went horizontal before curling up and dropping back into his arms? Showstopper!

There were two taped segments. The first was a behind-the-scenes look at the wackiness that ensued when stars were given cameras and told to shoot their own footage. We learned that sweet-as-an-angel Petra Nemcova can get quite testy when Dmitry turns the camera on her; Romeo likes to chill with his friends and is an equal-opportunity hand massager (“I’ll give you one, too, camera girl”); Hines’ son doesn’t like the big rides at Disneyland; Kendra Wilkinson’s son can drool with great aim; and that Ralph Macchio likes to take his camera into the bath and show off his rearview Mirrorballs. “That’s why you’ll never see a ‘Camera Operating With the Stars,’” Tom declared.

The second segment was mostly filler, clumsily introduced by Brooke Burke, in which the pros discussed the close competition and each star’s strengths. Funniest line: Karina Smirnoff talking about how Romeo’s swagger comes into the ballroom five minutes before he does.

“You’re so pretty, Brooke Burke. Let’s change the subject.”

So what did you think, ballroom fans? Did the right star go home? How much would you give to find out why Louis Van Amusement was cracking up so much on the stage when he and Kendra were awaiting their fate? Will poor, overenthusiastic Smoke Machine ever make it back to the big show now that it’s been relegated regional theater? Did Brooke’s asymmetrical ruffle dress and matching hair result in her offbeat hosting? Discuss.

— Allyssa Lee


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Photo: Dovolani and Williams. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC

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I fell asleep 10 minutes into the show. Woke up after it ended. Not surprised that Big Wendy walked the plank. These elimination shows are terrible. Just watch the last 8 minutes.

I do really wish I knew why Louis was laughing so hard!!

Now that Wendy Williams is free she can pursue her other career as a male news anchor. "That's a man baby".

I hate to say this but I have a friend that swears that WW is a man who had surgery to become a woman. After watching her dance I would wonder too because the shape of that woman is just strange and so are the features. I'm glad to see her go she should have never been selected.

it was too painful, watching this AMAZON of a woman?
stagger all over the floor!!!

How could anybody take this garbage so seriously? If this is what passes as entertainment these days, no wonder fewer and fewer people are watching network television.

Ugh, that results show was painful. One Republic was screechy and awful (twice!), Gomez was dull (and what was that ridiculous dress she was wearing?), and the Troupe had some pretty blah choreography. The highlight was watching Dmitry and Lacey dance, but since they were doing it to such awful singing, it wasn't much of a highlight. Mark and Chelsie didn't seem to click with one another, so their dance was a write-off for me.

Wendy was absolutely the right person to go. I'm beginning to think Tony sometimes checks out on coaching his celebrity and doesn't demand enough from them. Either that, or he just gets the worst luck in partners and they're actually incapable of following his instructions. I don't think there was enough of the rehearsal footage between Wendy and Tony for me to know which it is this time around. Either way, she was BY FAR the worst dancer.

But aside from her cruddy dancing, what was that "last dance" with Tony upon her elimination? She didn't even bother to pretend to dance with him for 2 seconds; she just abandoned him on the dance floor to go press the flesh with the front row of the audience! What was that?!? Came off as very beyotchy, in my view. I had no idea who she was before she came on DWTS, but she's definitely left me with a negative impression of her after that.

Predictions for imminent departures: Sugar Ray and Kendra.

I'd like to know why so many people make fun of Kirstie Alley, and no one makes fun of Wendy Williams??!! At least Kirstie can dance! Wendy Williams? She's scary.


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