'Dancing With the Stars' results recap: Fall from Grace
Week 8 marked the end of the Grace period for “Dancing With the Stars” Season 13, as prosecutor, one-time cheerleader and all-around combatant Nancy Grace and her lovely Irish lad of a partner Tristan MacManus were eliminated just shy of the semifinals at the end of Tuesday night’s results hour.
And as Len bluntly said on Monday, it was time for the resilient yet still-technically-challenged Cinderella story to go. To her credit, Nancy made her exit with grace, heaping praise on her partner, the friends that she made in the ballroom and her family. Tristan also got his turn at the mic, “tanking” the viewers for being so welcoming, and saying: “We really had a foon time.” Oh, I’m really going to miss this leprechaun. Let’s have him and his handsome, lucky charms back as a pro for always, shall we?
The results show hour kicked off with our pro and troupe ladies prancing down the grand staircase like they owned it and taking to the floor to strut to Jordin Sparks’ “I Am Woman” in a routine choreographed by Jaquel Knight, probably best known for putting together Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance. Nice to see our ladies shimmying their stuff.
I know some of you out there in “DWTS”-watching-land don’t like DanceCenter, but I just think it's silly and goofy in the very best way a “DWTS” segment can be. Love how Kenny Mayne, Jerry Rice and Len Goodman egged Tristan on to say “third” with his Irish accent (it came out as an adorable “turd”) during one of the promos, and Tristan gamely feigned annoyance. “You’re the turd person that’s done this to me today,” Tristan fumed. “I’m sick of this place.” Ha! (Come back to us, Tristan!) Not to mention the long-distance high-five from Kenny and Jerry on the hydraulic grand staircase was pretty priceless.
Plus, they seem to be just as over DanceCenter as some of you viewers at home. Which is kind of hilarious. Ricki Lake is old enough to be Derek’s mom but doesn’t act like a mother around him, saying things like, “Oooh! I want to nail that so badly.” J.R. “Volcano Crotch” Martinez, age, weight, height: Hero. “For a serviceman, he really seems to enjoy musical theater,” said Kenny. Rob’s stats were all in comparison to his more famous sister. Height: Taller than Kim. Age: Younger than Kim. Of course, his stint on “DTWS” has “lasted longer than the marriage of sister Kim.” Occupation: Brother of Kim. And oh yeah, in case you didn’t catch his umpteen references, he went to USC.
Loved how Nancy’s shoe size measurement was “check the seat of Tristan’s pants.” How Kenny insisted that Hope was “Han” Solo and featured Len naked and posing in the suburbs. And finally, how they rolled the credits on the episode where Maks called it “his show” to show Maks credited with doing everything on the show. Hey: Maksimize your potential! Up next: MaksCenter!
Vocalist extraordinaire Andrea Bocelli sang a jazzier number called “More,” featuring jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, while the troupe danced on the floor dressed to the nines. And then they immediately split the stage after the performance, perhaps to make room for the presence that was Flo Rida, who brought the street cred and the ladies in hot pants and turned the ballroom into Club “DWTS” with his medley of “Club Can’t Handle Me” and “Good Feeling.”
The Macy’s Stars of Dance performance was a Cirque du Soleil performance of the “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL” World Tour. The high-flying acrobatics and “Smooth Criminal” and “Billie Jean” choreography were impressive individually, but made somewhat of an alien cocktail when mixed together.
Now we’re down to the final four couples: J.R. and Karina, Ricki and Derek, Hope and Maks and Rob and Cheryl. Who has your vote to win it all?
-- Allyssa Lee
Photo: Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC