Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week, EW.com’s collection of reader-submitted ridiculata, is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and flesh. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!
“Tom’s adorable, and might I say jaunty, little sidestep move just before introducing Kendra. He also did a nice little back lunge thingy just before Romeo’s intro. I like to think these are secret signals just for us gemhunters.” —Jem Ho, endorsed by Madd, Jen P., avab, nicknak
“WHOA! After Kendra’s critique, there was a flash of an audience member who either fell into a vat of the spray-tan fluid or is part Oompa Loompa.” —Electronic.Neko, endorsed by Kristie D, PIMB but Maks is My Husband, KellBell NYC, and Mae, who kindly pointed out the Oompa Loompa in question was actually newly pregnant Mirrorballus alum Mel B.!
“My first hidden gem of the season. At :41, Sugar Ray’s head was lined up with Hines Ward’s hat and his hair looked like that track guy Carl Lewis! Big geometric wedge flattop thingy!” —mccliza, endorsed by chopchop
“Bruno licking his lips when Petra was on the judges’ table.” —duranmom, endorsed by Tia, Call Me Daphne, Electronic.Neko, Katja, Jem Ho, EPK, tkemoses, Ally, Peachy, JB13760, Lindsey, Tina, Kelly, Alison, BA, Winnie 50, Potato Bug
“Did I just see Marlee Matlin’s interpreter (and star of the latest InsideTV podcast) Jack Jason sitting behind Kelly?” —Elizabeth, endorsed by Courtney, Bugsby, avab, orville, LAG Award Winner, Alison, KLH, and EW.com’s Fringe Fairy
“Nice wall sconces in the pinkish room- like a partial octopus or something. Perhaps in light of Mirrorballus — I should note, even the walls are spewing out sequins and diamonds — as if the diamonds are growing and ready for picking. Just reach out and grab it, Wendy!” —Call me Daphne
“Hidden Gem: There was a older woman wearing a zebra top with a flower in the center who was counting Wendy Williams’ steps. She was so intent on her feet it cracked me up!” —Liz, endorsed by avab, Lorie, iggy, Jem Ho, Xorp, Jaime, Long Time reader, first time gem-mer, Smileyteach, popculturedrandoms, Zach, glenn, MLM
“What was great was on the other side of Wendy and the woman was a young girl in blue clapping rhythmically but with a complete look of boredom on her face, hoping she could be anywhere but the Ballroom. So we had a kind of Yin and Yang of DWTS — Intense FootSpotter and Bored Teenager.” —LAG Award Winner, always ready to put things in perspective
LIFE-AFFIRMING GEM (LAG) OF THE WEEK
“This one may be a sign that I need to step out of the gem mine for awhile… but as Brooke talked to Tony, that silvery quilted stuff on the wall in the celebraquarium over Petra started to look like a pair of eyes with ever changing fuchsia lips below.” —Jem Ho
Thank you, DANCMSTRs old and new, one and all, for a fabulous heap of gems!