Sorry, all kids. Rapper and movie star (have you heard?) Romeo, who was doin’ it for you, was brutally booted from the mean old ballroom on Dancing With the Stars‘ season 12, week 8 results show. After his fiery red-pleather tango with Chelsie on Monday, Romeo’s ouster was definitely a shock. Even Tom’s exit language was harsher than usual: “The couple denied their shot in the semifinals is….”
It certainly isn’t Ralph Macchio’s fault that he has acute knee pain and couldn’t practice much this week, but I’m guessing a lot of fans will think Our Leg Sweeper should have been the one to go. Watching him vacillate between an “I don’t deserve it” air (like when he tried to quiet the boos about him being “in jeopardy” with cute hand gestures) and a “No, no, keep me in, I’ll totally heal” attitude was somewhat intriguing, but I’m mostly interested to see if he’ll really be okay to dance FULL-ON, as Len would say, leading up to next week’s semifinals. Anything less and Romeo’s exit will seem like an even bigger loss. It’s too bad for both of them. Tough situation, but what did we expect? The theme of the week was “stress”!
Before the mystery meat and potatoes of the results show proper, we got to sample some bonus morsels: the best Tuesday night performances throughout the series. Some choices seemed hand-picked for “current relevance” — J. Lo? Chris Brown? Really? — but the odd mix did produce one of my favorite moments of the hour: As soon as the J. Lo clip ended, Tom’s entire transition was “Here’s another performance!” and then it cut to Miley Cyrus. Ha.
The real gems, of course, were the group numbers from Our Pros (previously known as “The DWTS Pros”; how awful). “Let Me Entertain You” was life-affirming to watch, even so many seasons later, and “Hard to Handle,” too, played out like a cracked-open, cracked-out time capsule. The costumes seemed shiner than ever — dangling, golden giant sequins on O.P. will do that — and, more importantly, Maks and Karina were totally an item.
It still hurts.
NEXT: Adele and Tom Bergeron share a stage. Have I died and gone to disco heaven?