Update: Annie’s recap is live! We’re back, DANCMSTRs, for Week 8 of Planet Mirrorballus madness. Tonight, the remaining five couples must dance TWICE. Let’s all cross our impossibly bejeweled fingers that Dopey Italiano‘s multifaceted eyes don’t pop out of his well-tanned noggin! As always, nominate your Hidden Gems of the Week in the comments.
If you missed it Wednesday, my Week 7 podcast with Tom Bergeron was chock full o’ gems:
- On his hair: “I don’t mind if it’s graying, as long as it’s staying.”
- Tom and the DWTS production staff have nothing better to do than stand around and talk about the brilliance of EW.com’s Hidden Gems. How awful!
- When throwing to Diane Sawyer — with whom he has a strictly flirtatious professional relationship thanks to a Good Morning America stint — Tom had to make a conscious effort to tone down the jauntiness and “maintain a certain level of ballroom gravitas.”
- Tom believes Mark Ballas’s explanation of Monday’s “wanker” hand gesture: It was intended for his dad, Corky, as a “You gotta roll the dice with the choreography” inside joke. But as Tom counseled Mark after the show, “If that was a gesture of self-gratification, you’re really bragging about your size, because that was WAY off to the side.”
Press the “play” triangle above to hear my imaginary friend in all his alternate-universe glory!
ALSO: Big news! EW.com’s Fringe Fairy will be IN THE BALLROOM….liiiiiiiive….for next Monday’s semifinals performance show! Here’s a reminder of what I look like.
Do you guys like my new business cards?
Someone’s gonna need a spray tan before Monday….
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