By Annie Barrett
Updated September 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

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Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week,’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 stunning awkwardness. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!


“One of my favorite moments: During Tony’s and Chynna’s dance, there’s a long shot and a woman in pink and black is in the front row. She looks NOT pleased that Chynna’s dancing with her man. A STRONG case of Chynna Envy.” —LAG Award Winner

“There was a darkened glimpse of ECL and Bongo Guy behind the singers during the opening — we need to get them a backlight.” —MLM, endorsed by NayNay

“Len throwing up gang signs after Hope & Maks’ dance.” —Kevin M. Kawa

“Ummm, what was Mark holding out to Kristin just before the break? Because I could have sworn it looked like an adult toy. (Just me?)” —Katja, endorsed by CoolWhipLite, Fringe fan, RBlues

“Allison from SYTYCD is over Bruno’s right shoulder!” —Liz

“Oooh, that is her! A couple of times the camera caught her, the lighting made it look like she was wearing blue zinc all over her nose.” —orville, endorsed by kfran

“While the judges were talking to David and Kim, her sparkles were actually bouncing all over the front of the judges’ table. It was like little Tinkerbell balls were having a party.” —Lisa

“Did Nancy Grace *really* just refuse to play along with the wave? Come on Nance–it’s the world of ridiculousness. You gotta play along with every silly, sequin-covered moment.” —orville, endorsed by Kevin M. Kawa, Anthony

“David stuffing tissues into the couch seam…” —Daisy

“Over Anna’s left shoulder, it looked like Jimmy Kimmel…eating!” —JB

Len’s sad face before the break…. not paying attention to the camera, Mr. Goodman!” —Anon19, endorsed by Katja, socialandrea, orville

“It looks like it is snowing glitter behind Tom because of the spotlight!” —socialandrea, endorsed by Katja

“Love the photos behind Ricki and Derek during their dance. Shake it like a Polaroid picture!” —Xorp, endorsed by jen, Laura, Daisy, Amy, Jem Ho

“When Brooke was interviewing Ricki and Derek, Mark Ballas kept looking at their butts!!!” —lalastpete

“Ballroom map on the wall in rehearsal behind Chaz and Lacey ~ so they don’t get lost in the new spacious arena!” —daisy

“They have shown Rick Fox 100 times and this is the first time I noticed Eliza Dushku in the lower stratosphere.” —socialandrea, endorsed by gigi

“Bruno’s OMG face when Nancy Grace had her little ‘slip’ was awesome!” —pancake


“I urge the powers that be at Dancing with the Stars to come up with a “hidden gem” icon to float over any and all future nip slips. That shot of the deadpan audience was mystifiying, creepy and hilarious at the same time. Annie, you have to have some pull there. If not a hidden gem icon, then a flash of cover up fringe or something. Maybe a mini-Mirrorball!” —Christy, endorsed by Alix, Fred, Lorie, fg, Kim, Greenscreen

Thank you, DANCMSTRs one and all, for a fabulous heap of gems!

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All of Annie’s ‘DWTS’ episode recaps

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