By Annie Barrett
October 18, 2011 at 12:00 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!


Who can forget the iconic final scene of 'The Phantom Menace,' when the fat frog guy holds the ball of energy over his head?

“Coco Arquette busts a groove in the lower left corner just before Tom’s intro for Ricki & Derek. Shimmy Shimmy Coco Pop!” —tkemoses

“I hereby nominate Coco as Obvious Gem of the Season! She is adorable!” —Christy, endorsed by socialandrea, Brenda, Jem Ho, DonnaW, Lorie

“The ’80s Week backdrop reminds me of the Lite Brite I used to play with when I was kid. Ahhh childhood ’80s memories.” —Liz, endorsed by LAG Award Winner, Fringe Fairy

“At top of the show Tom with the blue-lit staircase behind him, looked like he was wearing a huge Egyptian headdress. Hail Bergeron the Pharaoh of Blue-ness. Walk like a…you know.” —Chaz

“Hope’s jacket reminded me of Carmen Sandiego.” —Liz, endorsed by H, Christy, KristieD, Cindy, Anthony Covino

“Did anyone notice, when they went back to Tom after Hope and Maks got their scores there was a woman sitting behind Len that looked like she was doing a hair transplant on him?” —B

“I LOVE how Tom threw out that comment about Maks looking like a Keebler Elf in the ’80s – it’s almost as if he was throwing a freebie Gem out to us Gem Hunters!” —Rebecca, endorsed by LAG Award Winner, DonnaW

“Carson using the Troupe to make a human pyramid.” —Jaime, endorsed by orville, LAG Award Winner, Anthony Covino

“Richard Simmons rocking the Ronald McDonald look this week.” —Xorp, endorsed by orville, Kelly W.

“A jacket with long sleeves and long pants (I hope!) have been hidden in Richard Simmons’ closet! who knew??” —Stee, endorsed by Hiddle

“Carson is PACKIN’!” —Kelly W., endorsed by Kelly, Neko, Gator, Cindy, socialandrea (“Little Derek hasn’t made a cameo, someone had to stand up! (hee),” dr zoid

“Did anyone notice Carson’s microphone wire was showing through his shirt on his stomach so it looked like a tiny lighning bolt??” —Rachael, endorsed by SunBlitz42, Jem Ho, Tay

“Anna looks like Deb from Napoleon Dynamite! I’m sure she’s imagining herself, weightless, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by tiny little sea horses.” —kellen

“Eighties Len is a cross between Gene Simmons and Orville Redenbacher! — Again, Tom with the thoroughly impressive Hidden Gem descriptions tonight!” —DonnaW and kt, endorsed by Lucy, Brenda

“Brooke’s a Ziggy Stardust doppleganger!! Ok, Ziggy was Bowie’s 70′s alter-ego (and probable inspiration for Gaga), but it’s really freaky how much Brooke-bot looks like him tonight.” —Jennie

“This random madness ft. Our Pro of the Week TRISTAN while I was trying to capture something else” —’s Fringe Fairy

“The bald bearded man with glasses between Carrie Ann and Len looked like one of the faces in the “Guess Who” game.” —Liz, endorsed by socialandrea, Tina

This is genius anyway because I LOVED Guess Who, but which one? Do you mean Sam, Richard, or Tom (L-R)?

“Was there a spotted owl nesting in Cheryl’s wig?” —Jo, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh

“It’s too bad that even the cast of Man Up isn’t interested in the cast of Man Up…” —Speech Teacher, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh, orville, iggy

“John O’Hurley (yes, THE original champ) engaged in conversation with Bruce Jenner-Kardashian, discussing the proper technique to throw a javelin or the intricacies of the rhumba’s hip action. Discuss.” —LAG Award Winner, endorsed by Kelly, socialandrea, Brenda, Tay

“The woman sitting literally under the stairs when Tom is going to commercial after David gets his scores. I thought that seat was reserved for trolls only!” —Kevin M. Kawa, endorsed by Jem Ho, Brenda

“Did anyone else think that John Waters looked like one of the Gentlemen from the “Hush” episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?” —ShelleyM

“Maks was fluffing Tom’s hair and he nuzzled into it like a dog.” —socialandrea, endorsed by duranmom, orville, kt, Tina

“YOU GUYS! The AT&T globe logo in DWTS tie-in totally starts out as a spinning multi-faceted GEM!” —’s Fringe Fairy


“At the beginning of Derek & Ricki’s dance…proof of life on Planet Mirrorballus (with Derek and Ricki inside the planet).” –iggy, endorsed by Tina (“Is this a glimpse into the future?”)

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


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