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!


“When Harold Wheeler and the band was introduced, you could see Tom Bergeron doing a little jig in the background!” —kellen, endorsed by debbsjo, Anthony

“During the introduction lineup, there’s a guy wearing a green baseball cap. There’s no caps in the ballroom. Unless you’re famous. And you’re not!” —Kevin M. Kawa

“KIRSTIE AND HER BFF MAKS!” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by Liz, chattypatra, duranmom, Anthony, Hiddle, Gemma Teller, Jaime, Jamesland7, Sam, Chloe, akhhka

“Evan Lysacek in the house and looking very handsome!” —DonnaW

“Bearded Evan Lysacek in the audience, don’t know why it disturbs me so.” —Lindy

“I’d like to nominate the 3 handsome gems from my long-lost All My Children who were all sitting in the audience together cheering for JR. Cameron Mathison (Ryan) was sitting with Vincent Irizarry (David) and Michael E. Knight (Tad). I miss that show so much – I had to nominate them!” —chicachico, endorsed by Beth in MI

“I kind of need a screen capture of Len pointing at JR’s butt. Hilarious!” —orville1970, endorsed by Liz, Kevin

“J.R.’s ‘doctor”s tie was hideous.” —kellen

“Right before the judges started to talk, Len was looking up in the air as though he was wondering where he was at that moment…” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by Jem Ho

“I love how the mirrorball trophy is framed in that sunburst…right in front of the judges’ table.” —Electronic Neko and chattypatra, endorsed by DonnaW, Jem Ho

“No way does this cardboard mirrorball have anything to do with cake, but I love it!” —Fringe Fairy

“HG: The ‘V’ Val and Hope made by leaning away from each other.” —iggy, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh, Kevin, ruby, Burnhamamy

“Maks and Val look like they could audition to be doublemint twins.” —gigi

“Do they really think they’re that cool to be able to mock the sacred ballroom dress code by wearing undershirts?” –Jessie, endorsed by Beth in MI, Lisa in Colorado

“When they panned the Kardashian family, Bruce Jenner stuck his neck out, reptilian style, begging with his eyes for all of us to understand I used to be a contendah!” —melindalu, endorsed by orville1970, endorsed by Fridge, Kevin, Colleen, Hiddle, Anthony

“And Scott Disick looking remarkably bored. Kris really made everyone come out for the Finals, huh?” —Emily, Daphne

“If Kim Kardashian is a gem, she is a gem I would rather stay hidden.” —Beverley

“Len’s face when Carrie Ann said, “Consider me blooooownn (away).”” —LAG Award Winner, endorsed by DonnaW

“And Bruno’s!” —Smashley

Tristan under the steps was my “gem” the entire night. Loved how supportive he was standing up and clapping and high-fiving – while Mark next to him (I think) stayed seated pretty much the whole night (WTF?).” —Maksfan, endorsed by TIMB, Lauri

“Cheryl removing a wedgie as she gets to the top of the stairs.” —SpeechTeacher89, endorsed by Caryn c, Tracyann, Zoot, dan and his daughter, Jem Ho (“You’d think after all these years they’d get used to that wedgie feeling and not feel the need to pick.”)

“He may be Impeccably Manicured, but our favorite Trumpeter was not Impeccably Musical tonight!” —Jem Ho, endorsed by Kevin, LAG Award Winner

“When Tom was introducing one of the dances, Maks and Val were having a serious and involved discussion about the proper way to sit in DNCMSTR’s School of Sequins.” —Gemma K., endorsed by Kevin, Ardavan Ardy Moassessi, Stephanie, TIMB

“We saw exactly whose faces J.R. and Karina had been wiggling their bodies in. WHOSE SHOW IS IT NOW, MAKS?” —I Dream of Derek, endorsed by Beverley, ady

“Karina, right before the couple receive their scores, accidently touching JR’s butt, and looking embarrassed to do so. Embarrassed by touching someone’s butt on DWTS?!? I’m outraged!!!” —Kevin


More like self-serving gem, huh?

Speaking of which….


I’m sorry I didn’t get to do a whole heap last week, due to my set visit and busy schedule of gemming up Tom and Brooke’s opening shot.

It’s all downhill from here, Barrett!

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


Fringe Fairy

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