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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!


“Mark Ballas staring at the Mirrorball Trophy after Melissa and Maks’ dance like ‘My Precious.'” —Meg, endorsed by Colleen, debbsjo, Fridgedancer, Cindy, Lily, Bvonly, jmm, Anthony, WiltedYouth, Jem H, Mee Dee, Amanda

“After Chelsie and Roshon’s judges’ comments, as Tom was motioning them off the floor, the spotlight in front of the red curtain between Tom and Chelsie’s faces looked like a smiling devil.” —Lin

The lady over Len’s right shoulder looks like Mona from Who’s the Boss? And Sophia Petrillo is over his left. Someone give her a phone book so she can see.” —gigi, endorsed by Liz

“You are totally right. Maybe she could sit on her basket-weave purse?” —Amy in Pittsburgh

“This jaunty pleased-with-my-comments kick from Roshon.” —Fringe Fairy

“The sight of Maks fake-crying. Never thought I’d live to see the day. He did it right before his performance, too! True hidden gemster, that Maks.” —WiltedYouth, endorsed by Kevin M. Kawa

“The last shot of Maks towering above Melissa in the final slide; the glaring spot light blocked out Maks’ head! (Did Carrie Ann call for it on a silver platter already?)” —Sugar

“Nice cameo/solo for Impeccably Manicured Trumpeter!” —orville1970

NEXT PAGE: The Hamburglar and Carmen Sandiego have finally mated!

“Melissa Gilbert’s shocked ‘O’ face popping up behind Gladys and Tristan after Len’s super low score.” —Drniknak

“Mark throwing a chip out of his pocket right before he spins Katherine into the final dip!” —DWTS Prodigal, endorsed by WiltedYouth (“I feel as though a hidden gem was coming into the spotlight.”)

“There was briefly a shadow on Jack’s face that made it look like he had some big obnoxious Frankenstein stitches on his forehead.” —Jem H

“The lady behind Bruno when he was talking to Jaleel was all smile smile smile, then when Jaleel made the ‘in and out jokes’ comment, she apparently did NOT appreciate that” —Jem H

“Maria = Love Child of Carmen Sandiego and the Hamburglar.” —Liz, endorsed by WiltedYouth, Bvonly, Stee

“This is going to show my age a bit, but did anyone else ever read the Beagle Boys comics way back in the day?? (old Disney characters, they were bandits that were always out to rob Scrooge McDuck. ring a bell? anyone?) That was all I could think about with Derek and Maria in those masks!” —Jem H

“Sherri Shepherd’s husband giving side eye to Derek and Maria’s footwork.” —gigi

“Dyslexic Jimmy Connors giving his pal Martina an 01.” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by Cindy, Fridgedancer, WiltedYouth, SpeechTeacher89, Jem H

“Brooke gesturing at Peta’s breasts and asking Donald ‘How’s it feel to work with this team?'” —Amy in KC

NEXT PAGE: Tom’s still kickin’

“The American Idol Stools of Doom were in Gavin’s rehearsal room! A sign? Will he be in the bottom 3? Or ‘not necessarily the bottom 2’? Dim the lights…here we go… ” —Jem H

“I thoroughly enjoyed Woman with John Lennon Glasses after Gavin’s dance who wasn’t going to stand up, but then saw everyone else standing and halfheartedly stood halfway up and leaned on her table. ” —Liz

“Tom kicked away from the camera going to break…that’s new. Usually he’s kicking at us.” —duranmom, endorsed by Colleen, Bvonly, Jem H (and of course he’s still kicking for us!)

“Bruno’s WTF face when Carrie Ann attempted to say ‘tech-nique-ah!’ in some sort of strongly misguided accent.” —Fringe Fairy

“Last week I nominated the sparkly goatee Martina had when she was talking to the judges……so can I nominate that again :-)” —katie


Big-style piano keys! Read Tristan’s blog here.

“OH MY GOOD GRACIOUS ME. please please please PLEASE give us a screenshot of William’s ADORABLE son. Made me cry! He is TOO cute!” —irishdancer23


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

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