May 7th, 2013
09:32 AM ET
The judging panel on "Dancing With the Stars" reminds me a bit of the celebrities on the '70s version of "Match Game."
Bruno Tonioli is the 21st century Charles Nelson Reilly, who peppers his sarcastic wit with enough double entendres to make network censors blush.
Carrie Ann Inaba tries to play the Brett Somers to Tonioli's Reilly, but she's more of a hybrid of Joyce Bulifant and Patti Deutsch - someone whose sage advice is often overshadowed by "dumb blonde" moments and non sequiturs that make viewers scratch their heads.
And then there's Len Goodman, who plays Richard Dawson to a tee. Dapper and cheeky, Goodman can be your best friend and trusted advocate. But like Dawson near the end of his "Match Game" tenure, Goodman tends to "lose his smile" and goes off on anything and anyone.
Such was the case on Monday night's "Dancing" episode, when Goodman went off on Tonioli and Kellie Pickler following the country singer's paso doble trio with Derek Hough and Tristan MacManus.
Tonioli and Inaba loved the performance, but Goodman criticized the routine as nothing more than "flashing lights and crashing music." Goodman then took aim at Tonioli, making a bizarre remark about his hindquarters that has to be seen to be believed. You'll have to watch the video above to check it out and help me translate what Goodman said - I've watched it four times and I'm still unclear.
Goodman gave "Team Kellie" a seven for that paso doble, while Inaba and Tonioli awarded 10s.
In addition to the trio routine, the six remaining couples had to perform a traditional ballroom dance. Disney star Zendaya was again the belle of the competition this week, earning the first perfect 30 of the season with her salsa trio.
Her overall score of 58 placed her two points ahead of Aly Raisman and three ahead of Pickler heading into tonight's elimination.
What did you think of Goodman's meltdown, and who should get the boot tonight?
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