May 5th, 2009
11:33 AM ET

Testy judges and a comeback on 'Dancing'

The judges’ comments can be as entertaining as the ballroom moves on “Dancing With the Stars” and Monday’s show had plenty of zingers.

Bruno Tonioli usually has the most outrageous critiques and he didn’t disappoint last night, telling rapper Lil' Kim, who had just performed a romantic waltz with professional partner Derek Hough, “You tried to be a lady, but you’re more comfortable being a tramp.”

Meanwhile, rodeo star Ty Murray received good scores for his Argentine tango, but was blasted for his second dance of the night, the rumba. Judge Len Goodman summed it up this way: “First dance you’re a peacock, now you’re a feather duster.”

And actor Gilles Marini’s take on the rumba drew lots of applause from the audience, but judge Carrie Ann Inaba didn’t like his solo, calling it “self-indulgent” and “over the top.”

There were no zingers for “Bachelor” alumna Melissa Rycroft, who was a no-show last week due to a rib injury but staged an impressive comeback last night. She danced two routines, scoring a perfect 30 for her samba. “You 100 percent should be here next week,” Goodman said afterwards.

Who do you think will be booted off tonight?

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April 29th, 2009
10:27 AM ET

Surprise elimination on 'Dancing'

“Dancing with the Stars” co-host Tom Bergeron predicted fans could see the most shocking elimination of this season - and he was right.

After “Bachelor” alumna Melissa Rycroft skipped Monday’s competition due to a rib injury and rodeo star Ty Murray received some mixed comments from the judges, it seemed one of them would be booted from the competition last night.

But Murray was proclaimed safe early during the results show, prompting tense moments for the rest of the celebrity dancers and their professional partners.

The last two couples standing were a tearful Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani, and country singer Chuck Wicks and his partner Julianne Hough.

And surprise, it was Wicks who won’t be returning to the competition!

Wicks and Hough, who are a real-life couple, have been getting great comments from the judges lately, but apparently "Dancing" fans felt otherwise.

Meanwhile, Rycroft said she hopes treatment will keep her going in the competition despite her injury and added that it broke her heart to miss Monday’s show.

Do you think the right couple went home?

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April 28th, 2009
09:22 AM ET

Injury sidelines ‘Dancing’ star

Injuries have plagued “Dancing With the Stars” from the beginning this season. Two celebrity contestants – TV host Nancy O’Dell and singer Jewel - had to drop out before the competition even began.

Now, “Bachelor” alumna Melissa Rycroft, who stepped in at the last minute to replace O'Dell, had to skip last night’s show because of a hairline fracture of her ribs.

Rycroft was already dancing in pain last week and a video of her rehearsal with professional partner Tony Dovolani showed her wincing as she practiced the jive for this week’s competition.

Her absence meant the judges had to score the routine based on a rehearsal taped the morning of the live show in which casually-dressed Rycroft and Dovolani danced in an empty ballroom.

They received 7s, with the judges blaming the low scores on not being able to see the couple dance the best routine possible and interact with the audience.

The development now sets up an interesting results show tonight. Rodeo star (and Jewel’s husband) Ty Murray seemed to be on his way out, but he received good reviews and a standing ovation from the audience after his salsa last night. His team also won the group dance competition.

Meanwhile, Rycroft had been receiving consistently great marks, but has her injury slowed her momentum?

Tell us who you think will be the next to go.

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April 22nd, 2009
11:08 AM ET

'Dancing' star beams during exit

*** Warning: The following blog post contains "Dancing With the Stars" spoilers. If you'd rather not know anything, stop reading now. ***

Lawrence Taylor looked much happier on the golf course than twirling on the dance floor, so it seemed he was relieved when he was booted off “Dancing With the Stars” last night.

Host Tom Bergeron couldn’t resist teasing the former football star about his wide smile after it was announced that Taylor and professional partner Edyta Sliwinska were leaving the show.

The couple got pretty good reviews for their waltz on Monday, despite a slight wardrobe malfunction that left Sliwinska tangled in her dress for a moment.

But Taylor seemed uncomfortable during rehearsals for the exuberant ‘60s-inspired group dance, which was reprised during the results show.

Last night’s program had some surprises. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta made an appearance in a taped segment about how great dancing can be as an exercise. Other experts talked about how the stars have lost pounds and inches since starting their grueling training regime, calling the show literally “survival of the fittest.”

The results show also included a segment in which six professional dancers hoping to join the competition next season (including one named Mayo and another named Snow!) showed off their skills and TV presence. Viewers can vote on which pro is their favorite.

One odd moment during that segment: Dancer Genya Mazo somehow got smacked in the mouth during the dance and was visibly bleeding as the judges critiqued his and his partner’s performance.

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April 21st, 2009
11:14 AM ET

Slight wardrobe malfunction on 'Dancing'

Part of the fun of “Dancing With the Stars” is watching the sparkly, colorful and sometimes outrageous costumes the celebrities and their professional partners wear on the show.

“Entertainment Weekly” recently put together a fun gallery titled “Crazy Costume Watch!” featuring some of the more memorable outfits from this season.

This is probably the only TV show where you can see a very masculine guy, like professional dancer Tony Dovolani, wear a sequined yellow-magenta shirt (which reminded me of two gelato flavors melting together) while dancing the rumba and not think twice of it.

But last night’s show had a wardrobe malfunction of sorts, though the danger didn’t come from too little fabric, but from too much.

Professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska - who is usually known for her “less is more” costumes - was actually pretty covered up with a coat and floor-length gown, but almost paid the price when she got tangled in part of her dress for a moment.

Meanwhile, Chuck Wicks, who dances with girlfriend Julianne Hough, had a particularly odd costume choice - dressed head to toe in red, including a flowing satin shirt that made him look like he was wearing pajamas.

What do you think of the outfits?

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April 17th, 2009
01:43 PM ET

Amy Poehler's new gig

Amy Poehler got huge laughs on “Saturday Night Live” for reading outrageous news on Weekend Update and for her brilliant impressions of Hillary Clinton, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone and countless others.

So it’s kind of strange to see her in a new comedy role and not hear applause or laughter when she appears on screen.

Poehler is the star of “Parks and Recreation,” a new television series on NBC in which she plays Leslie Knope, a mid-level city official in Pawnee, Indiana.

The show’s Web site bills it as a “mockumentary that looks at the exciting world of local government” and fans of “The Office” will recognize the same mix of workplace tensions, deadpan delivery and comically awkward moments. (The show’s creators also wrote for “The Office.")

Two episodes of “Parks” have aired so far and it’s still hard to say what to make of the series. I’m a huge fan of “The Office” and some of its outrageous situations and dialogue make me laugh out loud, but this show hasn’t had the same effect so far, though it is amusing in places.

The big focus so far has been the effort of Poehler’s character to turn an abandoned construction pit into a park and the resulting bureaucracy and frustrating contact with the public.

It took a while for “The Office” to catch on with audiences - will it be the case with this show? If you’ve been watching “Parks and Recreation,” tell us what you think.

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