Last week was all fun and games without a results round, but this week proved that the judges could get tough — well, as tough as they can really be on “Dancing With the Stars.” Len Goodman did throw out a few “5” scores to show that he’s still the grumpy one.
Anyway, the first eliminated couple on the first results night of the season was ...
Pro tennis player Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani. Makes sense, given that they had the lowest scores, and Martina never truly grasped the moves.
“It was an amazing experience. I just wish it had lasted longer,” Martina told the hosts sadly. “I gave it everything I had, but I blew it yesterday, and it cost me, unfortunately.”
Joining Martina and Tony in the bottom three were Disney actor Roshon Fegan/Chelsie Hightower and pop singer Gavin DeGraw/Karina Smirnoff. While Gavin has proved to be a bit smug with scores still near the bottom of the rankings, there’s no saying why the tied-for-second-place Roshon was included in the last place group. Perhaps lack of name recognition? The crossover audience for Disney and a ballroom dance competition can’t be significant.
Other highlights of the hour:
• Maks has a sense of humor! Who knew? Via the Backstage “DWTS” Cam flashing back to performance night, we see Melissa Gilbert gushing to the camera after their quickstep on Monday night. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had — I mean, on a dance floor,” she says, unnecessarily clarifying, “I’ve had fun in other places.” Maks gives her a quizzical look. “What other places?” he asks innocently. “Oh ... Disneyland,” Melissa replies quickly.
• Both singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson and Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles — and new ABC reality TV star with summer series “Duets” — are delightful, even while singing intensely at each other while the bedazzled dancers take center stage.
• Jaleel White’s daughter’s critiques are as effective as any of the judges’ remarks. Jaleel tells Brooke Burke Charvet that while watching his performance back the next day, his two-year-old daughter took one look at the footage, said, “Dora!” and walked right out of the room. Passive aggressive feedback at its finest.
•Katie Couric randomly spotted in the audience. Guess joining ABC has some other perks? At least this leads to the best Tom Bergeron moment of the night as the show returns from commercial break. “I gotta tell you, I’m standing here while you’re watching the commercial,” he says. “And Katie Couric keeps grabbing my butt. She’s worse than Maks.” Katie offers a denial as she cracks up. “It’s not true!” she mouths to the camera.
Anyway. Do you think the right couple went home?
Last night: Judges get harsh in Week 2