There have been a number of cases over the years where couples on the ballroom floor of Dancing With the Stars have become couples off it, albeit not quite as many as the rumours would have us believe, but most of those haven’t lasted too long, and I do believe Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson are the first ones to tie the knot. No surprise, perhaps to those of us who watched them compete last spring, when their clear connection to each other was their biggest strength on the floor, and tonight, let us celebrate by reviewing the stronger half of their ten dances:
So after the week-long delay, we’re finally getting our first two-nighter of the season(not counting last week’s prefilmed 10th anniversary special). After an opening sequence introducing America’s Choice Night, where the couples will dance to routine dictated by the viewers, it is explained that both eliminations will take place tomorrow, and that tonight is also trio night. Two routines for everyone will make for a busy night, so we get underway:
The weather seems to finally be getting warmer, and in this area the broadcast is occasionally interrupted by thunderstorm warnings, so guess it really is spring, so at least Dancing With the Stars had good timing with this theme. They also have a fun opening sequence of everyone having fun in the sun to Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance With Me.” But the stakes tonight are anything but light; Tom announces at the beginning of the evening next week’s going to be a double elimination!
We’ve got the mirrorball Disney logo on our TVs again; one of the first things they said about this special 10th anniversary season was that they were bringing back Disney week, and now it’s here. And they up the opening this time: the castle dissolves into a real one on the stage, and out come dancers and Disney characters to “It’s a Small World After All.” The Disney characters, by the way, will run amok in the ballroom for the rest of the night. Then out come the couples, and once again, the results start up quick: Robert & Kym are called safe, and in jeopardy are the first pair to perform:
Personal Stories/Most Memorable Year week is always threatened by an excess of sentiment, but the opening sequence this week, of the stars throwing each other a picture frame which keeps getting photos relevant to each star’s chosen year, is kind of cool. No opening number, instead we start with a first result right away: an obvious couple is called safe, and then are first to perform:
It’s a week two with no results show, which means the most crowded night of the season: all the season’s couples dancing plus an elimination to cram into two hours. So there’s no opening number, though it seems we’re getting different opening sequences each week: this one has the celebrities wearing high-tech headphones, since they’re dancing to their favorites jams this week. But after that we speed right into the dances:
The tenth anniversary season starts out with a sequence with flashes of clips from the previous seasons, then we get the most spectacular opening sequence ever, which dissolves into the tail end of the opening number. The stars are introduced, and we’re off into the dances, and the judges are more demanding this season, Len noting early on they’re marking lower than they have in the seasons just before this.