Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 Results
(S07E07) Things were a little different for the results show this week. The unfortunate injury that forced Misty May-Treanor out of the competition left the producers in a quandary. If they were to eliminate another team, they would be a week short for the planned season. Personally, I would have rather seen an elimination tonight and an extra week tacked on somewhere down the line. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Much like what we saw when Sara Evans quit the show, they stretched, and stretched, before getting to the announcement. Along with that slow coming revelation, they also managed to have the best collection of music and dance of the season so far.
I'll not drag it out. Nobody was booted from the show this week. The scores from this week will be combined with those from next week, just like with the Sara situation. In fact, it's so much like the Sara situation that I can pretty much just copy and paste my thoughts from that post in October of '06. Back then, I said:
"Really, the dragging out of the decision for what to do about
Sara Misty leaving is just stupid. The show is getting great ratings already. It doesn't need to jerk viewers around to get them to keep watching. It's a cheap gimmick. Teasing it before going to every commercial break, and pushing it to the last three minutes smacked of local news, and that's not a compliment."
And it applies just as well today. This time I would add, paraphrasing Len, cheap gimmicks and manufactured drama are the last refuge of bad reality shows. Dancing With The Stars is better than that.
Anyway, getting back to the show, aside from the annoyance of what they were doing about Misty, it was really good. This was easily my favorite collection of musical performances and dance numbers so far. Of course, the highlight was the encore. Rather than a typical choice, they gave the slot to the jive that Maks & Misty didn't get to do Monday night. Edyta stopped by to fill in for Misty. It was a very fun performance.
Derek and Julianne also had a nice performance as they joined Jennifer Hudson. I look like a Motörhead fan, but if you were to dig into my music collection you'd find a preponderance of female pop and rock vocalists, so that one was great in my book. The other musical guest, Kool & The Gang, was right up there as well. The thing that occurred to me during their performance was that the results show needs more of that. They ended up doing a medley of their hits, but I would happily trade a couple of the taped packages to hear three or four of those in their entirety.
Those taped packages were, as usual, mostly uneventful. I didn't get much out of the piece on what skills the celebrities bring to the ballroom, or how dangerous dancing is. The best of the packages featured Brian Friedman, Travis Payne, and Dave Scott giving their thoughts on the choreographers, and the show. Better than usual, but those bits are still the slow spot of the results show.
As to the results, as we already know, there wasn't an elimination. The one thing we did learn was that Rocco & Karina would have been out. Yes, Cloris would have made it through to week four either way. That puts Rocco on the hot seat next week. I don't get why people are voting for Cloris, but hey, that's how the show works. More power to them. I'll see you back here next week for the new 90 minute performance show, and a results show with actual results.