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On the Scene: Are the 'Dancing With the Stars' Judges Getting ... Nicer?

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 5th 2010 10:30AM
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli Were the 'Dancing With the Stars?' judges a bit kinder on Monday night's week 3?

The stars and dancers think so, but not because Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were trying to make up for being extremely harsh on Michael Bolton last week. (Bolton was ejected after dancing a disappointing jive that Bruno called the worst in 11 seasons of 'DWTS.')

"Last week some of the comments were definitely harsh," said Anna Trebunskaya. "This week everyone got scared of those comments so they worked really hard and we had a great show as a result. We [all] did our absolute best."

"The judges may have come in thinking, 'We can't be as rough as we were last week,'" agreed her partner Kurt Warner. "But I think everyone earned their [positive] scores and [higher] marks this week."

Goodman prefaced his critique of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's futuristic fox trot by saying it wasn't in his nature to be nasty -- and then called the reality TV star's performance "bizarre." Did the Situation think Goodman was too critical? "No," the 'Jersey Shore' performer responded. "They had some harsh words tonight. But this is what they do. They're judges and it's a television show. It's their job to be the comedic villains."

The Situation concurs with Warner that the judges weren't necessarily nicer this week, but that instead they simply "saw better dances."

"The judges go through mood swings," said Tony Dovolani. "Sometimes they like things, but when they don't they really don't."

Audrina Patridge and Dovolani were the night's top-ranking couple (with 26 points), despite the fact that the 'Hills' star had an injured ankle. "It's good," she said. "It's a minor sprain. I took some ibuprofen and pushed through it."

Surprisingly, Dovolani's much-anticipated leg-waxing segment (he said he'd get his legs waxed if he didn't score a 24 last week) was only briefly addressed in a video segment. The pain was negligible, too, he said, thanks to some Sally Hansen waxing products. "I have no bumps or anything," he happily reported

The evening's lowest scoring duo, Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel, made the most passionate post-dance speech to host Brooke Burke. "We wanted to dance for the kids we've lost," Cho said, referring to the five gay teenagers across the United States who recently committed suicide. "I want to reach out to those gay teens who feel lost and that there's no place to go except for suicide. I've been there. I know what it feels like. I want to say to them, 'Stay with us. It's going to be OK.'"

Brandy Norwood scored not only a higher score (24) and favorable comments than she did last week, but the video package shown before her dance cleared the air about her seemingly strained dynamic with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. "I wanted our relationship to be portrayed the way it really is," she said.

Asked to weigh in on the comments controversy, Chmerkovskiy, flashing his trademark "bad boy" smile, simply said, "I plead the fifth."

Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer scored a respectable 23 points, but Goodman still managed to get in a dig at them, calling Massey's footwork "atrocious."

"We came up with a solution," Schwimmer said. "'Atrocious' actually means awesome!"

The judges' comments towards Bolton haven't totally severed his ties with the show. The ejected crooner is coming back for tonight's results show to perform as a singer now that Susan Boyle has canceled due to illness.

Perhaps Bruno and Len will have kinder comments about Bolton's singing?

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Shirtless Andy

The Dancing competition was too close last week with Bristol in the bottom two. I betcha that The Queen of Greed and her daughter are sitting in front row again Monday night to ensure that Bristol's scores are higher. Maybe they will even be passing out copies of the new book and posing for pictures and selling tee shirts. Free publicity for a political figure is always great!

October 10 2010 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shirtless Andy

The judges need to be consistent. Just because Mama Grizzly is in the audience, Bristol shouldn't be given higher scores. If you are a mediocre dancer, you should receive mediocre scores. Otherwise, we will all be seeing the Dancing Bear's family in front row every week. Everyone who is a contestant should have their family treated equally--you can't showcase Bristol and Mark going to Alaska; Bristol drinking in the bars; Bristol's baby; Bristol's sexy outfits; Bristol's Alaska; Bristol making negative comments about Levi; Sarah and her political agenda; pull out the foolish name of Bristol the shooting pistol; Sarah signing autographs for the judges; and make Bristol a star merely because she is riding on her mom's coattails. This adoration with the Palin family is embarrassing to the other contestants. What will we have look forward to next season--the STAR Todd Palin the Family Pimp or will it be Willow the Wasilla Party Girl or maybe Piper Cub the Star who signs her name with purple or pink magic markers or has a temper tantrum.

October 09 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne L Germ

I watch the show every week on both days if I can. The judges are not really voting for the contestants. In the long run, it is the home voters who pick the winners. There is no need for hurt remarks. The judges can be replaced.

October 06 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michael Bolton was absolutely awful in that dance. Bruno knowing that his mother was in the audience could have toned it down a bit. Bolton deserved to go. He absolutely ruined the sond Hallalujah last night. I have never though of him as a talent of any caliber.

October 06 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear DWTS,

Please go away and stop wasting my tv time with your god awful whiney show. You have been annoying each year you have been on and get even worse.The Situation? Really? Thats what your offering?.I hope you are canceled soon so the tv iq goes up."

I can not believe this crap show is on 11 seasons.People will watch whatever garbage you tell them too

October 06 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Could we put Bruno in a child's car seat, and strap him in so he doesn't keep crawling across the desk.

And, could we handcuff Carrie Ann during the judging, so she stops waiving her hands and arms around like an insane scarecrow?

It would look a lot more professional.

October 06 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like we will have to accept those judges for the individuals they are no matter how crass or rude they might be, the concept sure gets the responses on here and ABC loves it. Personally, I hope they arent getting Val ready to replace Maks next season. Maks is the only reason I watch the show. I only watch him dance. Him and Tony.

October 06 2010 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about some kind words for Michael Bolton's singing performance which I thought was great. He's still got it. And he's a good sport, too. We saw him in concert years ago at an outdoor ampitheater and it was raining cats and dogs. He grabbed an umbrella and went out through the audience singing away. Great show. And people, lighten up on the caps thing. For cryin' out loud, maybe he or she doesn't see well. I know this print is getting smaller and smaller to me, too.

October 06 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bruno tells it like it is! Honestly! Get a life Michael Bolton (loved his song on Wednesday) he should stick to singing!!

Brooke is so not good...her boobs hanging out...lokks like she has had 10 kids and always promoting herself...and does not make a good "Co-Host" does not have a good connection to Tom..like she is the only one there...she does not interact...need new co-Host...she is the "pits"....

October 06 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oops! missed an edit...

October 06 2010 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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