To paraphrase that old show biz saying, never work with animals or children. Invariably those little moppets will steal the scene, and that's what almost happend Tuesday night on the "Dancing with the Stars" semi-finals results show.
While American waited to see which celeb couples would make it on to next week's season finale, three couples, kids ages 10 and under, danced their feet off in the semi-finals of the "Dancing" Junior Championships. One couple, Brandon and Brittany, both 10, completely stunned the ballroom and the judges with their incomparable paso doble. Their unbelievably polished routine put every grown-up couple to shame. The junior champ will be announced next Tuesday.
On the celebrity "Dancing" side, no surprises as Marissa Jaret Winokur was voted off after a disappointing turn in the semi-final dances on Monday ngiht. Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor and Cristian De La Fuente and all their respective pro partners will square off Monday night in the final night of competition (including the freestyle round). The mirror-ball trophy will be awarded on Tuesday.
Marissa was just the bubbly sparkle this season sorely lacked, and it is sad to see her out of the competition. But she was as effervescent as ever as she graciously thanked her partner Tony Dovilani for all his hard work.
"Go out and do something that makes you feel sexy!," she screamed. And then, shimmying like nobody's business, she topped that with one of the best quips of the season: "Go out and shake what your mama gave you!"
On to the finals next week with Kristi, Cristian and Jason. Here's hoping for an upset.