Tonight's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" proved one thing: The judges need some serious retooling of how they judge. There's no way that Kate Gosselin's dismal attempt at a jive (filled with missteps and forgotten steps and terrible arm positions) warranted the same "5s" that the judges only moments earlier awarded to Chad Ochocinco for his more than passable fox trot. What gives?
I think that if the judges are going to continue to score people and then have that score rank each couple's standings on the leaderboard, then they --- Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli--- need to keep in mind how their scores at the moment relate to the scores they've already doled out. This isn't rocket science. An "8" should be an "8" and reflect an "8" performance; a "5" should reflect a "5" performance, and so forth.
There also was way too much drama tonight in the form of constant bickering and tears and whining among the couples during rehearsal week. While it was funny at times, it also was a downer. As Gosselin pointed out (she and Tony Dovolani had perhaps the worst falling out), it was 30 seconds out of a week's worth of footage. Get over it.
There really was no "wow" moment tonight, which has never been the case in the show. There's always one couple that really, REALLY makes a statement. Again, maybe it was all the bickering that interrupted whatever momentum the show had going for it.
The most perplexing comment of the night came at the onset of the show when host Tom Bergeron blurted out that had the first elimination occurred after last week's performances, it would have been an "upset" of a departure. Since Buzz Aldrin earned last week's lowest score from the judges, and the Internet was buzzing all week with speculation that Gosselin was perhaps done for, could it be that someone ELSE was headed for the door? And just who was that, Tom? If the comment was made, then the scoring (including viewers' votes) should have been revealed. The tease was rather juvenile.
Gotta hand it to Bergeron, though, for the evening's most provocative and decidedly awkward comment. Just after Pamela Anderson finished channeling Marilyn Monroe for her upbeat fox trot, the host quipped, "I don't know what [the judges] have to say, but a busload of Kennedys just pulled up."
Too much weird stuff going on tonight. Tomorrow's elimination could be a stunner. I'm banking on Gosselin hanging up her dancing shoes.