What a night of surprises and emotion on "Dancing with the Stars"...
First, Chaz Bono ---- who earlier in the day proclaimed to extratv.com that he would not dance to any of mama Cher's songs on "Dancing with the Stars" ---- entered the ballroom with a so-so rumba, choreographed to a solo Sonny Bono tune, "Laugh at Me." Sporting a familiar furry vest, a la papa Sonny, Chaz just didn't have enough oomph according to the judges, who rightly criticized him for his lack of fluid motions. Learning he only earned a paltry 18, Chaz remarked, "It is what it is."
On a night when every contestant had to dance a dance that told a story about the best year of his or her life, anything seemed possible. That was evident about a half hour later when Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was viewed at a ringside seat smiling wide as his former fiancee Kristin Cavallari shook and shimmied and gyrated her way to a score of 24 for her sexy, playful samba with partner Mark Ballas. Several cutaways to the QB showed him beaming with admiration. Hmmmm. Could a reconciliation be in the works?
But it was J.R. Martinez who stole the show about an hour in, with an impossibly emotional Rumba to Tim McGraw's hauntingly beautiful "If You're Reading This." A tribute to "all those who don't come home," Martinez brought tears to everyone's eyes, including David Arquette who watched from the contestants' skybox and fought back tears. Martinez' score: 26 out of 30 (a tie with Chynna Philips, whose earlier rumba paled by comparison, though the singer earned a 26 from the gawking judges).
Of course, there was plenty of emotion to go around for the rest of the pack. Nancy Grace danced a billowy Viennese waltz, in remembrance of the day she almost died after undergoing an emergency C-section to deliver her twins (he daughter Lucy almost died, too). Grace scored a 21 for her emotionally-charged efforts.
Ricki Lake topped the leader board at the end of the night with a score of 27 for a beautiful and sexy rumba. Lake talked about the day she came home to find her house burning to the ground. Betcha judge Carrie Ann Inaba wishes she hadn't said "Ricki Lake is on fire tonight" during her praises for a great dance.
Rob Kardashian was charming in his Frank Sinatra-inspired "Fly Me to the Moon" version of the fox trot. As judge Len Goodman noted, he "put the dash in Kardashian" on this night. Score: 24
Not so sizzling tonight unfortunately was Carson Kressley, who's tango with Anna Trebunskya wasn't all that, but still one of the more entertaining dances of the night. He landed toward the bottom of the pack with a score of 23.
Soccer great Hope Solo and Maks Chmerkovskiy turned in a decent cha-cha-cha that showed a sexier side of the powerful athlete. Still, it wasn't sexy enough as the judges scored her 24.
David Arquette dazzled in a sizzling rumba with partner Kym Johnson, dancing to the 1970 classic hit "Ooh Child" (by the Chicago group the Five Stairsteps!). Dedicating it to the best year of his life... 2011... and dedicated to his daughter Coco, Arquette earned a few "ooh childs" of his own for his washboard abs displayed prominently through his unbuttoned shirt. Score was 24; not bad since he was in the bottom two last week for an out-of-control jive.
So who's going home Tuesday night?
By all accounts it should be Chaz Bono, who just doesn't have the dancing chops to keep up with the rest of the pack. But it may very well be Carson Kressley, who is far more entertaining, but who may not have the fan base of Bono.
Tune in Tuesday night as judge Len Goodman is slated to perform!