Annie Barrett
April 26, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Blog Image Credit: Everett

Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week,’s collection of reader-submitted ridiculata, is the best way to enjoy Dancing With the Stars without ever having to turn it on. It’s a visual feast of sparkles, fringe, and Maks’ ass. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!


Survivor All-Star: Monty Brinton

“Bruno’s face after Len told him he might be having an off night reminded me of Dopey when he finds two blue gems and puts them up to his eyes while sticking his tongue out.” —jessica

Eugene Gologursky/WireImage

“Bruno, dancing with himself, sans music, right after the opening” —Kevin M. Kawa, endorsed by Madd

Everett Collection

“The men deserve hazard pay for being hit with swinging manes starting with Lacey and the three bears, er, troup girls. C’mon Brooke, swing it around on Tom tonight!” —Lin

Patti LaBelle: Carlos de la Chiesa

“Lacey, on top of the pyramid, rubbing Tony’s hair.” —Kevin M. Kawa, endorsed by Michele

Tyler Golden/NBC

“Baritone sax lady was feeling it during the band’s intro at the top of the show. Go girl!” —Lin

Trae Patton/NBC

“Tom, the keeper of our hearts, doing a jaunty little kick to the side on the last beat of the introduction music.” —kt, endorsed by duranmom, Madd

“The two armchairs in Max and Kirstie’s rehearsal studio. Maybe they had to sit down after all that practicing in what looked to be an Italian restaurant.” —MLM, endorsed by gigi

“Was Maks wearing a Life Alert wrist watch during the taped segment? Maybe being ‘sex on a stick’ has life-threatening side effects.” —dr zoid

Food Network

“Maks adjusting his situation after sweeping the floor with his feet.” —Soda Float, endorsed by Stephanie, Tracie L, PN, Dee, Lin

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BET

“Len’s little flippity pointy hand gesture as he prepared to give Kirstie and Maks their critique was charming and hilarious.” —Flapdragon

Clay Enos

“Is Balki from Perfect Strangers sitting behind Bruno?” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by Jem Ho, Electronic Neko, gigi

“In addition to Balki, he reminds me a tad of Steve from Blue’s Clues.” —Xorp

“In honor of Michael Scott’s last episode of The Office this Thursday, Steve Carrell was looking oh-so-serious over Carrie Ann’s right shoulder all night. That’s what she said!” —Maria, endorsed by Addison, jdessart, Liz, avab, Sarah, Jen P., Canadian Gem Hunter, jdessart

“When Carrie Ann said ‘Mr. Miyagi’ following Ralph’s dance, there was Mr. Miyagi, sitting just to the right of Carrie Ann.” —Kevin M. Kawa, endorsed by Joannie S, Diana

Novoselic: Tony Mottram / Retna UK; Van der Beek: Walter McBride/Retna

“Jericho’s glitter phoenix looks like Journey’s album art.” —LAGAW, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh, duranmom, Xorp, jmm, Dee

“The red firebird on the back of Chris’ shirt was lifted off the hood of my first guilty pleasure, a silver 1979 Pontiac Trans Am.” —Lin

Joan Marcus

“During Cheryl and Chris’ dance, at one point one of the chandeliers looked like an arrow pointing at Cheryl’s head!” —Tay, endorsed by’s Fringe Fairy


“The lady to the left of Len during Chris and Cheryl’s judging looked like she was wearing the Heart of the Ocean! hahaha” —kt, endorsed by Dee, MLM

Number None

“Behind Mark & Chelsea in the celebraquarium, the way the shiny lining of Ralph’s coat was, it made it look like he was sitting on some Robocop helmet or something.” —Jem Ho

“Chelsea looked like she was rocking a beehive reminiscent of the B52′s Muppet that sang on Sesame Street, if that Muppet had blonder hair.” —Xorp, endorsed by Electronic Neko

“Mark looks like a young version of the Six Flags old man dancer in those glasses.” —jessica, endorsed by Liz, avab, Dee

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

“Kendra and Louie’s love child…Len.” —avab, endorsed by JHA, gigi, duranmom, Jo, Jem Ho, Amy in Pittsburgh, MLM

John Lamparski/WireImage

“During Tom’s intro of Kendra, the blond(ish) lady behind him was leaning over so far to try to get on camera, she was totally squishing Mama Solis next to her.” —Jem Ho

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

“While Kendra is dancing past the audience with Louis, there is a guy in the front row who oohs so happy like he struck gold in the front row of a strip club. He is bobbing up and down clapping and it almost looks like his tongue is out” –susan, endorsed by Beth in MI, happygemhunter


“Please please please put up a picture of Kendra’s face after the clip of Bruno played. she looked so much like Michelle Tanner on Full House after Stephanie and DJ made a hole in their dad’s bedroom wall. I know you know what I’m talking about.” —kellen, endorsed by gigi

Stephin Merritt: Stewart Isbell / Retna Ltd.

“This tremendous roundhouse kick from Tom — he really geared up for it, too!” —’s Fringe Fairy

Robert Voets/Lifetime

“Hines winking at the camera in middle of his dance ” —Lucy, endorsed by Jem Ho, Dee, mccliza, Smileyteach

“Len’s face when he reacts to Carrie Ann ‘thinking.'” —duranmom

Heather Denno via People

“Ralph Macchio is Brian Boitano in the 1988 Olympics! Except pinker!” —mccliza, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh, orville, Liz, Jem Ho, jmm, LAGAW

“With the long skirt, Ralph kind of looks like one of the Winkie soldiers in Wizard of Oz.” —Kelly, endorsed by JHA, katie


Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

“Maks pointing to his bum! Oh, Maks, you don’t need to point. We all saw it.” —Canadian Gem Hunter, endorsed by Joan Holloway, Jem Ho, Rebecca, Jill, Jen P., SunBlitz42, Makstastic, Colleen, B, Lin, KittyVan

Thank you, DANCMSTRs one and all, for a fabulous heap of gems!

HOST’S LEADERBOARD UPDATE: Are Tom’s various post-commercial-break kicks a nod to’s hidden gem hunters?! “It wasn’t originally so, but it is certainly in the back of my mind now.” YES! “Ya gotta kick!”

Press the little “play” triangle above to hear my imaginary friend Tom in all his alternate-universe glory!

Joan Marcus

More on ‘Dancing With the Stars’:

‘DWTS’: Your Hidden Gems of the Week!

‘The Host’s Leaderboard: Annie chats with Tom!

All of Annie’s ‘DWTS’ episode recaps

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