Annie Barrett
October 11, 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 stunning awkwardness. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!


“Personal favorite Hidden Gem…maybe of all time….Maks adjusting his package before his dance and the cute smile that went with it!” —Christy, endorsed by gigi, Call me Daphne and her roomie, Neko, B, Tracy S, Neko, Alexis, Daphne, Ted, Sparkle Girl, Jem Ho, Stephanie, Kevin M. Kawa, Tina, Tricia, Diane, Pumbaa

“OK, Annie, I get the impression you are trying to be more respectful of Maks this year since he commented on the media focusing on his butt, but seriously, with all due respect to Maks, I must implore you to pretty please (I will beg if I have to) include a booty shot of him in those jeans. I mean, it may not be hidden, but if that’s not a gem I don’t know what is!! Thank you.” —Jem Ho, endorsed by Donna W, B

“After the cast was ‘rocked to its core after losing Kristin,’ there’s a shot of Mark hugging no one (aka, himself). Lord knows it’s not the first time this has happened.” —kellen, endorsed by johoallen, tara, B, Anthony

“The long-haired blonde violinist was kind of like a fembot from the Austin Powers movies! The rest of them seem to be going for “Bond girl.”” —orville, endorsed by Lin

“Hidden Gem of the Week: Lacey, possibly pulling double-duty, not only dancing, but also playing violin with the band.” —Kevin M. Kawa

“Had we seen Hipster Glasses Violinist before?” —Julia, endorsed by Call me Daphne

“A new one for me to notice tonight was Terribly Toupeed Trumpeter. He should maybe talk to his neighbor Impeccably Manicured Trumpeter and ask about some grooming tips.” —Jem Ho

“I loved in the opening how Chynna thought she was flashing the heart symbol, but it really read more like a Mint Milano. Yum!” —Gemologist, endorsed by Daphne, IAMSOBZ

“Hidden Gem (with a callback from a season or two ago): Our old friend, the Well-Behaved Bonfire, made an appearance during the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly dance.” —Jessica, endorsed by Rebecca

“Mature lady in the audience finger-whistling at bare chested male Troupers.” —Chaz, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh

“The HIDDEN GEM I’m sure the producers put there specially for us: During David’s rehersal package’s interview, there were movie reels casually propped up on the wall behind him.” —DebraD, endorsed by Anthony

“I know Cher is getting screen time, but all I can do is wallow in the fact that I’m actually seeing Coco’s face!” —socialandrea, endorsed by Amy in Pittsburgh, etm, Ashley, gigi

“And in one frame we got Courtney Cox wiping her nose (?), Coco blowing kisses and Cher to the left!!” —DebraD

Jesse Cowell/My Damn Channel

All night long, whenever Tom had his back to the stairs, with the lighting they had, it looked as if Tom had a red mailbox flag or an upside-down letter “L” over his right shoulder. It was driving me nuts!” —Rebecca

“All that booty talk… it looks like Maks was checking David’s butt out during Brooke’s interview.” —gigi

“Kyms dress reminded me of the “I am dust” outfit from the Swiffer commercial.” —Tina

“OK, was that a deep fryer next to Anna and Carson’s barrel?” —Amy in Pittsburgh

“The skull and crossbones had a bow in its nonexistent hair!” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by Call me Daphne, Chaz, Kelly W., Stephanie, Patrycja, GoAggies89

“When Carson showed his ‘Len heart’ tattoo, there was a tiny red rhinestone as a drop of blood at the tip of the sword.” —Stephanie, endorsed by Kevin M. Kawa

“The tiny little sequin in Carson’s fake beard” —KristieD

“My 11-year-old son thought Carson looked like Jeff Bridges.” —DonnaW, endorsed by B, Chaz

“Len Goodman, trying to do his best Jack Sparrow, using a hook to give Carson a “6″” —Anthony, endorsed by MegJYay

“Right before the commercial break when Tom was announcing Nancy and Tristan’s upcoming dance, Bruce Jenner was in the audience behind Tom READING THE TELE-PROMPTER!! His lips were totally in sync with Tom’s. Hilarious! Bruce may have a secret desire to emcee DWTS, but no one can replace our Tom!” —visavis

“Nancy grimacing when Tristan kissed her cheek. Really NG? You’re turning THAT down?” —Kelly

“Wondering why the exit sign in Tristan’s practice room is covered with a ‘do not enter’ handwritten sign. Is there no escape?!?!” —Xorp

“Tom’s deadpan look at the camera when Bruno says ‘kick him in the balls’ to Nancy. Love Tom.” —Jem Ho

“ECL sighting!!! And playing the slide whistle!!! Will her talents ever cease to amaze?” —kt, endorsed by Chaz, duranmom, orville, Call me Daphne, Xorp, gigiLAG Award Winner, Jem Ho, Anthony, Kevin M. Kawa

“Maks’ flood pants-turned-capris in the rehearsal footage….WTF??” —Stephanie

“At one point during thier dance, Maks came up behind Hope and looked upward. He looked just like the poster for The 40 Year-Old Virgin. Dorky hair and all.” —Freakinfatone

“Maks’ celebratory fist pump when Tom landed a zinger about Len’s age. If only the judges scored Tom, he would get 10′s every week.” —Glitter and Sparkle


“I nominate a Cubic Zirconia Award for our cute Mini Buzz Lightyear!!!” —LAG Award Winner, endorsed by Cindy, Call me Daphne, iggy, Lorie, Tina

“Can we nominate Rob K’s ass?” —ampersand, endorsed by Kelly, gigi, johoallen, jodipo, Anna

“Rob wanting to be more masculine while sporting pink and white shoes.” —Xorp, endorsed by fringefan

“Mark Ballas was clapping like he was nominated for the Best Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy and lost once again to Alec Baldwin.” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by Carmella, Kelly, gigi, socialandrea, LAG Award Winner, Kelly W.

“It looked like a smear of blood on the wall while Ricki was talking during her rehearsal footage.” —Tara

“Ian Ziering sporting the same sparse, flesh colored facial hair as Derek.” —Xorp

“HG: Buzz Aldrin falling asleep behind Ian Ziering.” —Amy in Pittsburgh, endorsed by IAMSOBZ

“ECL ON THE XYLOPHONE!!!” —socialandrea, endorsed by johoallen, tango2 (who says hello, it’s a Vibraphone), Jem Ho

“At the beginning of JR & Karina’s dance, her hair stuck to her face and for a moment they had matching fake mustaches!” —Jem Ho, endorsed by socialandrea, Stephanie

“I love that they hid JR’s pink tux until it was showtime! Somewhere in the skybox Carson is drooling.” —Kelly, endorsed by Daphne

“Karina’s dress looks like the feather duster from Beauty and the Beast.” —Jen, endorsed by duranmom, socialandrea (See similar past nomination here.)

“Storm the sword trainer in the audience!” —iggy, endorsed by Neko

“Len and Bruno applauding themselves after both giving J.R. a 9” —Brenda S.


“JR & Karina’s whole dance, and Pink Panther theme, was basically the ultimate ode to our little hidden gem hunting community.” —Kevin M. Kawa

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


Fringe Fairy

Annie on Twitter

Joan Marcus

More on ‘Dancing With the Stars’:

‘DWTS’: Your Hidden Gems of the Week!

Ask Annie Barrett a question on VYou

All of Annie’s ‘DWTS’ episode recaps

Ask Annie anything about THE BALLROOM (or whatever) in the video player below and she may answer your question later on!

You May Like