Annie Barrett
May 14, 2012 AT 11:45 PM EDT

Update: Annie’s recap is live.

Oh, it is ON. William Levy, Maria Menounos, Donald Driver, and Katherine Jenkins are gunning for that coveted mirrorball trophy tonight — and I’m in the ballroom to see it! My dress is white with orange and green flowers. It’s very “May.” You may think it’s very “tacky.” I have no idea where I’ll be sitting, but I’m sure you’ll spot me as a hidden gem. (Start by finding me last season: pictured, right. Sneaky!)

Hidden Gem Hunters: Watch below for a special shout-out from Tom Bergeron at the end of our video interview from Tuesday. He loves us almost as much as we love him! Tom really “gets it” — gem-wise and in all other facets of life.

Nominate your hidden gems here as always and stay tuned for my full recap tonight.


I sat down with host/zen master Tom Bergeron after Tuesday’s double elimination results show to go over season 14. How has the Dance Duel made his job more difficult — and should we cut cohost Brooke Burke some slack for always asking contestants “How do you feel?” Where does ABC get off airing two shows with “bitch” in the title, then bleeping out Tom when he decides to fire off a “B”? Did Maks get a horrible edit this ****ing season? Will Donald ever get that 10 from Len? Has William Levy’s uber-hotness made Tom partially deaf? All is revealed below.

By the way, this is the “Queen tribute band” I was referring to at the beginning — a hidden gem in itself, from this season’s Rock Week. Nerd alert!

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Who will win? Press play on the triangle below to hear Annie Barrett, Dalton Ross, and Jessica Shaw chat about the final four on this week’s Inside TV Podcast. The Dancing With the Stars discussion begins at 28:40.

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Ask Annie anything about ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (or whatever) in the video player below. To see her answers to previous questions, click on the text links below the picture. This is *not* liiiiiiive! and she is not really sitting there right now. She updates a few times per week.

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