Hey, DANCMSTRs! Dancing With the Stars jumped right back into action for the second performance show of season 14. Martina Navratilova went ahead and wore a sparkly tennis net as a costume, Tom Bergeron referenced Clueless and announced that the ballroom had "landed back on the planet" (Mirrorballus!), and Brooke Burke's yellow peek-a-boob gown was screamingly "Beauty and the Beast's Belle went to college and had a phase."
Yep, everyone brought their A game last night -- especially the ballroom floor, which was emblazoned throughout the show by several different standard DWTS food groups: fruit, liquid gold, and cash. It's all the sustenance you need.
I've arranged the JUDGES' LEADERBOARD by total scores from last week and this week -- both scores plus viewer votes count as one couple faces elimination tonight.
Will the judges please reveal their scores? Carrie Ann Inahhhhh-ber!
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 last week + 26 this week = 52 out of possible 60 Bruno Tonioli knows sexy when he sees it, and what is sexier than cascading two-toned fringe on a Dancing With the Stars contestant with newfound sexual confidence? The "Welsh wiggler" looked like a completely different (gorgeous) person this week and all she had to do was straighten her hair. Katherine had sort of a less trashy, less booby Kendra Wilkinson thing going on here. (Sorry.) She actually looked like one of Our Pros with those hot pink high heels and such precision in her extensions. Mark is the perfect partner for her because he's so in your face with his relentless booty shaking. It was cool to see her let her guard down once she finally believed that it was okay to be sexy during rehearsal. Definitely a light switch moment for her.
And fruit. FRUIT! Fruit on the floor of the ballroom. Flames on the side of my face. The casino theme was a bit infuriating (especially when they didn't throw nearly as many chips in the air at the end as you could tell they wanted to; they should have employed Derek's "pre-made piles" technique) but once Katherine and Mark hit the "judges jackpot" it was all worth it.
Esteemed Colleague Email Interlude:
Perhaps this was an attempt to prove that his "wanking" hand gesture from season 12 really was meant to invoke the idea of "rolling the dice with the choreography" as he insisted.
Either way, Mark loves to roll those dice!
NEXT: Is William Levy the new Jean Dujardin? (LOL)