'Dancing With the Stars': Your Hidden Gems of the season 11 performance premiere!

Studies have shown that Hidden Gems of the Week, EW.com’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 flesh. Ready to go down the rabbit hole? Behold this bountiful smattering of Visible Gems!


“As soon as the show started last night I was looking for some ‘gems’ and…as Tom was introducing Brandy’s segment I spotted a resurrected Roy Orbison behind him in the audience! Who knew he was such a fan?!” –queue55, endorsed by JH and glenn

“Over-enthusiastic Chimes Lady seems to have been replaced by Under-enthusiastic Bongo Guy. He had a deer caught in the headlights look on his face as he lackadaisically played along, like he didn’t think the cameras would ever pan his way.” –orville

“Hidden gem alert: Who is the random shadow-person on the left staircase at the beginning of the show before the stars come out? A camera person? An alien from Planet Mirrorballus perhaps?” –Colleen

“Brooke Burke’s dress looks like Lea Thompson’s dress from Back to the Future II (when she’s married to Biff).” –Karen, endorsed by alison
“That odd purple starfish piece on the top of Brooke’s dress looked like an alien trying to suck the lifeblood from her.” –MLM

“Did anyone else see Maks slap Audrina on the backside as she entered the celebre-quarium? Tacky!” –Kim

“Maksim trying to get a high five from Kym and Hoff as they came in to get their scores and getting denied. He settled for the back pat.” –Craig, endorsed by tkemoses

“Right at the end of Louis van Amstel’s pro intro, he’s literally doing splits on the side of a building. Albeit, probably a fake building in a soundstage. But still, the image remains: Louis van Amstel, legs aspread, arms in the air, WTF, magnificent.” –annie, endorsed by IAA Evan, LP, and Gio Gio

“Kurt Warner’s daughter giving Len the stink eye…wow.” –kt, endorsed by gigi, Colleen

“Anna Tre-BUN-skaya’s ‘Oops…She Did It Again’ glance to the camera after Brooke mispronounced her name.” –EW.com’s Fringe Fairy

“The old ladies behind Tom when he introduced The Situation having a super-intense conversation, which in my mind consisted of them discussing what a ‘situation’ is. –kt, endorsed by gigi, JH, IAA Evan, Gio Gio, and Manda.
“WHITE PANTS…after LABOR DAY!!! Lucky for them Serial Mom was nowhere to be found!” –Heather A.

(The above ladies were featured this morning as Dlisted’s esteemed “Hot Sluts of the Day!” but I think “Hidden Gems of the Week” has a much more age-appropriate ring to it. These gems are Tom Bergeron’s friends, you know? Show some respect!)

AUDIO-ONLY HIDDEN GEM! “Tom Bergeron’s barely contained giggle when he announced him as ‘The Situation’ right before he danced.” –Christine

“Guy in the blue shirt at the airport taking a picture of Karina & Mike and then totally looking off like ‘hey what’s over there? Because I am really pretending I am so NOT interested in the sorta famous people over here.’” –JH

“Tony golf clapping after Karina and The Situation’s dance.” –tara

“Jamie Lee Curtis looking at Tom ever-so-admirably while he introduced Jennifer’s package. Plus they have the same haircut!” –kt, endorsed by gigi, orville, and Pumpkin Pies
“Like she’s thinking ‘maybe he’ll be introducing me up there someday…’” –JH
“She was always in good lighting compared to the rest of the audience, like an angel — a stalker, angel-y twin of Tom Bergeron.” –Manda

“The look on Kym’s face after Kyle and Lacey did their dance. She was shaking her head with a look of total disgust. Kind of like the way I felt!” –Ms. Dipesto

“Hidden Gem nomination: the lady standing in front of the ‘Celebrequarium’ with a white babydoll sweater with a big ‘ol pink bow design across the chest. Girl, you have to step up your fashion game to be in the DWTS audience, especially in such a prime location!” –amber

“Did anyone else notice how fabulous Lacey’s costume was? Her vest actually said ‘VOTE KYLE VOTE LACEY’ and probably other fabulous hidden gems in addition to the Minnie Mouse hair band.” –Emily

“Carrie Ann shaking her finger in disapproval when Bruno said he wanted to take Kyle Massey home with him.” –Corran, endorsed by Lisa and MLM

“After Len said he was Rick Fox’s twin, Bruno’s eyes seemed to go demonic.” –A

“While backstage with Awkward Brooke, did you see Michael Bolton motion for people to phone in and vote? He dialed his invisible ROTARY phone!” –KelbelDance, endorsed by IAA Evan

Thank you, DANCMSTRs one and all, for your fabulous submissions!

Read more:
Annie’s season 11 premiere recap: Bristoling With Excitement
Hidden Gems of the DWTS season 10 finale!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • gigi

    Thanks for the shouts Annie! Funny stuff!! And great treasures from the other “gem hunters”. Love it!

    • DeeCee

      Great job as always but one Very Hidden Gem was missed. When Margaret covered up Brooke with her “wings” and Brooke could see the teleprompter!!! Brooke’s face behind those “wings” must have been in a panic lol!

      • DeeCee

        Sorry – “couldn’t” see the teleprompter.

  • steph

    i love the screencaps. Not watching the show (can’t condone the existence of The Hills & Jersey Shore) but these are hilarious!

  • Tams

    They are all pretty great, and I noticed a bunch of them last night. But the Michael Bolton rotary phone pic just made me laugh out loud! Amazing.

    • BeaAnn

      That killed me too!!! Hilarious!

  • Dommerdog

    Thank you for not mentioning the fleeting glimpse they showed of Jake Pavelka.

    • Me

      I actually thought it was pretty funny, because he was “acting.” Pretending to be all moved by Jennifer Gray’s dance, just like he was pretending to understand what Kate Gosselin was talking about when she said she was “stalked by the paparazzi.”

  • J-Dawg

    What about Kurt Warner’s blond Mohawked son? Holy Shades of Sanjaya, Annie!!!

  • Vivian

    these totally make my day.

  • Louise

    I don’t even watch this show, but I read the recaps! Love the hidden gems!

    • ks

      Me too, they are the best part

    • tennisfan

      Agree — I’ve only see a little bit of the show, don’t even recall what season, but for the past few seasons I’ve not missed a recap or hidden gems blog of Annie’s — love it!

    • Mole

      I’m the same way, though I’m often tempted to watch, just to be a Gem-Hunter.

  • James

    I liked Michael Bolton’s deer in the headlights look while brooke was interviewing the middle of the pack.

  • seb

    how about alexandra hedison sitting NEXT to jamie lee curtis!!!!

  • bailey

    hidden gems are the highlight of my week! love them!

  • Ron

    Michael Bolton was about as bad as Kate G. last season. Most dancers improve with time, however, same is not true for hostess’. Brook Burke is about as dull as they get, she needs eliminated.


      I think Michael Bolton was coached by the equally stiff Harry Hamlin. Both look like they have steel rods up their spines.

  • matt

    Ok. These weren’t funny.

  • Stevex

    I would enjoy studying Brooke’s purple starfish in greater detail. Bet it smells like warm biscuits.

    • Matt

      I bet David Charvet’s fist smells like your blood after he breaks your jaw for trying to inappropriately sniff his wife.

  • jenn

    I love DANCEMASTERS lean he does whenever Bruno does something crazy. Never hidden, but always a gem!

    • Potato Bug

      Gotta spell it right: DANCMSTR! :-)

      • Robin

        Actually, Potato Bug, it’s DNCMSTR. In California, only 7 characters are allowed on a vanity license plate.

  • wizard62

    Anybody else see actor Clark Gregg (Christines husband Richard from The New Adventures of Old Christine) sitting behind Jamie Lee Curtis smiling lovingly at his wife Jennifer Grey when she danced to These Arms?

    • gigi

      I was wondering why he was there. I thought he was just a huge fan…lol! I didn’t know he was married to JG.

    • Asher

      I did, but I did not know he was married to Jennifer Grey!

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