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!
MVG (MOST VALUABLE GEM): FRESH-BAKED AND BORN TO RIDE
Enthusiastic Bongo Gentleman in a baseball cap?! –EW.com’s Fringe Fairy / “Bongo Guy chewing gum (or wiping his nose?) and suddenly realizing he was on during the intro!” –WilStuart, A
“Enthusiastic Chimes Lady: not so enthusiastic this week. Had a bit of intensité to her!” –Addison, Anthony
“I think Jamie Lee Curtis has surpassed ECL as the most enthusiastic on DWTS. EAL! (Enthusiastic Activia Lady)” –Hez, endorsed by duranmom, jasmine, Verity, avab, Julia, LAG Award Winner, Manda, SueB, Zach
“I’m nominating Princess Sparkle. After weeks of having her forehead jewels ignored, she made it clear that we all need to remember who is the Queen Bee of the Harold Wheeler Ensemble by wearing a dress pattered like honeycomb.” –Amy, endorsed by Rebecca, glenn, KelbelDance, TeoNYC
“Is that a very thin Lorenzo Lamas in the crowd?” –CoolWhipLite, endorsed by Lorie, duranmom, Beverley, Beatrice
The redhead sitting behind Kyle’s folks is a dead ringer for Chelsea Clinton.” –avab, endorsed by duranmom, gigi, Karen
“Hide yo kids, Hide yo wife, Hide yo bunnies! Glenn Close/Cruella DeVille is in the ballroom!” –Susan, endorsed by LAG Award Winner, avab, gigi, CoolWhipLite, Beatrice.
“She had the essence of Glenn Close, but, unfortunately, the execution of Phyllis Diller.” –Karen, Zach
“The guy to Tom’s right didn’t realized that he was on camera….he couldn’t believe Kurt and Anna didn’t know the song ‘Hella Good'” –IAA Jennifer
“Lacey kinda looks like an old-fashioned Madame Alexander doll. I had an Irish-themed one that looked just like her!” –CoolWhipLite
“Not necessarily a gem, but a crazy costume submission. Lacey’s green dress reminded me of Carol Burnett’s Scarlett O’Hara’s curtain rod gown.” –MNBonnie, endorsed by duranmom
“Two blonde ladies behind Tom were very happy to be on screen, although one had to work to be visible.” –Patrycja, endorsed by ChaCha and Mandie
“Uncle Junior Soprano, after being blocked out of being on-camera by Tom, gets up and out of his chair to peer over Tom’s shoulder.” –Kevin M. Kawa
“Carrie Ann pumps her arms up in what I can only imagine was the ‘WE MUST, WE MUST, WE MUST INCREASE OUR BUST!’ exercises that Margaret and her friends did in Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret.” –Zoot Suit, endorsed by Manda
“When they came back from a commercial break and Brooke was talking about how hard the couples were working on their insta-dance, they were showing a quad box (thank you Fios Red Zone) and two of the studios were empty!” –MLM
“They looked to me like padded cells in an insane asylum, except instead of the padded walls they were red-curtained walls. I just couldn’t decide if the patients were forced to dance constantly, or if that was the manifestation of their insanity.” –Katja
“The two vacuum cleaners over Kurt’s left shoulder in his interviews.” –Marimbist
“Finally got a close-up look at Kurt’s “Kurtanna” shirt and loved that the peacock was wearing a football helmet!” –pancake
The lady with orange hair sitting in a wheelchair next to the judges looked like “an intergalactic Sharon Osbourne”….or elderly Wilma Flinstone, Judy Jetson, Lucille Ball, etc. –Zach, Xorp, Lorie, iggy, Kittyvan, Heathermsc, Anthony, bouionice, 2nd Graders, Miss S, glenn, Robin
“I vote Maks’ white ensemble as a hidden gem if only because it conjures up thoughts of our future wedding.” –Freakinfatone, endorsed by CoolWhipLite
“Lace on the center screen for the Brandy and Maks dance…fancy.” –Karikata
“Two girls on the end of the row were leaning over super far so they’d be in frame. HOWEVER while the one on the end was smiling…the one next to her A) looked like Blossom and B) had the weirdest DUH look on her face. Very Skeet Ulrich. It was like she was trying to be a Hidden Gem.” –IAA Jennifer
LIFE-AFFIRMING GEM (LAG) Good work, gumshoe!
“Could this be my first HIDDEN GEM sighting?? Every so often during Kurt & Anna’s InstaDance, the red spotlights would hit Anna’s face just right and it would look like her whole head had gone supernova.” –one tiny mirror, endorsed by A, Jamie0415, Karen, Hez, MLM, Tay
Thank you, DNCMSTRs one and all, for your fabulous submissions!
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