'Dancing With the Stars': Hidden Gems of Week 8!

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

Maks’ buns ***and possible thong*** –avab, silentj, yummy, dzzld, Mindy, duranmom, omg.., Becky, maximum maks, kai, Karikata, Stephanie M., Addison, Raychel, Kelli

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

“Mark and Bristol, in the back of the celebaquarium during the first couple of scores, looked like an undertaker and his wife.” –Iris

“What the heck is with the dining room setup behind Kyle when he talks?” –Addison

“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

“Jerry Rice wearing Tony’s rumba shirt from season 8.” –Manda
(Fringe Fairy also loves the ESPN-esque DWTS logo!)

“When Kyle and Lacey went backstage after their jive to get scores, Kyle did a not-so-subtle adjustment of his pants, liiiiiiiiiive!” –Tay, endorsed by Baby’s Corner, Hidden Gemz

“Carrie-Ann’s awe-struck face when Len wanted stronger leg action from Kyle’s Jive after Carrie-Ann criticized Brandy’s neck (?!). Carrie Ann: Pot. Kettle. Black.” –Corran

“Todd Palin giving Kyle a standing ‘O’ but not his own daughter” –christine

“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

I messed up a screengrab and mined perhaps the ultimate hidden gem: the illusion of wiggling fingers crying for help under the asylum floor. Agggggghhhh! –EW.com’s Fringe Fairy

“Three lonely (shag???) pillows on the black couch in the Celebriquarium during Derek’s & Jennifer’s Instant Dance scores. No one’s hugging them!” –LAG Award Winner

“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

“Anna’s blink-and-you-missed-it sticking out the tongue at the camera after she and Kurt stood there all serious before their first dance. I just want to hang out with her.” –Ms. Dipesto

“Did Lacey make a “so-so” hand movement at the end of Anna & Kurt’s instant dance?” –orville, endorsed by Beatrice, Rocker Chick

“Anna ‘shushing’ Brooke after her and Kurt’s instant dance so they could get their scores. I’ve wanted to shush Brooke for weeks!” –Susan

“The TLC logo on Todd Palin’s sleeve during Bristol’s rehearsal footage. Just a helpful reminder that daddy will be a TV star too.” –Is that a Mirrorball in your pocket?

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

“Golf wear guy – the camera hit on him 2 or 3 times. Did he think he was going to a tournament?” –Iris, endorsed by gigi, Chica, Rebecca

“Camera zoom showed us that Maks was wearing his turquoise v-neck t-shirt inside out.” –Patrycja

“Oooh, neat teepee effect with the lights just before Maks & Brandy’s dance!” –orville, endorsed by Katja, IAA Jennifer
“Were Maks and Brandy dancing in the Fortress of Solitude?” –KWo

“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


“Maks scratching his crotch during interview with Brooke. Doesn’t he know that’s MY job?” –volunteer, endorsed by Karikata, Larry9362

“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

“Brandy’s blue pants make it look like Princess Jasmine got mauled by her tiger.” –kt

“The woman behind Jennifer Grey’s daughter looked like Dr Ruth. (Am I dating myself by using that reference?)” –K2

“Bristol looked like she was nodding off during Maks response after getting their scores for the second dance.” –Verity
“Lacey’s ‘eesh’ face at the end of Maks’ rant.” –TeamAnna, Zach, Alexei

I loved this jaunty kick from Tom! –EW.com’s Fringe Fairy

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!

(Also, please share this on Facebook…we must spread the word of the Lord Mirrorballus!)

Read more:
Week 8 performance recap: Instant Classics
Derek Hough on Week 8 stress and the dangers of guyliner
‘DWTS’: Your Hidden Gems of Week 7!
Week 7′s Crazy Costume Watch: Who wore it better?
All Hidden Gems of the Week
EW.com’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Central

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • Jan

    the last one was the best.

  • Anne

    How is Teenage Activist Bristol Palin still on? This is beyond ridiculous! I don’t know if I can keep watching knowing that she has a legion of fans who are only voting for her for political reasons.

    • Shelly

      I totally agree! She should have gone home tonight!

    • sarah d

      I vote for her because I like watching Mark climb all over her. What is his deal this season?

      • Megan

        I’ve noticed that. He must be sexually frustrated

      • Tony

        Mark climbs all over his partner every year, save one. The year Kelly Osborne was on he was subdued and it was probably because he was the one she rejected. She didn’t name him but commented that she told the show to get her someone more mature, or something like that. “I’m engaged!”

    • James

      Actually you dont “KNOW” why anyone is voting for her. If Kelly Osbourne can last as long as she can then good for Bristol. Plus she is improving every week. I also thought that Rick and Audrina should have stayed longer but the show has limits on voting so if you think its such a crime against humanity then vote for others.

      • dj

        I don’t think she is improving. She’s maybe not getting worse, but she’s definitely not improving. She should have gone off three weeks ago.

      • BARBRA

        you sympathetic people do not get it. whether kelly did or not. she was better than bristol, but it should be fair all the way around. regardless if u do not like brandy’s ways. it is the dancing that is being attacked, ad it should be. dancers, dont compete if continues. only one vote per no. NOW FAIR.

    • MrsDolly

      The judges scores were unfair to Kurt. He was better than Bristol Palin, yet they received the same scores. Bristol Palin’s fans have politicized DWTS. She may win this thing.

  • avab

    Yay! 4 HG mentions! Thanks Annie! Great job gem hunters, thoroughly enjoyed them all. Have a great week DNCMSTRS!

  • jodipo

    lol, two male crotch scratches in one week? I am starting to think the costume people are playing a joke

    • IAMSOBZ

      Actually three. Kyle was at it again after the encore dance on Tuesday.

    • Lerrin

      Perhaps Monkey Butt powder can be found in the costumers’ department?….

  • LAG Award Winner

    Thanks, Fringe Fairy!!!

    • Enthusiastic Comment Lady

      Wow, I am totally obsessed with those pillows now! Can I buy them, or do they just land on couches that they deem to have the most sparkle?
      My Hidden Gem of the results show had to be the Seriously Irritated Blonde Couple just to the left of Tom’s shoulder when he started to announce Bristol’s recap. Did they sell all of their enjoyment to Jamie Lee Curtis before the show (love seeing her in the audience each week – please be a contestant in the future).

  • jessica

    best laughs i’ve had in a really long time. I wish I had found this hidden gemmy thing earlier.

  • KWo

    Yay-my fortress of solitude hidden gem was picked! They were all great gems…and I am soooo sad Kurt is gone. All my votes will now go to Kyle-hope he wins it all!

  • gigi

    Haha! Thanks Annie! And I owe Antione Dodson a shout out for inspiration! Great Job Gem Hunters! It’s crazy how the gems I think no one notices are the gems everyone notices. Great minds!! Until next time…

    • cee

      ahh this frikin song gets stuck in my head every time someone mentions it!
      ‘you are so dumb. you are really dumb. for real.’

      • scyren

        so dumb, so dumb, so dumb, so

    • Jai

      The Hidden Gems don’t have to come and confess we’re lookin for them, we gon find them, we gon find them. So run and tell that!

  • Casey

    Lmfao, these are hilarious. It makes me want to keep an eye out for Hidden Gems. Also, yay for Anna shushing Brooke. I swear, the woman’s a fembot or something. Zero personality, and her questions suck.

    • Sarah

      I’ve always thought her voice sounds like she’s reporting from the sidelines of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Total parade voice.

  • Alison

    I love Annie and all the Gem Hunters…I think I enjoy the hidden gems more than the actual show : )

  • Cindy

    Love all the hidden gems that include Maks. :)))

    • LP

      For some reason I never really developed a crush on Maks until this season… but now all of a sudden I’m madly in love with him and can’t get enough of him… perhaps all of the recent buns shots are to blame?

      • TinyDancer

        It’s his swagger and his buns, remember those leather pants (drools) Brandy says it’s been awhile I suggest she let Maks ahem… adjust her back, or if not he can come to my house and adjust mines, and by adjust back I mean have sex.

      • psychoanalyzer

        HAHA! Looove your realness, TinyDancer!

  • ciara

    I am not shocked at all in tonight’s elimination. I had a gut feeling Kyle or Kurt would go home. Its starting to looked like Bristol or Jennifer will be the final 2 and that Brandy will be leaving next week. Really do not care anymore who wins the MBT.

    • kdubbs

      I agree! I have lost some interest in the competition itself now that good dancers are going home and bristol is staying week after week. oh well, i enjoy the humor in the show anyway. i’d like to see kyle win this thing, as brandy is fake and obnoxious, jennifer does nothing but complain, and bristol…don’t even get me started ;)

    • AT

      There are 3 couples in the finals…

  • carly

    When will ABC and DWTS wake up to this ridiculous situation with Palin? It is obvious to anyone watching her mommy’s crazies are lined up to make calls every week to make sure that she does not lose. How stupid will this be if she actually wins? The only way to make sure she disappears is for the 3 judges to give her zeros on her next performance to balance the right wing lobby that is making the calls. I feel sorry for the contestants who were eliminated in the last 3 weeks. There were better dancers even before they stepped out on the floor. Its time for Palin to do the right thing and quit like her mommy did in Alaska.

    • Al Davis

      I will laugh if Palin wins—It will show how messed up our country is now a days.

      • Winter Star

        I said the same to my husband last night-except I don’t think I’d laugh-too scary!

  • Rebecca

    Wow! My first gem finds ever and I get 2 selected! I feel like Mirrorballus Royalty now. Don’t bother trying to talk to me at work tomorrow ’cause I’ll be too busy trying to perfect my royal queenly wave.

    • Annie Barrett

      All hail you!

    • IAA Jennifer

      Hazaa!!!! If I hear anyone using the royal “We” I’m going to know who it is!

    • Lisa Simpson

      Yes, but next week you’ll be back to reality when none of your hidden gems are deemed worthy. I know, it just happened to me. And truly, none of my hidden gems were worthy, so no blame on Annie here, who is our Sparkle Goddess.

      • LAG Award Winner

        D’oh!!!!

  • Beatrice

    I got 3 gem mentions! Thanks Annie.

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