'Dancing With the Stars': Should Jamie Lee Curtis return to Planet Mirrorballus for season 12?

Over the course of season 11, Jamie Lee Curtis, dubbed Enthusiastic Activia Lady by EW.com reader Hez on Week 8, gradually blossomed into my favorite studio audience member ever. She was so reliably benign, always gazing up at Tom Bergeron in admiration (of their shared haircut) with her noggin cocked 55 degrees to the right. EAL was there every week this fall to support her BFF Jennifer Grey. Let her NOT SO HIDDEN gem of a homemade bracelet — comprised of multicolored entrance wristbands from the entire season — tell you. You don’t even need to talk to her! Enthusiastic Activia Lady will just hold that pom pon of experience up in your face. I don’t know how this turned all sassy all of a sudden. I must just be hurting right now. Congratulations to Jennifer and all, but I’m really going to miss Jamie Lee Curtis on Dancing With the Stars.

The point is, despite having turned down DWTS in the past, JLC/EAL is practically begging for coach to put her in the game already. She’s become a ballroom staple! Do you want to see her as a contestant in season 12? After the jump, I’ve compiled all of EAL’s best season 11 moments for your consideration. This non-contestant has had quite a journey!


Week 1:

“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

Week 7:

Front-row staple Jamie Lee Curtis was absent at one point (perhaps off to reap the benefits of having taken the Activia challenge), but then during Brandy and Maks’ dance, she had to recoil when they got too close to the edge. –CoolWhipLite, Aggie, Anna Banana, Julia, Lisa Simpson, Lorie, avab, Justin K, jamie0415, LDS

Week 8:

“I think Jamie Lee Curtis has surpassed ECL (Enthusiastic Chimes Lady) as the most enthusiastic on DWTS. EAL! (Enthusiastic Activia Lady)” –Hez, endorsed by duranmom, jasmine, Verity, avab, Julia, LAG Award Winner, Manda, SueB, Zach

The Semifinals:

“Enthusiastic Activia Lady gave Monica a b**** glare with just the slightest hint of a forced smile.” –Stephanie, endorsed by Anonymous

“For the second week in a row, Jennifer Grey’s husband, Clark Gregg, did not applaud after Bristol’s dance. This week he stood clasping his hands, next to Jamie Lee Curtis who WAS clapping for Bristol & Mark’s waltz.” –Mgssoprano, endorsed by DWTS’ BIGGEST FAN

“When Jamie Lee Curtis had her hands over her mouth, it looked like she either saw Michael Myers in the audience or that she had eaten too much Activia!” –Baby’s Corner, endorsed by Patrycja

The finals:

“Enthusiastic Activia Lady throwing gang/surfer(?) signs after Jennifer’s paso.” –kt
“According to an email from my mom, ‘Melanie Griffith’s mouth looks like it’s in a different spot on her face.” –EW.com’s Fringe Fairy

“Jamie Lee Curtis looking like she was about to bite her fingers off to keep from having an Activia moment after Jennifer’s dance.” –GS, endorsed by Carmella, kahuna, duranmom, Manda

“HG (my first): what about EAL and Melanie Griffith pushing Jennifer away when she came to give them a hug after her dance? AWKWARD!!” –chicachico

Best EAL Gem of the Season!

“EAL was wearing all of her wristbands from the season! On the same wrist!” –A, endorsed by Enthusiastic Comment Lady, Marc, and EW.com’s Activia Fairy

Want to see Enthusiastic Activia Lady as a contestant on season 12, or do you just wish she would stay in the audience, charming us with her yogurt and benign ways, until the end of time?

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  • BLT

    Well, she danced in True Lies.

    And, she is a star.

    • CanuckJen

      She is a bigger star than 90% of the people they get on the show…I would love to see her!

      • Ian

        Agreeing to this show is the confirmation that you’re either an entirely obscure pseudo-celeb looking to get further into celebrity land any way you can (Bristol Palin) or you’ve completely fallen off the radar of an industry you were once a true player in and you’re screaming and begging for another chance (Jennifer Grey). Either way it comes off sad, and the mere premise of the show is absurdly mindless and dumb, making it completely devoid of any entertainment value for someone with anything going on upstairs.

      • henrietta

        @ian – You’re right. I love JLC but am afraid her agreeing to appear might just be the kiss of death. Heck, I’d think even being ASKED to be on this show would be incredibly depressing – that is, if you are truly a star. A real star, I mean. You know what I mean. A-List history, A-List husband, A-List mom…all culminating in DWTS??? Yikes.

    • HD

      Who doesn’t love Jamie Lee Curtis? You might not like her movies or her acting but damnit you just like her!

      • kahuna

        Exactly. How can you not love her?

      • Don Waldschmidt

        I just love JLC and so badly want to see her compete on “dancing with the stars”. (I think she is HOT!!)

    • confuzzed

      OK, but why is she sitting next to “Old Christine’s” ex-husband?

      • tracy

        Thats Jennifer’s husband. Try google.

  • Al

    And she led those aerobic dance classes in Perfect. Next season’s “ringer”?

  • Danny

    I’d be the most Enthusiastic Audience Member should she join the cast of DWTS.

    • cass

      Well said, sir. I am in concurrence!

    • LMNOP

      Count me in, too! Love that classy lady!

  • ladycaer1964

    Yes, I wouild like to see what she can do!!!

  • dctoronto

    JLC could help redeem the show after this season’s Bristol Palin fiasco. Let’s hope the reports I read about Sarah Palin canvassing for more Tea Party members to be on the show and ABC being interested in doing so are false.

  • Bertie

    I was disapointed by Jamie Lee Curtis and will not watch anything she is in again after I saw her boo when the cameras cut to her when Bristol got put through one week ………..What a shame–I always thought she was classy–guess not

    • E

      Who cares about you think. I believe a little thing called the first ammendement gives Jamie Lee Curtis the right to boo whomever she wants.Let me guess! You’re a Sarah Palin supporter!! BOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

      • KWise

        Oh there someone goes again, throwing out the First Amendment inappropriately. Of course Jamie Lee Curtis has the right to boo whomever she wants. And guess what? The 1st amendment also gives Bertie the right to voice displeasure at JLC’s booing (if it did in fact occur). The 1st amendment doesn’t say a person who speaks can’t be criticized by his/her peers – it says CONGRESS WILL MAKE NO LAWS outlawing the speech. Which it hasn’t, in the case of DWTS.

    • Zach

      Did you really see her boo? The cameras don’t cut to the audience immediately after the elimination and during any booing. That said, if she booed Bristol leaving during Brandy’s elimination, then I applaud her!

      • Maria

        bertie said the booing happened in week one which is when the hoff was eliminated, not brandy.

    • jules

      I now love Jamie even more.

      • paisley


  • kt

    This needs to happen. EAL is amazing!

  • Katrilotta

    I’m on board to get JCL aka EAL for season 12 :)

  • Lauren

    I love her, and would totally root for her on dwts! She would be the star of hidden gems!

  • Mothra

    I think it would be awesome were Jaimie Lee to be on DWTS… Make it so, Planet Mirrorballis! Who would be her pro? She’s so TALL! I’d love to see her with Maks, in JLC he might actually have someone who wouldn’t take his, er, product of enthusiastic consumption of Activia AND has the talent to win the underappreciated Maks the trophy. Just sayin’.

    • PN

      Can you just imagine Maks actually trying and tasting the Activia (if he gets Jamie Lee as his partner) during their rehearsal segments and actually throwing up, saying Yuck! on camera! That would have me laughing and cracking up!!!!!

      • octopus

        I’ve heard Activia tastes REEEAAALLLY nasty…

    • noelbelle

      This must happen and I must see it.

    • DWTS Sorting Hat, err, Dancing Shoes

      Maks Maks Maks Maks Maks…it has to be Maks.

  • Sven

    I can only hope she does not lower herself to such depths of disparity. She is married to British royalty (yes, I mean Christopher Guest).

    • GOB

      I think Corky St. Clair would approve of her joining the competition. Actually, it would be fantastic if Corky were her on-camera dance coach. That would actually get me to watch this silly show.

      • jules

        YES! “Stool Boom,” anyone?

      • henrietta

        @GOB – ROFL!!! Perfect!

    • Merrydan

      We can only hope it’d give him some inspiration for a new film!

    • Maisie

      Um, Sven, did you mean “disparagement,” not “disparity”?

      • henrietta

        @maisie – i’m thinking maybe sven meant to say depths of despair? Sort of confusing.

    • aa915

      Oh yes, DWTS would be such a comedown after all those yogurt commercials.

    • peggym

      He’s not royalty. He’s in the nobility.

  • kathy

    Is Jamie Lee Curtis gay????

    • alumette


    • Betty

      Jamie Lee is married to Christopher Guest aka Nigel Turnel of the band Spinal Tap ! WoW !

      • Betty

        Should be Nigel Tufnel.

      • Betty

        Oooops. Should be Nigel Tufnel.

    • sshirfree

      Why? Because she wears her hair short? I just love stereotypes, don’t you?

    • aa915

      She shows up to cheer on a female friend (we all know “real women” hate and undermine each other, right?), and has short hair she doesn’t bother to dye to cover the gray, so she MUST be gay, right? Hope somebody’s told Christopher Guest.

    • Storm

      Okay ENOUGH with the short hair stereotypes. MY MOTHER is the same age as Jamie Lee and she has the same hair style. Some older women dont like the long locks. It looks kind of young, some like to look mature. Ironically they both had shoulder length hair when they were younger too. OH and My Aunts, My Grandma, (me-when I was young) all have ” Boy cuts”. All of us are straight.

  • kathy

    Who is EAL?????

    • Angie

      As per this blog/article, EAL – Enthusiastic Activia Lady for the people who recognize her only from the yogurt commercials. The last movie I recall JLC appearing in was Freaky Friday with pre-distaster Lohan.

      • jules

        She was just in “You Again.” Not that it did much at the box office, but her career isn’t quite in the toilet yet.

  • A

    I have the best EAL/JLC gem of the season! :) I hope she returns next season, either in the audience or as a contestant.

  • alumette

    Who cares? that show is a joke. People with nothing better to do watch that sorry production and have the motivation to call 500 times for one contender. How ridiculous is that?

    • Lauren

      more like an average of 15 x per person/email/phone or whatever they use. At least with DWTS its a combination of judges scores and peoples votes where AI can totally be skewed by girls wanting the cute boy to win regardless of his talent.

      if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

    • Allie

      @alumette: somewhat LESS ridiculous than one who hates it so and posts about it anyway!

    • kt

      What I think you don’t understand is that people who watch the show are in on the joke, which is why it’s so much fun!

    • mouse

      Then why are you reading this article and taking the time to comment? You’re the ridiculous one, sweetie.

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