*Special Edition!* The Host's Leaderboard: Tom Bergeron on theme nights, Carson Kressley, Maks

Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron is back for a special mid-season edition of The Host’s Leaderboard on EW.com!

Press play on the little triangle below to hear our [not liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!] phone conversation from Friday. In addition to the very important “scored” topics above, Our Host tells the story of the only time he deliberately screwed up on live television, and later confirms so eloquently what sharp viewers have known all along.

“To Maks, my buttocks have become a bit of a cultural touchstone.”


Many apologies for the huuuuge gas-passing sound at 1:30. It was me shifting my rubber-encased iPhone/recorder on my desk. (Fine! I farted! Fringe Fairy dust!)

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  • Cindy

    Annie, you are a hoot. Love you.

  • Leah

    Great. Now all Carson’s fans will vote for Chaz.
    The DWTS’ winner will be someone who actually can’t dance one bit

    • anonymous

      I hope they vote for David Arquette. He’s a sweetheart, he works so hard, and he’s actually gotten better every single week.

      • TVMom

        I agree. I thought the scores were much too low for David. I thought he did much better than that.

  • Kelson

    This is kind of a tough thing for me to talk about. I like Chaz Bono, and I am rooting for him. But I admittedly don’t vote for him because, simply put, he is a terrible dancer. I was hoping he would do something like Kelly Osbourne did a couple of years back. Sadly, he just doesn’t have what it takes. My biggest worry is that he will make it into the top 3 – which would be terrible for the show as a whole. To me, JR is obviously the most talented dancer. Riki is good, but she is far from great. I think Hope Solo has a good shot to be the Kelly Osbourne of this season.

    • Heidi

      JR is really good all on his own….I see Rikki continuing to do well because she has an amazing partner and choreographer. Sometimes he is almost dragging her around, flipping her all over the place…I find it hard to believe that the judges haven’t seen it. She is looking fantastic though and I’m sure she does work hard and has complete trust in Derek which is admirable. Hope still won’t let herself go with Maks – frustrating because she can trust him and go all the way but she won’t.
      Chaz has not improved and sorry he hasn’t even lost much weight. I wanted him to keep getting better but I’m not seeing it! I also can’t believe Nancy Grace is still on the show. Carson deserved to be there long past both of those dancers.
      My favorite along with JR is David Arquette. Hope he makes it to the finals.

      • TVMom

        What was with Nancy getting a 9??? Seriously??? No way, especially seeing the low numbers David A received. He was a little off in his timing maybe, but at least he moves to the music. Nancy looks like a stick out there, counting and just moving her arms and legs to her counting. She’s terrible.

      • Shel

        @TVMom – I know a 9? I have a tendency to watch the pro when the celebrity is not so good. After she scored a 9, I went back thinking I missed something. I didn’t. Carrie Ann was way off on that one. Maybe she was scoring Tristen which should have been a 10!

  • stu

    How much talent do i think Tom has to be hosting 2 shows=2. One point for each one. Let him stay on the lame video show. Get him off DWS!

    • Kim

      Tom IS the show. You’re outta your mind.

  • akh

    is it me or is brooke actually asking questions that i would ask? i did not notice one “how do you feel” question. i actually started to like her last night.

    • Shel

      Not just you! I stopped fast forwarding through her comments this year. She seems more at ease.

  • Linda Waarum

    I love this show, but people should vote for the one who can dance. Nancy, Chaz and David cannot dance. The other all can…Let’s put the best ones out there to compete for the MirrorBall Trophy.

  • Forwarddad

    I hope is not voted off due to herpartner. Time to look at switching up the judges.

  • Fishpaw

    Karina FINALLY has a chance to win this season. She and J.R. look great week after week. I looks like she is enjoying herself more this season. I agree with the judging. It’s seems like it is a popularity contest with them too. Maybe it IS time for one or more of them to take a break. I hope tonight is not fixed to get Maks & Hope off the show. Sorry but Chaz Can’t have that big of a fan base.

  • Daphne

    Annie, I had to laugh because on my screen “Many apologies for the huuuuge gas-passing sound at 1:30″ is right next to a hyperlink about Beavis and Butthead. Imagining them saying “she farted, hehheehhhehhe”

  • arden

    i think it is time for new judges… c,a,i, needs toshut up and keep her arm down ………bat wings

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  • David

    Then you must be well-loved.

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