WWWWWWHHHHHAAAAAAATTTTTT????????? I almost can't even write up a review because I am in so much shock!!! Sabrina Bryan is gone. Her time on Dancing with the Stars has come to a rudely abrupt end in the sixth week of the competition. Who saw that one coming? For the first four weeks, she was the one to beat. She snagged the first perfect score and raised the bar above everyone else's heads. Evidently the others have not only reached, but they have surpassed Sabrina's standards of excellence.
The audience booed, the other stars gasped. Not even the judges could contain their utter shock. Carrie Ann looked like she was going to cry. Bruno seemed to be looking for whoever was responsible for sending Sabrina home so he could beat that person down. No, Sabrina's performance last night was not great, but there were definitely others whose were worse (I think you know who I mean).
Mel Brown and Jane Seymour were pronounced safe first, leaving five competitors who have never faced the scary glare of that damned red light. Marie Osmond and Jane were in the bottom two in the judges’ eyes Monday night, and that’s where they should have stayed. (The audience agrees that these two older chickies are getting tired). Instead, Sabrina and Mark were joined by Cameron Mathison and Edyta. That said, poor Jane ... again. Last night she apparently came down with a nasty case of food poisoning (yuck), leaving Tony to re-dance the group performance solo. (Julianne stepped in as his partner for the spotlight portion. What a nice girl).
Barry Manilow performed last night. What can you say? It’s Barry Manilow. (The dances that accompanied Barry were wonderful, though). In a brighter performance, a professional (?) dance troupe put on quite a show to highlight Carrie Ann and Bruno’s upcoming show, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, due to air in January on ABC. The show, which will be hosted by Drew Lachey (whom I wish were still filling in for Samantha Harris), will face off two groups of dancers, one led by Carrie Ann and the other by Bruno, that will sing AND dance. Based on the West Side Story-esque preview last night (which omitted the singing), this show will most definitely be more intense than Dancing (it helps that the competitors on this new show will have dance background, I think).
I liked the part in the show last night where the stars got the opportunity to grill the judges. Although I thought some of the questions were a little safe, it seemed like an interesting opportunity to gain further insight into the minds of the high and mighties. Len could be a politician the way he kissed everyone’s behind during questioning, reassuring Marie and Helio, then rambling on about the values of truth and justice to Mel. It’s a fun dancing reality show that not that many people watch, cool out, Lennie. (Maybe he’s just trying to be bold in the face of not getting his own show).
So it’s true. It’s anyone’s game. Anyone could go home at any time. No one is safe. There’s really nothing more to say. See you next week for what could potentially be another mind-blowing farewell.