Tommy Chong, our time together is coming to a close.
On Tuesday, one of the two remaining “Dancing With the Stars” celebrities who is sweet and charming but just can’t dance was sent home – weeks and weeks after anyone would have predicted when the season started.
Race car driver and lovable goofball Michael Waltrip on Monday got to dress up as Tarzan and perform his first (and last) rumba, which one judge described as “hard to watch.” And then he was gone.
“Sometimes it looks a little messy, evidently,” said Waltrip, who I’d wager earned more 6’s than any other celebrity ever to appear on the show. “But I’m dancing with my heart.”
That means that of the six celebrities remaining, crowd favorite Chong is really the only one left who’s more darling than dancer. Next week will be his farewell, I predict, and I’m not sure he’ll be sorry. He seems exhausted, and his joints are taking a beating. Let the man rest!
The best dance of the night – and the judges agreed – came from Janel Parrish, who along with clean-shaven-for-the-part Val Chmerkovskiy performed a romantic, modern dance as Romeo and Juliet. I appreciated the gorgeous choreography almost as much as I did the music, a slowed-down interpretation of “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” from the awesome soundtrack of the awesome 1996 “Romeo + Juliet,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. (Fun fact: Val was 10 and Janel was 8 when that movie came out. I do hope they Netflix it on their next date.)
The dance earned the couple straight 10’s and safety from elimination for next week. It also kept them out of the dance-off round, which featured sloppily prepared and performed mini-dances from the other six couples. I applaud the producers for coming up with different bits to fill up the portion of the show left empty now that the cast has shrunk, but that one seemed a tad frivolous, and I prefer seeing polished dances.
I also liked Sadie Robertson’s dramatic Adam and Eve-themed dance to a cover of Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited.” Though I did not like it as much as the conversation she shared with partner Mark Ballas during rehearsals.
Her: “Whenever we do the lift, do you have to put your hand on my butt?”
Other great quotes from the night (and there were plenty), included:
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba to Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, who performed to a Prince song: “There’s something so right about watching you be Batman and you be Robin to Prince.”
Judge Len Goodman to Chong: “You’re like a hotdog. You’re tasty, but you never know about the content.”
So what did you think? Will Tommy Chong be the next to go? Can you sing the low note in “Ring of Fire”? (Because I sure can’t.) And will the finale be Alfonso vs. Janel or Alfonso vs. Bethany?