TV theme songs from the classics like “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Addams Family” to contemporary shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “True Blood,” “Mad Men,” and Downton Abbey” were showcased on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. “The Muppets” were featured throughout the two-hour live telecast cross-promoting their new primetime sitcom.
Former Ruskin resident Nick Carter and his partner Sharna Burgess stole the show with their Viennese waltz to the romantic theme of the PBS series “Downton Abbey.” Watching their waltz was like being transported to that era. For a moment it was like seeing a fantasy dream sequence from this period drama set in the early 20th century. They received the highest scores of the night at 36 by recapturing the lead and tying with Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas with a jazz routine to “Breaking Bad.” .
Guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro, the former champion from Season 19, was there to cross-promote his new hosting gig on “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” He actually gave a lot of criticism to several couples. It wasn’t all praises like with so many past guest judges. Three couples danced the tango that included a very different side to hero veteran Alek Skarlatos and pro dancer extraordinaire Lindsay Arnold.
They danced to the vampire series on HBO “True Blood.” One thing that makes “Dancing with the Stars” so popular is seeing the journey with at least one couple during each season. Alek is certainly the one for Season 21. He continues to improve and amaze viewers and the judges alike. They received their first “9” from Julianne Hough and a total score of 33, even tying with Tamar and Val who did a smoldering tango to “Mad Men” for second place.
Crowd favorite Gary Busey and Anna were the perfect Gomez and Morticia with their spooky tango to “The Addams Family” complete with snapping fingers from the studio audience (and the other couples backstage). Paula Deen and Louie van Amstel’s samba number to the iconic theme of “Gilligan’s Island” wasn’t stellar, according to its low scores. Instead, the recreation of the Minnow lost at sea was one of the most impressive moments of the night. The actress Dawn Wells who portrayed Mary Ann from the 1960s series was in the studio audience. She is one of the two remaining stars from that show.
Bindi and Derek were slated to dance a futuristic quickstep to “The Jetsons.” Unfortunately the theme song did not clear in time (for licensing purposes). With only two days till show time they got “The Jeffersons” gospel-esque theme song. Bindi suffered a foot injury that still plagued her Monday night. The good news was Marla Gibbs who played “The Jeffersons” sassy maid Florence was also in the audience. Tom Bergeron spoke with her briefly and stated she enjoyed their routine.
Near the end of the night Kim Zolciak-Biermann was not able to fly back to Los Angeles. While in Atlanta visiting with her family she suffered a mini stroke. Dancing in her place was troupe member Jenna Johnson (whom we saw Alek Skarlatos asking out on a date during rehearsals) and Tony dancing a samba to “I Dream of Jeannie.” Afterwards during a Skype interview with Kim, it was Tom who had to announce that the show’s rules state due to injury or illness Kim cannot continue.
She was under the impression she could come back. In all fairness Kim was not able to travel because of doctor’s orders. There was no elimination since Kim had to withdraw, though Andy Grammer and Paula Deen were in jeopardy. Next week is the all-time favorite theme of the most memorable year in a celebrity’s life. Bring on the tissues and tears for this one.