Monday’s Dancing: What You Didn’t See
For Her Girls: Rapper Lil’ Kim, the first performer of the night, dedicated her routine to the women at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, where she served a sentence after being found guilty of committing perjury in 2005. “Yeah, my first dance was to my girls at FDC. They are representin.’ I know they are,” she said. “We watched the show and I know they’ll be happy to hear that that’s where I first watched Dancing with the Stars.
French Dressing: Before Monday night’s DWTS, he was known as "the naked guy" from the Sex and the City movie. But now, actor Gilles Marini is known as the sizzling hot Frenchman. You’d never know Marini, who is coping from tendonitis in his left shoulder and groin area, dancing through pain. His steamy cha-cha had the crowd in a tizzy and left his partner speechless. “I can’t believe this night. I felt like I was in another world with Gilles on the dancefloor,” Burke gushed. “It was crazy tonight,” Marini told PEOPLE. “I felt so good. I am going to the doctor on Wednesday. But tonight, it felt really good to get that first dance out of the way.”
She's Still Upbeat: The judges agreed that Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle, this season’s oldest woman of the group, had a promising start that waned. Bruno Tonioli said her dancing started off like Julie Andrews but turned into Cloris Leachman, who was often criticized by the judges in season 7. Carlise didn’t mind. “I love Cloris Leachman and Julie Andrews, too. So for me, it was a double compliment.” Pieces of Her: Jewel, who was scheduled to appear this season but forced to withdraw from competition after suffering from stress fractures in both legs, admitted that it was hard watching her replacement Holly Madison cha-cha with dance partner Dmitry Chaplin. “It was hard seeing someone else in my dress, doing my routine with my partner. I was kind of territorial,” she joked. But Jewel plans to hobble on crutches to the studio each week to watch her rodeo-star hubby Ty Murray, who is also competing. Though Murray had a rough start, Jewel said, “This was so opposite for him and I’m just so proud.”
The Gown Off Her Back: Carrie Ann Inaba wore a custom Randolph Duke dress on Monday's premiere, which will be up auctioned off at www.clothesoffourback.org, with proceeds going toward The Andrea Rizzo Foundation, an organization that provides dance therapy to children with cancer. The winner will be fitted for the dress, get a pair of shoes and diamond earrings to wear to the show’s finale. “What’s great about this dress is that we designed it so that it could be expanded or shrunk to actually fit whoever buys it,” Inaba said.
A Steve-O-Vation: At some point or other during the show, everyone joked that Steve-O was a Jackass, in reference to his antic-filled TV show of the same name. But the crowded cheered for the endearing stuntman who wowed the audience enough to bring them to their feet. “I heard we got a standing ovation and I didnt even know,” he said afterward. His partner Lacey Schwimmer added, “ He was so nervous. I think he just zoomed out.” --Elaine Aradillas
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