DWTS: What You Didn’t See
03/19/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Lady in RedMarlee Matlin, in a sexy red sequined dress, did a cha cha cha that brought the crowd to their feet by her third move. (It probably didn't hurt that the chosen song was "Get On Your Feet.") Hubby Kevin Grandalski (with cute-as-a-button daughter Sara Rose) jumped up from the front row, wanting to cheer on his wife, but seemed so racked with nerves, that his hands were clasped together. Afterward, Kevin admitted, "I knew she was good, but that was great!" As for celebration plans, husband knows best. "With all that emotion, and excitement," the blushing hubby said, "she's probably ready to go home, and plop down in a chair, veg out on the couch." Matlin, visibly emotional after the show, had different plans. She smiled and signed, "I know what is going to happen behind closed doors when I go home tonight! Don't be jealous!"
Grand SlammedTennis legend Monica Seles looked lovely in her flowing pink gown but she hit the stage with shaking legs and several big exhales. Good friend, and fellow fish out of water athlete Jason Taylor, leapt up to start a rousing standing ovation, but the judges were less kind, scoring the 9-time Grand Slam champ with straight 5's. Bruno invoked the name Grace Kelly, but then drew jeers when he said that Seles reminded him more of fictitious sitcom klutz Grace Adler.
Seles, who admitted to getting teary-eyed when the scores came through said: "I feel good, but I think the judges were definitely really harsh, and I teared-up there because I'm not used to that stuff, but I loved every minute of it. It was over so fast!" Partner Jonathan Roberts smiled throughout, but seemed miffed, saying, "Monica did great! I think that they were too hard on her! Monica is really the perfect candidate for this show, she has no dance experience, she has no stage experience, and she came out tonight and she was vulnerable."
The Penn Is Mighty MadPenn Jillette, who performed the night before, spent much of the post-show interview time screaming about how he felt top-scoring Yamaguchi was a "cheater." Yelling to anyone with a microphone that he felt cheated that a "pro" was dancing in an amateur competition. He called her dance "stupid good," and complained, "It's carny trash against Olympic athletes!" The bombastic magician even interrupted one of the skating champ's interviews, only to later apologize.
The Gold StandardKristi Yamaguchi talked about still being out of her "comfort zone," with partner Mark Ballas calming her with last-minute words of advice: "Just go out there, do your thing, have fun, and just enjoy it!" And though she laughed off Penn's accusations with "there's no ice," Ballas was not so quick to forgive, saying, "We might be able to get the entire Carolina Hurricanes team down here, if he keeps this up!" Kristi was all smiles, but admitted to calling the hockey team's star player, hubby Bret Hedican, right after her performance, leaving a message that said, simply, "I hope that you just watched it, call me!"
Helio and 'Xena'Last season's winner, and constant smiler, Helio Castroneves, spent the evening in the front row, sitting next to Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless. Lawless (now blonde) looked flawless, sporting a low-cut black cocktail dress. The two spent much of the night laughing and whispering to one another. -- Reagan Alexander