The Pillow Left Behind Before Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth (right) performed their samba, Hough was carrying a burgundy pillow — which he put on the ballroom floor and lay down upon, prompting Elizabeth to shake her head no and laugh. Then moments before they took to the dancefloor, Hough handed the pillow off to a production assistant. So, was it supposed to be part of the routine? “I always try to mix things up,” Hough said later. “When I’m in a good mood I get very random. I saw the pillow and thought it matched our outfits … but then we decided to stick with what we had already planned.”
… And the Butt that Wasn’t One thing that did make it to the dancefloor: Elizabeth’s fake butt! After the show she proudly patted the 15-lb. pad that was sewn into her costume. “We felt like we needed a little something extra since there’s so much hip movement in the samba,” she said. And how’d it feel? “It’s kind of heavy. I kind of don’t like it.”
Mary Poppins, Is that You? Don’t Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas know it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors? Their Officer and a Gentleman-meets-Mary Poppins-inspired Viennese waltz received mixed reviews from the judges, with Len Goodman saying they didn’t need the prop. But Yamaguchi stands by their choice. “It was part of the choreography and we liked it,” she said. “It was kind of a metaphor for the story we were dancing, that even though he’s not there, he’s still protecting me and in my mind.”
Jason’s Game Plan Every week Jason Taylor (left) comes a bit more out of his shell, and Monday night’s frenzied quickstep was proof of that. Taylor worked the floor, starting with jumping off the stage and over partner Edyta Sliwinska’s head onto the ballroom floor. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was so impressed with the NFL star that she threw up her arms to say “touchdown”! As for jumping up on the judges’ podium and throwing their papers in the air, Taylor says that was all “part of the plan.”
Superstitious Much? Before the season began, Jane Seymour bestowed one of her signature necklaces (in the shape of a swan) upon Marissa Jaret Winokur — who’s dancing with Seymour’s former partner, Tony Dovolani. “I’m afraid to take this off because I wore it the first two weeks and we made it through … and now it’s insane!” Winokur said. “I can’t take it off.” This week judge Bruno Tonioli praised the duo’s passionate tango — but snarked that their rumba could have been raunchier. “We were not going for a three-tequila love, we were going for a sensual honeymoon love,” Winokur quipped.
More Stuff You Didn’t See: •Ugly Betty star Becki Newton popped into the audience “as a fan,” and took photos with all the dancers — giggling giddily when it was her turn with Edyta Sliwinska and Jason Taylor. Can you say groupie?
•Tailor Mr. Garo admitted he threw back a cup or two of caffeine over the weekend as he was working nonstop on the men’s costumes for Monday. “We did six outfits in three days. We didn’t take any breaks,” he said. “There was coffee on.”
•Marissa Jaret Winokur’s husband Judah Miller arrived late, but his wife filled him in. “Hi baby! I got three nines!” Winokur squealed while doing interviews. The couple hugged and Miller said, “I know. I’m so proud of you. I love you.” Aww!
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