Lucky Lips: Moments after Mel B. found out she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were safe DWTS went to commercial. That’s when the Spice Girl rushed over to hubby Stephen Belafonte for a quick celebratory kiss and hug. “She’s always amazing,” Belafonte told PEOPLE. “She’s working hard and when you work hard at something, usually, with a little bit of luck, it goes well.” All wasn’t well for Brown standing on stage waiting to learn her fate, which she says, “was the worst feeling.” But topping that is trying to learn the quickstep for next week’s show. “I call it the back crack dance. I just moan in pain,” she says, noting that after five weeks of intense dance training, “I now have a once-a-week massage that I make myself do so I can get rid of all the tension and the pain.”
Parton Me: Dolly Parton put on a feisty pre-show performance of her classic “9 to 5,” which she says is being made into a Broadway musical. “I’m writing all the music for it,” she told the audience, “but they said I’m too old to be a secretary.” The audience whooped and hollered throughout her songs, and screams of “I love you, Dolly!” echoed throughout the studio. “I told you to wait in the truck!” Parton joked with one adoringly vocal fan. When another asked her to dance, Parton quipped: “They’ve asked me to dance on the show, but I had visions of Billy Ray (Cyrus).”
The Long Goodbye: Backstage, Kym Johnson gave DWTS’ first casualty Josie Maran a big hug, while Mark Cuban and Alec Mazo exchanged pats on the back. As the lights went on, Mazo was comforted by his wife Edyta Sliwinska, who put her hand on his shoulder to rub his back, looking noticeably sad.
The Energizer Mel B.: Meanwhile, still full of energy, Mel B. jumped in on Jane Seymour‘s interview with a local television news outlet about her charity work, but Dr. Quinn wasn’t fazed: “I’m trying to talk about something serious and a Spice Girl pops in,” she quipped. –Kristen Mascia and Monica Rizzo
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