Joey Fatone spells out his team spirit, Laila Ali adds a dose of spice and more
Dressed for Success: Joey Fatone is taking team spirit with his dance partner Kym Johnson to another level. After the show, the duo donned matching burgundy Adidas velour sweatsuits with their names embroidered on the front and ‘Team Fatone’ on the back. And on the butt of their pants? ‘Fat’ emblazoned on the left cheek and ‘One’ on the right. “We have to act like a team,” Fatone said. “But we look like an old Florida couple,” Johnson joked. And Fatone had his own famous cheering section in the audience: singer Robbie Williams and members of R&B group Boyz II Men.
Quick Recovery: Judge Bruno Tonioli told Billy Ray Cyrus that he moved with the grace of a lumbering bear last week. But the country star was a changed man with his light-on-his-feet quick step this week. “Billy Ray talks about having multiple personalities and one of them being this entertainer guy and he definitely showed up today,” Cyrus’s partner Karina Smirnoff told us. “It was quite hard to pick ourselves up after last week. Billy Ray was really crushed. Getting him out and dancing tonight and seeing and hearing the audience’s reaction? It was like a MasterCard commercial – it was priceless.”
And Cyrus says that Smirnoff has been his biggest champion. “Karina is a therapist, a psychologist, a doctor, a coach – and she knows music is where my heart is,” Cyrus says. “She insisted I bring my guitar to class and when I’d get down she’d have me play. It really helped.”
Stand By Her Man: Though she’s not participating on the show, season-2 dancer Anna Trebunskaya flew in from San Jose, Calif., to root for husband Jonathan Roberts and his partner Heather Mills, who got raves from the judges for her mambo, complete with a back flip. But Trebunskaya will dance on Dancing again: She’ll perform on some results show nights in the pro dancer exhibition numbers.
50 and Fabulous: What a way to celebrate her 50th! Talk-show host Leeza Gibbons had her own cheering section – sister Cami and sister-in-law Anne Marie – in the audience to root for her. “She was amazing, she was beautiful, she was hot, she was sizzling,” Cami gushed about her sister’s birthday dance. “It’s celebrating Mom. Mom would do something just like this – wear something like this, do her hair the same and dance.” As Gibbons mentioned on camera, her mother Jean is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Her No. 1 Fan: Dancing judge Carrie Ann Inaba had a very devoted fan who professed his love for her during a commercial break. The admirer grabbed the mic from audience entertainer Cory Almeida and gushed, “She’s the Louis to my Vuitton. She’s the Dolce to my Gabbana. She’s the Heather to my Mills,” at which point Almeida grabbed the mic back and riffed, “You’re the insane to my asylum.” Ba-dum-bum.
Dad’s Boy: Ian Ziering dedicated his quick-step performance to his late mother Muriel – and was thrilled to have his dad Paul, whom he’s moved from New Jersey to live with him in his Hollywood Hills home “for the duration of the show,” in the audience. “I dance around the house. I practice my routines in my shorts and socks and my father laughs at me – it’s very funny,” Ziering told us. “But here (in the audience) he was beaming with pride. It’s thrilling to have my dad here with me. I think he’s got a little crush on my partner (Cheryl Burke), too. I told him to back off.”
Sketch Artist: Rather than wait to talk to Dancing‘s resident costumer, Randall Christensen, Paulina Porizkova brought her own costume sketch to him. Christensen was impressed and built on Porizkova’s idea, bringing to life the 40s-inspired Hepburn-esque blue dress she wore.
She’s Got Fever: Though Maksim Chmerikovskiy has been fighting the flu and a fever, he sizzled on the dance floor with Laila Ali. But it was Ali who had temperatures rising with her sexy performance. And Ali’s fiancé, former NFL star Curtis Conway, was three feet away when she provocatively booty-shaked and shimmied over Chmerikovskiy’s body. “I might have to try that one at home,” Ali told us afterwards. “I warned (Curtis) ahead of time so he knew what to expect.” And Chmerikovskiy even mock apologized to Conway after their sultry mambo. “I got up from my knees and I said, ‘I’m sorry. It’s just a dance,’ ” he joked.