Back to Trash Talking: Cloris Leachman staved off elimination for yet another week. But the 82-year-old Academy award-winning actress professed to never panicking about a possible ouster. “I wasn’t worried,” Leachman said with a relaxed cackle. “Maybe I’ll faint, but I wasn’t concerned. One part is your brain and the other is just your body, and as you might have seen from some of my dances, mine aren’t connected.” In fact, Leachman offered this warning to the producers: “They joked about me costing the show money (referring to the spoof Dancing campaign ads that ran during last night’s show), and I will cost this show money if they throw me off. I’ll come back and trash the set if they send me home.” Devil in a Blue Ballroom Dress? Now that Rocco DiSpirito is off Dancing, he has to pay up. The chef admitted to selling his soul to the Ukrainian devil, namely his dance partner Karina Smirnoff. “There are a lot of things that she has to collect on now that we’re off the show,” DiSpirito later admitted. “I may have been under the influence when I made these promises, but what I remember is, I promised her a house in the South of France, two pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes and a bunch of other things, all of which I offered to her as a bribe to make the choreography easier for me.” DiSpirito reasons: “It seemed like a good idea at the time. We were negotiating easier steps and choreography, and I would be like, ‘How many pairs of shoes would it take for you to make this easier for me?’ But, to be fair to myself, I did later qualify the house in France as a rental.”
More from Inside the Ballroom: • Tuesday’s performance by a troupe of shirtless Barcelona flamenco dancers had its share of Dancing fans. From her perch on the balcony, host Samantha Harris let out some appreciative yells, as she bobbed her head in time with the music. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba let out her fair share of appreciative catcalls, raising her arms in the air when the dancers ripped off their jackets.
• The stodgy, but ever game Len Goodman was able to chuckle at himself when a male fan stood up and professed to have a “man crush’ on the sharp-tongued British judge during a commercial break. Always a good sport, Goodman gave his gushing fan a wave and a thumbs-up sign before signing a DWTS T-shirt for the audience member.
• During Warren Sapp’s spoof campaign ad video, which made the claim that the self-professed “fat boy” was in fact, wearing a fat suit, Sapp doubled over with laughter. –Reagan Alexander