Dancing With The Stars Week 5 resulted in the oh-so-gracious exit of Florence Henderson, aka, Mrs. Brady on the Tuesday, October 19 show. While it was no surprise to see the 76-year-old go after five weeks, it was indeed a creative and dramatic set up on the producer’s part prior to Henderson’s exit.
In typical DWTS drama, the producers stuck the two lowest earning scorers of Monday night, Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer along with Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, on the stage. With both young couples having earned the lowest scores out of the eight couples left, it was expected to see at least one of those couples earn the most dreaded three-words “You’re in jeopardy”.
Alas, Tom Bergeron fooled us all when he announced that both Kyle and Lacey, and then Bristol and Mark were “safe”. Thus, the tension mounted at the very onset of the show….if Bristol and Mark weren’t in jeopardy, which couples would find themselves in that dancing dilemma?
Of course, if it weren’t for all the fluff and stuff that DWTS puts into the results show, the actual announcement would only take 2 minutes and there would be no results show.
Instead, performers Jason Derulo and Shakira graced the stage, and several TV commercials made up by a creative group of DWTS writers, were sandwiched into the hour-long drama. David Hasselhoff starred as “The Sledgehammer”, an attorney representing dancers who’d been hurt and previous dancers Mike The Situation and Margaret Cho appeared as satisfied customers.
More made-up commercials and a painful rendition of Ray Charles’ Georgia by Derulo are thrown in the mix and suddenly, the show gets to the main focus of why viewers are actually tuning in.
Surprisingly, it was one of the Season’s favorite couples, Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, who would later find out they were in jeopardy along with Florence and Corky, and Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke.
Perhaps Jennifer and Derek’s somewhat “contrived” argument during practice the week prior hurt the couple? Or maybe viewers were put off by the insult to their intelligence when DWTS had the two act out such a phony exchange of misunderstanding and frustration.
But as the three couples stood on the stage and it was announced that Jennifer and Derek were safe (surprise!), it was pretty certain that Flo would go and Rick “Megatron” Fox would emerge safely.
And of course, as only consummate professional Florence Henderson could pull off, she eloquently stated, “You know I have been in television for over 50 years and I have to say, in all honesty, that this is one of the best produced shows I have ever been on. I truly mean that. The best crew, the best hair, makeup, costumes, even the judges are the best. Brooke, Tom, the music and most of all this darling man, Corky Ballas.”