Our friend Louis van Amstel is back this week and, in fact, was backstage at Dancing With The Stars Monday night so he really got a feel for what’s going on. As the show gets down to the final weeks, everyone is getting tired — the professionals and the celebrities — and it’s starting to affect the performances, even of the front-runners.
Louis, a DWTS pro who danced with Lisa Rinna and Priscilla Presley in previous seasons, has made no secret of his enthusiasm for L’il Kim, and he still believes she’ll be in the final three. But he noticed that she wasn’t engaged in the first half of her salsa last night; her partner, Derek Hough, was noticeably quiet backstage and Louis says that’s so not Derek. “He usually goes without stopping.”
Actor Gilles Marini, another “wonderful guy” who came out of the gate blazing hot was “nothing special” last night. “Next week in the semi finals he has to put some soul into it. To win he needs to give (the dance) more,”
Meanwhile, cowboy Ty Murray has been rising to the challenges steadily and “working his ass off to show improvement,” according to Louis, performed an above average tango but it’s not likely to save him from elimination tonight. Of course, he IS popular and the voting audience could end up making a difference, but that seems unlikely. If I were betting tonight, I’d bet on Ty getting the boot — and being as humble and warm and charming in his leave-taking as he has been throughout the season — a season he expected to do with his wife, Jewel, but because of her injury, he had to go alone.