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Those tuxes. The flowers. That hair. Yes, it’s prom night at “Dancing With the Stars.” “Or as I call it, 'It seemed like a good idea at the time' night,” quipped host Tom Bergeron. The host had on a powder blue tuxedo complete with blue ruffle shirt that seemed like a re-creation of his own 1977 fete. No, "this is not an April Fool’s joke," the host assured.
“I really wore my hair like this,” admitted co-host Brooke Burke Charvet, outfitted in a bright fuchsia ruched formal number and teased-out hair that only the 1980s could love. In fact, “The Audubon Society has officially declared Booke’s hair a nesting habitat,” Tom joked.
And the “DWTS” producers really got into the theme of the night, with balloon arches, voting for prom king and queen, and even an on-set photographer. In the tradition of high school dances everywhere, there was even an introductory dance in which the couples formed an enormous circle and performed individual solos within it to Fatboy Slim’s “Rockafeller Skank.”
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Ratcheting up their step count and their position on the leader board were Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough. And theirs was a "Footloose"-themed prom, with a jive set to the 1984 and 2011 films' (the latter which starred Derek’s little sis Julianne) rollicking anthem. And their jive was footloose and fancy free, starting with a huge slide that went down the length of the grand ballroom staircase and included many swings through the legs into the splits. In the rehearsal footage, country singer Kellie felt the pressure to live up to the high scores they received the week before – and not to get an irritated "wasp face" from her exacting partner. Luckily, the only thing buzzing was the audience after the toe-tapping treat. “There’s nothing loose about that performance,” said Bruno. “Crisp, tight, precise – you’re sharper than a samurai sword.” Carrie Ann called the routine “ridiculously amazing,” though “every once in a while your knees got a little stiff.” Len said Kelly was “flying around like a wasp at a picnic” and said Kellie had welly, whatever that meant. The head judge also crowned her queen of the prom and rewarded her with a huge 9 paddle. Total: 25 out of 30.
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Ooh, Jacoby Jones. You may have spiked the “DWTS” punch and got kicked out of your own prom, but man you more than made up for it with your rumba with Karina Smirnoff. Not just made up for it: You did your high school, a victim of Hurricane Katrina, proud. Jacoby and Karina started out on opposite sides of the dance floor, but when they came together, it was hard to tear the eyes away from this intimate routine. The NFL star has great wingspan, great carriage and he carried his partner throughout the routine and like a champ at the end. The dance had the women screaming their approval, and Andy Dick was seen mouthing “so good” up in the skybox after the performance. “Jacoby the great and powerful! You were smoldering like a volcano of passion,” crowed Bruno. “Watch your foot placement, but otherwise, brilliant.” Color Carrie Ann impressed. “You have a way of connecting to the music, and I got pulled into it,” she said. “That was hot, sensual.” Len was “absolutely shocked” that the routine had “a refinement. It had a quality of movement, it had mood, it has atmosphere.” And it has a ton of fans. Total: 24 Jacoby “That my baby!” Jones for prom king?