J.R. Martinez Sambas Right Past Ricki Lake to Take the Top Score of the Night. WATCH THE VIDEO
There’s a new frontrunner on Dancing with the Stars, and it’s about time.
Not since Hines Ward and Kym Johnson has a samba burned up the Dancing with the Stars floorboards the way it did tonight with actor J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff. Martinez has been slowly and steadily snatching away audience allegiance from prom queen and king Ricki Lake and Derek Hough. And tonight he finally broke through, blowing past them with a spicy, sure-footed samba accompanied by Gloria Estefan’s “Conga,” and nailing the top score of the night – a 28 – along with a standing ovation from the crowd.
From Judge Len: “If anyone says to me ‘How should a guy dance the samba?’ I’ll say, ‘Just have a look at J.R.!'”
From Carrie-Ann Inaba: “I want more!”
From Bruno Tonioli: “The Kardashians are GAGGING!” (no comment)
Lake’s foxtrot earned her a 24, tying with Hope and Maks, and putting her behind Martinez and Smirnoff, David Arquette and Johnson (score of 25) and Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke (also a 25).
Not so successful this week were Nancy Grace and this season’s new “Tiger Beat Boy Crush,” Tristan MacManus with 22. They were in turn trailed by Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer with 21. And at the bottom – though still holding his head far higher than Michael Bolton ever did was Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya with 19. Even the cringe-worthy cheerleader routine, complete with pom-poms, cartwheels and a mini kick line was light years less embarrassing than Bolton emerging from a dog house chasing after a giant prop bone on all fours).
Check out J.R. and Carson both shaking their pep makers below: