This is arguably one of the best seasons of Dancing with the Stars
when it comes to the quality of competitors, and there's no question that it's just as entertaining as always. But, probably, one of the things I love best about watching ballroom dancing, on Dancing with the Stars
and elsewhere, is all the fabulous costumes that the dancers get to wear. The prospect of dressing up in those bedazzled, befeathered dresses makes me wish that I could be a professional dancer as well. Unfortunately, my two left feet and my crippling fear of jumping around in four-inch heels means that the only way I can get my dancing kicks is by watching it on TV. I may not be adept at judging their technique, but I'm pretty sure that I'm qualified to judge their wardrobes—I have years of experience from watching America's Next Top Model
and Project Runway
, after all. Here, I give you my ranked list of last night's Dancing with the Stars
performance show based on outfits
7. Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani
Jane Seymour is in fabulous shape for 56-year-old, but her strange white halter/black striped miniskirt combo was all kinds of wrong. Are those French cuffs on her wrists? Her outfit might have worked better if she didn't have the black bra showing (and showed more cleavage, instead) and if she didn't pair those sheer black pantyhose with black and white t-strapped heels. She was obviously going for a youthful look here to go with the energetic jive, but she could have accomplished that with touches of color instead of all black and white.
6. Melanie Brown and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
On first glance, I thought Mel B's was just a shapeless white dress that completely hides her figure. Upon looking at her from the side, however, I discovered that it's really just a white bedsheet that's tied around her body to reveal a bejeweled bra and spanky pants. It's prudish and skanky, all at the same time.
5. Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas
Dance costumes can be feathered and ruched with strange cutaway silhouettes, but above all, they should be flattering to the wearer. Sabrina Bryan's black halter with white sequined collar detailing is a relatively simple affair compared to how outré ballroom dresses can get, but it is unfortunately not flattering to her body type. The wide white collar serves only to make Sabrina's waist look thicker.
4. Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
I think the '70s was a most groovy decade, and I normally dig wide collars and bell bottoms like the ones Helio was sporting. But I found myself completely bored with Helio's outfit. And are his pants pulled up a little too high? Both his costume and Julianne's pink dress are fine, suitable wear, but they lacked pizzazz.
3. Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts
I didn't love the white bodice of Marie's dress, but the dramatic folds of her red skirt matched the mood of her paso doble, and the black lace insert at her waist complemented her Elvira eye makeup.
2. Jennie Garth and Derek Hough
I could live without the fishtail hem extension of Jennie's revealing little number, but coral color complemented her skintone perfectly. The sweetheart neckline had a touch of class to offset the trashy side cutouts of her dress. If she were Edyta Sliwinska
, I could see her wearing the dress as an itty-bitty two piece, with a random swatch of fabric asymmetrically hanging from the bodice.
1. Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska
Cameron and Edyta both have tremendously hot bods, and every week, they always have the most daring outfits. Truth be told, the first thing I thought when they walked on stage last night was that they're dressed like Ewoks. There is only so much fringe that I can take in one day, but these two took the most risks in both choreography and fashion. The only thing they could have done to make it more outrageous was to have Cameron show a little more skin.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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