Carson Kressley and Chaz Bono received their highest scores to date last night on ABC’s hit show Dancing With the Stars. Bono’s higher score though still could not keep him from falling to the bottom of the rankings for a second week in a row.
The night’s theme was “The Most Memorable Year of My Life.”
Kressley danced an outlandish tango dressed in a hot pink jacket to No Doubt’s It’s My Life. Kressley said his most memorable year was 2003 when Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered, which was his first big break on TV.
“The greatest thing that happened with that show wasn’t about me being famous, it allowed me to feel comfortable with who I was,” he said. “It was the first time I was proud of who I was.”
In his segment he also addressed judge Len Goodman’s comments from last week when he told Kressley “the trouble is, is that the worst dances of the show are the most fun to watch and that’s the problem.”
Kressley responded by saying “Did he just say I was the worst dancer? Automatic flashback to the middle school gymnasium. Carson can’t climb the rope; Carson sucks at volleyball. Really takes you back and feeling like a loser.”
But as for this week’s performance all three judges praised his routine.
“That was insanely brilliant,” said Bruno Tonioli.
Carrie Ann Inaba added: “Carson I love you just the way you are. You brought us drama, entertainment, enthusiasm, fun, excitement, craziness, sassy, strange, sexy. All of it together. Technique, beautiful shapes. A little bit of girly girly, a little, little masculinity.”
While Goodman said, “you put the boy in flamboyant, I’m telling you. That tango had merit. You had the right attitude. You came out and attacked the dance. Got to say I enjoyed it very much.”
The judges gave him a score of 23 out of 30, his highest to date.
Bono danced the rumba to his late father’s hit song Laugh at Me and said this year was his most memorable. Bono transitioned from female to male earlier this year, but didn’t address that during the segment only saying “I’m happier than I’ve ever been.” As for his choice of songs he said “It felt like a theme song for me, if you have a problem with me it’s your problem, it’s not mine. It’s about being a different kind of man.”
It’s no surprise the song speaks to him with lyrics like “Now what do they care/About the clothes I wear/Why get their kicks from making fun/Yeah this world's got a lot of space/And if they don't like my face/It ain't me that's going any where, no.”
Inaba said: “Every time I watch you get out on this dance floor I am so impressed by your real courage, because what you do just by showing up here takes an incredible amount of courage. Tonight though I have to say it wasn’t your best performance you. You looked really distracted.”
Goodman, however, completely disagreed saying “Chaz let me tell you something.
That was your best dance I’ve seen you do. Dancing doesn’t come that easy to you and you come back and give it your all. That shows a lot about your character.”
While Tonioli added: “There’s a very endearing quality about you. The fact is the rumba is very difficult. It’s a continuous motion, you can never stop. It’s very hard to keep the focus. You looked a little bit lost. You’ve gone very far and you’ve done very well.”
Bono’s mother Cher said via Twitter after the show that if Bono makes it through this week she’ll be on the show next week to cheer him on.
The judges gave him a score of 18 out of 30, his highest of the season as well, but his score still landed at the bottom of the pack.
The results show airs Tuesday at 9 p.m.