Shortly after the lights went up on the stage of "Dancing with Stars" tonight - the jolts and surprises - packed a couple of hard-hitting whallops.
Pam Anderson (myself included) was stunned by the news that after the vote count was tallied from the viewing audience that she was relegated to the bottom two!
And, wonders never ceased!
Buzz Aldrin must have crapped in his pants - when he was given the nod to return next week - in spite of a poor showing with the Judges last night.
Fans demonstrated the obvious!
Wowing audiences at home with dazzling costumes and fancy footwork doesn't always hold sway with fans entirely!
Tugging their heart-strings appears to be the key to scoring big with music-lovers around the country.
But Buzz is no fool!
"The Judges were right," he chuckled (about his performance)
"I was patriotic and served my country. My friends in the space program probably had something to do with this."
When Pamela was quizzed about what happened (???) her response was short and sweet.
At this juncture, producers opted to build the suspense by prolonging the outcome.
Fox sparked up the show with skits, a band performance, and a peek at the daily routine of competent co-hosts Brooke Burke and seasoned pro Tom Bergeron.
Shots of Brooke rehearsing lines with Tom, in the make-up room, and announcing contestants on a mic backstage as they sauntered down the stairs into the glare of the spotlight, were a fascinating look at life back stage.
"When I chat with the contestants, that is not scripted. So, I try to engage in a real conversation."
The Beach Boys - considered to be one of America's all-time favorite (best) bands - brought back alot of nostalgia with their hot performance of "Fun Fun Fun".
Former Soap star - John Stamos - wowed the folks in attendance with a solid stint on the drums.
In fact, the gig triggered a prolonged standing ovation, that didn't look like it would ever end.
In a hilarious colorful sketch, Len - outfitted as Moses - cited the ten commandments at Fox's hit show
to be mindful of.
For example - Thou shalt not do lifts, Thou shalt not have rhinestones, and Thou shalt honor the judges - were stand-out no-no segments that hit my funnybone.
In a fun twist, the professional dancers (the hired instructors coaching the contestants) were rustled up to dance a special number - with the ultimate aim of letting them strut their stuff - so contestants could see what "dance" was all about.
The vastly entertaining segment was - sexy, upbeat, spirited, choreographed well - and somewhat reminiscent of boy-band slick schtick.
The light show dazzled!
There were jokes about Bruno and Elton John tom-catting around in France.
"Elton & Bruno loose in Southern France in the carefree eighties? Why, they must have bagged every chick in town," the commentator chuckled.
When a staffer strode up and whispered in his ear, a shocked look spread across his face.
"Elton John, too?" he asked increduously.
On the heels of the recent announcement by Ricky Martin that he is "gay" - the wicked humor was timely - and well-received by the open-minded guests.
In a solemn segment a troup of dancers from Haiti (sponsored by Macys) gave tribute to the victims of the devastating earthquake.
Interested viewers were invited to visit the web site and contribute funds.
Neicy (who was saved and will appear next week) giggled that all the tension made her both anxious and hungry at the same time!
At the close of the show, I breathed a sigh of relief; after all, Pamela Anderson (my fave dancer) was spared the axe!
When I checked twitter, I noticed right off-the-bat, that follower Shannon Tweed posted info on how to vote for Pamela in upcoming segments.
Guess Shannon was worried too!
Because Pam was saved it meant another hoofer went home in her stead.
Unfortunately, Shannon Doherty was a victim of the unkind fickle finger of fate.
"I'm not a dancer," she confided to the hosts.
The journey was a fulfilling one for her, though.
As it turns out, it worked out for the best.
Yesterday, her partner tore a muscle off the bone during their performance, and would have left Shannon in a lurch with a new partner to trip-the-light fantastic with in future episodes.
Not a pretty prospect, she fessed up.
In a touching closing moment, all the dancers swarmed over the likeable twosome, and smothered them with hugs!
'Til next week, eh?