First impression: Wendy Williams is built like a battleship or an NFL linebacker — or at least that’s how she looks in a dress that appears to be a cast-off costume from “Ice Capades.” If “Ice Capades” was entirely cast with skating, umm, escorts. Not that “Dancing with the Stars” has set the wardrobe bar too high. (She looks much better in the rehearsal footage — where the wrong clothes are not calling attention to all the wrong body parts).
Second impression: Williams’ cha cha cha is about as good as her talk show which, if you catch our drift, is about two steps below “Judge Judy” on our daytime TV-watching priorities list.
The dancing, as all three judges pointed out, was timid. Bruno Tonioli accused Williams of “marching” and the nicest thing Len Goodman had to say about her was “you’ve got your dumplings boiling over.” (She totally did.) Carrie Ann Inaba said she saw “real fear” in Williams’ eyes, but we saw something similar in partner Tony Dovolani’s eyes, too.
Score: 14 out of 30 — the lowest of the night so far. But the night is young.
Best moment: From the highlight reel (which Williams ridiculously claimed she didn’t know would show her getting upset. Puh-leeze.), the moment Williams tries to dry her tears with her weave.
What do you think? Can Wendy Williams pull it together and improve her performance before next Tuesday’s (March 29) elimination?