One week after Lochtegate made its way onto the “Dancing With The Stars” stage, our local celebrity dancer (and Ryan Lochte defender) Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle did his first real ballroom dance with a “Married With Children”-themed foxtrot. (We can all agree that last week’s delightful “cha-cha” to “Ice Ice Baby” was a cha-cha only in the loosest sense, which is not to say that it was not delightful.)
Knowing all the moves to the 26-year-old “Ice Ice Baby” video can date you, as, apparently, knowing who Peg and Al Bundy are (Rob did, while partner Witney, who’s like 12, looked up the show on YouTube and studied it like doing homework on ancient artifacts cuz we old, son.) The scores came out to a decent 26, with Carrie Anne scolding Ice for lip-syncing along with “Love and Marriage.” I know they’re trying to make real dancers out of them, but it’s the second week, and it just came off really nit-picky and snappish. Dude’s previous ballroom experience was having a ball doing the Running Man in a room. Cut him some slack, you know.
Besides Ice, my favorite dancers so far are Maureen McCormick, Calvin Johnson, Babyface and Laurie Hernandez, because they lose themselves in their dance with such abandon. (Calvin is also super hot.) Mr. Van Winkle appears safe from the first elimination – I kind of think teen sensation Jake T. Austin is going home, because he was way off-beat. Sorry, Jake T. Austin!
Our take on Vanilla Ice’s defense of Ryan Lochte
Our interview with Ice about his “Dancing” tenure