So its Emmy-winning costume designer, Randall Christensen, amped up the wardrobe to offset the pared-down decibels -- which explains why this was the week "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino finally flashed his famous abs.
StyleList chatted with Christensen about our favorite week-4 costume designs as well as some of his own. Come along as we hit the dance floor.
Instead, the oversized shirt draped over a black sequined sheath channeled sexy in a new way. "You don't have to bare it all to prove a point," says the designer, adding that the super-short costume accented Palin's "beautiful legs."
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: Mrs. Brady's "get-a-room" rumba made judge Carrie Ann Inaba blush. Christensen says his muse and her sexy dance inspired him to pull out a $300-a-yard, textured metallic European fabric he'd been saving for the "right person."
"She's proving that a woman at any age can be fun, flirty, and yes, sexy," he says. The shorter, more fluted drape of the dress "was not your typical rumba costume, but a great contrast to the other costumes." After an Oct. 8 fitting, Christensen added slits on the side and more fullness, which gave the dress a "sassy, flippy" quality. "Awesome, wasn't she?" he asks. We thought so!
Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: Christensen once told us that flashing the reality star's abs might be "too predictable." But, "It's week 4. C'mon don't you think it was time for the real Situation to be revealed," says Christensen of the reality star's split-open bright red shirt.
Grey's decision to drop fishnet stockings from her costume and instead show tanned legs with nude heels was supported by the designer, who says it enhanced the look. "Jennifer was smoking hot... and I'm still reeling from the performance." The slight flounce at the hemline (included after her Oct. 8 fitting) "only added to the intense footwork and flicks she did."
Tune into "Dancing With the Stars" tonight at 9/8 c on ABC to see who will be next to go.
For more behind-the-seams "DWTS" looks, read last week's costume recap.