Cher cries while watching Chaz do a campy Rocky dance on DWTS

I’ve seen some cheesy, campy sh*t on “Dancing with The Stars,” but the Rocky theme song dance that Chaz did last night had to be the cheesiest. It was ridiculous. The dance opened with Chaz wearing boxing gloves and a red satin hoodie with his name emblazoned on the back. He threw some punches and joined his partner Lacey, who had on a matching blue hoodie that she stripped off dramatically. She wore an obnoxious denim split skirt with red and white stripes underneath that she kept swirling around. Her shiny red top had white stars running down it, and she was wearing white boots with what looked like white and red striped tube socks. It was like Bobby Trendy’s interpretation of Fourth of July ballroom. Then they did a bunch of strutting around and weird hand movements to the music. At the end Chaz actually ran up some stairs and started punching around in the air. It’s like he channeled all that camp from his childhood and condensed it into one baffling theme dance. Dude learned from the best. If I were his mom my mouth would have been hanging open afterwards, but not Cher. Cher was in the audience and she was clearly thrilled at Chaz’s performance. She even cried at one point.

With Cher in the crowd, Chaz Bono was the man of the hour on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, as he rebounded from consecutive sub-par performances to rack up a respectable 21/30 points for his paso doble set to the Rocky theme, which moved his mother to tears.

Cher wasn’t the only family member in the crowd to support Chaz, as his stepmother Rep. Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs, half-brother Chesare Bono, half-sister Georganne LaPiere Bartylak and girlfriend Jennifer Elia were front-and-center at Hollywood’s CBS Television City to watch him take the floor.

“It was great to have everyone here — it pumped me up,” Chaz said Monday. “I know my mom was really proud of me and that was awesome. I’m glad that whatever we’re doing is touching people.

“It was a great night — last week was a hard week, and everyone knew I was kind of feeling bad about it, so to come back this week and have my whole family there, it was amazing.”

After injuries to his knee, ankle and right leg dragged Chaz into a two-week slump, the 42-year-old author/activist and his pro partner Lacey Schwimmer sought the help of 80s workout guru Richard Simmons to help lift Chaz’s spirits and keep his conditioning — it worked, as Chaz’s dance earned him a standing ovation from the crowd and high praise from the judges.

Carrie Ann Inaba told him she loved the dance and thinks he has “magic,” while Len Goodman told him, “It was your best dance to date.”

Bono, buoyed by Simmons’ encouragement, used the show’s elaborate staircase extensively in his number. He said that the injuries didn’t impact his ability to put his whole body into the demanding dance.

“It felt good: Going up stairs actually feels pretty good,” he explained. “Going down stairs is a little more challenging on my body right now. The adrenaline was pumping and I just did it.

“A couple of weeks ago I was in a lot of pain, and now I’m just in a little bit.”

Following the show, Chaz tweeted: “Amazing, Amazing Night!! … thanks to everyone for the support. I had an awesome time dancing the Rocky theme with @LaceySchwimmer and my whole family in the audience!”

His mother, Cher, was equally elated with the evening, as she tweeted: “OMG! I WAS CRYING ! WASNT EXPECTING 2 B SO NERVOUS ! BROKE MY BRACELET CLAPPING ! IM SO PROUD !! CHAZ WAS GREAT! LOVED DAVID ARQUETTE 2nd.”

[From Radar]

Good for Chaz, and I respect his chutzpah at putting himself out there. I don’t see that he’s a strong dancer at all in comparison to the other contestants, although he’s improved. He’ll probably hang on a little longer on the show, if only because he pulled out the feel good come-from-behind music and reminded us all of a great classic film. Plus we got distracted by everything that was going on. There was enough pomp in Chaz’s dance to rival some of his mom’s performances.

Here’s Chaz’s full performance. You can see Cher’s reaction in the video at the top of the page.

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  1. jen says:

    Team J.R!!

  2. Stonegoddess says:

    I do think that the dance was a litte cheesy and Chaz is obviously NOT the best dancer on the show.

    However, I admit that I did tear up a bit when I saw Cher’s reaction. The total joy and pride that she has for her son is amazing.

    All the Chaz has been through and the courage he’s shown is amazing. To see Cher’s complete devotion and love for her son brought me to tears. Loved it.

  3. SkyNet says:

    That was a terrible routine. It was really really lame. Some of the stuff they have on that show is so stupid. I wish that they’d stick to less gimmicky stuff.

  4. Maritza says:

    David Arquette and Carson did a much better job than Chaz but they got a lower score. The Judges keep giving Chaz pity points, I think it’s about time Chaz should go. It’s just painful to watch!

  5. MSat says:

    I really wish I hadn’t watched that. I don’t even know what to say about it.

    The band, who usually sucks, sounded pretty good.

  6. Faye says:

    That was a bad routine. But Chaz is pretty adorable.

  7. ladybert62 says:

    Well I am a loss for words – Chaz is a terrible dancer and certainly no boxer would physically be in the terrible shape that he is in.

    I still think that Kate Gosselin (Miss Galumper as I call her dancing method – the one and only time I saw a video clip of it) was the world’s worst. But Chaz is running a close second.

    Never saw the attraction of this show.

  8. ZenB!tch says:

    I still want Nancy Grace to go away again so for now #Team Chaz. At least Chaz is likeable.

  9. MissyA says:

    It was super cheezy and kinda sloppy, but Chaz really looked really sweet and determined. And you could tell he made his mama proud!

  10. DeE says:

    Hate me….go ahead! The state of the world has me shaking my head. Just because we “can” doesn’t mean we “should”.

  11. Tracy says:

    And this is why I don’t watch TV anymore.

  12. anne_000 says:

    It was a routine, but it wasn’t necessarily a ‘dance’……

  13. CG says:

    I think his first-week dance was better, but last night was the best he’s been since then. You could tell he was getting tired halfway through! I was surprised he made it all the way up the stairs at the end. But he’s totally adorable and Cher’s reaction was too. Go Chaz!

  14. Kim says:

    Stupidest dance ive ever seen – it was NOT dancing it was running around in circles throwing punches. Time for him to be eliminated.

  15. Tazina says:

    So sweet seeing a mama rooting for her child. He could have been the worst dancer on the planet and she would still be supportive and applauding him.

  16. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I would cry too! He sucked 🙁

  17. Victoria says:

    Bono dances really bad, but I feel sympathy for him because I know he was a her and I am sure his life was emotionally hard. And he is cute in a Teddy bear way if I pass the thought that he was a woman. (I apologize in advance if I hurt any transgender with this post).
    Cher crying… that is a sample of the love that a mom feels for her children. Where is Bono’s brother, though?

  18. ahoyhoy says:

    Tazina—ITA. So touching to see a loving mommy, proud of her child.

  19. San says:

    Cher was probably wondering what the hell happened to her sweet beautiful daughter.. All those psychiatry bills went down the drain. I seriously think Chaz aka Chastity decided to do the sex change due to low self esteem… After she decided she would be a boy, she let herself go drastically.. It’s more acceptable to be big and fat and not care about your appearance as a man vs a woman who, according to society standards, have to live up to this persona of being attractive and sexy. She just didn’t feel she had the self-esteem to do it.. When she was a girl though, she was very pretty .. but perhaps, the right encouragement wasn’t there for her.. Her mom, Cher, was too busy getting the nip n’ tuck on herself.

  20. Alix says:

    I don’t think he’s all that likeable — he doesn’t seem to have much personality at all. Besides his epic transgender “journey”, what’s memorable about him? On the other hand, JR Martinez — who does NOT keep reminding everyone each week about his challenges, or how brave it is for him to be there — is funny, talented and one hell of a dancer. Please let Chaz go home tonight! The performances and maudlin-yet-grandiose self image are just not watchable.

  21. vicky says:

    Joder! I don’t watch DWTS so I didn’t know about JRM. Admirable person.

  22. Jessica says:

    San, so much is wrong with what you said. Chaz is a man. He was always a man, but his body wasn’t right. This is not a psychiatric problem. To continually call him ‘her’ is not only disrespectful, it is ignorant and condescending. You clearly are very uninformed on transgender issues. I hope you will take this as an opportunity to learn about it and perhaps even develop some empathy and compassion.