Jan. 25 was a night filled with sequined costumes, spray-on tans and Wayne Newton - no, it wasn't a Las Vegas show, but the "Dancing With the Stars" live tour at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
The high-energy show kicked off with the professionals doing a how-to medley of the dances featured on the popular ABC television show, which finished its fifth season in November. The women wore long, gold-sequined gowns, and the men were dressed in tuxedos.
The individual performances started off with season two champs Cheryl Burke and her partner Drew Lachey, a former member of the boy band 98 Degrees, doing the jive. Wearing suspenders, black pants and a black shirt, Lachey looked as if he hadn't stopped practicing his moves since his win. But he felt otherwise once the number was over. "That was much easier two years ago," Lachey said laughing. "Sweet Jesus, that was death on the dance floor."
Next up was pro Edyta Sliwinska and her partner Joey Lawrence doing the cha cha. Sliwinska looked sexy in her orange, barely there costume, while Lawrence moved his hips enough to make Ricky Martin jealous.
Halfway through the show, season five contestant Newton came out flashing his pearly whites to sing for the crowd. He complimented the crowd by yelling, "Georgia, are you hot!" before singing the classic tune "Johnny B. Goode." The audience danced in their chairs and clapped along to Newton's upbeat performance.
Making her first appearance on the tour was season five underdog Marie Osmond and her partner, Jonathan Roberts. Osmond looked great, showing off her new physique after losing 40 pounds during the show. She and Roberts were dressed in World War II-inspired costumes as they did the quickstep to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Osmond joked after her performance about losing the weight. "It's the best diet I've ever been on - NutriSystem and dancing with the starved."
To spice things up, the show went from ballroom to burlesque dancing. With the women dressed in red tasseled shorts and sequined bras, they used chairs as their props, strutting to the classic Prince hit "Kiss" followed by Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs." Lawrence stood out as the only man on stage, but he didn't seem to mind.
The evening came to a close with all the dancers wearing multi-colored costumes and doing freestyle moves to "Proud Mary" and "Shout." The arena stood and cheered until the lights dimmed and the dance floor was empty.