Australian film director Baz Luhrmann, who took over the paddles from head judge Len Goodman Monday and Tuesday night on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Luhrmann's film "Strictly Ballroom" was the inspiration for the reality TV show and its British counterpart. (photo courtesy Baz Luhrmann)
When head judge Len Goodman couldn't make Dancing With the Stars this week due to commitments in England, the charming curmudgeon-in-chief was replaced by the edgy and eccentric Australian film director, Baz Luhrmann.
Luhrmann, whose quirky film Strictly Ballroom not only became a cult classic, but also the inspiration for the original British version of Dancing With the Stars, "Strictly Come Dancing," was a ballroom dancer as a child.
Perhaps best known for his Nicole Kidman/Ewan McGregor love letter to Paris nightlife, Moulin Rouge!, Luhrmann inspired the dancers on Week Two of the competition to step out into that steamy, starry corner of the galaxy where Luhrmannesque dreams come true, everything just slightly off-center.
Aaron Carter and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, channel Kermit and Miss Piggy in their jive tribute to The Muppet Show theme.
Donny Osmond and his partner, Kym Johnson, nail a jive to "Secret Agent Man."
All Dancing With the Stars videos courtesy ABCNetwork YouTube channel.
A Luhrmann Primer:
Original Baz Luhrmann 90's music video to "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" (based on a 1997 essay by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich)
Chanel No. 5 perfume ad directed by Luhrmann, starring Nicole Kidman.
Baz Luhrmann's campaign video for Tourism Australia, "Billabong."
Essential viewing. The final scene from Luhrmann's 1992 cult classic "Strictly Ballroom," an unforgettable, heart-stopping paso doble.