A week to the day he presumably smashed a window at ABC’s New York studios in a fit of rage, Chris Brown made his triumphant return to the network on Tuesday — although in Hollywood — tearing down the house with a two-song, energetic set on Dancing with the Stars.
Brown, 21, was all smiles clad in a red tuxedo, black shirt and bow tie for his first song — his new single Yeah 3X. Although he was clearly lip-syncing, he delighted the crowd with dazzling dancing, complete with back flips and somersaults.
The show’s judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tolioni and Carrie Ann Inaba joined the audience in rewarding Brown with a standing ovation at the end of the electric performance.
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For his second number later in the program, Brown and his backup dancers wore glow-in-the-dark outfits while performing a medley of his 2008 hit-turned-wedding viral video, Forever.
Interestingly, the show’s jokester host, Tom Bergeron didn’t make any quips directed at Brown, after he told Ryan Seacrest Monday that he wouldn’t be shy to ask the singer about his controversial background, from the Rihanna beating to the GMA incident.
“I did say to the producers it might be to their advantage to not have me interview him, because my natural tendency would be to say something,” Bergeron told Seacrest. “So don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something, ’cause I won’t really do that.
“Even if it’s just a snarky little aside, you know, ‘How was your week?’” Bergeron said, joking the show’s producers would “probably have me in a Hannibal Lecter suit” to ensure he didn’t rock the boat.
Brown’s performing on Dancing with the Stars punctuated a rocky week for the resurgent hit-maker, who’s been frustrated that he’s still feeling the backlash about the brutal beating he laid on his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Brown “apologized to anyone he startled” after last week’s window incident, following a testy Good Morning America appearance in which he was agitated after ABC’s Robin Roberts questioned him about the incident with the Umbrella singer.
After GMA, Brown appeared on BET’s 106 & Park and claimed he “had to blow off steam and let out the anger” after the appearance, in which he wanted to promote his new album F.A.M.E. instead of dwelling on past events.
Brown was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to do 180 days of community labor as a part of the plea deal he made in June 2009 for the assault, which took place in Hancock Park, California. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to do 180 days of community labor as a part of the plea deal he made in June 2009 for the assault, which took place in Hancock Park, California. The relaxed restraining order issued to Brown orders him not to annoy or harass the S&M singer for the next three years.
Dancing with the Stars returns on ABC Monday at 8/7c.