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Who is out midway through ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Did Natalie deserve to leave now?

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Natalie Coughlin, an Olympic gold medal swimmer, dipped into the elimination pool Tuesday night despite generally good marks by judges and the fourth highest average score so far in the show.

Coughlin showed off great technical steps at times but she didn’t always emotionally connect with the audience the way a lesser dancer like Kelly Obsourne has. And celebrities like Osbourne and NFL player Michael Irvin obviously had bigger fan bases. Her paso doble was passable but she and Alec lacked passion. She ended up with the second lowest score of the night which probably nudged her out of the competition.

Then there’s the curious case of Aaron Carter. Once considered a frontrunner, he was almost eliminated last week after a frenetic Lambada. Normally at this stage, a true frontrunner’s fans would ensure the contestant stays in the safety zone a week later. That did not happen with Carter. Although he did a respectably crisp Argentine Tango, he was at the bottom two again. And he had a higher judges’ score (24) than Louie Vito, Irvin and Melissa Joan Hart. The man’s in trouble.

Speaking of frontrunners, right now it’s the trio of supermodel Joanna Krupa, R&B singer Mya and 70s icon Donny Osmond. And Osmond finally was able to merge his acting skills and burgeoning dancing steps to pull off a convincingly heated tango. He even landed his first two 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann.

Next week: double elimination!

9 comments Add your comment

Rod

October 21st, 2009
7:10 am

Oh, the drama of it all!

azcat225

October 21st, 2009
9:07 am

OH! The smugness of self-important bloggers!

mrs.w

October 21st, 2009
9:35 am

Seems like mya is going to win, she seems to be the best although Donny is good as well. The MJ dance last night was great.

trouble funk

October 21st, 2009
9:52 am

MYA all the way. The only battle SHOULD BE for 2nd place

Heavenly creature

October 21st, 2009
11:07 am

I’ve just started watching this show, and have a question: Do the judges also grade the professional dancer’s performance, or are they just focused on the celebrities?

Kenny Loggins

October 21st, 2009
11:32 am

Everybody cut FOOTLOOSE>>>YEAH!

JB

October 21st, 2009
12:04 pm

The answer for Heavenly Creature is Yes. The judges are not graded but they are judged by their choreography that can lower the contesant score.

bap

October 21st, 2009
12:29 pm

Maybe Natalie needed to go but her partner is by far the best professional next to only Max…..I’m sorry both of them are gone! I think the pairings this season were a set-up to make it near impossible for the same professionals to advance like in the past years.

RGA

October 21st, 2009
12:48 pm

Sad to see Natalie go. She was improving until last Monday. Looks like Mya and Donnie will top this year’s class of stars. Donnie is doing well for being over 50!