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!