“Dancing With the Stars,” with a record 16 celebrities, has had to pare things down quickly at times. Tonight, it was a double elimination.
Melissa Joan Hart couldn’t weave magic another week and was the first one of the night cut. Before public votes, she was tied with snowboarder Louie Vito with the second lowest collective score.
The actress, best known as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” in the 1990s, actually had the highest score Week 4 with a 28 (which included a 10). She’s mostly been in the middle of the pack. Overall, Hart wasn’t a bad dancer, just didn’t always have the confidence or elegance of Joanna Krupa or Mya.
The other two, Vito and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, had to dance for their life in 30 second routines.
Irvin was sharper, looked more like a dancer. In fact, he really showed some panache we haven’t always seen before. Both Carrie Ann and Bruno preferred him while Len leaned on Vito. So Irvin survived and Vito was the second one of the night out.
Vito packed plenty of athleticism and youthful exuberance but he sometimes lacked precision. He actually had higher judges’ scores overall than Irvin but was yet another person knocked out before the football player.
Irvin this season has been propped up by his fans, not the judges. His six-week average score of 17.3 was by far the lowest among the remaining nine celebrities. (Louie was second lowest at 19.5.) I can’t imagine, though, that he can survive another week of double eliminations with only seven couples left.
The top 3 appear to be Mya, Joanna and Donny Osmond right now. Aaron Carter finally escaped the bottom rung after almost being axed two weeks in a row.