Age may just be a number but it’s also a hindrance for the token senior citizen who is cast on “Dancing With the Stars.”.
And trying to dance a tango to “The Brady Bunch” TV theme sure doesn’t help either.
Florence Henderson, saddled with that memorably silly song, scored a 21 out of 30 among the judges, which was actually better than former Atlantan Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin, the two youngest contestants. It was also her best score yet. But she didn’t get the viewer votes and found herself out after five weeks.
“This is one of the best produced shows I’ve ever been on,” Henderson said after her elimination. “The best crew, the best hair, the best makeup, even the judges.” She said she hoped she inspired people to get off their duffs and enjoy life.
At age 76, she showed more spunk, joy, passion and mobility than most past contestants in her age range. Sure, she couldn’t match Brandy or Audrina Patridge in athleticism. But she showed elegance when she needed to and a heated sexiness last week for her rumba.
Of the remaining contestants, Brandy jumped ahead of Jennifer Grey this week with the judges, pulling in 27 out of 30 with a clean quickstep to the “Friends” theme. Grey, who had some tense times with her dancing partner Derek Hough during rehearsals, also did just fine with her foxtrot but it wasn’t as good as her dance a week earlier and she ended up with a 25.
The two male athletes, Kurt Warner and Rick Fox, both pulled in 24s while Audrina came in fifth with 23. Kyle’s nutty and ultra-fun “Charlie’s Angels” foxtrot drew raves from Carrie Ann Inaba (an eight) but turned off Len Goodman (just a five). That’s a rare separation of three points among two judges. Bristol’s goofy “Monkees” suit also inspired her to be her most animated but she made several technical errors and landed at the bottom among the judges with 18.
Bristol is clearly in danger of being eliminated next unless one of the others takes a major stumble.