Chaz Bono, the most controversial celebrity on this season’s cast of “Dancing With the Stars,” took his last dance Tuesday night after getting the lowest scores among the seven remaining contestants.
Bono, a transgender man who was born Chastity, lasted six weeks, far longer than many people expected. His tango to “The Phantom of the Opera” gave him the lowest score this past week with a 19. This was the third time he had the lowest judges score but the first time his fans couldn’t lift him from the basement.
“This was an amazing journey,” he said after he was eliminated, “that really pushed me and showed me I could do more than I ever thought I could.” He later dedicated his effort to kids who feel like they are in the wrong body like him. “I wanted to show America a different kind of man,” he added.
The overweight Bono looked clunky on the dance floor, though he did show increasing confidence as the weeks went by. He never received more than a 7 from any judge.
Bono’s departure leaves six celebrities left, including Hope Solo, whose partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy defended her aggressively Monday night after Len Goodman said he thought her dance was her worst to date.
It’s fairly obvious that J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake will cruise into the finals. The third person will likely be David Arquette.
Atlanta’s Nancy Grace received her best score to date with a 24, dancing a jaunty foxtrot to a “Spamalot” song. Carrie Ann Inaba was especially taken by her performance, giving her a generous 9 while Goodman opted for a more realistic 7. Bruno Tonioli met in the middle with an 8.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk