“Dancing With the Stars” doubled the pain last night, with two former winners getting slashed.
Drew Lachey, season two winner, was nixed first last night. The 98 Degrees singer is out just seven days after ex-‘N Sync singer Joey Fatone was ousted. I guess that 30-something demographic isn’t voting the way it used to. Lachey was second from the bottom, tied with Kirstie Alley and behind only Bristol Palin, who had the lowest score again at 22.5.
That shows again the power of the Palin vote!
Auto racing star Helio Castroneves, season five winner, was also cut. I still had to check the spelling of his last name. I’m not into IndyCar racing and he won this contest five years ago. He was ranked in a tie for fourth last night with 25.5 so he was vulnerable.
Top scorers of the night were two women: “Bachelorette” Melissa Rycroft and season one winner and soap star Kelly Monaco, who bounced back from middling scores the first two weeks of competition.
The coolest gimmick was having the couples pick dances for each other. Palin and Mark Ballas, for instance, gave Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd Bollywood. (That should be a hoot!) Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy bestowed Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel disco.
Helio and Chelsie Hightower gave Shawn Johnson the mambo. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy chose bolero for Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke. Melissa and Tony Dovolani created much joy in Apolo Anton Ohno’s heart by giving him and his partner Karina Smirnoff hip hop.
Apolo gave Melissa the jitterbug. Emmit chose contemporary for Kelly. Shawn gave Helio Broadway (though he was eliminated.) Sabrina gave Kirstie the Charleston, which didn’t please Maks. Bristol and Mark by default will do rock and roll, which actually doesn’t sound that bad.
(Guest judge next week: Paula Abdul!)