Double the elimination, double the pain.
With “Dancing With the Stars” results show pre-empted last week by the presidential election, the show had to cut two celebrities Tuesday night. And predicting who’s out is only getting tougher.
In this case, it was the man with the highest average score to date this season, actor Gilles Marini, and the woman who had the lowest average scores to date of the remaining dancers: Kirstie Alley.
If based purely on her technical skills, Alley would have been gone weeks ago. But her perky stage presence, chemistry with her popular dance partner Maks Chmerkovskiy and fan base helped her survive into the top 7.
Melissa Rycroft (”The Bachelorette”) pulled off a double perfect score night Monday with her quickstep and paso doble. The biggest judge’s discrepancy of the night was gymnast Shawn Johnson’s samba, which judge Carrie Ann Inaba gave a perfect 10 but Len Goodman marked a mere 7, a very low score at this stage in the competition because he felt it had too little samba content.
Of the remaining five dancers, Rycroft and Johnson have the highest average scores to date. The others (all former winners) – Apolo Anton Ohno, Emmitt Smith and Kelly Monaco – aren’t that far behind. Rycroft is the only remaining dancer who didn’t win the competition before, finishing third season 8.
For the semifinals next week, the theme is Michael Jackson.