A 'Dancing' Upset
Wow. Is Mark Cuban using his billions to pay off "Dancing With the Stars" watchers? Just kidding. But, still, how else to explain the fact that Cuban was in the bottom two last week (despite not having one of the two lowest scores) and was NOT among the bottom two this week, even though his score plummeted to 18, only beating out fan favorite Wayne Newton? Where'd all the love suddenly come from?
Well, maybe it's Cuban's work ethic and enthusiasm, which were well lauded Monday night. Or maybe it was just a better-fitting pair of pants.
Then again, maybe it's because Abercrombie & Fitch model Albert Reed -- who came into this competition with the least recognition, therefore the smallest fan base -- wore a buttoned-up shirt and a vest this week, and danced a quickstep. Really, America, were you just voting for that bare chest and the gyrating pelvic action? (If so, we admit it's hard to blame you.)
That's right, Reed, who was one of five contestants to score a 21 Monday night, was bounced in Week 2, after sharing the red-glare, bottom-of-the-barrel spotlight with Newton, whose lowly 15 from the judges was not nearly enough to dissuade what is clearly a very large and loyal fan base. Any predictions on how long America is going to save Mr. Las Vegas from elimination?
Cuban, who had to believe he was at serious risk of going home, got his happy surprise relatively early in the program -- he was the fifth dancer to be saved, after the three judges' favorites (Helio Castroneves, Sabrina Bryan and Mel B) and Jane Seymour, who sadly was not in attendance because her ailing mother passed away -- news she received after Monday night's competition.
Seymour has said repeatedly that she agreed to participate in the show despite her age (56) and her mother's poor health because mom encouraged her; for that same reason, we were told last night, she will return to the competition after spending time with family in England. Doubtless, she'll have little time to rehearse before next week's dance-off; but it's also pretty much a given that no one will be looking to send her home.
(Oh, and for those who were wondering: no bruise for Jennie Garth, but there were waterworks once she got backstage.)
October 3, 2007; 8:05 AM ET
Dancing With the Stars
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