Tonight, watching actress Ricki Lake and Derek Hough dance again, was I happy that Derek Hough was back. Even when he’s dancing with the guys! He brings out the best in Mark Ballas. The competitive drive between the two is amazing to watch.
While Chaz Bono had weak knees and a weak quickstep performance, he and his dancing partner Lacey Schwimmer survived. He certainly has a fan base, but does he have the knees to continue dancing?
Not so lucky was Elisabetta Canalis. She is having a bad year. First she broke up with George Clooney this summer and now she’s the second celebrity to exit “Dancing with the Stars” with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy.
Canalis was stiff as a board last week for a score of 15 for the cha cha cha. She did better this week, performing the quickstep to “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and earning a score of 21. Still consider that the older Ricki Lake brought more sass and sexiness to the floor. And what about Iraqi war vet and actor J.R. Rodriguez and Karina Smirnoff who might have scored higher if not for that lift?
Canalis without Clooney didn’t have the fan base. This team wasn’t the lowest scoring. They were in the middle of the pack, tied with Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke (jive), last week’s co-leader Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani (jive) and TV commentator Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus (quickstep).
Below this four-way tie were Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with 19 for the jive, David Arquette and Kym Johnson (jive) who were tied with Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya (quickstep) at 18 points and at the very bottom was Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer (jive) with 17.
I’m glad that Kressley survived–not because he dances well. He doesn’t. But he can give a performance. Bono should have gone–not just because of his low score, but also because his knees are already suffering. A knee injury can be serious stuff.
At 42, Bono isn’t the oldest contestant even though he complains about how his age hurts him. This week’s leader actress Ricki Lake is a year older at 43 and has lost 12 inches already. As boyish as he may look Arquette is 40. Kressley is a slender 41. Political commentator Nancy Grace is the oldest celebrity this season at 51. Yet of these over 40 celebrities, Bono, who has better rhythm than Kressley, is the one who seems the most out of shape for this type of competition. Knees are tricky and very important to dancing. His popularity might work against him and it would be unfortunate if Bono injured himself.