”Bummer.” [Long pause.] ”Oh, drats.” Beauty and the Geek bid a fond farewell on last night’s much-touted Dancing With the Stars double elimination. Apple founder Steve Wozniak held back from attempting to break his own world record for Worst Worm, while his partner Karina held back admirably — at least 85% — from demonstrating the art of on-camera scowling. The other eliminee, Playmate Holly Madison, didn’t hold back from doing anything, but I’m not sure she really ever needs to. Both stars wanted to stay, but a strong inevitability factor as well as a very decent results show (yay, ABC!) softened the blow for us viewers. And so did Holly’s spot-on estimation of her chances in the competition (presented during a filler segment): ”I’m not a very good dancer, so I don’t think it works.” Wozzie Bear bowed out without protest as well. HIs comments on how watching Holly and Dmitry’s ”so together, so in-step” dress rehearsal earlier in the week had made him cry was supremely sweet, and a nice final touch. Not to mention, the four-person Ring Around the Rosie has long been one of the most grossly ignored ballroom dances in the DWTS repertoire. All in all, a satisfying double elimination. One more time, do it with me…..[Nervous giggle!] (What are we laughing at? It’s a question for the ages.)
I expected Steve-O to go home with Woz instead of Holly — he seems so out of his element that I can’t imagine who’s voting for the chance to hear one more week of his Guttural Symphony in E (for ”error”). Steve-O didn’t seem too keen on staying, to be honest, but I did think his comments backstage to a much-less-growly Samantha Monster marked the (verbal) highlight of the week. ”I’m not used to dealing with high-pressure situations without drugs and alcohol,” he said matter-of-factly. Tom followed up by saying Steve-O’s week 4 words of triumph — ”I’ve made it through all of this without getting loaded” — could be one of the finest tributes to the show, ever. Steve Guttenberg’s ”This show makes the world a better place” just got knocked off its rickety pedestal with a smashed bottle of O’Doul’s.
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