'Dancing With The Stars': Elvis Has Left The Building
Or maybe Elvis just summoned Priscilla back to the crypt. Not particularly sure. But it was time for Plastic Barbie (if that' s not redundant) to go home, and America clearly agreed.
Not a lot of drama in this one, save for the competition between the little Julianne wannabes. A pint-sized 8-year-old named Cara -- whom Bruno declares to be a pint-sized 8-year-old Bruno and just one of the "cutest little Gremlins" -- takes the score, along with the hip-action 10-year-old boy toy Jaryd.
Did anyone else notice that while, as always, the safe contestants are revealed "in no particular order," that the order came down straight from the judges' leaderboard: Kristi (29), Jason (27), Mario (27), Marissa (24), Shannon (23) and Marlee (22).
The only aberration is Cristian (23) joining Priscilla in the bottom two. Alas, Cristian's presence in the bottom two is announced at the top of the show, knocking out pretty much any suspense.
Cristian is an interesting case -- he's up and down with his dancing, and he's generally charismatic, but does he have any kind of real public voting bloc? Do viewers really know him? Helio Castroneves (last season's winner) is also South American, but the man is a race car driver, which puts him smack on the radar screens of a lot of North American driving fans (and, oh yeah, he was a better dancer). Cristian's guest -role work on "Ugly Betty"? Not in the same league. So, yes, I think he's got trouble ahead. He has to dance his way in every week now, no mistakes.
Meanwhile, there is a strong suspicion on this end that Bubbles Jaret Winokur is probably raking in the audience votes. And Shannon (who looks on the verge of tears as she awaits the results, the little corners of her mouth turning down) has two things on her side. Partner Derek is fan-popular, and Derek and Shannon have the closest thing to a closet romance this season, so there's a whole other storyline to keep viewers interested.
When Priscilla gets the ax, she seems sad, although it seems difficult for her face to keep up with her emotions. The most hilariously pathetic moment of the night, though, comes when she explains that people should stop calling her management company trying to get a number for her psychic hotline. Uh, duh people, how could that April Fools' segment slide over anyone's head?
-- JENNIFER FREY
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