Just when you thought things couldn’t get anymore ridiculous on “Dancing with the Stars,” along comes tonight’s results show. Yep, Cloris Leachman is saved to dance another day. Yep, Misty May-Treanor’s surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon went well. And yep, no one was eliminated (remember the Sara Evans debacle a few seasons back?).
Rocco DiSpirito and partner Karina Smirnoff in “happier” “DWTS” days. AP PHOTO
But what was really a low blow was the way the hosts handled the non-elimination. Gee, could they make Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff feel any lower? What was with the “hey you losers, you should thank your lucky stars you got a reprieve” tone to the announcement that Rocco and Karina got the least amount of votes and lowest judges’ scores? For a show that prides itself on NEVER revealing who gets the lowest number of votes, they sure made a HUGE HUGE deal out of it tonight, reminding one and all that Rocco and Karina were at the bottom of the heap, bottom of the leaderboard, bottom of the world. I’m not saying Rocco didn’t deserve low scores for his dismal dance Monday night, but what he didn’t deserve was to be made to feel like crap because he’s getting another chance to dance.
The silence of the audience at that moment spoke volumes. Shame on you, “Dancing with the Stars.”