My fascination with Michael came to an end last night on DWTS, as he was the first star to get eliminated flat-out, and it made me wonder, does the proportion of judges scores to audience votes remain the same throughout the run of the show? The explanations are always vague, which seems suspicious. Statistics aside, we were left with the next two couples at the bottom, Marc and Aaron. Oh, Aaron. Poor, poor bottom-two Aaron. He was so confused when that depressing red light shown down on him -- he was flying too high on his double-10s from the judges the night before.
Before we could see the dance-off!, we first watched Rod Stewart do a drunk but entertaining version of his classic "Same Old Song", and then pros Mark Ballas and Derek Hough performed some song about watching bodies (clip above), but it was a little hard to understand what they were singing while dancing simultaneously. However, their lack of cardio wasn't the real problem, it just didn't have the same catchy vanity song chops of say... Don't Be Tardy for the Party.
Then the really great television started with the dance-off!: Mark Dacascos was reunited with his bad girl Lacey and they did a pretty decent cha-cha. The judges were perhaps overly gracious with him, cautiously waiting to see what Aaron would follow with -- they aren't so keen on sending home dancers to whom they have issued coveted tens. Then followed the fragile broken boy himself, digging deep and doing a second jive, that was arguably BETTER than the one he performed the night before. The judges carefully sent home the Iron Chef host with accolades and respect, and the Golden Boy lives on to dance another week. Watch the battle again and ponder how Aaron will attempt to squeeze more votes out of America.