After last week, I am beginning to wonder whether the “D” in DWTS should stand for drama. Two of most talked about DWTS Season 10 contestants – Erin Andrews and Kate Gosselin – have certainly put up with their share this week.
Erin Andrews who has shown herself to be classy, fun and a surprisingly good dancer has had to endure more physical threats being made against her by at least one deranged fan. Andrews has been adamant that she has no intention of quitting the show early in response to the intimidation. In fact, Andrews sought out advice from her new friend Kate in how to deal with some of this unwanted attention. Kate’s advice is “Don’t let them win.” Amen.
As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Erin has had to deal with the Negative Nancy contingent intent on telling other women how to live their lives. Since they can’t play the mommy card (she is single and childless), these busybodies are decrying that Andrews – who is a journalist – is cheapening her profession by appearing on the show. I am so sure the same charges were made when Kenny Mayne and Tucker Carlson appeared. What’s that I hear – crickets?
Erin fired back with gusto: “I’m just confused because I guess it’s OK for an NFL player and a gold medalist to do the show and be taken seriously, but nobody else is allowed….I don’t know what damage I’m doing. I’m basically killing myself to not embarrass myself. I’ve been in the top three in scoring each week, behind an athlete and a professional dancer and singer. I’m not sure what damage I created for myself. What am I doing to be a bimbo? I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong.”
I am sure Kate is asking herself the same question – what am I doing wrong in trying to provide for my 8 children? Critics were on her again this week. Some of it fair – poor reviews of her dancing, but much of it not. We all know the Lame Fish reappeared to add more stress to Kate’s life and things don’t look like they are going to let up soon. Kate’s new book, “I Just Want You to Know” is released on Tuesday and it is a little unclear how she will fit in the requisite publicity tour for the book with her dancing – if she survives Week 4. Below is a preliminary schedule of her non-DWTS appearances for next week:
April 13 – The Today Show
April 13 – The View
April 14 – Joy Bahar Show
April 15 – Jay Leno
So what about the dancing? According to informed sources, the stars have been assigned the following dances:
Jake and Chelsie – Tango
Nicole and Derek – Rumba
Evan and Anna – Tango
Chad and Cheryl – Rumba
Niecy and Louie – Rumba
Aiden and Edyta – Rumba
Erin and Maks – Tango
Pamela and Damian – Rumba
Kate and Tony – Tango
The twist this week is the stars will be assigned two scores by the professional judges – one for technical expertise and one for artistic impression. It appears that this will give more weight to the judges scores and less to the viewers voting. In weeks one and two, Kate did not have the lowest judges scores, but that may not be the case now that Buzz Aldrin has been eliminated. Note: I am hoping for a breakthrough on Kate’s part as much as anyone, but I think we need to be realistic, even with improvement, Kate will likely be among the lower scorers.
So you know what you need to do – VOTE!!!
-On ABC.com, register your email address(s) and cast your votes. ABC will allow you to vote with as many valid email addresses that you (and your family, friends and neighbors!) happen to posses. Once you have registered you will receive one “welcome” email from ABC.com, but after that they will leave you alone. So there really is no reason not to use all the email addresses at your disposal. Hey, why not be wild and create a Gmail account or two!?!
-By phone. Kate’s number is 800-VOTE4-10 (800-868-3410). A few of our readers have expressed reluctance to vote for Kate again. I know their intentions are good, they are not haters by any stretch. If you aren’t voting for Kate, consider giving your votes to Erin. Her number is 800-VOTE4-03 (800-868-3403).
-Text. AT&T customers only. Bummer that it is limited to AT&T only. This is one of the few times I am glad I am an AT&T customer. I deserve as much for all the dropped calls I put up with.
To keep things interesting, our own Ann has challenged us all to a contest. Let’s see how many votes we can log for Kate using the methods above. Share with us how many you logged in on Monday’s night show thread.
Lastly, I know this post is a tad on the long side, but I would be remiss if I didn’t include these very supportive and kind words from DWTS co-host (and former winner), Brooke Burke:
“I have such a soft spot for her,” Burke told UsMagazine.com at Thursday’s Four Seasons Spa relaunch party in Westlake Village, Calif. “I want her to pull through just as a woman and a mother. I want her to be able to conquer it even if it’s only for one night.” While Burke concedes that the DWTS judges “aren’t really making anything up” with their harsh critiques of Gosselin’s dance routines, she lamented, “I just wish they would give her a little bit of a break…She has got it a little tougher than everybody else.” Burke, a 38-year-old mother of four, adds that she and Gosselin, 35, have bonded backstage. “She is nice and warm and so kind and approachable. I have this great relationship with her.”
Go Kate! Go Erin!