Well, this season’s potential boy band rivalry ended abruptly, as former NSYNC member Joey Fatone was sent home on Tuesday.
98 Degrees boy bander Drew Lachey, in the bottom two last week, was safe — Helio Castroneves/Chelsie Hightower were named as the other half of the bottom two this week. Kelly Monaco/Val Chmerkovskiy were also “in jeopardy.”
Fatone, who appeared to be either relieved or in denial about the news, didn’t seem shaken up. He may have seen it coming, given that the judges weren’t fans of his Charlie Chaplin-themed quickstep on performance night. Len Goodman in particular had a laundry list of complaints (poor posture, bad footwork), though conceded it was entertaining.
“I’ll miss everybody out here,” Fatone rambled as the show ended. “I’m actually going to a wedding tomorrow, so I don’t give a damn! I’m going to have a good time...as long as I had fun, I don’t care what your votes say.”
Okay, Joey Fatone, have fun at your wedding. In the meantime, some other things we learned on results night:
* Next week is a double elimination week, which makes sense, since there seemed to be one too many couples in the running this year.
* In a behind-the-scenes segment, we saw Bristol Palin was not pleased about her low score on Monday night, which was the lowest of any dancer. “It is what it is, I’m going to get 6’s no matter what,” she sniffed backstage to Mark.
She also seemed annoyed at Carrie Ann Inaba’s critical comments (”You slammed us in the face by saying “I’m not going to follow your rules” [for the dance], so guess what, slam back”). But Bristol insisted to Mark that she wasn’t mad. Maks Chmerkovskiy and Joey Fatone, however, were shown delightedly giggling backstage at Carrie Ann’s critique.
* Classical singer Katherine Jenkins, last season’s runner up, sang a lovely song with Placido Domingo. Unfortunately, nothing could really measure up to the spectacle that was Cher Lloyd. Lloyd, a British singer whose pop song “Want U Back” might be Britain’s answer to “Call Me Maybe,” enlisted a full circus to run around while she was performing, which included two guys on stilts, juggling. And so continued the tradition of the “DWTS” set frequently resembling a fever dream.