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In the end it all came down to audience votes, and Denise Richards (formerly Ms. Charlie Sheen) lost the popularity contest on “Dancing with the Stars” as she was kicked off the ballroom floor Tuesday night even after scoring higher than her “dance off” rival, Holly Madison.
Was it Richards’ dancing that got her can-canned? It’s hard to say. On Monday night’s performance show, Richards was taken to task by the judges and given a low score, but in Tuesday’s final ”dance off,” after both she and Madison landed in the bottom two, the judges said Richards was much improved and gave her a higher score (20) to Madison (18). Still, when audience votes were figured in, it was Madison who remained to dance again next week. It begged the question, why didn’t audiences like Richards?
There is no doubt both Richards and Madison had better routines than “Jackass” stuntman Steve-O and computer whiz Steve Wozniak. Yet, fans liked those two men and kept them on the show even with both suffering injuries.
Richards, of course, gained fame as a young actress with loads of sex appeal in movies like “Starship Troopers,” “Wild Things” and was a Bond girl in “The World is Not Enough.” Could it have been her sexuality that turned off ”Dancing’s” mostly female and generally 50 years-old and above audience? That’s doubtful. After all, Madison is a former Playboy model and was the No. 1 girlfriend to Hugh Hefner on the TV show “The Girls Next Door.”
Expect stunt-performer Steve-O back on “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday night’s show, despite falling on his back during a rehearsal for Monday night’s episode. On his blog on Tuesday, the “Jackass” star showed a picture of the swelling on his back, where he landed on his mic pack during rehearsal with his professional dancing partner, Lacey Schwimmer.
“With 20/20 hindsight, I must admit that I exercised very poor judgment last night,” Steve-O wrote. “Jumping flat onto a bad back with a microphone pack strapped to it was sensationally idiotic, especially after Lacey told me what a bad idea she thought it was.”
Three more contestants on the ABC show “Dancing with the Stars” nursed injuries on Friday as they steeled themselves for their appearance on the show next week. Dance floor casualties Steve-O, Steve Wozniak and Gilles Marini are all hurting, but they want to stay on, according to media reports.
Steve-O, a daredevil stunt man who starred in the television series “Jackass,” has complained of an on-going back injury. Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer Inc, was photographed earlier this week leaving a Los Angeles dance studio with a cast on his leg. Marini, a French-born actor who starred in last year’s movie “Sex and the City,” has said he separated his shoulder. It remains to be seen on Monday’s episode if all three contestants will follow through on their pledges to soldier on.