Dancing with the Stars voters got it right this week.
Anytime Bruno says a performance needs a postmortem, not a critique, it's never a good sign. To that end, Kate Gosselin got the heave-ho she deserved.
But joining her in the bottom two, and not for the first time this season, was Pamela Anderson - “two of our most talked-about celebrities” as Len put it.
Is the same celebrity status that helped Kate last five weeks (five longer than earned) working against Pam, whose dancing has been more than solid?
“I was shocked the first time it happened,” says host Tom Bergeron. “And then a friend said, ‘Not everyone is salivating over her the way you are, Tom.’”
What he means is, Dancing with the Stars viewership skews towards women, and skews older. So perennial sex kitten Pam may be up against it here.
Pam's partner, Damian Whitewood, knows she's an underdog for that reason.
“Everyone likes to see someone fall down,” he told TV Guide. “I’m dancing with a bombshell, and she has got a lot to prove. But the truth is, she’s just like [women viewers]. She’s a mom. She’s out there running after her kids."
"But she wants to learn to dance and she’s really dedicated to it.”
It shows. She may be a frequent celebrity gossip punchline, and searches for Pamela Anderson nude may forever trump her ballroom skills, but through five weeks, she's demonstrated surprising aptitude and commitment.
“She picks things up really quickly,” says Whitewood. “I throw things at her and if she doesn’t get it, she won’t stop until she does. The determination is there.”
The cast loves Anderson, too, for her self-deprecating sense of humor. Quite unlike their reaction to "Hate Gosselin," according to tabloid reports at least.
Pam says she considers herself on a steep learning curve. Fair enough. But how about giving her some props next week if the scores warrant it, America?
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