'Dancing With the Stars' drops Finnessey
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
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She may have taken the Miss USA title in 2004, but Shandi Finnessey won't be crowned the winner of "Dancing With the Stars." (Back to baton throwing and fighting for world peace, Barbs.)
After ranking in the bottom two last week, Finnessey was eliminated Tuesday from the ABC dance-off. (YESSSS)
The game show host and former beauty queen said that her experience on the show was "amazing" and that working with her professional dance partner, Brian Fortuna, was "great." (how articulate, thank you, Barbs)
"I just hope I didn't disappoint him," she said. (Oh, I'm sure you didn't....)
Despite high marks from the judges, Leeza Gibbons narrowly escaped elimination Tuesday. She and her partner, Tony Dovolani, also placed in the bottom two.
"The elimination is nerve-racking," she said. "It's insane."
Billy Ray Cyrus echoed that sentiment, calling results night "a real freak show." He added that all the dancing he's done has left him with "an achy, breaky butt." (Does it all have to be about Achy Breaky, Billy Ray? Time to move on buddy)
Each week, judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which couple will be eliminated.
Clyde Drexler earned the lowest score - 16 points out of 30 - but was kept afloat by fans. (Sorry, Clyde, but I predict next week will be your last. You're sweet, but sweet's not cuttin it anymore.)
Tuesday's results show also featured performances by Ciara, Josh Groban and the band Survivor, which played its 1982 hit "Eye of the Tiger." (Really? And I missed this? Dangit)
Paulina Porizkova has already been eliminated. The remaining celebrity dancers are Gibbons, Cyrus, Drexler, Ian Ziering, Joey Fatone, Laila Ali, John Ratzenberger, Heather Mills and Apolo Anton Ohno. Each will perform the paso doble or the waltz on Monday's show. (Laila and Ian are my top picks from Monday. Laila's still my ultimate favorite. She'll rule this competition. Watch, they'll start breaking all the rules and the judges will score them low for it. It's all rigged. That's what sucks about reality T.V. But I'm a sucker. I admit. Joey from NSYNC is a nah nah. Dancing the tango to the Star Wars theme with a freakin' lightsaber? C-O-R-N-Y. Give me a break. And Heather, another rigged saga. At the last minute she goes to the doctor to get a leg that bounces. Oh the drama. Tune in next Monday, 7 central.)