Dancing With The Stars had a major upset last night, as two top dancing couples were eliminated.
Both Drew Lachey (who won the mirror ball trophy in season 2) and Helio Castroneves (who won the mirror ball in 2007) did not receive the viewer votes needed to stay on the show.
The shocking eliminations give more power to the theory the show isn’t based on the best dancing, but instead, popularity and a strong fan base.
Says Lachey, “It really sucks! I take pride in being a performer, and to me it’s ironic that the two Broadway performers—me and Joey [Fatone]—are gone already. It’s a little odd to me. Helio’s going home too early as well.”
It’s a little odd to outraged viewers too, who are wondering how low-scoring, non-mirror ball trophy winners (we’re looking at you Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin) are managing to survive each passing week while better scoring dancers like Lachey and Castroneves are being eliminated from the competition.
Even 36-year old Lachey feels he’s been sent packing too soon. “Do I think we’re going home too early? Absolutely. I don’t think there’s anybody in this ballroom who would disagree with that [and] I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn by saying that,” Lachey passionately states.
As for what he’ll miss, Lachey says the long hours of rehearsal and the performing. Castroneves also counts the rehearsals as something he will miss. “I have no regrets. For me it was a perfect scenario: Incredible people and a great workout, to be honest! I will miss that most!” adding it was “an honor” to be a part of the All-Star special.