As we noted earlier today, this season’s cast of “Dancing With the Stars” has some great names, from whacked out NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and sex symbol Pamela Anderson to gold medalist Evan Lysacek and polarizing reality star Kate Gosselin. While MTV News has never formally endorsed a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” (though last season we were torn between rooting for Mya and cheering on Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell), this time there’s no doubt about it: We desperately want Buzz Aldrin to walk away victorious.
The 80-year-old former astronaut has had a surprisingly deep history with MTV. The image of Aldrin walking on the moon — an unprecedented feat he accomplished way back in 1969 — supplied inspiration for a lot of early MTV imagery. And of course, any time anybody wins a Video Music Award, they are honoring Aldrin, as he is the space traveler who inspired the Moonman trophy.
In fact, Aldrin was brought into the MTV fold during the 2009 Video Music Awards, where he hung out with Sway on the red carpet and gave out the prize for Breakthrough Video. “Breakthrough Video! What’s better than that?” Aldrin said to Sway following his introduction. Aldrin then read off the nominees for the award, taking a particularly intense level of pleasure in saying “Gnarls Barkley” and “Yeah Yeah Yeahs.” (Matt and Kim’s “Lessons Learned” ended up taking home the award.) “That’s a handsome looking guy!” he said to Sway about the Moonman as he exited. Clearly, Aldrin belongs on live TV, and we hope that he conquers the TV dancing world.