Dancing With The Stars: Sugar Ray Knocked Out By America

Dancing With the Stars voters haven’t been in the mood to pull off shocks so far this 12th season, with the performers at the bottom in scoring leaving the first two weeks. But there was a mild variation from the formula Tuesday, when boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and partner Anna Trebunskaya were eliminated, leaving eight dancers remaining.

Many believed that Leonard’s charm and willingness to improve might keep him in the game, at the expense of Kendra Wilkinson, the low scorer this week and someone who is giving off vibes of being tired of the whole shebang (we saw backstage footage of her being chewed out by partner Louis Van Amstel, who is never mad at anyone). But instead it was the 54-year-old Leonard, who Len Goodman referred to as the heart of the show this season, who America sent packing. A question going forward is whether Kirstie Alley, whose scores are now closer to the bottom than the top, will be able to use her likability to stay out of danger in the coming weeks, and whether she’ll be able to stay in one piece while doing it.

Other highlights of the results show included a weird segment where “Lieutenant Len” drilled the contestants into shape in preparation for “America Week” next Monday – because of course nothing says the red, white, and blue quite like an elderly British dance coach. And there was actual ballet on DWTS, as some pros performed to the music from Swan Lake. But it might not have been totally authentic, as nobody died or had lesbian sex.

“Moments to Remember” With Brooke Burke: America’s favorite bad interviewer had some winners Tuesday, asking Petra Nemcova how she and her Russian partner Dmitry Chaplin will be able to master “the all-American quickstep” (the dance originated in Britain), and pronouncing the word incomparable strangely.