As David Arquette leaves Dancing with the Stars, a little advice for Nancy Grace
The star we love to hate is not the one who got banished from the swirl of sequins-and-gossip that is ABC's hit Dancing with the Stars.
That honor Tuesday went to actor David Arquette, whose talent for looking uncomfortable in his own skin in movies now seems more like a personal tic.
Despite the presence of his TV star wife Courteney Cox, their cute daughter and his story of struggling past divorce and substance abuse, Arquette never looked much at ease performing on the show, tackling each number with the seeming enthusiasm others reserve for a long visit to the dentist.
His exit was so obvious, in fact, Arquette joked about it with the press before the show. But there's one other competitor who needs a little advice as the program heads into the phase where the best dancers compete against those the audience most identifies with:
Yes, Nancy Grace, I'm writing about you.
On paper, she should be the program's shining star -- the contest most obviously resembling the show's middle-aged, middle class core demographic. But she has delivered a performance so far which hardly lives up to her surname, badgering her professional dance partner, looking particularly haggard during rehearsals and suffering seriously embarassing moments onstage the likes of which this profession viewer has never seen before (farting onstage; showing a hint of nipple)
But there's still hope Nancy. And it lies in feeding the viewers the redemption story the most want to see.
Top competitor J. R. Martinez understands this, remaining upbeat and positive through the show's ups and downs while emerging as the program's most natural talent. Already armed with an inspiring story of overcoming serious war injuries, his inner strength and positivity speaks right to the show's core demographic.
Grace, on the other hand, doesn't seem to realize or care how shrewish she's looking to viewers. A turn toward graciousness and humility now -- apologizing to long-suffering partner Tristan MacManus would be a great start -- could be the redemption story which hooks fans.
Host Tom Bergeron helped by noting explicitly Tuesday that Grace and Arquette were the show's bottom two vote-getters. That's a signal to any possible Grace fans who might be sitting on their hands that she needs their votes next week.
I won't lie; I, like many other folks who dislike mean people, are salivating for the moment when Grace gets booted. But it will be interesting to see if she can temper her worst tendencies -- much in the way last cycle's star Kirstie Alley did -- to win enough fan approval to stick around a bit longer.