Is Steve Wozniak becoming the Sanjaya of Dancing With the Stars?
Since he first wobbled on the floor two weeks ago, geeky Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been the picture of positive thinking on Dancing With the Stars, refusing to entertain the notion, advanced most recently by excitable judge Bruno Tonioli, that "you cannot dance."
After Wozniak did the worm -- badly -- on Monday's show, even the show's most charitable adjudicator, Carrie Ann Inaba, had to declare "the novelty has worn off."
So how was he among the first four couples saved from elimination Tuesday night?
With American Idol pushed back one night by President Obama's press conference, a larger audience than usual Tuesday probably watched Dancing drive a stake through the chest of whatever credibility it has left as a competition.
Not only did Wozniak's awful footwork avoid the big hook, Jackass star Steve-O, who stumbled badly at the end of his routine Monday, also avoided the Bottom Two dancers.
Instead, another stiff, brittle beauty was sent packing Tuesday, as Denise Richards took the long walk after facing off against another plodding hottie, Playboy model Holly Madison. The week before, the Woz finished off another beautiful dud, Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle.
What's going on? Wozniak and Steve-O have legions of fans keeping them in the game. Or viewers prefer watching two clumsy dancers having fun to tense, model-pretty contestants looking like they can't wait to fire whoever talked them into doing the show.
Or the contest is slowly separating into four top contestants (Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft, Giles Marini and Lil' Kim) and everybody else, so none of us should fret too much about the order in which the also-rans get kicked off.
All of the above explanations are true to an extent. But if Wozniak keeps beating the odds, he's going to make fans wonder if producers aren't somehow keeping him around to make things more interesting -- like when lovable loser Sanjaya Malakar overstayed his welcome on American Idol two years ago -- lending a sour taste to everything that follows.