Surprise! Dancing with the Stars audience actually voted out worst dancer
I've gotten so used to reality TV audiences voting with their hearts instead of their heads, it really was a surprise for me when viewers sent ex-Baywatch heartthrob David Hasselhoff packing on tonight's Dancing with the Stars.
Usually, stars like Hasselhoff fare a lot better with Dancing's audience voters, who tend to skew female and favor game, middle-aged hunks like fall 2009 winner Donnie Osmond.
But the Hoff looked a little too much like the broken down, aging star he is on Monday, stumbling through a dance that judge Carrie Ann Inaba said looked like "part Donnie Osmond, part Jerry Springer."
The smart money had comic Margaret Cho going home tonight, for an attempt at dance floor humor that fell flat.
But the audience zeroed in on one of the worst dancers, regardless of celebrity -- pop star Michael Bolton was arguably the worst on Monday -- putting the Hoff out of everyone's misery.
Still, Dancing's producers made the audience suffer for the satisfaction of seeing the right guy get the boot, forcing viewers to watch Carlos Santana jam with rock singer Chris Daughtry on a head-scratching version of Def Leppard's Photograph (why, exactly, didn't they just sing one of Santana's own million-selling songs?).
There must be a better way to pad an hour.
Here's hoping producers find one, before viewers at home start catching results on Twitter and Facebook, just to save their sanity.