Tampa's Chris Jericho survives while Chris Brown goes mute and unknown Mike Catherwood leaves Dancing with the Stars
Who would have suspected the least-known celebrity with the worst scores would get kicked off Dancing with the Stars first?
Even Loveline co-host Mike Catherwood was hardly surprised when host Tom Bergeron called his name tonight, after an interminable results show that mostly showed the dancers with the worst judges scores also did badly with viewers. Thanking everyone but his mom in a speech that seemed well-prepared, Catherwood came off about as well as possible for a guy who barely fit either noun in the show's title.
More surprising than Catherwood's exit -- and Wendy Williams' exit next week, if she doesn't up her game -- was the show's treatment of musical guest Chris Brown.
Rather than risk their dressing rooms and a spot at the top of TMZ's breaking news report, producers wisely decided to let Brown do what he does best, avoiding any interview segments while letting him dance through two lipsynched numbers.
Perhaps this was because host Bergeron had already vowed to bring up Brown's recent escapades if forced to make small talk with him during the live show. Once again, the always-smooth Bergeron saved viewers from a painful moment with a deft statement.
But the biggest surprise may be the improvement of Tampa wrestler Chris Jericho, who seemed to morph into an actual dancer between his halting performance last week and a much smoother dance on Monday.
If he keeps upping his game, Jericho might be a dark horse contender; good-looking enough to get the female viewers' attention and improved enough as a dancer to win lots of sympathy votes.
After seeing former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warren Sapp land in second place and Tampa native Erin Andrews hit third, Jericho might actually become a real contender to bring the mirrorball trophy to the Sunshine State -- provided he can keep playing to the audience's love for come-from-behind victories.