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''Dancing'' Dropout (Updated)

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 13, 2006

I spent part of last night at a meeting, then some more watching ''Lost,'' which I'll post about later. So it wasn't until this morning that I caught up to the news that Sara Evans has dropped out of ''Dancing With the Stars'' after filing for divorce from her husband. You can find one of the stories about it here.  In addition, Extra sent out this e-mail today:

"Extra” has obtained the divorce papers filed by “Dancing with the Stars” Sara Evans yesterday.  Evans filed for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, inappropriate marital conduct and adultery.  Listed out in the papers are numerous claims made by Evans including that her husband, Craig Schelske, “has been guilty of such inappropriate material…as renders cohabitation unsafe and improper and would entitle her to a divorce.”  Further, the papers include claims that Schelske “engages in excessive consumption of alcohol and smokes cigarettes in the presence of Wife and the parties’ minor children.”

More on the scandalous divorce tonight, Friday, October 13 on “Extra.”

I guess that, unlike Shanna Moakler, Evans didn't see the TV show as way to deal with a divorce.

This may be very bad news for Jerry Springer -- well, bad news if Jerry wants to stay in the competition, where he has been as reluctant (and amusing) dragon.

Joey Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Emmitt Smith and Monique Coleman have all been formidable dancers throughout the competition, while there were weeks when Evans was the lousiest. And yes, I mean worse than Jerry. With her gone, Jerry is now by far the worst of the remaining contenders. Assuming the judges recognize that, he's going to need a huge audience vote to keep going.

Of course, he has played well to the viewing audience -- as the remaining old guy on a show with a lot of older viewers, as the sentimental guy wanting to dance at his daughter's wedding, as the funny guy making merry in this week's performance. And heaven knows we've seen TV competitions where personality trumped talent with the voters.

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