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Lady of the Dance

By RD Heldenfels Published: July 6, 2005

Shortly before they announced the results on ''Dancing With the Stars,'' the telecast here included one of those insurance commercials with John O'Hurley as a humorously pompous fool. That's his image, I thought, yet another variation on the ''Seinfeld'' guy. And it's hard to imagine people taking him all that seriously.

When it came down to it, the mysterious scoring system on ''Dancing'' determined that the champion was not, in fact, Hurley but the plucky, pretty Kelly Monaco.

From my watching of the show, Monaco was definitely a better dancer than O'Hurley, not only graceful but bringing a real passion to her dancing. And no, I'm not referring to her near-flash of the TV audience earlier in the competition.

Oh, I'd put O'Hurley ahead of most of the other competitors (who, in that ''last shot of the losers'' dance medley on tonight's show, reminded viewers why they weren't among the final two contenders). But Monaco could be taken seriously, while O'Hurley had to dance around the idea that he was a funny guy.

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