I went to a screening of "Clash of the Titans" tonight (silly but better than I expected) so my "American Idol" notes will have to wait. I did get home in time to see the results on "Dancing With the Stars." Notes about that after the jump.
Also, my latest video is here. I rant about Katherine Heigl, praise "In Plain Sight," offer musical bits from Fear of Strangers and the Blind Boys of Alabama, talk Abbott & Costello and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" on DVD, and show off a "Glee" T-shirt. Enjoy. Tell your friends.
And now to the jump.
If "Dancing With the Stars" used a voting-against instead of a voting-for system, I have to believe that Kate Gosselin would be gone now. Little Miss Bit-a-Lemon has been bossy, hostile and nasty whenever criticized. (Look at her face when she got her scores Monday night, and when she thought she was gone on Tuesday's results show.) She's also a major reason I watch right now, so the show would want to keep her around, but I decline to believe that the enthusiasm for her is greater than the dislike.
That said, I was mildly surprised that Shannen Doherty and Pamela Anderson were the two lowest vote-getters, and that Shannen went home. I should not be. Pamela's fan base does not strike me as the kind that would watch "DWTS" unless they were (a) promised she would re-enact some of her more notorious videos or (b) someone came up with a drinking game based on, oh, every time she twitched her shoulder. Shannen, meanwhile, played the game -- and the stuff about her dad was no act; she has spoken lovingly of him for years -- but had an old reputation and a lack of great dancing skills going against her. And people were not going to rally around her the way they would around Buzz Aldrin, who by any reasonable measure has been the worst dancer so far -- but has that lovable codger thing going for him on a show where the audience keeps lovable codgers around for a bit. At least he's not as annoying as Cloris Leachman.
I would also have sent Kate home ahead of Shannen, on dancing grounds at least, even though Kate is providing loads of entertainment. And probably making Jon Gosselin very happy with the way she is doing it.
Top of the heap? The judges are right in praising Nicole Scherzinger, although those 10s were a bit much. And for all her professed nervousness about the change in her jive music, the resulting dance was very much in a range suitable for a former Pussycat Doll. I haven't seen anyone else who is in her league right now, even though I like some dancers, including Niecy Nash, and thought Evan Lysacek was OK if a little tight, and Jake Pavelka reasonably entertaining no matter what I believe about his personal life. And you know what I mean.
Anyway, Lynne Sherwin and I will be discussing this in more detail on-camera Wednesday afternoon, with the video due on Ohio.com later in the day. Tune in.