'Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann' cuts Team Bruno's Charity Baroni
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/29/2008
Team Bruno member Charity Baroni became the third contestant cut from Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann during last night's live broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series.
The 20-year-old from Nashville, TN was eliminated from Dance War by her "Team Captain" Bruno Tonioli after his squad received the lowest number of home viewer votes cast immediately following last Monday night's live broadcast.
"I'm going to miss you guys so much and I love you," said an emotional Charity to the five remaining Team Bruno members after her ouster was revealed. "This has been the best time of my whole life. I won't forget you."
Last Monday night's episode theme was pop music and saw Team Bruno and Team Carrie perform twice each, with the males singing lead vocals on one song and the females singing lead on the other song. In addition, all 12 contestants performed a group number at the live broadcast's conclusion, at which point home viewers were allowed to cast their votes for their favorite team.
At the conclusion of last night's live broadcast, Dance War host Drew Lachey revealed that Team Carrie Ann -- led by Bruno's fellow Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba -- had received the most viewer votes by a "really, really close" margin.
Bruno then revealed Zack, a 25-year-old from Saratoga Springs, UT; Tony, a 23-year-old from Los Angeles, CA; Lacey, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN; and Phillip, a 24-year-old from Sterling, VA, were all safe, leaving Charity and Kelse, a 20-year-old from West Monroe, LA, up for elimination.
"Well girls, I'm going to watch you as if it was the first time," said Bruno. "I love both of you -- you're both great. I can only keep one, and I'm going to keep the person that I think will enhance my team the best. So go for it girls!"
Charity and Kelse then performed a duet before Bruno made his final decision.
"It's a terrible decision... I can save only one person from my team," said Bruno. "I think my decision has been made. The person I'm going to save is Kelse."
Prior to last week's voting results being revealed during last night's broadcast, the two teams each performed two R&B routines for home viewers, who were once again able to vote immediately following the broadcast.
Team Carrie Ann's six remaining members are: Bradley, a 24-year-old from Nashville, TN; Chris, an 18-year-old from San Bernardino, CA; Mariel, a 19-year-old from Chicago, IL; Elizabeth, a 20-year-old from Riverside, CA; Qis, a 26-year-old from Los Angeles, CA; and Alyssa, a 20-year-old from Fresno, CA.