'Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann' cuts Team Bruno's Tony Czar
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/05/2008
Team Bruno member Tony Czar became the fourth contestant cut from Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann during last night's live broadcast of the new ABC reality competition series.
The 23-year-old from Los Angeles, CA -- whose real name is Kevin Colin Jr. -- was eliminated from Dance War by his "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 very happy to be working with superstars like you guys," said Tony to the four remaining Team Bruno members after his ouster was revealed. "I got to come here, do my thing. Bruno, you trained me and taught me the best. I'm a better performer. This is a stepping stone, and I got to walk it out with the best."
Last Monday night's episode theme was Motown R&B and saw Team Bruno and Team Carrie perform twice each, with Team Bruno performing "Caught Up" and "Think" while Team Carrie Ann performed "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and "Upside Down." In addition, all 11 contestants performed a group number at the beginning of the live broadcast.
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 for the second consecutive week.
"Actually I am surprised. I am really surprised," said Bruno after Drew revealed the viewer voting results. "We actually delivered what this show is about -- plenty of content, great dancing, great singing, we change every week, different aspects of performances and we've grown. I am very sorry America doesn't understand, but we did put the work in. I am surprised."
Bruno then revealed Kelse, a 20-year-old from West Monroe, LA; Phillip, a 24-year-old from Sterling, VA; and Lacey, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN, were all safe, leaving Tony and Zack, a 25-year-old from Saratoga Springs, UT, up for elimination.
Tony and Zack then performed a duet before Bruno made his final decision, the impact of which he greatly exaggerated.
"This is probably the un-fairest night in television history, because having that talent excluded from this competition is shocking... It's unacceptable!" he said. "I have to do this and I'll do it -- but it is really ridiculous. I have to pick the strongest performer. You're both great, and I think you'll both have a great career. Retain what I tried to teach you, use it for the future. But I think the stronger one is Zack."
Prior to last week's voting results being revealed during last night's broadcast, the two teams each performed two country-music routines for home viewers, who were once again able to vote immediately following the broadcast. Team Carrie Ann performed "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" while Team Bruno performed "Life is a Highway" and "These Boots were Made for Walking."
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.