'Dancing with the Stars' eliminates Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer
By John Bracchitta and Steve Rogers, 04/15/2009
Former Jackass and Dr. Steve-O star Stephen "Steve-O" Glover and his partner Lacey Schwimmer became the sixth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' eighth season during last night's live results show broadcast on ABC.
Glover and Schwimmer were eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
"I met a lot of challenges, made a lot of mistakes, and the fans kept me around long enough to learn from it all, and it's been awesome," Glover said after his elimination was revealed. "It's forced me to really grow as a person, and for that I'm super grateful. Thank you all everyone, thank you so much."
Glover also credited Schwimmer with putting up for his antics while the two danced together on the show.
"Lacey's been extremely patient putting up with me," he said with a smile. "Sometimes I tend to 'man-struate.'"
Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron said that while he felt that people had been surprised by the inclusion of Glover in the show, the daredevil had -- similar to third-season contestant Jerry Springer -- defied his expectations and "charmed this ballroom" with his presence.
"It's been pleasure to have you here," he added.
Unlike most of the season's previous results show, Glover and Schwimmer were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars without competing in a "Dance Off" competition with the week's second-lowest ranked couple.
Champion bull rider Ty Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower had finished next-to-last on Monday night's judges' leaderboard and were the other couple still in danger of elimination when Glover and Schwimmer's ouster was revealed, however Bergeron was careful to note that they were not necessarily the week's second-lowest ranked couple.
"Alright, Ty and Chelsie [and] Steve-O and Lacey [are] still in jeopardy [but] while one of them has the lowest overall total when we combined the judges' scores and your [home viewer] votes, the other is not necessarily in the bottom two [couples]," Bergeron said.
Glover had been criticized by judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman -- who gave him a 16 for his Rumba performance with Schwimmer during the show's performance show on Monday -- for the lack of movement in his dance, however they'd been pleased with his continued determination and heart he had shown during the competition.
"There was something oddly mesmerizing about watching you dance, I was totally taken in," Inaba said. "And I think, totally on a serious note, it's your commitment and the way you approach this with such honesty and you're so vulnerable. It's a beautiful thing to watch."
Goodman was more blunt in his assessment of the dance.
"Well, you can't confuse movement with dancing. There was not hip action, there was no footwork, and it was no good," he said. "I can't be kind, it was no good."
"Thank God for 'Racy Lacey,' because I tell ya, she looked hot," added Tonioli. "Steve-O you have the charm of a confused puppy, all awkward moments and hesitancy. And of course people respond to that, but the dancing is bad."
Prior to Glover's elimination, Bergeron also revealed that next week's performances will feature costumes designed and picked out by each dance couple's celebrity contestant. Usually the professional dancer is the one who makes decisions regarding what the couple will wear during their dances.
Monday night's live performance show had ended with rapper Kimberly Denise "Lil' Kim" Jones and professional partner Derek Hough surviving a near wardrobe malfunction and finishing atop the judges' leaderboard with a score of 28 out of 30 for their jive routine.
They were followed by jilted The Bachelor bachelorette Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani, who came in second place with a score of 27 out of 30.
Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas and Sex and the City actor Gilles Marini and his partner Cheryl Burke both tied for third place with scores of 26 out of 30.
Country singer Chuck Wicks and his partner/real-life girlfriend Julianne Hough followed in fifth place with a score of 23 out of 30, while former NFL superstar Lawrence Taylor and partner Edyta Swilinska followed in sixth place with a score of 22 out of 30.
Murray and Hightower had followed in seventh place with an 18 out of 30 score, while Glover and Schwimmer posted the lowest score of the week with their 16 out of 30.