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Mark Cuban asks viewers to keep him 'Dancing with the Stars'

By Christopher Rocchio, 10/01/2007 

Mark Cuban is using the same medium that made him billions to try and save his skin as a Dancing with the Stars fifth-season celebrity participant.

The Internet entrepreneur and his professional partner Kym Johnson were one of Dancing with the Stars bottom two couples based on a combination of the judges scores -- a 21 out of a possible 30 -- as well as home viewer votes cast following last Tuesday night's performance episode.

"Now everyone thinks we are the ones to go next week. Hopefully people will rally to support us," wrote Cuban on his personal website last Wednesday evening following Dancing with the Stars first fifth-season result show.

While Cuban and Johnson were saved from last week's elimination in favor of supermodel Josie Maran and her professional partner Alec Mazo, the former The Benefactor star said he didn't enjoy being a member of the bottom two.

"Going out there on the stage as the different people were being 'saved' to dance another week, and then people with lower scores were 'saved' I realized that Kym and I might be in trouble," wrote Cuban, adding he initially thought he wouldn't have to worry. 

"It did not feel good to be standing up there having the lowest score for Tuesday night. It definitely hurt. I kept looking to my family as they struggled to smile and show their support. I definitely did not want to go home... When they called out Josie's name, I honestly didnt hear it. I was looking at my family. My brother stood up and gave me the thumbs up and I realized that it was ok. We had survived another week. That set off another set of emotions. I was happy. I was mad. I was upset."

Cuban said he was left to wonder what he and Johnson had done wrong but also used it as motivation for the second week of competition.

"I know that Kym and I will be working harder than ever," he wrote on his website.  "We have practice scheduled for first thing tomorrow morning. We have a great Mambo routine worked out to a fun song. When I walk out there next week, I will probably have the same wave of emotions, and I am going to enjoy every minute of it."

Cuban wrote on Sunday morning that he and Johnson have been working more than six-hour days since last Wednesday night in an effort to make their mambo routine wow the judges and home viewers.

"Our Mambo is fun. We have some great moves that hopefully the crowd will love," he wrote on Sunday.  "There are some tough timing moves that I have to get right, but no matter what, I promise that its going to be fun !!"

Even if fans don't answer his call for support, Cuban is pleased the ABC reality competition series has shed some light on who he is as a person.

"Doing DWTS has allowed me to show the real me," he wrote.  "Its actually fun."

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