Don't let the scattered boos from the audience fool you: The Dancing With the Stars crowd wasn't all that upset when reality star Kristin Cavallari was told she was headed for the hills. There was nothing close to the outrage displayed during DWTS's most shocking elimination ever, in Season 5, when the super-talented and chock full of personality Disney kid, Sabrina Byran (also partnered by pro Mark Ballas), was sent packing.
No, other than head judge Len Goodman crying foul, this was small wave of protest over saying goodbye to a worthy competitor when several others — including Chaz Bono, Carson Kressley and Nancy Grace — don't have half of her dancing ability. But the fact is, she didn't attract enough votes to stick around.
Maybe it's because Cavallari started the show in defensive mode, telling viewers the very first night that "I'm not a bitch," after playing one very successfully on The Hills. Or maybe it's because her personal story on Monday night, which featured dances based on "The Most Important Year of My LIfe," couldn't hold a candle to a wounded Iraqi war veteran (R.J. Martinez), a divorcee talk show host who loses her home in a fire (Ricki Lake), a child honoring his deceased father (Rob Kardashian) or the social isolation and fear one has to overcome when one discovers he or she is gay (Kressley) or wants to be a different gender (Chaz). Cavallari's biggest hurdle was choosing between the entertainment industry and going to college. "Maybe my story wasn't emotional enough," says Cavallari.
Or well-known enough. "I didn't know who she was," said one woman in the crowd Tuesday night. "So I won't miss her."
What did get the crowd excited was hearing that Cher will be in the audience next Monday night to cheer on her son, who escaped elimination yet again despite ending up at the bottom of the leader board. The other crowd-pleasing news was that former pro Julianne Hough, who has become an actress, will return on Tuesday for results night as part of her publicity push for the remake of "Footloose." Hough will dance with her co-star in the movie, Kenny Wormald. But, there will be a sibling dance, as well, says her brother, Derek: "We're cooking something up."
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