As we’re down to the final two on Dancing with the Stars, I suppose I should warn you that in a sentence or two, I’m going to tell you who they are. So if you haven’t watched, you probably shouldn’t read much past here.
I don’t think I would have been overly surprised at any of the three remaining competitors going home — maybe Mario a little more than Emmitt or Joey, but given the three-way tie in the judging last night, it really could have been any of them.
As it turns out, that someone was Joey, and I’m gonna blame — well, I don’t know, exactly. The sailor suit, maybe? Carrie Ann Inaba’s over-the-top flirtation with Emmitt? The well-documented massive ironic fan base for Saved by the Bell? You voted; you tell me.
As for next week’s finals, we have pretty much the same setup as last year: the long-running favorite (Mario) versus the superstar athlete (Emmitt) who’s been something of a surprise. Drew Lachey was a pretty handy winner last time, with Jerry Rice riding a big wave of audience support into the final two.
I don’t think that’s the case this time. Emmitt is a better dancer than Jerry was, and he and Mario were in a flat-footed tie among the judges Tuesday. I’m set for an entertaining finale — who do you think has the inside track?