The Best of the Worst of 'Dancing With the Stars'
On Monday's premiere of
"Dancing With the Stars," there were some
great performances and some
not-so-great ones, but there was no one who was just incredibly, epically awful. Of course, that's no impediment to
becoming beloved on the show.
So here's my rundown of the top of the bottom on the dance floor ...
Kenny Mayne: The ESPN anchorman went out in the first week of season 2 (and deservedly so, as he had all the fluid grace of an Old Navy mannequin), but parlayed his brief appearance on the show into many guest spots, including as host of the "DanceCenter" spoof segments, featured on results shows (click here and here for a look).
Tucker Carlson: The political broadcaster and founder of the new "Daily Caller" website "danced" while sitting in a chair and was unsurprisingly eliminated in the first episode of season 3. But, like Mayne, he wasn't afraid to make fun of himself and returned the next season to participate in a skit in which he entered "dance rehab."
Wayne Newton: Mr. Las Vegas had to say not "danke schoen" but "auf Wiedersehen" in the third round of season 5, proving that being a star on the Strip doesn't mean you can shine on the dance floor.
Penn Jillette: The illusionist, skeptic and vocal half of
Steve Guttenberg: The actor and "Police Squad" star was almost as bad as Jillette in season 6, but equally good-humored and earnest in his effort, which ended in the third round. And the hits just kept on coming that year.
Adam Carolla: The comedian, TV host and radio personality didn't look as much like the Frankenstein monster as Jillette in season 6, and he did have very snappy lines. He went out fourth.
Cloris Leachman: The octogenarian actress brought complete abandon and an edge of insanity to the dance floor and stayed around until round 6 of season 7, purely on the strength of her wacky personality.
Steve Wozniak (above, with Karina Smirnoff): The Apple co-founder brought zero ability but maximum charisma to his four rounds of season 8, and his performance of "the worm" left a permanent mark on "DWTS" history (and possibly on the psyches of viewers).
Tom DeLay: The "Hammer" of the House of Representatives persevered despite stress fractures in both feet before eventually withdrawing. But he recovered enough to return in the season 9 finale to perform the