The exodus of women on “Dancing with the Stars” this season hasn’t gone unnoticed by the contestants. “Crap. That’s what I make of that. Crap. It’s just crap. All I’m gonna say. I think it’s horse crap,” Bobby Bones told “Entertainment Tonight” of the all-female eliminations (watch above).
Nikki Glaser, Danielle Umstead, Nancy McKeon and Tinashe have been the casualties so far, and all except for Tinashe were in the all-female bottom five the first week. The bleeding stopped on Monday, but only because it was a non-elimination, so the unfortunate streak could continue next week if Evanna Lynch, Alexis Ren or Mary Lou Retton goes home. There has never been five straight eliminations of the same gender in the show’s history.
“It’s really interesting and I don’t think that that’s fair necessarily,” Bones’ partner Sharna Burgess said. “I don’t understand how that happened. That’s a massive coincidence that it’s been all the women who went home.”
But Bones has an idea on how to even out the field. “I say we send all the dudes home except me,” he joked.
“I’m into it, but also don’t bring back the women,” Burgess added. “We’ll just stay competing against [Ren, Retton and Lynch].”
Because of the non-elimination, there will be two double eliminations the remainder of the season, one of them on the first night of the finale. Whether the first double will occur next week is unclear, but Burgess is “absolutely” worried about it. “Who isn’t worried about a double elimination?” she said. “That’s terrifying.”
Not Bones, though, who’s trying to maintain realistic expectations. “What am I gonna do? Go home and worry about it?” he said. “I’m going to dance the best I can dance. This is how every week works: We work so hard and I get up and I don’t do as good out here as I normally do, and she’s like, ‘C’mon, why did you do so bad?’ And I go, ‘I’ll do better.’ And then we do it again. So I’m just hoping we just continue to get a little bit better. But I won’t be as good next week as I will be in practice this week, but that’s just how it goes.”
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