We knew there was a double elimination coming on “Dancing with the Stars” on Country Night, but we didn’t see this one coming. Despite the frequent success of football players on the show — including four past Mirror Ball champions — Super Bowl winner DeMarcus Ware fumbled the ball and was sent home with John Schneider in a tie for seventh place. And yet that came on the night he also got his highest scores ever. Did he really deserve to be sent home?
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t as enamored of Ware as the judges were this season. I thought the reputation of NFL stars went to their heads, resulting in some scores that were higher than his dances merited. For that reason I’m not entirely surprised he was tackled by “DWTS” viewers, but I did think he had enough audience support to carry him farther than this, if not to the end zone than at least the 10-yard line — okay, no more football puns.
And it’s inarguably true that Ware had better dance technique than Joe Amabile, who keeps gliding through the competition even though he has finished last on the judges’ leaderboard in seven out of the eight nights of competition thus far. That includes Country Night, when Ware not only scored higher than Amabile but achieved a new personal best.
I thought Ware’s Viennese waltz to Chris Stapleton‘s “Tennessee Whiskey” was a real breakthrough, his lightest and most graceful dance yet (watch it above), and the judges agreed. Carrie Ann Inaba told him, “There was love oozing from you … It was stunning.” Len Goodman thought Ware’s footwork needed improvement but appreciated the footballer’s “softness, elegance and gentleness.” And Bruno Tonioli complimented his “wonderful light touch” and his excellent partnering with pro Lindsay Arnold. they gave him 9s across the board for a total of 27 out of 30. Alas, it was too little, too late.
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