Here’s something you probably didn’t think you’d hear a month ago: Tonya Harding is more well-liked than Nancy Kerrigan. At least among our readers. In a recent poll asking which of the two they preferred on “Dancing with the Stars,” Harding skated away with 51 percent of the vote.
Though her casting was met with criticism, Harding made the most of her “Dancing” run, embracing the whole experience, and winning over viewers with her eagerness to learn and her surprisingly adept dance ability. Her exuberant freestyle — to “I Will Survive” — encapsulated her journey on the show, which was basically the living embodiment of “You like me, you really like me!” She came in third place, three standings higher than Kerrigan’s finish in Season 24, and is grateful to America for giving her a second chance.
“Thank you to America for giving me the chance to finish something I started along [sic] time ago, last night felt like it was the first time I landed the triple axel,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you to @sashafarber1 for absolutly [sic] everything, you are the best, and we friends for life.”
Kerrigan received 32 percent of the vote. She was also a very strong dancer, but clearly didn’t connect with viewers enough to stick around longer. She fell in a double elimination with Nick Viall and has the lowest finish of all figure skaters who’ve been on the show, not counting Dorothy Hamill, who withdrew for health reasons after two dances.
But why choose between them? Ten percent liked the former rivals equally. It’s also hard to compare them directly since the lengths and formats of their respective seasons were so different. Meanwhile, just 7 percent said they didn’t like either.