A certain writer I know devotes many blog entries to American Idol. Never got interested in that one. My daughter and son-in-law made me tape every episode of two Survivor series for them while they were out of the country. Too cutthroat for my tastes, so I leave that series alone, too. Reality TV in general? Doesn't do a thing for me.
Except for one.
I'm a lifelong wannabe (read "usually in the privacy of my living room with the curtains drawn") dancer, so Dancing With the Stars grabbed my attention right from the start. (Although for some reason we missed the second season--too busy maybe?)
Last season I couldn't take my eyes off Emmitt Smith. Talk about smooooooth! I was so glad he edged out Mario Lopez for the trophy. This time around the field of celebrity talent doesn't seem as strong. Clyde the Glide is definitely hampered by his height, but even so, he just doesn't have the moves. Billy Ray got voted "most improved" recently. I'll have to agree. But truthfully, it didn't take much.
This week they said goodbye to Leeza Gibbons. Her dance moves may be as stiff as a piece of plywood, but as one of the judges said, she sure doesn't look 50! I hope I look that good when . . . Oops, too late--50 is already in my rearview mirror!
I actually met Leeza many years ago. And, hey! It was when I was a dancer! Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, I performed in the folk dancing floor show at a Greek restaurant (and I'm not even Greek!). Leeza had dinner there one evening, back in the days when she was a local Dallas talk show host, and the featured belly dancer and I ran into her in the ladies' room. How cool is that! Even then, she must have dreamed of becoming a dancer, because she raved about our show.
If I had to guess who'll be getting the boot next week, I'd say John Ratzenberger or Clyde Drexler. Although audience voting doesn't appear to have anything to do with the stars' actual dancing skills. It's purely a popularity contest. Whoever has the most fans wins.
Because, last season, how else could Jerry Springer have lasted as long as he did!