Helio foxtrotting to glory

Posted by Iannucci | 9/26/2007 | 4 comments »
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So how did he do? Not too shabby. Considering Helio and his partner got the most "points" it would seem he's unlikely to go home this week. No offense to Danica Patrick, but having someone approach her level of exposure who has actually won quite a few races seems like a very real possibility if he's gonna keep looking like this.

Here's the video of Helio's performance, although posting footage is NOT going to become a regular feature. It's more so you can judge for yourself what 20 meeeellion viewers are seeing as representative of perhaps their first impression of IndyCar racing.

Note that some of that Detroit footage looks a lot like Chicagoland, and before you say anything, I think they meant he was the youngest to win back-to-back Indy 500s. I'm cool with a few mistakes (hey, they got his name right), but it's tremendously disappointing they couldn't work Tomas Scheckter's famous quote in there. Oh well.

Our DWTS expert Jennifer says: Helio came out with a smile and charmed everyone. He seemed to genuinely enjoy himself and there was obvious chemistry between him and Julianne. Perhaps I’m a bit biased, but having watched every season and having a feel for what the judges are looking for, I thought he gave one of the best ballroom performances I have seen in the first round during any season. There were a few spots where his leg extensions could have been a little firmer. But his holds were strong and he seemed relaxed.

The judges were also pleased with Helio and Julianne’s performance, giving them the highest score, a 25, of the men. Never discount the power of the judges’ scores and comments. They can have a strong influence on the viewers’ votes. After seeing her cha cha cha on Monday I believe Helio’s main competition will be Cheetah Girl, Sabrina Bryan.

Thanks Jennifer, but if Castroneves loses to the Cheetah Girl then P1 (Radio Disney fan that she is) will never let me live this down. To paraphrase Al Davis, the Cheetah Girl must go down, and she must go down hard!


  1. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // September 26, 2007 12:07 PM  

    What? I don't get a link back?

  2. Jeff Iannucci // September 26, 2007 12:18 PM  

    My bad - fixed.

    I thought as many times as you've been linked on this site that everyone had you bookmarked by now. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  3. Dale Nixon // September 26, 2007 12:22 PM  

    This all seems to bring up the interesting possibility that Helio stuffed it in Detroit on purpose just to set up that hokey little "are you okay?" scene which they obviously shot more than one take of...

  4. Carrie // September 27, 2007 7:03 AM  

    For a guy that smiles so easily, could Helio's permagrin during his dance have looked any more forced? Wow. Could definitely tell he was nervous there.

    Loved the dance and thought the song was the perfect one to showcase Helio's charm.

    Bewitched, indeed.