Still dancing with Helio

Posted by Iannucci | 11/05/2007 | 3 comments »
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It’s another Dances With Helio kind of Monday again, and after the Cheater Girl was shockingly sent home last week our own beloved Happy Feet has now bested half of the field with but a handful of weeks remaining. After exchanging sobbing “I Love You”s with her dance partner last week, Sabrina looks to be the early favorite to capture the “Sleeping With the Stars award”.


Being a newbie to watching this dancing thing, I had no idea this was not a dancing show. No friends, it’s a popularity show, and after seeing Helio hobble around on a bruised knee the first week it’s clear the way to gain the maximum popularity is by garnering sympathy with the television audience.

Check the list of “reasons to pity me” the other finalists have displayed:

Old Spice – Scary Mel had a cold a few weeks ago, and now she’s battling an eye infection. She’ll probably have diverticulitis this week, so count your lucky stars you aren’t her healthcare provider.

Dr Quinn – Jane Seymour missed the elimination episode last week due to “food poisoning”. Plus she’s older than dirt, which means the judges are incessantly tripping over themselves to see who can call her “classy” the most times.

Humpy – While Cameron has no obvious injuries, he has subtly reminded everyone how nice his wife is for letting him dry-hump his “partner” every week. Plus, how can you not take pity on a guy who dances with a woman who’s wardrobe is straight outta Cher’s garage sale?

90210 – Jennie Garth tripped and fell in the opening weeks, but she’s really played up the angle about how she’s been FORCED to neglect her kids while dancing with a teenage boy for 8-10 hours a day. The horror, the horror.

Grandma Osmond – The pity champ thusfar, Marie fainted on LIVE television. Dropped to the floor with a thud, I tell ya. This can only be trumped by saving a child from a burning building or dying. Or both.

Helio, you defiitely have your work cut out for you. These washed up stars are shameless, and limping isn't going to cut it anymore. It's time for you to develop a mild case of laryngitis like you did in Michigan, big guy. You've made us watch this much, so you better do what needs to be done to win the freaking thing.

3 comments

  1. mmack // November 05, 2007 2:12 PM  

    Jeff,

    Say what you will about Helio, it's obvious he's having way too much fun doing this. Here in Chicago all of the morning radio shows that follow Dancing With The Stars have annointed Helio the clear favorite to win, and one station did an interview with him. And with estimates of 13 million people tuning in each Monday, if even 10% of them check out an IRL race on ABC or ESPN in '08, that's another million plus viewers. So again I ask: who is having the more enjoyable IRL off-season, Sam "My Car Owner Has To Buy Me a Starting Spot" Hornish, or Helio "The Latin Tornado" Castroneves?

  2. Bash // November 05, 2007 11:38 PM  

    As we saw this evening, the Helio angle is tugging at the heart strings after mama and papa sent him a video greeting. Our ray of sunshine is reportedly very quick to cry, and did so on the spot. He's admitted to tearing up at animated kid's movies before, and one writer says 'Helio cries when the sun rises, and when it sets, and cries with joy in between at his good fortune of being a race car driver."

    Did the heart string tugging work? We'll see tomorrow night, but at least we can say it was not an act - that's our Helio. Me, I just wanted to hug him for an hour.

    Vote, peeps, VOTE! :P

  3. mmack // November 07, 2007 6:53 AM  

    Jeff,

    In light of his decision about Sam-I-Am and Kurt Busch swapping points so Sammy can start races in the N-word series, will Roger Penske buy Helio the win on Dancing with the Stars? Curious minds want to know.