Last dance for The Ocho?

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on May 17, 2010 – 10:20 pm


The cards were already stacked against Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco heading into the Final Four of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

Pitted against an ice skater, a pop star and a former college dance teamer, The Ocho responded in the underdog role with some of his best dancing of the show. Topping off his last dance by ripping off his top during a torrid Samba, he gave it a good go with a solo that took him sliding across the floor on his knees.

But he could only get a 25 from the three judges. Together with three 9s for a waltz, that put him in fourth and last place heading into Tuesday’ night’s results show at 8 p.m. He ended up with 52 while skater Evan Lysacek and pop star Nicole Scherzinger went 59 out of 60 to finish tied for first with former University of Florida dancer Erin Andrews putting up 56 in her two dances.

A  couple of hours before he went on, he revealed that he wasn’t as nervous as he was on Sunday and sounded pretty loose when he put Burke on the line.

“Do or die,” said Burke, a multi-winner of the Mirror Ball.  

 The episode was spiced with background stories on the four contestants, and The Ocho’s segment included interviews with his grandmother, daughter, Terrell Owens, and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis allowed that Ocho didn’t think the experience would be as hard as it has become. It has been a little bit harder because Ochocinco says he’s been getting up early to lift weights.

Now he finds out Tuesday night if the fan votes have brought football season, or if he’s dancing for another week and into next Monday’s last episode.

“I don’t want to go home,” he said.

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