My favorite guilty pleasure of the summer returned to my TV screen last week – Dancing with the Stars. Basically, they take several D-list “stars,” pair them with a professional ballroom dance partner, dress them up in sequins and boas and let them loose on the dance floor. Judges scores combined with viewer votes determine who gets kicked out of the competition each week.
It’s cheesier than Wisconsin and oh is it good! How can you not love a show where they Paso Doble to Eye of the Tiger? I’d still watch this program if it were called Dancing with People We Just Picked Up Off the Street. I believe the show originated in Australia, then came to Britain where it was called Strictly Come Dancing and then finally migrated to the US. So thank you Australia for melodramatic reality television and koala bears!
My favorite contestant so far is Tia Carrere who was Wayne’s girlfriend in Waynes’ World. Why do I love her? Because she gave birth in late September, is still sporting some baby weight and she went on national television anyway! An actress, from Hollywood, going on TV before she’s slimmed down. Have I fallen into a black hole and traveled to a parallel dimension?
It’s so common to see magazine articles about how actresses manage to lose all their baby weight in a month or two after giving birth. It makes it seem as though this is normal or you’re a huge failure if your body may have changed a bit after pushing a 9 pound, squealing, squirming, creature out of a very tiny hole. In reality, the women who lose the weight so quickly are the unusual ones.
While it shouldn’t be a big deal that Tia Carrere is still heavier than her previous weight, I know among the LA crowd it must be. I’m so proud of her for going on TV anyway when so many other actresses would just chain themselves to their elliptical machines before being spotted in front of a camera.
Which is why it is totally depressing that she was in the bottom two this week, especially when the judges ranked her in the middle. This means she most likely got the least amount of viewer votes of any of the contestants. Master P was safe and he danced like Frankenstein! Thank God that Kenny Mayne dances like Pinocchio or she might have been a goner. I can only guess she didn’t get as many votes because she is not as thin as the other female contestants. Grrrr! Stupid American public!
I am now making it my personal mission in life to keep Tia Carrere on this show. So if you live in the US, call in and email your votes for Tia on Thursday nights. You can call 10 times, toll free! It doesn’t matter if she falls on her ass or trips her partner – vote for her! Show some chubby chick solidarity here. At least until she loses all the weight from dancing, at which time we can cut her loose.