Warner dances from outhouse to penthouse

Kurt Warner with DWTS partner Anna Trebunskaya. (ABC/Adam Larkey)

The Kurt Warner-less Cardinals had to rely on a missed Sebastian Janikowski field goal to eek out a 24-23 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders. On Monday night, Warner scored three points fewer than his former team. But that was enough to make his second week of “Dancing with the Stars” a success.

Though it is slightly different from a three-step drop, preparation for the dance routines calls upon Warner’s great footwork. He is used to the physical rigors of all the practice that goes into a dance routine, but how would he feel about getting the “Dancing with the Stars” look? When asked by his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, if he would spray tan, Warner responded, “Every time if it would help my dancing.” He also donned sequins on his soldier boy army-inspired costume.

DWTS judge Len Goodman didn’t care for Warner last week, when he danced the Viennese Waltz, going so far as to accuse Warner of lacking grace. To which Warner replied on this week’s episode: “I’ve been booed by thousands of people before, so one old guy from England, I think I can handle that.”

Warner had more success this week dancing the Jive, prompting Carrie Ann Inaba to call him a “contender.” Though Goodman did not appreciate being called “an old guy from England,” he celebrated Warner’s performance by saying, “Last week the outhouse, tonight the penthouse.”

Other contestants from the NFL fraternity include Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith,
Chad Ochocinco, Jason Taylor
and Lawrence Taylor. Warner is not the first Super Bowl MVP to be a contestant (Rice and Smith fall in that category), but he is the first quarterback. We’ll see how his experience as a field general translates to the dance floor.

— Tiffany Shine

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