Not even Bret Michaels, former lead man of ’80s hairband Poison, could bring the rock-n-roll out of Kurt Warner Monday night during what could be Kurt’s last night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Warner fumbled through a rock-inspired paso doble that made judge Carrie Ann Inaba wince twice. It was a rudderless performance. Warner looked lost and not himself as he fumbled through an instrumental version of Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” A huge change from Warner’s adorable take on the “Bewitched” theme song to the quickstep from the week before. A performance that led Inaba to gloat, “I think I just saw the spirit of Gene Kelly enter the body of Kurt Warner.”
“Not only do we have the paso doble, but I have to pull out the rocker inside of me,” Warner lamented as he and his partner practiced before the competition. Warner’s partner, Anna Trebunskaya did all she could to bring out Warner’s wild side. Problem is, he just doesn’t seem to have one. In a last-ditch effort, Michaels was called to the practice. Even his attempts to dress the former Super Bowl MVP in one of his signature bandannas didn’t rouse Warner’s inner bad-boy. As they awaited their results, Trebunskaya joked that she was trying to anger her pertner by telling him that the Cardinals lost. Nothing doing (though the Cardinals did lose to Seattle, 22-10).
Warner scored the lowest point total of any of the dancers and is now in jeopardy of having his montage shown Tuesday night on the results show. (Each dancer, as he or she gets the boot, gets a warm “Dancing with the Stars” sendoff including a sappy montage of all their cutest moments on previous shows.) Without the audience’s help, Warner is in line for the sendoff. He and Trebunskaya amassed a measly 22 points Monday night. Even Bristol Palin feels safe this week. (Not so fast, Bristol, audience votes do count for half the score.)
Judge Len Goodman moaned of Warner’s performance, “You looked awkward doing it. I felt awkward watching it.” This can’t be good for the teo-time NFL MVP’s DWTS future. Tell us what you think. Will the paso doble be Warner’s last dance?