DwtS In-Season Update: 10-03-06

My preseason pick to win Dancing with the Stars 3
was axed last week, but that won’t stop the weekly power rankings. As
the eight remaining couples prepare for tonight’s Performance Episode,
who looks to be in the most danger of being sent home tomorrow?

8. Jerry Springer & Kym Johnson
Jerry’s
the celeb most likely to be eliminated tomorrow night, mostly because
he asked his fans to stop voting for him. But Jerry’s rowdy fans may
not listen to their ringmaster.

7. Willa Ford & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Willa’s
spent more time in the bottom two than any of the other stars left in
the competition. She has to build on her growing fan base by turning on
the charm and showing that she’s got the dancing skills to hang with
the best.

6. Vivica A. Fox & Nick Kosovich
Vivica
has always scored in third place or higher with the judges, so how
could she be in danger? If message boards and YouTube video views are
any indication of how the general voting audience feels, her “diva”
attitude isn’t winning over any new fans. While message boards are sometimes anything but the definitive indicator of public opinion, the people who post at them
may be on to something.

5. Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff
Mario
blew everyone away with his stellar performance in week one. But he’s
losing support by trying to be the flashiest dancer, instead of the
best dancer. He needs to at least acknowledge the rules and stop being
so defensive with the judges before his fans ditch him for other, less
(needlessly) rebellious contestants.

4. Sara Evans & Tony Dovolani
The
judges have started to warm up to Sara, and her fans are numerous.
She’s in no danger of losing her voting base, unless she pulls a Dixie
Chicks and criticizes President Bush.

3. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke
Last
week’s low score from the judges was most likely a fluke. Cheryl knows
how to choreograph winning routines, and Emmitt’s got the hard work
mentality that judges (and fans) love.

2. Monique Coleman & Louis van Amstel
Monique’s
last two performances have shown her to be the best dancer among the
female celebrities. Bruno nicknamed her “Little Miss Sunshine,” and her
positive attitude makes people want her to win. I’m finally starting to
believe she can.

1. Joey Lawrence & Edyta Sliwinska
Joey
seems like he’s having fun with this than anyone else. When the judges
scolded him for breaking the rules, he did the right thing: apologizing
and vowing to correct his behavior. Joey’s charming and charismatic,
and he’s definitely got the moves, so his best strategy to win is not
to change a thing — except for the handstands and lifts.

Other DwtS News:
People
magazine has a behind-the-scenes reports about another injured dancer.
While practicing with Mario, Karina said, “We did a twist and my rib
bone came out.” As grisly as that sounds, Karina will be dancing
tonight.

In other interviews, Jerry talks about dancing the Waltz, and Monique gives some details on her grueling practice schedule.