February 11, 2006 12:05 AM by Joe Blackmon
Dancing with the Stars has followed a fairly predictable path since the shocking (and some say long overdue) elimination of Master P. Everyone at this point knows that the finale is going to be a showdown between couples Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani and Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke. The only surprise could be that Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya do have an outside chance because of their popularity in the viewer vote. However, if Jerry Rice appears to be getting close to pulling an upset then the judges will probably give him zeroes to keep him from interfering with their dream showdown between Stacy Keibler and Drew Lachey.
Despite Stacy & Tony and Drew & Cheryl being awarded perfect scores by the judges, Lisa Rinna & Louis Van Amstel are awarded the encore dance as the couple that surprised them the most. Natasha Bedingfield performs her single “Unwritten,” and Bill Medley and his daughter McKenna perform “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life.”
The judges talk about who surprised them the most during the performance show. Bruno Tonioli chooses Stacy Keibler and talks about her “assets.” Len Goodman chooses Lisa Rinna saying she flew around like a butterfly. Carrie Ann Inaba chooses Jerry Rice and praises the commitment, power, and passion that he brought to the dance floor.
The first two couples that get let off the hook and are told that they are continuing to the next round are Jerry & Anna and Drew & Cheryl. The next couple to be announced as safe is Stacy & Tony. Lisa & Louis and George & Edyta are the two couples with the lowest total scores. In no surprise, George Hamilton & Edyta Sliwinska are eliminated. Before leaving George Hamilton asks his fan base to throw their support behind “his future wife” Stacy Keibler.