Dancing with the Stars 8: See Ya, Denise, We Barely Noticed Ya!
Last night, Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy became the second pair of casualties in season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, one week after Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts got booted off. Somehow, though, I'm sadder about Belinda leaving than about Denise.

At the risk of sounding heartless and mean – but let's face it, nobody has ever accused me of having too much compassion – I'm SO glad Denise Richards is gonzo! She barely registered a blip in my brain these past three weeks. As BuddyTV's official Dancing with the Stars recapper, I should probably be able to rattle off the names and occupations of all 13 stars who began the competition. But without fail, I'd be able to list about 10 before having to hunt through the Interwebs to remember the names of the last two. Denise was always one who slipped my mind like this. (David Alan Grier is the other, which doesn't bode well for him and Kym Johnson in the coming weeks of competition. They better step up their game.)

There really was nothing that endeared me to Denise, except maybe her dance partner, that hunky piece of man-meat Maks, but in a way, I'm glad that we won't have to see much more of his grumpypuss face anymore either. He, as the resident bad boy of ballroom, never really had the gracious “we're all winners” attitude of, say, Julianne Hough, but I'd say that Maks' attitude this season was at an all-time low.

During last night's results show, we saw clips of Denise and Maks in the confessional room immediately after their Monday performance. Denise looked incredibly insecure and worried, almost certain that they would be in the bottom two. Maks, on the other hand, looked annoyed and bored and he didn't even open his mouth, let alone say anything encouraging to say to his partner. I imagined a cartoon thought bubble over his head that read, “Kill me now. Just kill me the @#$% now!!”

Looking back on her Dancing with the Stars career (which you can peruse in the slideshow below), Denise Richards was definitely not the worst dancer in the group. She performed better than Holly Madison did in last night's dance-off, improving by 3 points versus Holly's 1. But ultimately, what did Denise in was her completely lack of charisma or likeability or presence. On the show, she was nothing more than a nonentity with great hair.

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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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