Kurt Warner has been eliminated from season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. And he will be missed.
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Kurt's elimination was definitely a bittersweet moment. Based on the level of competition remaining on DWTS
, the removal of Kurt and Anna was not wholly unjustified. Solid, middle-of-the-pack performances with spurts of flair characterized Kurt's season. He never won, but most of the dancing put Kurt at the high end of the middle. With the semi-finals coming up next week, middle just isn't good enough.
On the other hand, Kurt was a lovely person to have on Dancing with the Stars
. Attractive, hard-working and unfailingly polite, why wouldn't
you want Kurt around? It's no surprise that the other dancers cheered him so strongly after his elimination.
What dances led to Kurt's eventual elimination? A look back at the eight weeks of performances gives a glimpse into Kurt's DWTS
season.Week 1: The Viennese Waltz
Carrie Ann and Bruno liked it. Len did not. I kind of thought it looked like a wedding dance. But it was a decent start for a performer trying to find his footing in an unfamiliar endeavor. Brought down by Len's 5, Kurt and Anna got 19 points in their first week.Bruno
: "You're such a graceful quarterback! I can see great potential!"Week 2: The Jive
Kurt and Anna's jive was thoroughly entertaining with its Top Gun
theme and joking moves (a moon walk and pushups were involved). Kurt's slightly goofy demeanor was only an asset to the fun, earning the dance 21 points.Carrie Ann
: "You know, you kind of remind me of everyone's favorite uncle who gets drunk at the wedding... and the inner dancer comes out."Week 3: The Foxtrot
This would be the week when Kurt drank tea with his incredibly adorable daughters. And then he skipped through the foxtrot. It was an altogether charming night for Kurt and Anna, with only a little awkwardness to bring the dance to 23 points.Bruno
: "Your frying pans!"Week 4: The Rumba
Kurt found the sexy for this week, despite his worries about his wife's reaction. Improvement was plainly obvious as Kurt and Anna smoothly moved through their performance to 34 points (15 for technique, 19 for performance). Not one of their higher rankings, but a strong effort.Len
: "I think you pitched the romantic side of the performance just right."Week 5: The Quickstep
Kurt's occasional stiffness and goofy demeanor helped him in the fifth week when his quickstep with Anna succeeded. The pair had fun, and it showed, giving them 24 points and a tie for third place.Carrie Ann
: "I think I just saw the spirit of Gene Kelly enter the body of Kurt!"Week 6: The Paso Doble
Rock Week was Kurt's lowest point in the competition, coming in last with a stiff and messy dance. He did look the part, but the judges awarded only 18 points to put Kurt and Anna in last place.Carrie Ann
: "You have the scruffy-scruffy, but the dance was sort of scruffy-scruffy as well." Week 7: The Tango
Kurt and Anna bounced back in a big way to reprise Emmitt Smith's tango in front of the football player judge. Smith's enthusiastic 10 helped give Kurt's 34 points a tie for second place (when combined with his winning group dance score).Len
: "You come back stronger every time." Week 8: The Waltz
Kurt and Anna got a pair of 24s for their two dances in week 8. The waltz was good but simpler than the competition. And the Instant Dance cha cha was just awesome. Alas, the scores were not high enough for Kurt to stick around!Carrie Ann
: "You're sort of like if they had a Ken doll for adults and he could ballroom dance."
What do you think? Are you upset about Kurt's elimination? Think someone else should have gone? Let us know in the comments!(Image courtesy of ABC)