‘Dancing’ Judge Bruno Tonioli Calls Kate Gosselin’s Performance ‘Catatonic’ As She Sinks In Competition Again
First Published: April 19, 2010 10:29 PM EDT Credit: ABC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Kate Gosselin may have shared her determination to truly compete on “Dancing with the Stars” over the last week, but on Monday night, the reality TV mom was slammed by the show’s judges, with one even suggesting she looked “catatonic” during her performance.
Clips from rehearsals revealed it was another tense week of practice between the “Twist of Kate” star and her professional partner, Tony Dovolani, with the two arguing once again.
“You have put zero energy… in it, and you’re expecting results,” Tony told Kate after she missed some steps. “Not gonna happen.”
Tony even admitted that trying to motivate the mother of eight had taken its toll.
“Kate has no motivation and I have to push her each week and it gets exhausting,” he told the cameras.
Despite the pair’s troubles, Kate said she was feeling more confident in her dancing.
“I feel better out there, I feel more capable, so yeah, we can be the eternal underdogs, that’s fine,” she said in the clip. “I just don’t want to be the eternal underdogs that end up going home.”
Her confidence, however, didn’t translate in the ballroom.
While there were more smiles from the mom (instead of her usual grimaces and serious faces), her fox trot with Tony – to “Don’t You Forget About Me” – a song from “The Breakfast Club” to celebrate the show’s “Movie Night” theme, landed her yet again at the bottom of the pack.
“It was neat and precise, but it wasn’t really a dance, it was a stroll,” British judge Len Goodman said. “You didn’t really dance round the floor, you sort of strolled around the floor.”
Len’s comments seemed almost sweet compared to what came next – remarks from judge Bruno Tonioli, who didn’t hold back.
The fiery Italian hit Kate and Tony hard as the pair took home just 15 points out of 30 in total, putting them at the bottom of the leaderboard for the second week in a row, three points lower than their nearest competitor.
“I think Tony could have had more life out of a frock and a coat hanger,” Bruno said as Tony bit his lip. “You were just wafting around — distant, catatonic. I am actually upset because last week something happened and now everything has gone back, right at the beginning and it is not good enough. I mean it needs a post mortem, not a critique.”
While her critiques weren’t kind, Kate was still buzzing from having her children around and knowing they were supporting her.
“This is the first thing that they absolutely live and breath for,” Kate said. “They count down the days ‘til Monday, so I gotta keep dancing for them. I have to.”
Landing on the other end of the leaderboard, in the top slot, was Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger who gave a sharp and strong tango to “Pretty Woman,” from the movie of the same name, with her partner, Derek Hough.
“Best dance of the season so far,” Len said as the two took home just one point shy of a perfect score (29 out of 30).
Not far behind though,was Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya.
The two tackled a tantalizing rhumba to the theme from “Armageddon,” – Aerosmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” which was also highly praised.
“It had artistry, it had musicality, wonderful fluidity through your arms,” Len said as the twosome scored 27 points. “I thought you did a great job.”
Here’s how the rest of the pack did:
Niecy Nash opened the show with a jive to “La Bamba” alongside Louis van Amstel. Although judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Niecy was the “shimmy queen,” the two netted just 18 out of 30 points.
Bengals star Chad Ochocinco had been Tweeting about hitting a wall over the weekend and it showed in his quickstep with Cheryl Burke to “The Jungle Book’s” “Bare Necessities.” While Len said it was “bright and lively,” their scores were dismal – just 18 out of 30.
ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy sunk in the standings thanks to a so-so jive to “C’est La Vie,” that was given just 22 out of 30.
Although he started the dance like Tom Cruise in “Risky Business” – without his pants – Jake Pavelka only mildly heated up the dance floor with Chelsie Hightower, scoring just 23 out of 30.
Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood churned out a charming quickstep to “9 To 5,” but the judges said it was only worth 21 out of 30 points.
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