No one expected Carole Baskin to survive on Dancing With The Stars for very long. At least one celebrity is cast as a stunt gag every season, from Tucker Carlson way back in Season 3 to 2019’s Sean Spicer. These contestants aren’t expected to make it more than a week or two into the competition. Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin fits that model, especially in Twitter’s response to her. The judge’s remarks in Week One suggested Baskin was never going to last long. This video of Carole Baskin’s final DWTS dance might explain why the judges chose to send her home in Week Two.
Dancing With The Stars first introduced way back in 2014 with Season 17. For a long time, the theme, which is a tie in the channel ABC’s parent company, Disney, came on Week 5. That put it after the weakest dancers had been cut, but while there were still quite a few contenders left.
This year, as part of the DWTS shake-ups, Disney Night has moved to a far earlier spot in the calendar, turning up on Week 2. It maximized the number of Disney songs, and it gave Baskin a couple of different options. Dance to music from The Jungle Book about evil tiger Shere Khan? Or pick something more uplifting from The Lion King, slightly off-brand, but a far more heroic, big cat?
Baskin went with the more well-known big cat character from Disney’s pantheon, dancing the Samba to "The Circle Of Life."
Fans were not impressed, with tweets that compared Baskin’s costume to those worn in the musical Cats. The judges weren’t fond of her performance either. After her first week turning up an abysmal 11 out of 30 points, this week brought her only one better, with a low score of 12.
But it was judge Bruno Tonioli who savaged Baskin’s moves in the Samba.
Baskin wasn’t the only one who had an off night. Anne Heche didn’t do so well either, landing in the bottom two alongside Baskin. Tonioli announced he was saving Heche and was joined in that decision by judge Derek Hough, sending Baskin back to her cats.
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