Sugar Ray Leonard: Champion Boxer Eliminated, Was His Exit a Massive Upset?
Sugar Ray Leonard Was Eliminated from Dancing With the Stars, but Did He Flop in the Competition
Sugar Ray Leonard was a giant in the boxing ring.
He pounded his opponents with hard punches and moved with great grace and quickness. In theory, this should have translated well to Dancing With the Stars.
This week was the first-ever classical theme on "DWTS" in which technique was paramount and stars were told their performances had to be "pitch perfect." Leonard and Trebunsakaya earned their highest score from the judges Monday night, 21 out of 30 for their Viennese waltz, but did not escape elimination.
"That's life. I put up a good fight," the boxer said after learning his fate and gracefully making his exit. Judge Len Goodman called Leonard "the heart of the show."
"I had the best time of my life. It was an experience I never thought would take place because I'm not a ballroom dancer, but the crash course I had was wonderful," he said today on "GMA."
I honestly thought he was going to do well in this role, yet he couldn't progress as quickly as some of the other dancers, mainly Hines Ward. Early on, he struggled with the use of his hands since he was so used to keeping them up in the ring.
However, despite those shortcomings, I don't think he deserved to go home.
What I want to know is, how many times does Kirstie Alley have to screw up before having to go home?
First there was a fall, then there was a lost shoe and yet, she's still dancing in this competition. At some point, the love affair with her has to stop. Then again, this entire show is a popularity contest, not a competition based on actual skill. Just ask Bristol Palin.
Sugar Ray did an admirable job, but he wasn't popular enough with the show's fanbase to warrant staying in the competition—it's the sad truth of Dancing With the Stars.
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