‘Dancing With the Stars’ season lacks star power

Posted March 12, 2009, at 10:59 p.m.

It has been brought to my attention that this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” is like a cloudy night — a few stars can be seen but many viewers are unfamiliar with a handful of the other contestants. So, here’s a quick rundown of the lesser-knowns.

Gilles Marini, known for his role in the “Sex and the City” movie. I never watched the series, therefore didn’t watch the movie, and had no idea that this French actor is supposedly an international household name. Obviously not in my household.

Rodeo athlete Ty Murray. Ummmm, not many people I know follow the rodeo so where did this guy come from?

Steve Wozniak may have co-invented the Apple computer, but since I’m primarily a PC gal and don’t follow the leading philanthropists, I had heard the name but wasn’t sure why he’s being considered a star. I think they just needed an older guy who likely won’t be light on his feet to fill one of their stereotypical slots.

There’s also the traditional athlete, NFL star Lawrence Taylor, who will be made fun of in the locker room but likely will do well on the show.

I think the others are pretty self-explanatory, and although it’s very early in the season I’m ready with my final two — Melissa Rycroft, who recently was unjustly ditched by “The Bachelor,” will get enough pity votes to get her through (and I agree she should go through). My wildcard pick will be Lil’ Kim.

Don’t forget to tune in to the first results show at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

And for the latest twist in reality TV, the “American Idol” judges have added a new rule (nothing like making them up as you go along). But it’s one I think I’m going to like if they use it responsibly and not as a ratings booster.

By allowing the judges to save one contestant whom America votes off and giving them another chance, not much is changed. It simply gives someone who is having a bad night or who makes a bad song choice another chance to prove themselves.

After all, wouldn’t you like a do-over every once in a while?

If you haven’t checked out this season of “Idol,” you don’t know what you’re missing. While there are some of the worst contestants to ever grace the “Idol” stage, there also are some of the best who I’m sure will go on to bigger and better things whether America crowns them the winner or not.

So set those DVRs or tune in to Fox at 8 p.m. Tuesday to pick your favorites just in time for the next big elimination at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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