Last week “Tucker” senior producer Willie Geist reported that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay had endorsed country singer Sara Evans on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans,” the letter read. “Sara will be a great representative of the values that we want to see in the media and we should all support her to keep her on the show as long as possible.”
If a vote for Sara Evans is a vote for good values in the media, what then, is a vote for media personality and veteran reporter Tucker Carlson?
The judges agreed Carlson had a lot of fun during his performance on the “Dancing” premiere, for which Carlson temporarily donned the iconic bow tie that once defined his on-air personality. But the compliments stopped there.
“What an awful mess,” judge Bruno Tonioli decreed, comparing Carlson’s dance to sitting on a toilet and punishing him with a score of three out of 10.
Carlson was undaunted.
“I’m going to win Bruno over,” Carlson responded. “The seeds of affection are there and once he marinates in me a little bit, we’ll be friends.”
Carlson – along with Evans – will need the help of his political supporters and his own “base” if he is to get the chance to impress
With a combined score of 12, Carlson was the low score on the night followed by Evans with a 15. Jerry Springer, the oldest dancer in the competition, scored a 16.
Mario “A.C. Slater” Lopez led the pack with a 26 followed by NFL legend Emmitt Smith with a 24.
Luckily for Carlson, audience vote counts for half the overall score.
To encourage fans to weigh in, “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron read a quote from a letter Sharpton wrote to endorse Tucker at the end of the show: “Voting in celebrity dance contests is not just your right in this country, it’s a privilege.”
Bergeron did not read the first part of Sharpton's letter:
“I don’t have to remind you that we are living in trying and uncertain times. That’s why now, more than ever, we need a strong leader who will stand up for what we believe. Better yet, we need a leader who will dance for what we believe. Tucker Carlson is just such a dancer. I ask you to join me in supporting Tucker as he competes on the ABC program, ‘Dancing With The Stars’.”
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