Avery and Karina Smirnoff danced the salsa in Week 2 (to samba music, which is odd), and it was a remarkable improvement from their Week 1 contemporary dance performance, in the sense that Avery actually moved his feet.
He also took our advice and forced a smile during the performance, although it had all of the natural joy of Wednesday Addams attempting the same:
The judges saw improvement, although they cautioned that Avery needed to “get those hips going.”
Alas, we shall never know if they do or do not lie. America voted, and Avery and Katrina were eliminated.
Here’s their performance:
Entertainment Weekly felt it was for Avery’s “unpalatable attitude.”
Avery, naturally, blames the show itself for sabotaging his team.
“I think we knew as of probably Monday as of last week our fate was sealed. I had conversation with Conrad Green, I think is one of the producers. I was upset at the package they had run the week before. It was a very tacky attempt to show me as the bad boy of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ And I think in reality TV or some sort of competition, if you have a some sort of disagreement with the producers, that seals your fate quite early,” Avery told “GMA”, via Mediaite.
“We had a pretty good idea. We had a fantastic time. I have a friend for life.”
Well that’s cool.
Avery’s right, of course, that producers ultimately affect the results on competitive reality shows with their creative editing and narrative invention. Like, for example, framing Sean Avery as “the bad boy of ‘Dancing With The Stars’” because the only reason he’s on the show is because he was “the bad boy of the NHL.” Wow, what a complete and total mischaracterization …
Fare thee well, Sean Avery. We have no idea how Lando Calrissian made the cut, either.