I don't know what Natalie Coughlin getting the boot from Dancing with the Stars tells you, but it tells me only one thing: the fans, not the judges, have started to dictate the tempo this season. And on hindsight, while Natalie's elimination seems shocking if you'd look at the scores and averages and the leader board, from a popularity contest point of view (that Dancing with the Stars is), it totally seems logical and even inevitable.
Sure she had a bad week, and made worse with the scores being so close. So while Michael Irvin and to a certain extent Louie Vito are bombing on the dance floor, the fact some people may be constantly voting for them saved their asses. Can the same be said about Natalie, who scowls for than she smiles and appears totally uptight if she's focusing? I don't think so.
But back to the DWTS viewers dictating the tempo bit, how else can you explain Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff, by no means the worst couple remaining, landing in the bottom two for two weeks running? Sure, Aaron may have had a lot of fans during his heyday, but his smarmy attitude seems to have turned off not a few people, and as a result, he's starting to drift away from the frontrunner status that he and his partner so proudly basked in early in the season.
So who's following Natalie Coughlin? A lot of us would love to see Michael Irvin exit (and with two people going home thanks to double elimination, the odds are stacked against him indeed), but let's remember how well fun, charming footballers have done historically on Dancing with the Stars.
So who's next then? It can be a toss between the following, all depending on their performances and scores: Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer (although he's kind of the hot thing lately), Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower, Michael Irvin and Ana Demidova, Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff. Finally, to see how they'll fare with the dances assigned to them, check out this article.