The success of ABC's Dancing With the Stars may complete our current cultural Mobius strip: Irony has now been embraced so completely, we've become downright earnest. It's quite possible to buy into Dancing only for its absurd lineup (Tatum O'Neal, Master P) -- and then, by week 3, to find yourself on tenterhooks, rooting for former 98 Degree-er Drew Lachey to pull off his tricky Thriller-themed paso doble. Which he did, inspiring one judge to proclaim it the best paso doble of every celebrity of every series I've ever seen! -- a category that would seem so exclusive as to be unworthy of mention.
Dancing is full of such breathless exclamations. Despite its Surreal Life setup -- 10 not-so-much-stars-as-why-don't-we-say-personalities are paired with professional dancers, with one couple eliminated each week -- Dancing's charm isn't as a celebrity freak show.
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