Dance skeptic, dance!

Dance skeptic, dance!

Dance skeptic, dance!

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March 18 2008 9:30 PM

Dance skeptic, dance!

Happily, my brother-in-law reminded me that the premier of Dancing with the Stars was on Monday night, so I caught the stylings of skeptic, magician, loudmouth, and (literal) giant among men Penn Jillette.

His partner is Kym Johnson, who is not 17 feet tall as I had hoped. She was wearing very tall heels, and was still like six meters shorter than Penn.

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I have to admit, he did better than I thought he would, and he actually did a move where he dove between Ms. Johnson's legs which was pretty bold. Actually, right at the start I thought he might snap her leg off, but she appeared to survive that as well (one of the judges noticed this as well).

The judges were snarky, of course, and gave him a low score, lower than I thought he deserved. I guess they don't handicap. I'll note that, as usual, Penn does all the talking while his partner does all the work.

I can't imagine how this will be handled at TAM 6. We'll have to show some clips, I think...