After a pretty good run, it appears Kendra Wilkinson’s overall strategy of revealing herself (literally) just a little at a time and then bringing out the big guns backfired. On Tuesday evening’s results episode of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” host Tom Bergeron announced that she had danced her last dance of the competition.
Wilkinson started off Season 12 as the prospective winner. But she told Us Weekly that she believed she had a lot to worry about with her competition, foremost among them Kirstie Alley and her popularity.
Randall Christensen, a “DWTS” costume designer, told Hollywood Life before the season began that a wardrobe malfunction for Wilkinson was a possibility, but they were going to attempt to be more discreet from the beginning.
“She is going to be a lot of fun, she’s kind of a tomboy, but a sexy tomboy,” he said. “We’re gonna peeling away layers, we aren’t going to give it all away. That’s the psychology we’re working with.”
“I can’t look too sexy,” she added later. “That’s the key, you know. I’m already known as the Playboy girl, so I can’t go out there and do that. I have to be ABC appropriate!”
“I’m all about freestyle and shaking my butt!,” she told US Weekly, ignoring the fact that she was the star of a two reality shows and the focus of two best-selling adult movies. “That’s all I got! And I think Kirstie Alley wins the popularity vote; she has the most fans, I think.”
And shake it she did. In fact, it may have been what got her eliminated.
According to Kendra Wilkinson Examiner Roz Zurko, the past few weeks have shown Wilkinson going all-out sexy. Two weeks previous to her elimination, Zurko noted that the Playboy model’s performance as a “dance routine really resembled one of a night club stripper.” In fact, judge Bruno Tonioli called it, “The Revenge of the Stripper, Part One: The Attack of the Killer Boobs.”
In a subsequent critique of the departing Wilkinson, Zurko noted that the “booty-shaking, uninhibited” dancer had “made her mark on ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” putting “more “sexy” into the show than it has seen before.”
But Kirstie Alley’s progress and skill, not to mention the progressively and sometimes better-performing dancers left in the Top 5 (Romeo, Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane, and Ralph Macchio) on the show, saw Wilkinson relying more and more on sexy as opposed to skill. Although the routines seemed to go over well with the judges, voters apparently tuned it out. And when enough voters tuned out, it wasn’t long before Kendra Wilkinson was turned out.
“‘Dancing With The Stars’ Results: Wilkinson Booted,” ABCNews.go.com
“Kendra Wilkinson gets ready to rumba at practice ahead of Dancing With The Stars,” DailyMail.co.uk
Katrina Mitzeliotis, “Spoiler Alert! Don’t Expect Kendra To Show Lots Of Skin For ”¹…”DWTS’ Debut!,” HollywoodLife.com
Roz Zurko, “Kendra Wilkinson’s stripper routine on ‘DWTS’ shocked judges,” Examiner.com
Roz Zurko, “Kendra Wilkinson: the sexy cleavage bouncing ‘DWTS’ celebrity sent home,” Examiner.com