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You Must Watch This: Mike Tyson on Italian 'Dancing With The Stars'

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 10th 2010 8:40AM
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There is a clip making the rounds right now of Mike Tyson competing on the Italian version of 'Dancing With the Stars', and, wow. It's the most fascinating thing I've seen on the internet all week. Obviously the show is in Italian, but there's a fair amount of English spread throughout the clip: the host says, "congratulations, that was great!" and the song that Tyson dances to is 'Save the Last Dance For Me' sung in English by an Italian speaker, which bears interesting results.

They show the judging process, for which Tyson gets one of those cool translating earpieces like they use at the U.N. Having watched Tyson's performance and then the judging, you can learn a lot about the Italian iteration of this show vs. the American one. Namely that it's a lot easier to get a high score in Italy. One of the judges actually held up his "10" paddle along with his "0" paddle, giving Tyson a "100." Something tells me that he wouldn't have fared so well over in the states.

Now, I'm no professional choreographer (I know, I know. Shocker, right?), but I'm pretty sure Tyson did not deserve the multiple scores of nine and ten that he received. He actually danced by himself for about half of the dance, and even when his partner joined him, seemed to still be dancing by himself. In fact, at one point, she had to tap his arm to remind him to do the next move.

However, what the Italian version lacks in dancing skills, it makes up for in sheer entertainment value, for several reasons: Mike Tyson is a contestant; One of the judges is wearing a metallic suit; Another one of the judges has a little dog with her at the table. All in all, it's a pretty entertaining clip. Watch it below:

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j

wow that was so wack are u serious who can applaud to that haha!! that should be on America's funniest video's so we can laugh our asses of to that of how an idiot he really looks! sorry tyson! your so ghetto!

February 12 2010 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tee Lopez

Mike Tyson was a gentelman and nice person before his old manager died and he wind up with Don King as his manager..

February 12 2010 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ana

What was that? Did he really scored? Was that out of pitty?
So, why are the judges so tough in Dancing with the Stars in the U.S.? Poor contestants, they really work their butts off here!
PS: My comments are based on the performance, it has nothing to do with the guy personnally, OK?

February 11 2010 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
james

everyone forgets that Holyfield headbutted tyson like 75 times before tyson finally flipped out and bit him... have any of you seen the Holyfield -rasheed fight? he headbutted him so bad that he popped a blood vessel on his head,, and it blew up like a water melon.. dirty fighter who dont respect the game.

February 11 2010 at 6:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz

He has sparkly skin. HE'S A VAMPIRE!!!

February 11 2010 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sjcdc

After the horrible event with his child...I am glade to see him having fun, keep it up.

February 11 2010 at 5:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ruth

This is a joke right? He shouldn't have even got on the show period. He didn't dance, he kicked his feet out the whole time, and he hesitated when he flipped that girl.
Poor Mike keeps making a fool out of himself. Also marring up his face didn't help him a bit.

February 11 2010 at 5:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

A convicted felon, rapist, domestic batterer....and we're supposed to CHEER this lunatic? You guys are sick individuals

February 11 2010 at 4:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bazel

The judges are a joke on this Italian version. They are making a mockery of this show and they cheapen the voting system by giving such high marks for such a technically poor performance. What kind of numbers are they giving the other better performing contestants? Really, you do him no favor by patronizing him. He knows he can do better and those scores are a joke. Mike keep working at it.

February 11 2010 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
inna

i love how AOL uses pointless youtube videos and claim its News, when actually.. no one cares?

February 11 2010 at 3:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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