You Must Watch This: Mike Tyson on Italian 'Dancing With The Stars'
by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 10th 2010 8:40AM
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: