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Chris Jericho's Hunt for the 'Elusive Eight' From 'DWTS' Judge Len Goodman

by Chris Jericho, posted Apr 20th 2011 12:30PM
Exclusive: Despite landing in the bottom two, guest blogger Chris Jericho discusses the personal milestone he hit during week five of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster. The Holy Grail.

All of them are unsolved mysteries that have been studied and pursued for centuries. Yet none of them are as evasive or mythical as my personal 'Dancing With the Stars' White Whale: scoring an eight from Len Goodman.

My quest for the elusive eight started after week two, when Len awarded me the first of three successive sevens in the competition. It seemed no matter what I did or what Len thought of my dances, he always gave me the same score.

While a seven is nothing to sneeze at, I was really getting sick of that number. I mean, what is a seven anyway? Two stupid lines stitched together at an angle that makes it look like an upside-down nose?

Three sevens is great for a hand of blackjack or if you're playing the slots in Reno, but it's merely an above average score on 'DWTS.' And I've never wanted to be just "above average" in my life. If I ever was, I certainly wasn't too damn happy about it.

Do you think Wayne Gretzky wanted to be an "above average" hockey player when he scored 215 points in a season? Do you think Eddie Van Halen wanted to be an "above average" guitar player when he wrote 'Eruption'? Do you think The Situation wanted to be an "above average" comedian when he did the Donald Trump roast? OK, bad example, but you get my point. If you think I joined 'DWTS' because I wanted to be "above average" then you're more out of the game than Manny Ramirez.

I joined with the intention of winning ... or at least giving it my best shot. And being in the middle of the pack was not going to get that job done. So I decided after last week's paso doble that I was really going to work hard on getting that evanescent eight from Len.

I knew it wouldn't be easy. There would be no free passes for me from any of the judges, most especially Mr. Goodman. And I didn't want a free pass, I wanted to earn my keep. So partner Cheryl Burke and I worked harder than ever to put together a patriotic Viennese waltz that would take me out of mediocrity and to the top of the pack. With my waltz, I wanted to finish more lines than a Shakespearean actor and display more fluidity than the fountains at Caesars Palace.

Despite the fact the first day of constant spinning and turning left me feeling more nauseous than Justin Bieber at happy hour, I forged on and slowly began to conquer the dance. When Monday night's performance arrived, I was prepared and feeling confident that this was going to be Team Chericho's night!

We created what I felt was a beautiful performance, and our best dance of the competition -- and the judges agreed! Bruno Tonioli leapt out of his chair and said I was elegant and beautiful. I think he wanted to take a bite of me. Carrie Ann Inaba said the judges had underestimated me and that I was officially a contender!

Then Len spoke ... and said he thought it was good, but made of point of adding that he would give me an eight if (and only if) he thought I deserved it.

We awaited our scores during the commercial break, and I asked Cheryl if she thought Len would give us that ol' cagey eight. She thought because of his words that he would give us another seven. I didn't know what to think, but if you had put a gun to my head I would've said he was gonna come through.

I was so focused on Len that I almost passed out when Carrie Ann gave us our first nine! A nine! I couldn't believe it, and screamed like Jamie Lee Curtis in 'Halloween.' Then it was the moment of truth. I looked at Len. He looked at me, and slowly raised his paddle to reveal ... an eight!

I leapt a tall building in a single bound, and Cheryl and I bounced up and down like two Canadian/American/Filipino jumping beans. We did it! Then Bruno followed up with another nine to give us a whopping total of 26!

It was my best score of the competition by far, and, even better, that rascally "Len Eight" had been captured. It was my favorite moment of the show and a night to remember. But now the real work begins ...

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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i do not watch dancing with the stars because it is a disgrace to ballroom dancing. Whoever heard of latin dancing to rock music or a pasa doble to rap music. The girls are only interested in showing off their bodies. Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, etc would turn over in their graves!!! Yes I am an old timer but class is class at any age. I cannot believe Len Goodman a ballroom expert goes along with this nonsense - of course money speaks.

April 25 2011 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only one that should be kicked off the show is that idiot that blamed her woman problem on her attitude.....what a foul mouth person..... SHE has NO class, she doesn't even know what that means....I feel sorry for her partner............ VOTE for ANYONE but her

April 20 2011 at 7:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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Seems this show is about popularity not dancing. Not impressed with Hines and Chris and Kirstie should have went home all ready.

April 20 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to wendan94's comment

Screw you fool Chris is doing great .He is the best dancer and has more fans then anybody voting for him .He is the only reason I watch .Get some taste pal.

April 21 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Mary!

None of them are "stand outs" for me! Itis obvious that they all work very hard and are "in it to win it" - and we know that some one will - but none of them are exceptional. I think Kristi Ally is still around because she has name and face recognition - at least, more than the others. Needless to say, her partner is the reason she is still in the competition - certainly not because she is a fabuous dancer!! It is time for her to go home and give room for the few that are left - they all do a better job than her. Bottom line - I have not been impressed with the contestants this season and have been somewhat disappointed with the entire show. Looking forward to exciting contestants for next season -

April 20 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares....Only stay at home Mom's watch this nonsense cause they can't cope with life.
Oh and maybe a few girly men watch this also....

April 20 2011 at 5:53 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply

Kristi Alley needs to go! Should have gone last week.

April 20 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

LOL who is voting for this big fat ass? Ugly too??? all scientologists?
She is just disgusting to watch, embarrassing this mass of flesh ...dancing??

April 20 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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she is probably in better shape then you............ at least she is pretty....jealous

April 20 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Chris was not necessarily in the "bottom two." The teams at the end of the show don't know their fate yet, but they are not the definite bottom. Only the eliminated couple scored the lowest.
Devoted Fan

April 20 2011 at 5:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I think Chris and Hines are the most consistent and entertaining of the dancers. I love them both and hope they both stay till the end. While Kirstie is light on her feet, she isn't in the same ballpark as these two. Ralph is pretty good, but he does have those awkward moments (not good transitioning) as the judges have said. I just think Chris and Hines are such nice guys. Chris is soo good looking. Both made my heart flutter in their uniforms this past week, but they backed it up with great dancing and showmanship!

April 20 2011 at 5:11 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Great blog Chris I love your dance monday .Best dance of the niggt .Screw Hines your better then him any day .Your millions and millions of fans are behind you .

April 20 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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