Tavis Smiley might have had his big moment on Dancing with the Stars, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. He tried, but failed, and failed miserably. He only scored 28 out of 40 points, giving him the second lowest score on the show. He also looked severely overweight and even admitted that he didn’t have time to practice before making one of the biggest appearances of his life.
But you have to give him credit for trying. He also showed his lighter side, which was good for people who only know him as the man who has stalked President Barack Obama for the last four years.
After the humiliating loss on the show, Tavis seemed to show a chink in his pride. Backstage, he admitted during an interview with “People” Magazine that he hadn’t had time to prepare for his appearance on the show. According to Smiley, he’d been on a major book tour, which ate deeply into his time and kept him from being able to practice as much as he wanted.
Then, he earned the ire of the public by sharing his frustrations with the producers who chose to put him on the show in the first place.
“Producers shouldn’t sign up people who can’t commit the time when they are told up front that the person is going to be on a book tour,” Smiley said. “We gave them the entire book-tour schedule in advance! This is not about sour grapes. It’s about saying I think the fans deserve to have stars on this show who have the time to commit to learning the dances so [partner Sharna Burgess]and other professionals don’t waste their time trying to do something that’s just humanly impossible.”
According to People, Tavis only had 10 total hours of practice during the week before his appearance, which is hardly enough for anyone to make an appearance of such magnitude. But should Tavis have been the one to tell the producers that he couldn’t do the show?
Tavis’ biggest task has been the promotion of his new book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.
Tavis wasn’t horrible on the show, however, check out the video below and tell us what you think.
The first video is the one where he got booted, and the other is from the first week, when he was able to make it to the second. It’s clear that he and his partner are frustrated by his busy schedule. He even goes into a tirade with the poor women, telling her that there are too many moves to remember in too little time and that he’s “going to have a meltdown on Monday.”
Normally, the show builds up the drama so that you get a surprise at the end, but it appears that, in this case, the drama was real. The judges rip into Smiley and his partner, telling him that his routine lacked the polish they are accustomed to seeing. But actually, the routine doesn’t appear to be the meltdown that Smiley predicted. It surely could have been worse.
Maybe he should have passed on this one, huh?