In the Dancing with the Stars season 24 premiere, baseball pro David Ross was a pleasant surprise. When the season began David was fun and energetic. He looked more at home on the dance floor and was more enjoyable to watch than younger (and more Dancing with the Stars suited) contestants Bonner Bolton and Nick Viall. The longer the season has progressed the more disappointing David has become. David hit a new low during Disney Night with his Cars 3 routine. David showed such promise in the beginning of the season but his days might be numbered on Dancing with the Stars. It would take nothing short of a Dancing with the Stars miracle for David to get back on top.
David definitely got the short end of the stick when it came to Disney Night routines. It’s hard enough to dance to a brand-new song when your competition is getting the accompaniment of classic and beloved tunes. It’s even worse to be paired with a Disney franchise that trades heart for merchandise value like Cars. Still David didn’t do much to turn his poor situation around. David’s Cars 3 routine was awkward and sad but it was no different than his other dances of late. It was part of a larger disappointing trend for David.
David might not have gotten the best theme but the jive should have been his introduction back into the competition. David’s best dance was his first, the quickstep. David might have been very slow for a quickstep but the fun and easy energy of that dance showed a lot of promise for David. David is perhaps one the most likable cast members in his prerecorded packages and interviews. He is funny and goofy and his best dances are the ones that incorporate that side of his personality.
The effort was made in Disney Night to bring the fun but David’s awkwardness as a dancer is overriding his personality. He is not hopeless but there are a couple major problems with David. They mainly revolve around his footwork. The judges pointed out how flat his feet are and it’s true, David really stomps about the dance floor no matter the dance. In all her seasons of Dancing with the Stars Lindsay has done an excellent job of bringing out the personality and fun in her partners. With David, Lindsay needs to work on the fundamentals a little bit longer.
David hasn’t quite hit the plateau that other eliminated contestants this seasons have done before they were booted. Mr. T and Erika Jayne weren’t showing much improvement before they left the competition, even if they probably did have their best dances on the very nights they were eliminated. David’s situation isn’t that dire. There is some real finesse and energy within him and he is probably more able to move than Bonner given Bonner’s injuries.
Time could be running out for David though. While there probably isn’t much that separates David from Bonner on the leaderboard after Disney Night, Bonner has shown to be very good at the slower dances. David doesn’t really have a specialty and at this point in the competition it is time to have one. David has a lot of promise but Dancing with the Stars is entering the point in the competition where things really heat up. David is fun to watch but fun doesn’t really cut it halfway through Dancing with the Stars.
If Lindsay is able to get David’s footwork under control there might be a bit of hope. There is a chance that if Lindsay can get David to get more technique underneath his boastful energy he could outlast Bonner and maybe even Nick. David lasting longer than anyone else in the competition, though, isn’t likely or even necessary.
Do you agree? Is there any hope for David on Dancing with the Stars? Would you like to see more of him or is it his time to go? How important do you think being fun is to staying on Dancing with the Stars?
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