“What’s a little pain when you can party?” Tom DeLay told the judges who cooed over his dual foot fracture last night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Clad in a bedazzled shirt featuring an elephant, DeLay tried his hardest to push through the pain, but still he and partner Cheryl Burke (in a sparkling dress with a donkey applique) only managed to earn 15 out of 30 possible points from the judges.
DeLay’s daughter Dani told supporters in an email right before the show that he was planning a “sassy” Samba that was a political spoof choreographed by Cheryl. It wasn’t quite sassy, as they “danced” around the stage to the tune of “Why can’t we be friends.”
As we noted last week, injuries have hurt DeLay with the judges, and he revealed last night he now has stress fractures in both feet.Before the dance, the producers included several clips of DeLay talking about his injury.
“I don’t think you should do it. Tom, it’s too much,” Burke told him.
“The producers and my doctor have told me to withdraw from the competition,” DeLay said, adding that his father taught him, “Never, ever give up.”
After the dance, they earned a standing ovation, DeLay was called a “super trooper” and judge Carrie Ann Inaba offered a compliment: “You are easy on the eyes when you dance.”
DeLay said even if he gets the boot, “it was fun.”
“Whatever the judges want to give me I’ll take and we’ll just move on,” he said.
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Despite the low score, fans voting via text might come through for him, we’ll know tonight. As Dani pointed out in her email, you can vote up to 13 times.