Despite executing some of the most difficult lifts and spins in their Argentine tango on Monday night’s performance show, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff could not escape the dreaded red light and were eliminated on last night’s Dancing With the Stars.
With the return of the dreaded double score, the couple were awarded a 12 for technique and a 16 for performance (both out of a possible 30), making them the lowest scoring couple of the evening. While the judges praised Mike for his improvement, the overall comments were not as encouraging, with judge Len Goodman referring to their intricate routine as “consistent – it was bad throughout.”
“It’s okay,” said Karina after the hammer fell. “Monday night I totally thought it would be us as the scores were low and the remarks not that encouraging. But I had so much fun and got to meet the real Mike. His time was just cut a little short.”
Following the performance on Monday, a visibly upset Mike had this to say, “I am definitely upset and tried so hard. The lifts were extremely difficult and the routine wasn’t as sloppy as the judges said. Karina’s safety was first and foremost and she was okay afterwards. We showed people we tried so hard; the judges just didn’t see it.”
Thanks to the show, America got to see a gentler side of “The Situation, and while he knew the show would be tough, he never expected it would be his pride that would take the biggest beating. “I knew it would be hard,” says Mike. “It’s tough on your pride, mentally and physically. I was upset, as I didn’t want to let my fans down. I even wore mascara and I don’t even know what that is. I know I am not a dancer but I tried to improve and those lifts were hard. I don’t know many people that could do those.”
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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
Eliminated: October 12
You did the show to change people’s perception of you, what did you want to change?
Mike: Pretty much that I am a well-rounded, intelligent kid who owns his own business; his family works for him and family comes first. I am very generous, and what you see on the MTV show is a very small window in certain situations and people get the wrong idea.
Karina: It’s so true! He’s the complete opposite of what I expected and I thought I would have my hands full. He comes in and is sweet and respectful and a hard worker who listens to me. He tried anything I asked him to.
People were used to seeing you out and about, was the adjustment to doing this show tough?
Mike: Everyone knows I know how to party and look good or whatever, but I tried to show another side to my personality. One that is hard-working and trying to do something new and totally out of my element. It takes a lot of courage to do something you are not – like being a dancer. Risking defeat and bad press in order to show people another side to me. I think people overlooked that.
Were you surprised the week you had the encore dance?
Mike: When I heard I had to do the encore dance I was like, OMG, I thought it was a bad thing. Then Karina said it was an honor as the dance was a crowd pleaser and they liked it. I was surprisingly shocked and happy. We were excited and Karina said we did it better and that the crowd liked it.
You guys seem to have fun together
Karina: He is a sweet guy. I watch Jersey Shore and he is the complete opposite to that.
Mike: We had fun and a lot of chemistry. We never argued. I just want to show I can put in the hard work. I could have not done this and chilled out to April, but I decided to do it because, to be honest, dancing is not my specialty, especially this type of dancing. And it’s a privilege to learn from a professional.
You looked like the little kid in school getting in trouble when you’d get the judges’ comments. Was it like that?
Mike: I’ll be honest, I did feel like that because I am not used to getting criticism, and while I expect it and tried to improve, I think they were a little hard on me. I tried my hardest.
Karina: He really is shy. My mom came to rehearsals and wanted a picture with him and he got all shy. She goes, “He really is shy?”
Mike: You know I love the camera and entertaining. I feel I was meant to do it that is why I have a lot of confidence. But at the end of the day I am not perfect and there is always room for improvement with my body and everything so… I’ve always said, “If you have dreams, shoot high, so even if you land in the middle, it’s pretty high.”