After receiving some of the lowest scores of the season over the last two weeks, America spoke Tuesday night when legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin (and his partner Ashly Costa) were eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. “I feel on top of the world,” Buzz said after the show.
Each week, at the ripe young age of 80, Buzz thrilled fans with his moves, but never quite delivered the goods to warrant high scores from the judges. Still, his wife, Lois Driggs Cannon, cheered him on from the audience. “I’ll continue to dance,” Buzz tells In Touch. “With such a beautiful partner, how could I not?”
Despite constantly underperforming, and consistently receiving low scores, competitor Kate Gosselin managed to elude elimination for another week and lives to ‘dance’ again in the competition. With the added challenge of two scores next week – one score for technique and the other for execution of moves suggested by the judges – and a new pending lawsuit from ex-husband Jon, all eyes will be on Kate to see just how she’s handling the pressure.
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Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa
Eliminated April 6
What changes have you noticed in yourself from doing the show?
Buzz: Well, Ashly has me standing up straighter. It’s almost bringing back the days at West Point. I think we have a tendency to shrink a little as years go by, and nerves get pinched and it’s not all that much fun growing old. But I am making the most out of it and having a ball with everything I get the chance to do and this is one of the greatest opportunities.
And you made it with no injuries?
Buzz: Well, none that gave me any trouble — a little Epsom salts and hot rubs. Fortunately, my wife’s daughter is a masseuse so I have been getting massages and that kept me comfortable.
Did you get in on that action too, Ashly?
Buzz: She’s been busy with her 2-year-old and 8-month-old sons.
Ashly: It’s been a challenge and fun. They don’t get why mommy works every day, but loved watching us on TV. I asked them what Mommy is doing and my son says, “Dancing on Dancing With the Stars!” And when I ask who I danced with, he says, “Buzz Lightyear!” He really thinks I am dancing with THE Buzz Lightyear — which I am, as Buzz Lightyear was named after Buzz.
Might you dance in a spacesuit at some point?
Buzz (laughs): It’s VERY hard to dance in a spacesuit, hard enough to walk around the moon in one. It makes things act like slow motion, and after seeing some of the performances on the floor, it’s not slow motion.
What will you take away from the doing the show?
Buzz: The opportunity to push myself and take a challenge. Also, enlighten America and the world of some of the achievements in the past that I was a part of like the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo programs and the space shuttle, and that it takes patience to see lasting important things. Americans are impatient, and want results now. It took us less than a decade to get to the moon and it may take us two decades to get to Mars, but it will be so worth it.
Ashly: I’ll miss his stories. I’m going home to write them all down because as a mom you tend to forget things. And what an honor it is to be able to tell my children I danced with Buzz Aldrin.