"I enjoyed every bit of last season — well, most of it, I mean. Next season I would like to have a more able partner, someone who doesn’t have so many distractions in their life. The producers know how I feel.”Aside from the implied criticism of Kate Gosselin, it made me wonder if Tony has been hard done by in previous seasons. Here's how he's done to date:
Season 2: Stacey Keibler, 3rd
Season 3: Sara Evans, withdrew
Season 4: Leeza Gibbons, 9th
Season 5: Jane Seymour, 6th
Season 6: Marissa Jaret Winokour, 4th
Season 7: Susan Lucci, 6th
Season 8: Melisa Rycroft (substitute for Nancy O'Dell), 3rd
Season 9: Kathy Ireland, 14th
Season 10: Kate Gosselin, 8th
Compared to some of the others I don't think he has such bad partners. But he definitely hasn't had the partners Derek and Mark have enjoyed. I'd also say that Jonathan Roberts has been treated worse.
The thing that sticks out for me is that he almost always seems to get women in their 30s or older. Beautiful, middle-aged women are wonderful but they are less likely to win DWTS (except Brooke Burke, I guess!). He hasn't had a Mya, Nicole Scherzinger, Shawn Johnson or Sabrina Bryan. I guess the producers have decided he is a good fit for older women.
What do you think? Should Tony get a bright young thing next season?