CASTRONEVES SURVIVES FIRST TRIP TO "BOTTOM TWO"

Story posted - Oct 03 2012 11:22 AM

CASTRONEVES SURVIVES FIRST TRIP TO "BOTTOM TWO"

Team Helio will dance another week.

Although IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves earned a score of 23 of 30 from the three-judge "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" panel for his Jive (sixth overall of 12 couples), he and his professional dance partner, Chelsie Hightower, were put in unexpected danger of facing elimination after Week 2.

Fan voting comprises the other half of a couple's score, and the couple with the lowest total each week says goodbye.

Singer Joey Fatone and his partner, Kym Johnson, were eliminated. With 18 points from the judges, reality TV personality Bristol Palin had the lowest score, but had enough viewer votes to keep her out of the bottom two.

Castroneves, who won Season 5 of the dance competition, said the experience was "not fun."

"We didn't understand what happened but we have to just keep hoping that the fans will stay behind us a little bit more so we can continue moving forward," the Team Penske driver said. "We have a lot to grow."

Next week, the competition gets even more difficult. The stars will have creative control of their routines, and two couples will be eliminated on Oct. 9.

Here's how to vote for Team Helio (the number of votes per method corresponds to the number of contestants left … i.e. 11 for Week 3):

• By phone at 1-800-868-3404 from the start of the show until 60 minutes after the program ends

• By texting VOTE to 3404 (AT&T customers only) from start of show until 60 minutes after program ends

• At www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars

• Online at www.abc.go.com (email validation is required after clicking JOIN at top of homepage) from the start of the show until 11 a.m. (ET) the next day for U.S. and Canadian residents.

 
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