May 7, 2008

Young Jazz Singer on Dancing With the Stars Goes Out With True Style

Hatched by Dafydd

21 year old Jazz singer Mario -- Mario Dewar Barrett -- was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars last night.

Mario and Karina

Mario and professional partner Karina Smirnoff on Dancing With the Stars

Too bad; I rather liked him; he was always upbeat, took criticism well and tried to incorporate it into the next week's dances, and showed a lot of class. But we knew he was in trouble when he came in second on the judges' leader board one week... yet was in the bottom two after the voting. Clearly, his many fans were not watching the show in large enough numbers to keep him in the competition.

But when Mario left, he did something nobody else on the show has ever done; and it was so patriotic, so moving, that I was near taken aback. Mario began by thanking head judge Len Goodman for the criticism he had given Mario, which he said made him a better ballroom dancer. Then he added this, completely unexpectedly:

And the comment about me being brave and being an inspiration, you know, for young people, I want to say that the real brave ones are the young men and women fighting for our country overseas. And I want to, you know, really shed light on that and tell you thanks for that. And I really appreciate it, and I've had a ball. Thank you very much!

Mario said nothing political, but that very fact speaks volumes. Barack Obama could not have resisted the temptation to use our soldiers and Marines to make some political point, nor could have Hillary Clinton. But Mario only wanted to thank and praise the troops... so that is all he did.

A classy exit for a very classy guy. And I couldn't care less about his politics... whatever they are.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 7, 2008, at the time of 1:23 AM

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