Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Our Hearts Belong to Florky

Let’s face it. It’s hard not to root for Jennifer Grey to win Dancing with the Stars. After all, most of us feel like she’s some long lost cousin that we haven’t seen since that magical summer at Kellerman’s Resort in the Catskills.

Since then, baby’s been in the corner but her struggles have only made her stronger (and infinitely more likeable). First, a botched nose job left her practically unrecognizable and pretty much destroyed her career. There was also that fatal car accident in Ireland that she and then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick survived but which left them emotionally wrecked. And, in the last few years, Grey has undergone several back surgeries and a bout with thyroid cancer.

Oh, and she’s a really great dancer.

Still, if Jennifer Grey is like the cool cousin we wish we could be, her DWTS competitor Florence Henderson is practically our mom. After all, we latchkey kids would come home and soak up the lessons of The Brady Bunch while our real mothers were at work. And Carol Brady taught us some critical info: sometimes when we lose we win, everyone can’t be George Washington, and don’t play ball in the house.

So our hearts are with team Florky for the win. Especially after last night’s dance to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music—one of our all time favorite songs from one of the best movies ever. Florence’s story, dedicated to her late husband, John, made us cry—as only a very special episode of DWTS like story can do.

Technique-schmechnique, Len.

Florence danced from the heart and the standing O was well deserved.

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