The Sept. 16 opening night of the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 season concluded on ABC with science guy Bill Nye placed firmly at the bottom of the judges' leader board with just 14 points. During a Sept. 20 interview with TV Guide, Nye dished his thoughts on the panelists' comments, being a competition underdog, and what's in store for viewers during the Sept. 23 show.
Nye didn't hold back when it came to calling out Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman's reactions to his week one cha cha cha, which he thought had gone "fine." Although the dance was indeed the premiere's most awkward and disjointed, Nye called the judges' comments "harsh" and said he had to go swing dancing the next day to "remind myself that dancing is fun."
Nye was likely most injured by oft-cranky head judge Goodman's claim that the dance was "painful while it happened and lovely when it was over."
Although hurt by the judges' words, he relished the idea of being the "DWTS" season 17 "underdogs," opining that the position would make the duo "much more visible" to voters than couples "in the middle of the pack."
He also termed their Sept. 23 assignment, the powerful paso doble, "easier for me" than the cha cha, which he likened to "driving on the wrong side of the road."
The Sept. 23 episode of the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 season will feature the 12 couples performing one of four Latin dance styles, either the paso doble, jive, rumba or samba. At the conclusion of the two-hour show, a couple will be eliminated.
"DWTS" airs Mondays on ABC.