As Mental Floss notes, during the 200th episode spectacular of “DWTS,” poor Kenny Mayne was (dis)honored with the accolade of worst dancer. The ESPN anchor beat out tough competition from the likes of rapper Master P, reality star Kate Gosselin, country icon Billy Ray Cyrus, and even tech bro Steve Wozniak. Per USA Today, the veteran journalist was first out in Season 2, and he judges struggled to find any positives about Mayne’s performance, which was to “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer (via Business Insider). As Bruno Tonioli pointed out, “It was like Pinocchio chasing Jiminy Cricket across the room. You couldn’t have been more wooden.”
In a chat with Glamour, executive prouder Rob Wade explained why Mayne’s one and only performance emerged victorious, admitting, “I’ve watched it so many times!” However, fellow exec-prouder Joe Sungkur cast his vote elsewhere, opining the worst dance in the history of the show involved “Michael Bolton coming out of the doghouse.” He was “overjoyed” upon learning the legendary crooner, and partner Chelsea Hightower, would be entering the stage in this bizarre manner, acknowledging, “I admired Michael for doing that” because, “It was just fun.” Maybe Mayne would’ve survived longer if he’d done something similarly wacky?