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Apple co-founder panned in TV dancing debut

Apple co-founder panned in TV dancing debut

Wearing a fitted black suit and a pink boa, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak danced his way into geek infamy late Monday on a popular U.S. television program.
Despite a vow to show the world that "nerds can dance," a Cha-cha-cha that Wozniak performed with Karina Smirnoff on "Dancing With the Stars" was hit with a low score and sharp barbs by judges.
"I don't know if it was hilarious or delirious," Italian judge Bruno Tolioni said, prompting audience members to boo him.
"It was like a Tellytubby going mad at a gay pride parade. You should have kept the boa on because it distracted from the feet."
"Wow, that's almost a compliment," Wozniak quipped in response. Wozniak entered wearing a boa, tossed one end playfully over a shoulder and blew the audience kiss as he began a Cha-cha-cha to the Bachman-Turner Overdrive song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."
"I enjoyed the knee spin section ... but overall, it was a disaster," said judge Len Goodman. "If you are not a great dancer, you have to go for the fun element; which you did."
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised Wozniak's spirit, not his footwork.
"You are what this competition is all about," Inaba said. "You are definitely going out on a limb. You are definitely doing something new. It was so heart warming."
An out-of-breath Wozniak smiled through the judging, saying his intent was to have fun with the competition and that he hoped "all the others like me will find it funny."
He also joked that he had such a good time that "they are testing me for drugs tomorrow."
Despite getting only 13 of 30 possible points in the scoring, Wozniak and Smirnoff will dance anew in the show next week because contestants get two chances to strut their stuff.
Viewers get to vote for favorite dance duos by phone or by text messages. "I hope everywhere in the little computer world that the people who use Macintoshes for creative work, for photography, that they are all rooting for me," Wozniak said in an online interview while preparing for the show.