Moriah Larson | Contributing Writer
If a scientist sneaks up on the periodic table, does he add the element of surprise? Avid fans of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” certainly think so.
On Sept. 4, the show revealed the cast of season 17, which included Bill Nye – the Science Guy – eagerly awaiting his chance to sashay through the competition.
Synonymous with his bowties and silly systems of science, Nye’s addition to the show is anything but ordinary. Not only is he a television veteran, but he also understands the theatrics required to appear charismatic on screen.
But with lanky limbs and limited flexibility, Nye’s animated performance failed to impress the judges, despite being paired with dance professional, Tyne Stecklein.
“It was like being waxed. It was painful while it happened and lovely when it was over,” said DWTS judge Len Goodman. “You’re willing but not that able.”
Regardless of the duo’s unsuccessful Cha Cha, both Nye and Stecklein were voted through to the next show – indicating just how quickly 57-year-old Nye is one-two-stepping his way into the viewers’ favor.
However the second episode, which aired on Monday, offered greater adversity for the couple, and network, than just a low score.
While diligently dancing through a Paso Doble, Nye tripped and injured his knee.
Thus, with an average of 15 million viewers, up 12 percent compared to last year, potentially losing Nye poses quite a conundrum for ABC.
“Here is the scoop: partially torn ligament. Awaiting the doc’s orders with Tyne. We plan to dance! Stand by…” Nye explained in the caption of an Instagram photo.
Due to the severity of his injury, Nye’s dancing fate remains uncertain. But with a ballroom routine slated for Monday, Nye has vowed to perform to the best of his ability – prompting a much-deserved chant of Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill…