Sean Spicer flashed across the screen for his debut in ABC's Dancing With The Stars with a neon green puff shirt – at least he chose a dazzling lime over trump orange.
He danced a salsa with Spice Girls' Lindsay Arnold, "Spice Up Your Life," and while paying tribute to the judges as they played the show, they scored the final spot of 12 out of 30, out of all participants.
] "I started at minus ten," Spicer said afterward, standing next to Arnold. "She was a phenomenal trainer."
His segment began with playing bongos before going with Arnold to the dance moves, but the judges were not impressed. They gave him the honor of trying.
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"I must say it was strangely entertaining" said Judge Bruno Tonioli, who said otherwise that "there were some elements of salsa there".
Carrie Ann Inaba said he had "the best fluorescent flicker of the night," while Len Goodman said he had "fun in the ballroom."  That was not the reaction others had.
The show is known to cast those who know the game of glory, but Spicer's selections are in a new genre for the show – the former Trump administration official. As such, it created an extra portion of controversy over his tenure as Trump's loyal fanatics, beating off the crowd with the press and defending his boss's attacks on the "fake news media."
When he made a surprise appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards, many in the audience laughed, but many in the White House press corps did not find it so funny. News channels did not hire him as a special commentator, but he did make a special correspondent appearance for "Extra."
His DWTS debut also triggered strong reactions. "Maybe we're all in Sean's nightmare," criticized Jon Lovett, the former Obama administration speechwriter and PodSaveAmerica moderator.
Shortly after Spicer was announced as Dancing With The Stars contestant, presenter Tom Bergeron criticized the movement. He said he suggested to the producers that the show should be a "joyful break from our exhausting political climate and free from unavoidably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations." But he said they decided to go in a different direction and "We can not agree as we do now, but ultimately it is their reputation.
Others grumbled that they were not keen on a show that could help restore Spicer's image.
Some executive producers of ABC shows, including Krista Vernoff of Gray's Anatomy and Tim Doyle of Schooled also expressed their contempt for deciding to Spicer occupy. For a while, the attempt to boycott the network went through Twitter, but it disintegrated.
Arnold hinted at the controversy when she said in a recorded section about her practice sessions with Spicer: "I'm looking forward to shaping my network's own opinion.
However, Spicer said in interviews before the show that the appearance of DWTS would be a way to show how political differences could be eliminated in the name of a dance contest. The show broadcast excerpts from some of his controversial moments in which he dealt with reporters, and he said in an interview for the segment, "I think [his time in the briefing room] gave people a one-dimensional view of who I am as a person."  Spicer said his raids in the White House meeting room could be "daunting," but they were "nothing compared to dancing on national television."
When Spicer appeared on the show, he followed in the footsteps of former boss-ex-wife Marla Maples, current Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Trump Fox News favorite Tucker Carlson.
Political personalities – candidates one or two degrees apart from divisive personalities – have a rather uneven record regarding the show. Carlson, Maples and Perry were eliminated pretty early. The only contender with a political relationship to place was Bristol Palin, who finished third in 2010.
Spicer appeared at the opening of the show when a question was asked to the participants to describe their greatest weakness.
"Have you seen my twitter feed? "Spicer asked.
Earlier he wrote about this feed of his appearance on the show: "Treat this as if you were looking at a solar eclipse with a dot in a piece of paper. "