Woz survives to dance another day

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak survived the first cut on Dancing With the Stars Tuesday as he and his partner won a dance-off to remain on the reality show.

Wozniak was pitted against Belinda Carlisle, former lead singer for the Go-Go's, in the sudden-death dance because they were the celebrities who received the lowest combined scores after the first two weeks of the program.

Wozniak and his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff, reprised their quickstep from the night before in Tuesday's dance-off, complete with Wozniak's taped-together, black-rimmed glasses. The judges awarded the pair a score of 17, the same score they gave Carlisle and her partner, Jonathan Roberts.

Bruno Tonioli, the judge who has heaped the harshest criticism on Wozniak, was more complimentary Tuesday. "I really admire you -- your sunny disposition, your good spirit, your determination," said Tonioli. "But you're not a good dancer, you're not. You're not brilliant, but you are entertaining."

Len Goodman expressed similar sentiments. "You may not be the best dancer, but you're the best for fun and entertainment," he said. "I admire you, you have a bad foot, you could easily have laid in bed having a slice of toast and tea."

Wozniak, 58, was diagnosed with a foot fracture last week, and except for his practice and performance sessions, has worn a removable cast since then.

Before the results were announced, Wozniak sounded as if he was expecting to be booted from the show. "I love doin' it the whole time," he said when asked what he would take away from the experience, then turned to Smirnoff. "We were lucky enough to do it twice," he said, referring to their quickstep.

When Carlisle was told she was eliminated from the competition, Wozniak looked surprised.

Dancing With the Stars will next air on ABC on March 23, at 8 p.m. ET.

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