Rocco DiSpirito has had a bumpy ride on Dancing With the Stars. His first performance earned him just 14 points, but then he and Karina Smirnoff shot up to 21 points for their sizzling mambo.
But last night, at just 16 points, they walked away with the second-lowest score. (Feisty wisecracker Cloris Leachman was at the bottom with 15.)
Carrie Ann Inaba pooh-poohed their lackluster rumba with a simple "Nice try."
But DiSpirito isn't letting the judges' not-so-nice critiques get him down.
Read on to find out what he just told me about his mom's message to the judges, why he may be sending a gift basket to grumpy judge Len Goodman, and cooking for Jessica Simpson...