Jaleel is a terrific hoofer, attractive, and, being a 90s sitcom star, he has some of the nostalgia thing going for him (albeit with Gen-X'ers rather than the Baby Boomers who are voting for Melissa Gilbert and Gladys Knight, but still). So why did he have to dance in a duel last week to stay alive?
Simply put, he's been plagued by some negative press. First it was his ex-girlfriend claiming he was verbally abusive with her, and on the heels of that story came backstage reports that he'd lost his temper in a bad way during a 'DWTS' rehearsal. The same week, he broke down and sobbed during the show's broadcast. Honestly, he kinda looked like a man on the edge, and voters seem to have reacted accordingly.
In a Dance Duel, the judges will keep him over lesser dancers, but it's too bad it even has to come to that.