Well, Ricki has previous dance experience from Hairspray, so the producers knew going in she would have some potential. Also, Ricki has a lot of name recognition from her talk shows, films and other projects. At least, I knew immediately who she was, more so than the other stars who have been on the show previously. There's a lot of value name recognition for a potential voting block, even if she isn't the most current thing right now. From my point of view, Ricki Lake comes across as more likeable that perhaps some of the other stars, aside from the clip of her wanting to quit. Also, while Ricki is about 43 and wasn't in the greatest of shape going in, Ricki has been known to slim down before. So again, the producers could assume she would slim down and transform, which she has. I applaud her results. That's one of the reasons I liked Kristie Alley so much from the previous searson; she did the same thing. So while we don't know who Derek would have picked given his choice, I don't think he got a bad deal here.