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Who just missed the finals on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

brandiThis is truly democracy in action. Bristol Palin’s voting bloc helped her fend off a bevy of better dancers.

Tonight, it was Brandy’s turn to go home, missing the final four. Some in the crowd could be heard booing.

“I don’t know how to feel right now,” said a visibly crushed Brandy. “It hasn’t processed yet for me.”

And though voting is limited per email address and phone number, abc.com makes it easy to create fake email addresses and vote unlimited amount of times, according to this FoxPhilly report.

Brandy, from day one, was a favorite to make it next week for obvious reasons. She has danced before in concert and videos (though she was never akin to Britney Spears.) She’s in great shape with a natural lithe dancer’s build. She clearly works hard. For four weeks running, she was at the top of the leaderboard. While she could be playful at times, she could also be chilly and morose. She didn’t always connect with the audience.

So was Brandy the right one to go home?

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On Monday night, her paso doble wasn’t as sharp as some of her better dances and she ended up with 9’s. A beautiful Argentine Tango helped get her across-the-board 10’s, the first 30 she has picked up this year. At the end of the night, she was a solid third place with 57 out of 60.

Brandy also talked about the car crash she had in 2006 that led to a fatality. Although she was never blamed for the accident, even bringing up the subject didn’t necessarily help her in terms of votes.

The R&B singer and actress was well ahead of Palin’s 53 out of 60. The daughter of Sarah Palin (in the audience again on Tuesday) has often been at the bottom with the judges’  scores but every week picks up enough public votes to survive. This week, she leapfrogged the second-best dancer in terms of average judges’ votes to date.

Not surprisingly, favorite Jennifer Grey made the cut to compete for the mirror ball trophy. She has been up and down emotionally and her injuries have frustrated her, especially midway through the competition. But as the conclusion nears, she has steeled herself, exuding elegance and joy with proper technique into an attractive package. Not surprisingly, she’s a judges’ darling, gaining perfect 30s on both her dances last night.

Unless Grey falls flat on her face or injures herself, she is a virtual shoo in to win.

Palin took home her first 9s in the competition last night with her very aggressive, very fun paso doble.  Her waltz proved yet again that when things slow down and the focus is on her face, she has a hard time emoting. But as the only true non entertainer, she has had to learn on the fly how to even pretend to be one. It’s clearly not easy, and her fans are giving her the votes partly for that reason. Better yet, she has improved steadily with her dancing skills and her partner has amped up the difficulty level of her choreography bit by bit.

While many people each week yelp that she shouldn’t be around, DWTS is ultimately a popularity contest as well as a merit-based contest. She has earned it on both counts.

Kyle Massey has been almost as big a surprise as Palin. He came in looking a bit doughy (and remains so). Outside of the Disney world, hardly anybody knew him. So I picked him as one of the first to go.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. He was not a good dancer on day one, but his work ethic and ability to take advice from the judges meant he has gotten better and better each week. His scores have improved as well. He has always had fun on stage and possesses natural charisma, even when his footwork was clumsy or arms lacked flow.

He garnered his first 10s last week and Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Toniolo gave him 10s for both his dances last night. (Len Goodman, who takes technique more into account than the other two, has never given him more than a 9.)

If you missed the results segment last night, here it is. There is some discernible booing in the audience when the results are announced:


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331 comments Add your comment

CoCo

November 16th, 2010
10:56 pm

Bristol can’t keep the beat of the music. This is sickening. The voters are making a mockery of great dancers. Disappoinments like this take the entertainment out of the show.

SS

November 16th, 2010
10:58 pm

I really expected Bristol to go home. To me it seems, that she does not care if she does win the tropy. She is not up to par as with the other dancers. Brandi had a great shot and I really thought that she would be in the top three. This has been the most interesting season of DWTS

Laura

November 16th, 2010
11:02 pm

Bristol is a terrible dancer. She should of been off even before Florence Henderson. She was a lot better than Bristol for her age. I think she is getting alot of Alaskan votes. Brandi was an excellant dancer I am much dissapointed and I’m sure a lot of others are also. If Brisol wins the finals, you know it was fixed. She is terrible. Remember the monkey dance???? She should of been off then. Very dissapointing.

Ray

November 16th, 2010
11:03 pm

You wrote “While many people each week yelp that she shouldn’t be around, DWTS is ultimately a popularity contest as well as a merit-based contest. She has earned it on both counts.” I’m scratching my head wondering how you think Bristol Palin has “earned it on both counts” because truly she is not one of the better dancers on the show and her “fan base” is comprised of a bunch of Tea Party supporters of her mom. The audience tonight could not hide their disappointment with the results. You wrote that Kyle was a bit doughy, have you taken a look at Bristol?

Bristol Palin is a joke and if it wasn’t for the desire of the Tea Party to win at whatever possibly opportunity, she would not be receiving the votes that she has.

Brandy, and several other great dancers were robbed and I’m wondering if you’re actually watching the same show.

Amy

November 16th, 2010
11:03 pm

This is why I stopped watching weeks ago. She should have been gone four weeks ago!

George

November 16th, 2010
11:03 pm

Remember on Idol when they had that idiot, Sanjai, making the top 10. The audience voted for him just to keep him in. I am sure it was great for ratings…same thing here.

Addy C

November 16th, 2010
11:06 pm

It’s so upsetting that Brandi is out and Bristol is still in. I’m rooting hard for Jennifer to win – please America, vote for Jennifer!

please

November 16th, 2010
11:06 pm

Oh please people, it’s a popularity contest. Nothing to do with politics, nor ability. It’s like American Idol, do you get all worked up over that show too? Is Bristol the best dancer? Hardly. Is Brandy the best dancer? Nope. Does ANY of this really matter? It’s a stinkin’ television show to sell commercials. Entertainment value is all that we’re talking about here folks. Maybe Florence Henderson should still be on the show. Do you really care about all of this? GET A LIFE.

Shane

November 16th, 2010
11:06 pm

I think this absolutely hilarious! The liberals are going nuts, lol. The people spoke on November 2nd and they’re speaking again! Power to the little people.

Amy

November 16th, 2010
11:07 pm

Briston I mean not Brandy…

Judy Ellis

November 16th, 2010
11:07 pm

I believe Bristol has done well…she was a winner before she started DWTS…I respect her for her honesty…and being real. I wish her the best, as her and personality and being real are what has brought her to this point. I am sad that Brandy is gone…I loved Maxim and Her..!! But when you have a lot of fans, regardless of your dancing skills…you will go far. Congrats Bristol

Claire

November 16th, 2010
11:09 pm

This is no longer about dancing. I’m done with the show. Won’t watch it again.

Kupkake

November 16th, 2010
11:09 pm

Suck it up all you complainers. Bristol is the youngest and has NO dance experience compared to Jennifef who was a star in Dirty Dancing and Brandy who has danced in concerts and videos. They shouldn’t even be there as stars. Bristol has also worked hard and is the most improved.
I think DWTS hoped to make a fool of her and ,thereby, her mother. Well it didn’t work and they are probably as upset as you are.
I don’t remember Kelly Osborne being all that great but she didn’t get all the complaints.
I hope Bristol proves the American Dream is alive and well and that she wins the whole thing.

tina

November 16th, 2010
11:09 pm

People RELAX! This is just a stupid dance show. This happens every season yet no one complained before. Stop hat’en!!!!! People are taking this way too serious. Plus, you have people who never watched the show before complaining.

lark star

November 16th, 2010
11:09 pm

I will never warch DWT stars again it sucks. The american people suck.

Ken

November 16th, 2010
11:10 pm

People act like this is the end of the world!!!

Get a life!!!!

Kim

November 16th, 2010
11:11 pm

GO BRISTOL!!!!

She is doing a great job!!!!!

Sherry

November 16th, 2010
11:12 pm

Jennifer Grey is the biggest whiner and she is a professional dancer. She should not even be in the competition!!!!

patrice butler

November 16th, 2010
11:12 pm

votes rule!!! bristol is hanging in there because of that… we complain but we dont vote! she has no sexual prowness at all , no real expression but someone is a palin fan and they voted to keep her in. brandy was sooo professional these last few weeks . im out of her lol.

Airlines

November 16th, 2010
11:13 pm

Hey lark star, if you don’t like America so much, why not move? Delta is ready when you are.

Lori

November 16th, 2010
11:13 pm

I was very disappointed with the vote tonight. It will be a show I will lose interest in if Palin wins— if this happens then it has become political and part of the Tea Party movement and not an entertainment show. It’s not entertaining to see dancers who have worked so hard and are so talented to be replaced by someone less skilled.

Darlene

November 16th, 2010
11:13 pm

DWS is a joke! First of all, Bristol should not have been on the show she is not a star! I agree she should have left at the beginning. How did DWS pick her to be on the show? Does this mean that anyone can enter the contest and they do not have to be a celeb? If not, sound like a lawsuit! I do not watch it because that is an insult to celebs like Florence Henderson that has been in show biz for decades! And Brandy was at the top and ended up loosing to Bristol that was not suppose to be on there anyways! I am tired of the Palins period!

terri

November 16th, 2010
11:14 pm

I am not a tea partier nor am I a Sarah Palin fan but I have voted for Bristol every week. She can dance. She doesn’t have the showmanship of the others but I think she has handled herself extremely well. She has worked hard every week. Doesn’t argue with her partner, doesn’t complain about her aches and pains, no drama. Same for Kyle. I think Jennifer should win and her drama has been less the past couple of weeks. I don’t think there is a tea party conspiracy to keep Bristol. I think people are rooting for the underdog that has improved so much every week.

Dian

November 16th, 2010
11:15 pm

I have been a devoted fan of DWTS, but I not only will not watch the remaining shows of this season, I do not plan to ever watch the show in the future. Brandy and Jennifer are by far the best dancers. I’m wondering if Bristol has the sensitivity to know that she won, not by her ability, but by Tea Party enthusiasts who want to win at all costs. The fact that Bristol cannot dance and appears to be dull is of no difference to them.

Nancy

November 16th, 2010
11:15 pm

I thought something like this would happen, I tried to vote last night and was unable to cast my vote because the lines were busy. Ms Palin is not a dancer, she has improved but not like the others. She does not deserve the votes she has received as a dancer, as popular person people have supported her it is not fair to the others. DWTS has lost me as a viewer.

CES

November 16th, 2010
11:16 pm

Guess what, people? AMERICA VOTED. America voted and Bristol is still in the running. No matter what you think, America voted. Get over it.

Democracy Rules

November 16th, 2010
11:16 pm

Grow up people. The voters have spoken. Do you honestly think that this doesn’t happen on other vote-in shows? Do you honestly think that with DWTS has never had any vote-in’s that are for a popular contestant in all their seasons? She may be not the best dancer by far, but the vote-in negates that.

Besides she is the most improved dancer week after week.

Congratulations to the three finalists.

Doug and Lisa Richardson

November 16th, 2010
11:17 pm

We are disgusted with the voter power. Is this a high school popularity contest? Sure looks that way, doesn’t matter how well you dance, so why make it a dance competition if all you need is a big group to vote for you and you can be terrible but still advance? We are ready to give up on the whole show. NO WAY Bristol should have gotten even this far. She was much worse than the last four stars eliminated. We are becoming angry viewers.

Debbie

November 16th, 2010
11:17 pm

I wasn’t a Bristol supporter until 2 weeks ago and she got to me. No she’s not a great dancer, BUT she had zilch, zero experience at dancing coming in, not like Jennifer and Brandy being a singer and performer. Bristol has grown on me. She’s vulnerable and is getting better every week. Brandy was great but she was like ice-cold to me, whereas Bristiol is friendly, down to earth. I’d like to see her beat Jennifer (Disney boy is only there for the numbers). And yes it’s the Alaska voters, the tea party people, her mom, but who cares? These people are obviously phoning in by the hundreds of thousands and if the other’s supporters can’t do it…. oh well too bad so sad.

David

November 16th, 2010
11:17 pm

I’m a liberal, and I’m not going nuts. I’m pulling for Bristol because it’s fun to pull for the underdog. She’s just a kid trying something new, not a tea-party representative. Who cares if she’s not the best dancer? She’s getting out in front of people and giving it her best. I want her to win.

yo

November 16th, 2010
11:18 pm

I am a Democrat and I voted for Bristol! I can relate to her more than the others. She has gutts and worked hard. The others are professional dancers and entertainers. Jennifer Grey is always whining. Yeah, I am rooting for the underdog.

Rae Ann

November 16th, 2010
11:18 pm

I agree, this is so horrible and irresponsible of ABC.com for hiring judges when their opinions do not count at all. Also ABC should be aware that their website can be defaulted by signing in with any e-mail made up along with any password and you can vote endlessly. I checked it to prove it could be done and assume it’s what’s being done with Palin. What a mess and how will ABC verify that they don’t owe those who were dismissed for no obvious reasons. I hope not to be the only one to know that their website has issues that allow friends/family of the skater to default the entire system. I for one will not be watching this ever again. I’ve also heard in the past that on certain shows the producers make the choices and not the judges or those that vote so there is nothing that is real about the show at all. I wonder if that’s what is wrong with Dancing with The Stars. It all makes you think about whether or not you will be watching and/or supporting this show and/or ABC in the future. I haven’t seen the last show that saves Palin for no obvious reason tonight but did find it online from the east coast so I do not have to watch it again and be obviously sick to my stomach not believing what has just happened.

yo

November 16th, 2010
11:19 pm

David, we have ESP!

jean

November 16th, 2010
11:19 pm

I love Bristol and I am so thrilled she has made it so far. This is a dancing competition and is suppose to be about someone coming in with no talent and leaving a dancer. That is Bristol. I think she is adorable. I mean come on Brandy has had plenty of experience in dancing and performing and so has Jennifer Grey. This show combines those with experience and then those with no experience. Remember how far Kelly Osborne went last year? She was no better then Bristol and I was so proud of her for improving immensely. I am not a fan of her Dad, in fact I find him distasteful, but I thrilled for her on Dancing with the stars and her mom on Donald Trump show. People put aside your political feelings and think about what the true meaning of these shows are suppose to represent. This is a show about making dancers out of non-dancers, Bristol deserves to be where she is.

Vicki

November 16th, 2010
11:19 pm

It’s one thing if Bristol could really dance or show any form of musicality, however, she SUCKS to use her own words. (lovely to hear a 19 year old use that term in front of millions. – folksy huh?) I hope she’s embarassed knowing Brandy gave SUCH a better performance. If the show’s a dancing competition, they fail miserably in that regard…………..

Malonzo

November 16th, 2010
11:19 pm

Ray, maybe you should call your community organizer, and those illegals to vote. You could ask the help of George Soro to finance your effort. ACORN

PETE

November 16th, 2010
11:20 pm

PEOPLE ARE OVER REACTING ON THIS SITUATION!!!

GET A LIFE!!!!

Reid

November 16th, 2010
11:21 pm

I spent this last nine weeks watching the improvment of all the dancers. BUT, it is a competition for superior dancing ability not popular or political. When did we start inserting “govt” political BS into to a dancing competition? I’m done watching.

PETE

November 16th, 2010
11:21 pm

AMEN JEAN!!!

Radio

November 16th, 2010
11:22 pm

I’m not surprised! Donny Osmond won and he was clearly not the best, although entertaining. Brandy simply did not have the voter base and the judges scored Bristol too high for her dancing. More people will tune in now and I’m sure ABC is elated.

kevin

November 16th, 2010
11:23 pm

what a joke palin is like a dancin cow. she has no grace has no bussiness being in the finals I am not looking forward to watching her stumble around the dancefloor again

Dean

November 16th, 2010
11:23 pm

Have you people completely forgot the season Kellie Osborn danced. She wasn’t in the same league with the others but kept getting voted back in because she won the peoples hearts (and her lat name didn’t hurt anything either).

CES

November 16th, 2010
11:24 pm

Doug and Lisa are typical “vote how I want you to vote or don’t vote at all.” Not! See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!

Sandra

November 16th, 2010
11:25 pm

I was surprised…but, not really. Never really liked Brandy.

Cho

November 16th, 2010
11:25 pm

I don’t like Bristol as a dancer but she’s gotten enough votes to stay, and that’s what the show’s about. I’m glad Brandy is gone. She was over rated and she is not a nice person. Don’t count Kyle out. He has become a good dancer despite having NO dance experience going into this, and he’s a likeable guy.

Angela

November 16th, 2010
11:26 pm

I am confused at the comment this is a popularity contest (?)
Bristol palin, who is only known for being the daughter of someone popular beat out Brandy who had been in the public eye since around the age of 14 (?)
She beat out Audrine Partridge (?)
I guess we should be expecting to see Sarah dancing in the finals instead.
I am stunned at tonights loss.
I have watched since the second season and I am at a loss here.
Dancing with the stars…hummm…. If Bristol wins they might as well change the name of the program all together.
I have nothing against the girl herself, but she cannot dance and is hardly a star.
Unbelieveable.

robin t. cradle

November 16th, 2010
11:26 pm

It is obvious that the profesional dancers always win. It has become very boring to watch because you know from day one which dancer will win. Why do they allow pros. to enter the competition?

Malonzo

November 16th, 2010
11:27 pm

Ray, you should contact your community organizer, and while you are at it call George Soro to finance your effort, ACORN maybe available for you and I am sure they can rig enough vote from illegals and felons to beat Bristol. And Amy, you stop watching ? But you are still here blogging about Bristol, youo may just have contracted Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of watching Bristol win, I feel sorry for you. Shane, you are right, it is fun to watch this people go banana. You people needs to go and get a job, and get a life. We did it again !!!!!!!!!!!!

robin t. cradle

November 16th, 2010
11:27 pm

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Rick Patel

November 16th, 2010
11:28 pm

Beautiful, talented, exquisite Bristol Palin deserved to make the final. She has her magnificent mother’s charisma & star quality. Bristol to win!