This 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.
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:
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog