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Florence Henderson is out, Bristol survives on 'Dancing with the Stars'

[This blog post has been updated with Florence Henderson's exit interview on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show]


The "Dancing with the Stars" results show kicks things off Tuesday with the surprise announcement that Teen Abstinence Advocate Bristol Palin, the previous night's lowest vote-getter, is safe ... despite fluffing a good chunk of her jive dance number -- part of which was performed in a gorilla costume -- the night before, and after which, when asked what she'd been thinking, she answered, "Uh, I hate the jive," followed by an awkward silence.


Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas -- dressed in gorilla suits during performance night -- got the lowest score from the judges, but they survived another week. (ABC/Adam Larkey) | PHOTOS | VIDEO

This audience just won't put Bristol out of her misery.

Also safe is the night's second lowest vote-getter, Disney star Kyle Massey.

"All day long [Bristol's dance partner] Mark [Ballas] has been saying to me, 'We're going, aren't we?'," show host Tom Bergeron marvels after the surprise opening.

The show's judges want Brandy and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy to repeat their number of the previous night, performed to the theme song from "Friends." Much prancing and galloping about the stage ensues.

In honor of it being "TV Tune Week," the producers have created several fake TV commercials with which to pad out tonight's results show. Fake commercial No. 1 is the best by far; it's for the dance instruction DVD "Bring It Like Bruno," with instructions for dance moves that include "The Sprinkler", "The Lawnmower" and "The Headache." Nobody plays show judge Bruno Tonioli like Bruno. His accent is real ... right?

The camera opens up on R&B star Jason Derulo in front of some mattresses. Even so, he does not break into "Have good night's sleep on us ... Mattress Discounters!" and instead is up and dancing, front and center himself, to his tune "In My Head." Hey! Doesn't he trust the "DWTS" Corps de Song Interpretation to interpret his song for him? Control freak ...

Cut to backstage, Tom Bergeron's Gal Friday, Brooke Burke with the two low-scoring -- but safe -- couples Kyle/Lacey Schwimmer and Bristol/Mark Ballas.

Brooke to Bristol: "Did you really expect to be dancing again?" Bristol answers - and this is a girl who's heard a lot of sound bites in her time and can deliver a pretty fair one herself: "You know I was very nervous coming in to tonight but I'm grateful to our fans for keeping us in and hopefully next week we'll come out better and I'll remember all my steps." Elapsed time: 7 seconds. Impressive!

Next Brooke turns to Kyle and Lacey for comments on the miracle of their survival. Kyle responds: "Team Schmurgles, something, something, Team Schmurgles, something something, Team Schmurgles." He's hitting their brand name pretty heavily; it sounds too much like the outcome of a brainstorm at a PR agency.

Time to address Monday's top two vote-getters: Brandy/Maks and Jennifer Grey/Derek Hough. The performance replays remind us of the whole hostile undercurrent on the judges' part Monday night to J&D: Carrie Ann Inaba blathering on about how Grey's "eyes start to go blank, " etc., and the producers concocting that whole taped bit about Grey and Hough bickering their way through rehearsals. Not surprisingly, Brandy is safe; Grey is not.

Latin music star Shakira comes out with a bunch of girls in exercise gear and leads the 6 p.m. salsa-cize class to her tune, "Loca."

Then, Jason Derulo is back to remind us how much we miss Ray Charles with his slow-paced, nasal version of "Georgia On My Mind" which is interpreted by two DWTS troupers in the manner of a college spirit squad, with lots of lifts. The camera loves them and they upstage Jason, even to the end with the camera lovingly lingering on them instead of him for what seems like way too long. His agent will hear about this in the morning.

Time to trot out the two sports celebrity dancers and tell them their fate. NFL star Kurt Warner is safe; NBA star Rick Fox is not.

Moving on to the remaining celebrities, we get to see a whole new side to Audrina Patridge's dance partner, Tony Dovolani: Mr. Self Pity. First he lets us know in his interview with Brooke that "the band missed the first counts of our song" and that "Audrina responded to it beautifully."

The band is not given equal time. Instead, we move directly to a taped bit of him backstage, complaining that judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought he's lifted Audrina, which is some kind of moving violation. "There was no lift," Tony grumbles. "Carrie Ann likes to go after me," he whines. "Seems like that's the theme this week."

Florence, on the other hand, is all graciousness. Naturally, Tony and Audrina are safe while Florence and her partner, Corky Ballas, are not, despite having this week scored a personal best 21 points from the judges.

Time to bring out the Three in Jeopardy: Rick Fox, Florence Henderson and Jennifer Grey.

Rick and Jennifer are pronounced safe. Florence is out.

She goes out with an Emmy-acceptance-style speech, since she's a real pro:

"You know I have been in television for over 50 years and I have to say, in all honesty, that this is one of the best produced shows I have ever been on. I truly mean that. The best crew, the best hair, makeup, costumes, even the judges are the best. Brooke, Tom, the music and most of all this darling man, Corky Ballas."

The seventy-something Florence tells Bergeron, "I hope I've inspired people to get up off their behinds, and live, and move, and enjoy life."

And, as the producers roll tape of some sassy moments from Florence and Corky rehearsals, while the two dance on stage, we see Jennifer Grey in the stands, with her tears. She is now, after all, the oldest cast member on this edition of "Dancing with the Stars."

Here's the moment of truth for Florence Tuesday night, followed by her exit interview with Jimmy Kimmel:

Exit Interview:

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 20, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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Comments

I was so hoping it would be Audrina or Brandy gone tonight. I'm tired of Tony's whining and Audrina's vacant face. Am I the only one she reminds of a Hallowe'en pumpkin, blank and round, watiting to have an expression put on it? Anyway, Brandy's not showing improvement and it's painful to watch her and Maks interact. Florence, meanwhile, brought grace, beauty, and ENTHUSIASM to the show. She's going to be sorely missed.

Posted by: 2426 | October 20, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jeremyrenner18 | October 20, 2010 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Of course a Socialistic, no good Democrat wrote this sorry excuse for an article. Is nothing fair and balanced anymore? Hey pal! I have something for you: Ever read Ann Coulter's “If Democrats Had any Brains They'd be Republicans??” Well I think that's should be your life motto. It's people like you who have thrown journalism down the toilet. Get a new job! You're no good if you have to attack a sweet GIRL and I say GIRL - not woman. Having a child doesn’t automatically make you a woman either. She’s was just a girl. She still envelops that innocence that you slimes so baldly want to steal and slander. She's nothing but sweet and kind and you take her hardships and self struggles and spit it on her. Shame on you. So you wanted me to challenge this article Washington Post??? Well I did! Get a new people who have more than a pea sized brain to do your articles. Have some class.

Posted by: littlelilly_4 | October 20, 2010 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Palin will go all the way to the end.
Its purely political.
mom has paid the bucks.

Posted by: movette | October 20, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

That Palin will likely win, although as my wife says from her nightly watching of the show, she is the worse dancer on the show by far as reflected by the judges scores of same. It is the audience, her mother's fame, and the tea party's organized support of her that has provided the votes. Ironic in that they have back some if not all candidates including the mother Palin, who really are cognitively lacking of the Constitution of this country, the Laws of this country, and the corruption now taking place within the wealthy of the Republican party, business owners esp of the larger corporations, and their agenda to create a two tiered system of those who have and those who don't. The daughter certainly lacks talent and the ability to speak (in fairness she is only 19 yoa) and yet will be labeled as the best by the votes submitted. A farce!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | October 20, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

To: littlelilly_4

Go to the medicine cabinet and take your meds RIGHT NOW.

Bristol is old enough to vote and enlist into military service [ROTFLOL]. That's an adult.

The only reason she is on this show is because of her mother. Without her mother, she would just be another single mother who got knocked up in high school.

Hardship my a$$.

Posted by: James10 | October 20, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

oh. my. goodness.

mutant minnow mermaids mimicking MC hammer

Cirque de Soleil?
no!
Shakira's dancers ....

should I be amused and laugh?
or purely entertained?
or faintly repulsed?
or all of the above concurrently?

bring on "The Ring" cycle

oddly, fits with this show

Posted by: zerodefect01 | October 20, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Tony, it was a lift.
Both of your partner's feet left the floor.
Go back and watch the tape.

My understanding is that no full lifts are permitted in the first half of the show's season to level the competing field while the non-pros are learning. At least one foot needs to be on the floor at all times. This season, they made an exception for the earlier tango (?) but only for that one dance.

Posted by: zerodefect01 | October 20, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

This show was almost unwatchable. The parody adverts were tactless and very down market. Is this the price we're paying now that DWTS is the No. 1 show on television? Shakira's exercise routine lacked class and grace, too, along with most of the other filler routines that make this program more of a mere variety show than it has ever been. As for who was booted off, if it were really about the dancing, we all know that Ms. Palin would have been out long ago.

Posted by: jubao | October 20, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Of COURSE Jason Derulo doesn't trust anyone but himself to sing his songs. He needs to make sure the singers say his name in every song, and he can't guarantee that unless HE'S the one doing it.

Posted by: Carrie1102 | October 20, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

James10 - her brother Track is in the military and served a year tour in Iraq in 2008. So, the idea of military service by the Palin children is not at all risible, as you seem to think.

Posted by: dante99654 | October 20, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

To James10. (The idiot who knows nothing of life and children).

Yes you are LEGALLY an adult at 18. But does that mean you're really an a adult in your mind? No. She's still a kid - as ANY 18/19 year old is. She's obviously a lot more mature in her upbringing and since she had to have a child, but she's still envelops an endearing innocence about her. And you bring up the Military? Any real adult and I mean 30+ would tell you those are just kids who are going out and sacraficing. They're just boys and girls who have BARELY begun to live. They've just got out of high school if they decided to enlist so young. So Bristol may in fact be LEGALLY an adult, but she's no REAL adult. She still has a lot of growing up to do. Apparently so do you.

Posted by: littlelilly_4 | October 21, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It's ultimately unfortunate for Bristle that her parent's rabid fans/followers have temporarily "adopted" Bristle, intent on "freeping" the DWTS voting process to keep Bristle on the show, earning the Almighty Buck that seems to motivate that family so much.

Bristle was lucky enough to have the financial backing of her cynical "user" parents in weathering the second of her 3 pregnancies in the public eye in late 2008. I'm sure she has wished these latest 2 pregnancies could have been as hidden and unpublicized as her first back in 2007-2008.

Oh, you hadn't noticed on DWTS how Bristle's belly has been carefully cinched-in with heavy-duty Spanx these past few weeks? The costumer/wardrobe people have been severely challenged to create belted/empire-waisted costumes for Bristle, and the gorilla suit was a godsend for them, although it prevented Bristle from seeing her feet -- thus, not knowing where to place them and forgetting to move her feet for a few beats.

Bristle may be talking confidence, but she's dreading what photographic revelations may occur, the longer she's on the show. Papparazzi pix have dried up because "interested parties" are buying them up and not releasing them, but there's no way to hide a frame-by-frame review of Bristle's "figure" after next Monday night.

Posted by: kayjay503 | October 21, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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