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'The Situation' bids 'Dancing With the Stars' a classy farewell as he's eliminated


It's Themed Elimination Night in the Round on "Dancing with the Stars."

Show host Tom Bergeron and gal Friday Brooke Burke begin by bringing out the week's three top judge-vote-getters: actress Jennifer Grey, pop singer Brandy and "The Hills" least interesting cast member Audrina Patridge, with their dance partners.


Karina Smirnoff and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino were this week's low vote-getters. (ABC/Adam Larkey) | PHOTOS

"What the heck, you're all safe," Bergeron declares.

In one segment in which "everyone" in Monday's audience talks to the camera about how much they love the new ballroom-in-the-round, the show's senior statesman/judge Len Goodman says they want to see Jennifer perform Monday's show-stopping tango again, after which the Goo Goo Dolls perform a medley of their tunes.

Does it cheapen the moment that last summer US Magazine raffled off a private concert by the Goo Goo Dolls in the home of a lucky winner, to promote the band's new album?

Does it also cheapen the moment that lead singer Johnny Rzeznik told US, regarding said new album: "I wanted some of the material on this album to address the disillusionment of the difficult period we live in. I wanted to give a voice to the emotional uncertainty that accompanies hard times. So many people are struggling to keep it together through tough economic conditions and two wars that seem to have no end in sight. The ones who bear the brunt of these burdens are everyday people. That's who I want to speak to."

Heck no! Nothing symbolizes the disillusionment of this difficult period like ballroom dancers twirling and writhing around while you sing those tunes!

Next to find out their fate: the two youngest celebrities on the show, Disney star Kyle Massey and teen abstinence advocate Bristol Palin.

Hard-hitting questions tonight from Brooke! She asks Bristol and her dance partner Mark Ballas if the judges were "fair" to them the previous night.

"They were a little bit harsh with the scores," Bristol says. "I think I'm improving as a dancer."

But Brooke has apparently opened up a wound in Mark, who says, "I thought it was unfair."

"You just wanted to take your shirt off," Kyle interjects (what with Bristol having ripped off Mark's shirt as part of their Monday routine) and probably takes away Brooke's follow up question.

And speaking of bare-chested: In the next bit, Bergeron nicks chief judge Len Goodman for having razzed Mark the night before. They've dug up some clip of a shirtless Len -- ick, ick, ick -- seated next to another shirtless guy who looks vaguely like Sting -- ick, ick, ick -- who compliments Len on his snake tattoo.

By week four, we can pretty much say that Bristol has never looked happy to be here and we're beginning to suspect that somebody else talked her into doing this gig to serve, well, somebody else's ambitions. Bristol keeps bringing up the Big Contradiction in the Room, and she does it again tonight, in a rerun clip from Monday: "I go around and I talk about abstinence and then I'm here in my underwear doing a dance about sex and stuff, so hopefully it goes well -- hopefully I can pull it off," she's heard to say as we see her, wearing only a large white shirt and opaque stockings, preparing for Monday's dance. We can see her future speaking engagements: "Don't be like me girls. Don't get pregnant -- and don't go on celebrity dance competitions!"

Well, here's some justice, anyway. After steadily getting pegged as unsexy by the judges, Kyle gets to appear in a taped bit in which partner Lacey Schwimmer complains that he stole a kiss on her shoulder at the end of their routine Monday (and BTW, what abstinence school did she go to?).

"It's called improv," Kyle says.

"I think it's called hormones," Lacey snaps back.

Kyle: "I think it's called hey! ..."

Back from commercial break, Bergeron informs us that rescue efforts are under way for the miners stuck underground in Chile, and if there's any breaking news we will get it right here from ABC News. We imagine the show pros interpretive dancing the rescue news like they interpretive danced the Goo Goo Dolls, but, of course, by "right here" Bergeron meant on ABC, not right here on the ballroom-in-the-round.

Next, Bergeron brings out The Athletes Celebrities: NBA's Rick Fox and NFL's Kurt Warner.

Cutting to the chase, Rick is safe; Kurt is not.

In a pretend educational video, with the celebrities playing students in a classroom, the show's most finicky judge, Len Goodman explains what it takes to get him to award a "10 paddle". He gives 4 points for just getting through the routine, "6 is a C", at 8 "you're starting to drive the dance", his 9 is equal to a 10 from the show's other judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. And a 10 from Len requires great technique, personality and chemistry plus "that certain something that lights up the ballroom." At the end of the lesson Audrina who, in a stretch is playing The Dumb Student, asks Len to repeat it all again while her face wears that same vacant expression it's worn every night on "DWTS."

This week's [Department Store Chain] Stars of Dance segment features the cast of "Forever Tango" which we were told at the top of the show is the longest running tango show in Broadway history, and let's just say that Jennifer and her partner Derek Hough compare very well to this crowd.

British band Florence and the Machine perform, with a harp and a guitar and Florence singing some kind of folk number while wearing a long flowing robe thinggummy and standing in a spotlight while dancers pop up on circular pedestals set in the audience, and then begin to gyrate and flap their arms around, then dancing around Florence while the fog machine goes into overdrive until everyone gets the point: It's Druid Disco.

The final two celebrities awaiting their fate are brought out on stage. Florence Henderson insists Monday's dance with Corky Ballas has gotten her "nothing but glowing remarks" from people who "thought it was sexy."

Meanwhile, poor Mr. Situation is still pretty steamed about getting an even lower score with his performance Monday than had a near octogenarian doing a bump and grind. He notes his routine had a number of dangerous moves and lots of heavy lifting. In a taped bit from Monday night, he and his partner Karina Smirnoff are seen right after getting the judges scores. "The judges were so un-positive, and they didn't even see the work I put in -- didn't even see the progress I made this week," he complains, with cause.

"I'm like done with this!" he snaps as he storms off camera.

Now out on stage with Florence Henderson, The Situation suffers one final humiliation: She's safe but he's still in jeopardy.

The three "jeopardized" couples are brought out. Kurt Warner is put out of his misery and declared safe. It's down to Bristol and The Situation.

And this week's lowest vote getter is ...

The Situation, who, to his credit, takes it like a real gentleman -- even bowing to Bergeron, who confesses he only watched "Jersey Shore" for the first time the other day and found it mesmerizing, but can't get over how different The Situation seems on that hit MTV reality series than on "Dancing."

"Yeah, you know, like I said, I give what is needed in a particular situation," The Situation explains to Bergeron, adding that "Jersey Shore" offered only "a keyhole" into who he really is, whereas on "Dancing with the Stars," "you got to see The Whole Situation."

We're gonna miss him. There, we said it.

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 13, 2010; 2:15 AM ET
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Posted by: frobisher09 | October 13, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

"I go around and I talk about abstinence and then I'm here in my underwear doing a dance about sex and stuff, so hopefully it goes well -- hopefully I can pull it off," Bristol Palin said.


She's admitted she's a hypocrite!!! Oh, her mama grizzly will be sooooo proud of her! And she's getting paid for it, too!!!!
Like mother, like daughter.

Posted by: momof20yo | October 13, 2010 4:48 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe Alaska's number one wild child is still on this show. Sarah Palin must be holding a gun to the heads of the judges every week. What a loser. And her kid is just as bad.

Posted by: sumo1 | October 13, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe how jealous you liberals are of Bristol Palin. Anyone who comes from a Successful Republican Family is subject to your smears. Grow up and get a life liberals. Your party is in the toilet and so is your mind.

bye bye democrats

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 13, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

BYE

BYE

COOLCHILLY.

Your teabagging, outsourcing, bingeborrowing, wingnutting, guntoting self is going to be re-fudiated!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | October 13, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Who cares. Jersey Shore is a third rate show that proves even trailer trash can be on television.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | October 13, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

COOLCHILLY

So I take it that it's okay for a republican to be associated with an organization that calls for the secession of Alaska from the United States.

That's good to know going into the next election.

Republicans hate education because educated people think for themselves.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | October 13, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Bristol's comment proves she does not belong on the show! Her statement is so ignorant as if every dancer and performance artist who appears 'sexy' on stage is out to have sex with everything that moves! She should just stay home, raise her kid and let the real celebrities dance.

Posted by: nasimnour | October 13, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

What a cheese ball. ANYONE that watches this show simply doesn't deserve to own a TV.

Posted by: password11 | October 13, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh right! "attacking" Bristol. Like you right wing nut jobs NEVER attack anyone. You've been attacking Obama since he announced he was running for President. You are all such uninformed hypocrites. I will never understand why so many of you support a party that couldn't care less about you other than getting your vote so they can get into office and get nothing accomplished with the exception of making rich people richer.

Posted by: mgk1068 | October 13, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

There's no way the Sitch should have been voted off. He did a great job on those lifts and he's more interesting to watch than Audrina "Ceiling Eyes" Patridge.

Posted by: 2426 | October 13, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you, Lisa. I, too, will miss "The Situation". He was interesting in his trying to improve--not what I expected from what I have heard re the Jersey Shore show. And they were dressing him up, giving him extra beneficial presence in his costuming so that he would show well. I confess, I was expecting better comments from the judges on the tango, to acknowledge the effort and improvement, even if scores would not be high. That has to be disappointing, to work so hard (I am still amazed at the lifts he was doing, was he wearing a weight belt?) and receive so little positive acknowledgement (none?). The young man handled the results show and the Jimmy Kimmel follow-up with grace. Or, perhaps, he is a good actor.

I also agree with your contrast of Derek Hough's tango for and with Jennifer Grey to that of the tango professional all stars. Hough/Grey were exponentially better, a highlight in a rather dullish results show. Most memorable tango on the show for me still is the very hot and dramatic one last season (?) with Cheryl Burke and her partner.

Paragraph 19, line 3--typo?

My search bonus: Any news on whether Lady Gaga will be featured guest on the finale?

Posted by: zerodefect01 | October 13, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey COOLCHILLY - Successful? If you consider quitting successful, then you're right.

Posted by: password11 | October 13, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

BTW, the "[other] shirtless guy who looks vaguely like Sting" who was sitting next to Len Goodman in the comedy clip from a former season was ESPN sportscaster Kenny Maynes, a contestant voted off first that season as I recall. The third shirt-less guy was Jerry Rice (?), a former winner. A grand farcical parody of the increasing prevalence of the male dancers to de-shirt for the performances, which we know Mr. Goodman regularly criticizes. The facial sequins, etc.? Over-the-top comedic grace notes.

Posted by: zerodefect01 | October 13, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Knowing that this person exists is one of the signs of the apocalypse.....

and stop calling him that ridiculous "situation" and just use his name.

Posted by: John1263 | October 13, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I know this is the Washington Post, but keep the politics out of it. This is a dancing competition. Your bias of Sarah Palin is glaringly obvious, but don't project your feelings onto her daughter. Bristol looks very happy to be on this show, and never seemed anything less than thrilled to be there. She's out of her comfort zone, but is actually doing extremely well in this competition. Which is probably why you're being so snarky about her mom. Bristol wanted to do this because it seemed fun. Period. No hidden agenda.

Posted by: bellagrazi | October 13, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So far, the lowest scores have been NOT voted through (there is no "voting off"; people's votes combine with the scores to keep them safe - the fewer the votes, the less safe). Bristol or Kurt will be next, and Florence will stay just above water.

It'll come down to Rick and Audrina, and perhaps Brandy, for 2nd place. Jennifer and Derek have this season sown up.

Posted by: wxdancer | October 13, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Poor Bristol looks so uncomfortable and so unhappy to be there! Hopefully, she'll be able to leave gracefully soon.

And, I too will miss 'the Situation' - in contrast to most everyone else, he seemed 'real' to me!

Posted by: 4theKids1 | October 13, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Someone already beat me to it but I'll reiterate: The other two fellows in the bare-chested-Len clip (a "DanceCenter" moment) are ESPN personality Kenny Mayne and retired NFL star Jerry Rice.

Both Mayne and Rice are Season 2 alumni; Mayne was first eliminated, while Rice and partner Anna Tre-BUN-skaya finished second to Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | October 13, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"It's Druid Disco."

Now there are two words I never expected to see in the same sentence.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | October 13, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"It's Druid Disco."

Now there are two words I never expected to see in the same sentence.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | October 13, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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