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Posted at 3:58 PM ET, 11/22/2010

'Dancing with the Stars' math made easy ...

By Lisa de Moraes

Much as we have enjoyed getting all those emails from Sarah Palin fans whose prose style seems to have been modeled on that of Rabelais, all good things must come to an end -- including our blogging of this season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" featuring Sarah's daughter Bristol.

Tonight we blog the very last performance show, featuring the three survivors: "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, Disney star Kyle Massey, and daughter of famous politician Bristol Palin. Tuesday night we blog Tuesday's results show.

But, in the meantime, to help you play along tonight, we bring you:


Here is how you can figure out how many popular votes Bristol is going to need this week to win the competition -- assuming she once again winds up with the fewest votes from the judge, as she has every week for the past several weeks.

In order to explain the Byzantine system by which dancers' scores are figured on ABC's dance competition series, let's take a look at last week's results, as detailed by the show's executive producer, Conrad Green:

Input from the professional judges during the Monday night performance show accounts for half of each dancer's weekly score. Last week, the judges gave "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey two perfect scores of 30 points per dance. That gave her a total of 60 points.

Disney star Kyle Massey received a total of 58 points from the judges for his two performances.

Pop singer Brandy Norwood got 57 points.

Daughter of famous politician Bristol Palin received 53 points.

That's a total of 228 points dished out by the judges. To figure each competitor's "score" from the judges, you have to figure what percentage of the total points awarded went to that dancer.

Jennifer Grey, for instance, received 26.32 percent of the 228 points strewn by the judges among the three semi-finalists that night. Her judges' score, therefore, is 26.32.

Kyle Massey logged 25.44 percent of the total 228 points.

Brandy got 25.00 percent.

Bristol's score was 23.25.

Note that there was only a 1.75 percent difference between Brandy's score and Bristol's.

Since the same process is then used to tabulate each dancer's "score" in the popular vote, that meant Bristol only needed to snag 1.8 percent more of the popular vote than Brandy in order to survive and send Brandy packing. Bristol may have gotten even more - Green won't say.

At the end of tonight's show, if Bristol has fewer points than Jennifer and Kyle, simply add up all the points handed out by the judges, then divide each dancer's points for the night by the total and it will tell you what was that dancer's "score" -- and by what percentage of the popular vote Bristol must beat the other two competitors if she is to win the hideous-yet-coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

More on this story:

Full 'Dancing' coverage: News, pics, video and more

Timeline: A look back at heartbreaks, highlights

Photo gallery: Down to the final contestants

By Lisa de Moraes  | November 22, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
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All well and good, but totally irrelevant. The public tally is never revealed. It can be whatever the producers wish it to retain whomever they want to generate the attention they seek. String out all the percentages you want, but there is no full set of figures. The producers decide who advances,

Posted by: cbeno | November 22, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse


"Bristol Palin getting death threats, DWTS ramps up security"

Liberals are mailing white powder to Bristol.

Liberals are shooting their own televisions when Bristol dances.


Posted by: NObama_In_2012 | November 22, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The chance to get me to change my mind and like the cheating which is going on at Fake Dancing With the long gone.

I'm not watching the show tonight, not watching the show tomorrow night, not watching the show if it's on next 'TV season'.

Lisa de Moraes may like kissing Palin behind, but I don't!!!!! If Lisa de Moraes keeps up with the "Palins are Gods" crap, I may not read her column any more either.

Posted by: momof20yo | November 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

so the question then becomes whether the judges will try to dictate the result with particularly low scores for Bristol. Plus, it get's harder for the home viewers to skew the result the fewer dancers are left. For example, if Lee gets 60 and Bristol gets 48 (would only require 10s and 8s across the board, and only 5 points different than last week), Bristol would need 66% of the fan vote to win. If she gets that, the show is dead.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 22, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Without Palin, what will Lisa Rabelais Morass have to invent to attract readers?

Posted by: llrllr | November 22, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

At this very moment, DWTS & ABC producers are debating the long-term ramifications of throwing the prize at Palin tomorrow or not. A decision that will change the show's direction: whether it remains a conmpetition of skill or one that recruits contestants with rabid fanbases who've got little to do but tune in. Since DWTS has always kept its public voting numbers veiled in secrecy, viewers have always believed the winner was just who DWTS felt should be trophied to further their narrative. That'll happen this time too but it will also either hold fast to the show's core vision or change it entirely.

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Posted by: zhengee77 | November 22, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Despite the fact that I don't usually watch the show, let alone vote, all the hoopla has encouraged me to pay it some attention. Tonight, with some rather clear choices presented, I decided to vote. So far I have found it impossible to log on to or to vote by telephone for now well over an hour. I guess we can assume that the winner will be determined by ouija board.

Posted by: mamasan | November 22, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The judges have lost all credibility. Carrie Ann crowed, "You danced in a cage!" to Bristol. Bristol shook her head side to side and bent her knees once before her partner led her out of the cage. That's dancing? Most of the routine was walking. How often has Len criticized others for wasting time with preliminary gimmicks instead of dancing, yet this was "fantastic". Her jive was so simplistic compared to others done weeks ago, yet they gave her 8 and 9. Have they been intimidated by the Palin Presence? No reason to continue watching this show.

Posted by: Lamaj | November 22, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Yup...ABC site is frozen. But texts worked fine. "Ten to Jen!!"

Bubbye Bristol...don't think you're gonna get that 66% needed to surpass Jennifer. Kyle, maybe.

Final analysis: Where's Brandi???

Posted by: wxdancer | November 22, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that repugs aka nazis love their offspring to be stupid? Don't they know the value of an education?

Posted by: letemhaveit | November 24, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: NObama_In_2012 | November 22, 2010 5:34 PM


"Bristol Palin getting death threats, DWTS ramps up security"

Liberals are mailing white powder to Bristol.

Liberals are shooting their own televisions when Bristol dances.

You have proof that ANY of this was perpetrated by Liberals? Until you can come up with such proof, it is baseless!!

Posted by: scorpio7 | November 25, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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