'Dancing with the Stars' math made easy ...
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:
DANCING WITH THE STARS MATH MADE EASY:
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.
Lisa de Moraes
| November 22, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
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