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Rick Fox sent packing on 'Dancing With the Stars' results night


Though the show judges praised his quickstep as his best performance to date, former NBA star Rick Fox got the hook on "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday during its bicentennial episode.

Meanwhile, celebrity-in-training Bristol Palin survived another week, though she scored the fewest points from the judges - though her tally was a personal best.


Rick Fox and his partner Cheryl Burke perform. (Adam Larkey/AP)

"I'm exhausted...I've been away from home the last two months. I want to go home! I want to see my son," Bristol wailed at the top of Tuesday's 90-minute dancing-and-election- results show.

it's your best score all season so if you go home on that, okay," her dance partner, Mark Ballas consoled her in a taped bit.

"Yeah, I agree," Bristol said hopefully.

But, it was not to be and Fox got sent packing instead.

"The show was interrupted periodically for news updates on nationwide election returns, including a statement by Bristol's mom/likely 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Oh wait a minute, that was taped bit from Mama Palin in which she went even further down the Hollywood rabbit hole, congratulating the show on its 200th episode. It's so hard to keep Palin's roles straight.

Bristol wasn't the only dancer showing signs of strain this week.

In another episode of "Jennifer Grey's Anatomy," we see a taped bit of the movie star after Monday's performance whining, "I need a shot in my hip! Put me out of my misery! Oh, it hurts so much!"

We also got to see another behind-the-scenes taped bit in which former NFL great Kurt Warner prayed to Jesus to help him in the competition:

Let us have fun. Let us enjoy and not be nervous and let us assist You in using the gifts you give us. Thank you, Jesus.

Kurt should have prayed for peace and understanding in re his partner Anna Trabunskaya, who is starting to come unglued from the strain of having to deal with Kurt every week.

When they were declared out of jeopardy, show host Tom Bergeron pronounced them "safe to bicker some more."

In amongst all the drama, Rod Stewart rasped his way through a performance of "I Get a Kick Out of You" that sounded like Tony Bennett on a ventilator. And Taylor Swift performed a couple tunes, including "White Horse" while a highlight reel from "DWTS" seasons past played on a big screen behind her, provoking much audience applause which was totally out of sync with her singing.

In honor of hitting its bicentennial episode, the show handed out some trophies. Former celebrity dancer Marie Osmond, for instance won for Best Dramatic Moment for that time when she fainted while she was listening to judge Len Goodman critique her performance. Osmond beat out, among others, celebrity dancer Kate Gosselin, who had so annoyed her dance partner Tony Dovolani she drove him to announce to the camera he was quitting.

Also in this stew of a show, Bergeron and sidekick Brooke Burke unveiled the celebrity cast of new spinoff competition series "Skating with the Stars":

*Real housewife Bethenny Frankel

*Olympic skater Jonny Moseley

*"All My Children's" Rebecca Budig

*Disney Channel star Brandon Mychal Smith (who told the camera he wanted to show America "that a brother can look nice on the ice")

*Actress/train wreck Sean Young

*Motley Crue front man Vince Neil

PHOTOS: New season of 'Dancing With the Stars'

By Lisa de Moraes  | November 2, 2010; 10:30 PM ET
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars  
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You need to change your meds. Bristol Palin has more fans than some has been NBA freak that most Americans have never heard of.

Posted by: dawegg | November 2, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

rick fox is an nba freak? is that because he's african american, in your book dawegg?

Posted by: frieda406 | November 3, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

There may have been a problem in the lines to call in to DWTS. I tried continually for 2 hours to vote for Rick and the line was constantly busy, so I never succeeded. I wonder if others might have had the same problem.
Sara Palin does seem to be popular right now. Her daughter may inadvertently benefit from her mother's celebrity. If Bristol does have dancing abilities, as the judges seem to believe, it is certainly overshadowed by her total lack of an interesting personality.
Is does make one wonder about "technical malfunctions" on the call -in part of the program, also.

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Posted by: pengyan1988 | November 3, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

DWTS is going to be awfully embarrassed when Palin takes home the trophy.

Posted by: jnagle1 | November 3, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

I said last week that the DWTS show is rigged so Bristol Palin can win. Even "Entertainment Tonight" is predicting that Bristol will win. It was her picture they showed right after raising the question of 'who will win'?

Bristol should never have been brought onto the show. And now, we're stuck with a fake show whose 'winner' has been improperly pre-determined all because of who her mother (thinks she) is.

I'm done watching this show. I won't be watching the likely to be equally fake and rigged "Skating with the Stars".

Posted by: momof20yo | November 3, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

If Bristol is so exhausted of her current 'job', she can just quit like her mama grizzly does. I'd be just fine with that, as long as they both stay away from all media sources for the next 100 years.

Posted by: momof20yo | November 3, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

I was somewhat surprised that Rick Fox was booted...but not a lot. The wondrous Cheryl Burke just could not work her magic with this one, but she certainly gave it her best shot (so to speak). I expected Fox or Warner to go, but was hoping that Warner would stay to dance another week, although after "the Bickersons" my mind may be changed.

To whom will the votes go for those who called to vote for Fox--or will they?

Next week, perhaps J-Grey will be relieved of her pain-filled misery (and Derek, too). She's really starting to trip up...a lot. Pinched nerve in her foot? I know what that is--how can she even walk, let alone dance? A "trooper", for certain. If her health is truly in jeopardy, perhaps the producers will mandate that she leave. Competitor and winner that he is, from his expressions I'm thinking that Derek would be happy with that decision.

And, Ms. Bristol, I have admired your poise. You are neither dancer nor performer--ever, as far as I know--yet, as Kelly Osborne did, you are improving with each week.

But, I confess, I have not seen the "star" performances of previous years. It's late in this season, and the show-stoppers just have not shown up yet as they have in times past. Disappointing a bit, even coming to watch the show for fun and diversion.

Posted by: zerodefect01 | November 3, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I was somewhat surprised that Rick Fox was booted...but not a lot. The wondrous Cheryl Burke just could not work her magic with this one, but she certainly gave it her best shot (so to speak). I expected Fox or Warner to go, but was hoping that Warner would stay to dance another week, although after "the Bickersons" my mind may be changed.

To whom will the votes go for those who called to vote for Fox--or will they?

Next week, perhaps J-Grey will be relieved of her pain-filled misery (and Derek, too). She's really starting to trip up...a lot. Pinched nerve in her foot? I know what that is--how can she even walk, let alone dance? A "trooper", for certain. If her health is truly in jeopardy, perhaps the producers will mandate that she leave. Competitor and winner that he is, from his expressions I'm thinking that Derek would be happy with that decision.

And, Ms. Bristol, I have admired your poise. You are neither dancer nor performer--ever, as far as I know--yet, as Kelly Osborne did, you are improving with each week.

But, I confess, I have not seen the "star" performances of previous years. It's late in this season, and the show-stoppers just have not shown up yet as they have in times past. Disappointing a bit, even coming to watch the show for fun and diversion.

Posted by: zerodefect01 | November 3, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I also tried to vote for Rick, but kept getting that beep beep that means the line is out of order. Wonder if ABC knows they had a problem and the "results" were in error.

Posted by: disposall | November 3, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Again, ANYONE watching this needs to examine their life's priorities. Go read a book. Go for a walk. Sit in a room with the lights out and do nothing. Supporting this show, by watching it, suggests the show has some value. Please, look in the mirror.

Posted by: password11 | November 3, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

A very gracious concession by Rick Fox, he seems like the kind of guy you wanna know. Palin Hollywood rabbit hole? Is that like Obama, the president appearing on Jon Stewart? Clinton on the tonight show? Maybe I'm old fashion but I think the dignity of high office might be improved if all of them avoided these venues. I don't want a "regular guy/gal" for president. Whatever happens, Bristol has at least broken even, a "best score" is an accomplishment, she worked for something and got there. Taylor Swift is cute, talented, apparently a good song writer but jeez, she has a hard time staying on key, kind of amazing really for such a big star; on the other hand she played her part beautifully when Tom "fainted" she had the acting and comic timing down then laid into the strait MC roll. Lead to something bigger?

Posted by: jhtlag1 | November 3, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Silly show for silly people. Never watched it, never will.

Posted by: truth1 | November 3, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I honestly thought "Skating with the Stars" was some sort of spoof... no, it's really going to be a show???

Posted by: jhtlag1 | November 3, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

password11 and truth1 you two must really be idiots! If you do not watch the show or like why bother to read this and then post comments?

jhtlag1, I agree Taylor is a song writer but not a good live signer, always off key without the studio help. She does seem to maybe have soem acting chops though. Did you see her on that episode of CSI? She did well.

Posted by: sivwiz | November 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Hey sivwiz,
You are an absolute lemming. Read your posts. Do you have a brain?

Posted by: password11 | November 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

read my posts? I very rarely post anything, I read the comments for the comedy value from idiots like you passwrod11! It is fine if you do not like the show but, to read the articles and then bother to post comments about how bad the show is strike's me that you are the one lacking brain power! I used small words so maybe you would be able to understand them!

Posted by: sivwiz | November 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I am guessing that Disney Co. that owns ABC and is well known as supporting Repubs is having Palin stay on the show to keep her family front and center. She does not dance as well as others that have been eliminated. Also why the BS about not seeing her kid when her mother is showing up all the time? I have had it with this nonsense.

Posted by: jimbobkalina1 | November 3, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@password11: I just finished re-reading a favorite, wonderful mystery novel, while listening to orchestral works by Joachim Raff. No joke. And I watch DWTS regularly (I was as surprised as anyone that Rick Fox got the boot; his early departure ranks up there with Sabrina Bryan's early exit).

Tell us, what have YOU read lately, besides this column?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 4, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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