'Dancing with the Stars' penultimate night: We watch so you don't have to
Just eight judges' points separated "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey from daughter of a famous politician Bristol Palin on Monday night as viewers began voting for their fave in the final round of "Dancing with the Stars" competition.
Studio audience members began to boo when the show's three professional judges gave Bristol just 25 points for her freestyle dance, which she performed to a well-known tune from "Chicago" -- a movie/play Bristol said she has never seen.
Grey, meanwhile, nabbed a perfect score of 30 for her freestyle dance, which she did to a tune from the flick "Dirty Dancing" -- though not the flick's most iconic song, "Time of Your Life" because, as Grey told show sidekick Brooke Burke, that one was all about her and movie co-star Patrick Swayze (who died of cancer a little more than a year ago).
"By the way, you may have noticed the subject of our voting has become a bit of a news story this week," show host Tom Bergeron told viewers during Monday's show, regarding comments that had popped up on conservative Web sites from people claiming to have gamed ABC's voting system on the show. One commenter on conservative blog Hillbuzz claimed to have cast 300 votes for Bristol, and the blog's creator said he was urging people to vote "creatively" for Palin to pay back Democrats for years of voter fraud at the polls.
"Here's the deal. We tell you every week you have to vote for your favorites to win. If you don't vote, don't complain," Bergeron said in response to the kerfuffle kicked-off by those press reports.
"And please, don't shoot your television," Bergeron cracked -- a reference to a guy in rural Wisconsin who last week pulled out a shotgun and blasted his TV after one of Bristol's performances. The guy's wife told the cops he was upset that a politicians daughter was dancing on the show, even though he felt she didn't have talent, the AP reported, adding that the wife told police, "he scared the bejebees out of me."
Remember when this show was this nice little, kinda quaint, cheesetastic dance competition?
"It sucks people still don't think I deserve to be here," Bristol complained in a taped bit at the top of the show.
"There are a lot of haters out there just waiting for me to fail ... this just gives me that much more motivation to prove them wrong," she added.
And she did -- at least during the first round of dancing Monday night, when each of the show's three finalists was asked to do-over a dance style at which they'd done poorly during this edition of the hit reality show.
Bristol took a second try at the jive, which she'd first attempted this season in a gorilla suit. This time, in a much nicer blue dress, she delivered one of her best performances of the season, for which the judges rewarded her with 27 points.
"Last time you were a gorilla. Now you're a thrilla!" judge Len Goodman raved.
Her freestyle didn't go over so well, as she had forecast during rehearsal in the taped bit, though judge Carrie Ann Inaba enthused, "Did I just see Bristol Palin dancing in a cage!?" Bergeron joked that is exactly what Bristol's mother, Sarah, who was in the audience rooting for her daughter, had said about the number.
Just like last week, Jennifer wound up with a perfect score for the night, including 30 points for her freestyle and another 30 for her do-over of the paso doble.
"It was an evening in sultry Seville. The flamenco dancer and the golden matador, igniting the flames of passion, feeding off each other with relentless pleasure, from dusk til dawn. I don't want this night to ever end!" judge Bruno Tonioli effervesced about that performance.
"You're been consistent, persistent ... like a juggernaut heading for that Mirror Ball Trophy!" Len said after Jennifer's second dance.
Between the audience getting agitated over Bristol's scores and the geyser of love pouring over Jennifer from the judges' desk, poor Disney star Kyle Massey kind of got squeezed out of the drama Monday night, even though he achieved two of his best dances of the season.
For his much-improved Redemption Round re-do of the fox trot, the judges awarded him 27 points.
"You've gone from messy to marvelous," Len Goodman said after the number.
Kyle followed that with an exuberant, exhausting freestyle dance to "Tootsie Roll." Len called it "boogaloo," but Carrie Ann insisted it was "old school hip-hop" but whatever it was, two of the judges -- Carrie Anna and Bruno -- felt it merited a perfect 10 points while Len gave him a 9 for a dance total of 29 and a night's total of 56 points. That's four better than Bristol.
So once again, Bristol the Pistol has wound up Monday night with the fewest points from the judges. Once again, public votes could put her back in the game. This week, we get to see more dancing Tuesday night before the scores are revealed and the high scorer walks off with the hideous-yet-coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
Lisa de Moraes
| November 22, 2010; 10:31 PM ET
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