Dancing With The Stars

Fans of Dancing With The Stars are still abuzz in what some are calling the most shocking elimination ever.

Despite being in the top 2 for most of the season, singer Brandy, 31, and her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy fell short last night as they were eliminated from the dance competition just a week before the finals.  Elimination is based on both judges scores and viewer votes.

Just how shocking was Brandy’s elimination? Well for one, you could hear a collective gasp as well as some loud boos coming from the audience. Even Bristol Palin, who advanced to the finals despite receiving the lowest scores for 7 straight weeks, looked stunned following the announcement that she was safe.

“I don’t know how to feel right now. It hasn’t processed yet for me,” said a visibly stunned and emotional Brandy right after hearing the news.

“I am numb,” Brandy told UsWeekly after the show. “I mean, I gave it everything I had. And I don’t have any regrets at all. I’m so proud of me, and I say that humbly.”

As for Maks, he seemed to take the news better, perhaps being that he is used to the routine by now. “The fact that people vote and their voices count. I love the fact that this show represents that, represents the people’s choice,” he said.

However, the next comment Maks made now has some people wondering if this will be his last season on DWTS.  “I don’t regret a second of the last five years of my being on the show and definitely not a second of me being on this season. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Thoughts – While Bristol has vastly improved through the season, no one can argue that Brandy deserved to be in the finals much more than Bristol. I ask again, why is Bristol even on the show? What exactly is her accomplishment? I honestly feel bad for Bristol as she shouldn’t even be on the show to begin with. She is not a “star,” not even a reality star. And now, she is simply being used as a pawn in a dance contest that has turned political.

People are obviously voting for her to make a statement.  Let’s face it, while she seems like a nice girl, she doesn’t have the charm, personality or charisma of Kyle Massey, who has won the hearts of viewers.  Plus with the exception of the last 2 weeks, Bristol seemed all but over the show.  At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bristol won as that would definitely make the ultimate “statement.”


It was seminfinals week on Dancing With The Stars and the remaining four stars brought their A game.

The stars had to perform two dances each last night, while also having to do a brief solo performance during their first dance number. The story of the night was the perfect score received by Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough, not once, but twice! Jennifer first received all 10s for her cha cha cha in addition to a standing ovation. And for the second dance of the night, she also received a perfect score of 30 for her waltz. “It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Coming in second and third place were Kyle Massey and Brandy in that order. Kyle continued to impress receiving two scores of 29 for both of his dances. A point behind Kyle was Brandy and partner Maksim. Brandy received a total score of 57 for both of her dances, earning a perfect score of 30 for her feisty Argentine tango.

In last place for the seventh week in a row was Bristol Palin though she did receive high scores for her dances. A total of 53 for the night. Many are wondering if Bristol will sneak into the finals next week as the general consensus seems to be she is still in the competition due to the votes she is receiving from fans of her mother Sarah Palin.  Sarah is also now a reality star thanks to her new TLC show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which reportedly scored very high ratings with over 5 million viewers tuning into the Sunday night premiere.

The full scores from last night below –

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough 60 (30, 30)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer 58 (29, 29)
Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy 57 (27, 30)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas 53 (27, 26)

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For the second week in a row on Dancing With The Stars, teen activist Bristol Palin was the lowest scoring contestant, and for the second week in a row, Bristol was safe from elimination.

The latest star to be eliminated? Former NFL player Kurt Warner, though to be fair, only a point separated Kurt and Bristol’s Monday night scores.

“You know, I learned a long time ago that life isn’t always about winning and losing competitions,” Kurt said, “but it’s about relationships, it’s about impacting people—and so I thank everybody at Dancing With the Stars because it gave me an opportunity to impact people and build relationships. So that’s really what it’s all about.”

Kurt also went on to thank his partner Anna Trebunskaya, the fans, his wife and his “seven wonderful kids at home.”

With Kurt’s elimination, the remaining four stars — Brandy, Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey, and Bristol Palin — move on to next week’s semifinals.

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With only two weeks left of competition, things continue to heat up on Dancing With The Stars.

For the second week in a row, Jennifer Grey and Brandy tied for first place.  Jennifer however had a slight edge after earning the first perfect score, a 30, of the season for doing her rumba instant dance.  And though there were some complaints about the change in rules last night for the second dances (the couples did not receive their music until about 45 minutes before they had to dance) it seems most of the stars excelled under pressure.

Tying for first place with Jennifer was Brandy, who also received a total score of 57 for her two dances.  Brandy and her partner Maksim first received a 29 for their waltz. “It was like a symphony – it was like a poem,” gushed Bruno Tonioli. The duo then received a score of 28 for their cha cha instant dance to Kate Perry’s “Teenage Dreams.”

At the bottom of the leader board for the second week in a row was Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas. Despite receiving some decent scores for both of her dances, a total of 47 points, Bristol is still at the biggest risk of being voted off on tonight’s results show.

The full scores from last night below –

Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 57 (29, 28)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough 57 (27, 30)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 56 (27, 29)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas 47 (24, 23)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya 48 (24, 24)


It seems the second time will be the charm for Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, as PEOPLE magazine is reporting she is once again engaged following the demise of her previous engagement to fellow dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy just a year ago.

Karina, 32, confirms to PEOPLE that baseball player and beau of a year Brad Penny, 32, actually popped the question to her on Oct. 4.

“We kept it quiet because my family is in New York and Brad’s family is in Oklahoma so we kind of wanted them to come out and celebrate and be a family first before we let the cat out of the bag,” said Karina, showing off her 4.5 carat Asscher Cut diamond engagement ring over the weekend.

Though the two have yet to start planning their wedding, Karina could not be happier. “I’m marrying a Southern Gentleman,” she said.

On to tonight’s new episode of Dancing With The Stars, with 5 contestants remaining, the show will be doing something it has never done before.

Maksim revealed last week that all of the stars and their partners will have to rehearse for tonight’s show without knowing what song they will be dancing to. The teams will be given their dance song just 20 minutes before they have to dance live tonight. Should be an interesting show.


A Picture of Karina’s Engagement Ring Below, Estimated Cost –  $95,000.

So much for those rumors of Bristol Palin getting a spin-off reality show with one of MTV’s Teen Mom stars, as a new report reveals she doesn’t even want them anywhere around her!

According to Popeater, Bristol has informed the producers of Dancing With The Stars that she doesn’t want Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and other Teen mom stars in the audience cheering her on. Why? Apparently the “Teen Activist” is trying to move away from the whole I’m famous solely due to my famous mom and getting knocked up as teen image, and trying to become a more legit celebrity.

“Bristol Palin has made it very clear to the show producers that she doesn’t want the teen moms in the audience cheering her on no matter how much it might boost ratings,” an ABC executive tells Popeater.


The insiders add that even though Bristol has done events with Teen Mom stars Maci and Farrah in the past, she sees DWTS as a way for her to look beyond her past.

“Bristol has hit the restart button on this show,” says the insider. “We no longer think of her as Sarah Palin’s daughter or that young girl who had a baby with Levi as a teen, but rather as a young lady trying hard to win a competition.”

In other Bristol news, the 20-year-old is admitting to Inside Edition that she forgot to vote in the recent mid-term elections. “I did not send in my absentee ballots to Alaska,” Bristol, 20, said. “I’m going to be in trouble. Sorry mom!”


The ‘Jolly Green Giant’ received the axe on last night’s Dancing With The Stars results show.

Despite receiving his highest score this week for his Quickstep, 41-year-old former NBA player Rick Fox still found himself on the chopping block, making it the second week in a row the lowest scoring star was not eliminated on DWTS.

“It’s been a transformational journey for me,” Rick said following his elimination. “It’s been amazing. My relationship has transformed with my girlfriend, my daughter – it’s the most enjoyable time having her here and sharing this with me.” Rick’s actress girlfriend Eliza Dushku sat in the audience with his daughter.

Rick also had some nice words to say about his partner Cheryl Burke. “What I’ll take out of this competition,” he said, “is a friendship with Cheryl and, hopefully, 15 to 20 new dance moves.”

On next week’s episode of DWTS, the show will be doing something its never done before. Maksim Chmerkovskiy tells E! News, ” They’re going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won’t give us the music. So we’re going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and…we’ll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.”

Maksim, who feels that the new change is really unfair, also adds, “I’m not really sure if I think it’ll make for great TV. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. “


Dancing With The Stars celebrated its 200th episode last night, which just happened to fall on November sweeps, by bringing back 50 stars from the previous 10 seasons!

The show however focused more on the remaining 6 contestants, who first had to do a group number.  The first group up was led by Kristi Yamaguchi.  Team Kristi, which included Bristol Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey, earned 24 points.

The second group led by Apolo Anton Ohno included Kurt Warner, Brandy and Jennifer Grey. They fared better, earning 27 points for their hip hop inspired cha cha cha.

Tying for first place this week was Brandy and Jennifer.  Brandy received praises from the judges, especially judge Len Goodman who called her foxtrot the best of the season and gave her a score of 10.  With all the scores added up, Brandy earned an impressive 64 out of 70.  As did Jennifer, who made a great come back this week with her hot tango.

In the bottom spot this week was Bristol and partner Mark Ballas despite putting on a strong performance, and also her best performance of the season according to the judges. Bristol earned a total of 57 points for the night.  The best part of night however came when guest judge Kelly Osbourne tried to compliment Bristol by telling her she did well despite having some big shoes to fill, referencing herself as the big shoes.

The full scores from last night below –

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 64 (27, 37)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 64 (27, 37)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 61 (27, 34)
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 61 (24, 37)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 59 (24, 35)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 57 (24, 33)

In other news, UsWeekly is reporting today that former Bachelor and DWTS contestant Jake Pavelka attended the show last night with his new girlfriend.  That “lucky” lady is Meghan Jones, described as a wedding planner from Dallas.

Jake tells US  a “great friend” introduced them “less than two months ago,” and that they both have “similar personalities.”  A photo of Jake and Meghan below –


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