Jennifer, 50, grabbed the mirrorball trophy on Tuesday, beating out fellow finalists Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin. Despite reports of the Tea Party getting behind Bristol, the 20-year-old was the first eliminated, with Disney star Kyle, 19, coming in second place.
Kyle was arguably the biggest surprise of the season. While most expected him to be out the first week, he was able to win the heart of many viewers and with his vastly improved dancing, was able to become the runner up.
Upon hearing she won the competition, Jennifer burst into tears. “I didn’t think I was going to compete tonight—and I’m really glad I did!” said Jennifer, having endured multiple injuries this season and almost quiting on more than one occasion.
“I had been asked for nine years and I said no out of fear,” she told TVGuide after the show. “I would’ve been robbed of this amazing experience had I not said yes and had the courage.”
TELL US – WERE YOU PLEASED WITH THE DWTS RESULTS? DID THE RIGHT PERSON WIN?
Each of the three remaining celebrities had to perform two dances last night. The first was their “redemption” dances, which was assigned by the judges based on their past poor performances. This was then followed by their freestyle dance.
Perfect for the second week in a row was Jennifer Grey, earning a total of 60 for the night! Jennifer and partner Derek Hough did the paso doble for their redemption dance. “This is the meaning of redemption!” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Their freestyle also earned them praises from the judges.
Coming in second place for the second week in a row wasKyle Massey. Kyle earned a total of 56 points for the night. Kyle and partner Lacey Schwimmer were assigned the foxtrot for their redemption dance, earning them a score of 27. “Your footwork was much better,” said Len Goodman. “You’ve gone from messy Massey to marvelous!” Kyle fared better with his freestyle, earning a 29.
In last place was Bristol Palin and her partner Mark Ballas. Their redemption jive earned them 27 points and praises from the judges. They however scored less on their freestyle, bringing their score for the night to a total of 52 points.
Also premiering last night was Skating With The Stars, and the very long close to two hour premiere should have definitely been cut back to an hour. The leading scorer was Rebecca Budigwho looked very smooth out there, scoring an impressive 45 out of 60 points. Bethenny Frankel didn’t fare so well, scoring a low 29 out of 60. The full DWTS and SWTS scores below –
Jennifer & Derek: 60 (30, 30)
Kyle & Lacey: 56 (27, 29)
Bristol & Mark: 52 (27, 25)
Rebecca Budig: 45
Jonny Moseley: 40
Brandon Mychal Smith: 36
Sean Young: 34
Bethenny Frankel: 29
Vince Neil: 28
TELL US – WHO DO YOU PREDICT WILL WIN DWTS TONIGHT? THOUGHTS ON SWTS PREMIERE?
Following ten weeks of electrifying performances and shocking outcomes, tonight marks the finale of Dancing With The Stars season 11.
The finale begins tonight at 8/7c on ABC and the finalists actress Jennifer Grey, actor Kyle Massey and teen activist Bristol Palin will dance two dances tonight, and then two more tomorrow before the winner is ultimately announced. The favorite going into tonight seems to be Jennifer but with the combination of viewers votes and judges scores, the mirror ball trophy is completely up for grabs!
Immediately following DWTS, ABC’s new showSkating With The Stars will premiere at 9.11/8.11c time. ABC is hoping to continue the winning DWTS formula by having “celebrities” skate on wheels.
The six celebrities for the premiere season include reality star Bethenny Frankel, Disney Channel star Brandon Mychal Smith, skier Jonny Moseley, “All My Children” actress Rebecca Budig, actress Sean Young and rocker Vince Neil.
Bravo star Bethenny Frankel is arguably the most popular star on the show, which seems to have all the makings of a disaster with the not so popular cast and pros.
There is also a report stating that DWTS producers are worried about Bristol winning because they feel it will ruin the credibility of the show. Who knew the show had any to begin with.
“This will be a disaster for the show if Bristol wins,” a TV insider tells Popeater. “Any creditability the show had will be over. It will go from being a dancing competition to a popularity competition where whoever has the most rabid fan base will always win no matter how little talent they have.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DWTS & THE PREMIERE OF SWTS? WHO DO YOU WANT TO WIN DWTS?
In a new interview with E! Online, Maksim, 30, voices his disdain for DWTS. “This season has just been ridiculous,” he stated while also slamming Bristol Palin. Reason? It all has to do with an interview Bristol did on Monday with In Touch magazine during which she stated: “Maks does not like me. He thinks I don’t deserve to be here because I’m not the best dancer.” Excerpts from Maksim’s interview below –
What about the alleged right-wing conspiracy theory keeping Bristol on the show? Are you starting to believe it? I definitely think that the system is flawed. I think there are a lot of problems with it. I have a lot of friends in the Philadelphia area who couldn’t call at all. People here, in front of me, picked up the phone, dialed one time and it said, “Thank you for voting. You are over your limit.” Anybody crazy would think, “This is a conspiracy theory. Everybody’s out there and wants Bristol to win.” Not at all. I think it’s just a flawed system.
Are you mad at all about it? I felt really disappointed with Bristol. On Monday night, I found out that she went on record saying that I said something about her along the lines of, “I don’t like her because she’s still here and she’s not a good enough dancer.” Every time I’ve opened my mouth about Bristol, I’ve been nothing but supportive…For her to come out on Monday night and totally smear my name the way she did, that’s just completely uncalled for…I have no idea where she got it from, but wherever she got it from, shame on her and shame on whoever told her that.
Maksim also added that he doesn’t care who wins at this point but he is rooting for Kyle Massey.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON MAKSIM’S COMMENTS? IS DWTS’ SYSTEM FLAWED?
Despite being in the top 2 for most of the season, singer Brandy, 31, and her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiyfell 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.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRANDY’S ELIMINATION & BRISTOL MAKING THE FINALS?
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 byJennifer 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 wereKyle 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.
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.
TELL US – OUT OF THE REMAINING 4 CONTESTANTS, WHO DESERVES THE MIRROR BALL TROPHY?
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)