The Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup lost another pretender this week. Although the Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup is down to nine, the competition is still in the early stages. Various contestants are still scrambling to lead the pack, or to just stay alive for another week until then. The group is starting to clearly separate between potential contenders and those whose time is numbered. Yet the leaders of Dancing With the Stars are getting a bit closer than expected.
In the spring, it was fairly obvious that Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lysacek were the frontrunners from the start. It was a two-dancer contest with everyone else fighting for third, making it a boring race, despite having so many tabloid stars.
However, the second lineup has proven to be more closely bunched together. It looked like Jennifer Grey was the clear leader early on, and she still might be. Yet, for the first time, she did not get the highest judges’ scores this week, as Audrina Patridge stole the show.
Patridge struggled in the opening week, like so many other contestants. Yet she placed second in Week 2, and overtook Grey in Week 3 to barge into the race. Grey may still be the overall favorite, but she clearly hasn’t run away from the pack, like Scherzinger and Lysacek did.
Brandy and Rick Fox are also still in striking distance, as they recovered from some problems in Week 2. Although Kyle Massey was one of the last to be declared safe in Week 3, his scores are among the most consistent.
The rest of the Dancing With the Stars lineup is still trying to surge onto the leaderboard. Kurt Warner took his biggest steps this week, getting his best scores and showing the most improvement. On the flipside, Bristol Palin fell back in the pack, as her Week 2 success did not carry over. If not for Margaret Cho, Palin could have faced elimination, after placing among the leaders last week.
The Situation and Florence Henderson showed slight improvement, getting up to 20 points for the first time. However, most believe it’s only a matter of time before they leave, which could come soon now that Cho, Michael Bolton and David Hasselhoff are gone.
It seems that the lineup is clearly separating between the contenders and pretenders. Grey, Patridge, Brandy, Fox and Massey make up the contenders, with Warner knocking on the door, while The Situation, Henderson and Palin are just fighting for survival. Yet it is still anyone’s game, as Patridge has proved that struggling contestants can rise back up in a hurry.
The remaining Dancing With the Stars contestants will try to make their next big move on Monday night at 8 p.m. est on ABC.
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