Dancing With the Stars results weren’t kind to Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas in week 7.. They received the lowest scores of the night on Monday, and that could end up in their elimination from the show during the results presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The question once again becomes whether the show has become a political popularity contest, and if voters at home are about to save the weakest couple in the competition for another week. Hopefully not, because that could take away some of the authenticity this show prides itself upon.
The week 7 Dancing With the Stars scores have Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas in last place with 57 out of 70 points from the judges. The second-worst score of the night belonged to Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, who had just 59 out of 70. That would seem to put those two couples at the most risk of going home on Tuesday, but this is a show that doesn’t always follow the script. Instead of relying upon the judges this season, audience votes have been based on whom they like the best. This method of voting based on popularity has kept two weak celebrities still in the competition.
Last week the lowest-scoring couple was Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya (Palin and Ballas were second worst), and two weeks ago the weakest performing couple was Palin and Ballas. Both times the weakest two couples were saved by a surprise elimination, with last week’s surprise being Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani going home, despite having the second best judges’ scores of the week. Is that something that could repeat itself during the Tuesday Dancing With the Stars results show?
Dancing With the Stars could be losing a bit of its credibility as a reality competition show at this point, and many viewers are taking to the message boards to postulate that the only reason Palin is still on the show is because of people who like her mother. The leaning toward it becoming a political vote may take away a lot from the show in the end, and if it ends up being one of the more energetic couples who goes home on Tuesday, that could really hurt the show. Palin has been stiff and timid in just about every performance this season, and it has hurt her on the scoreboard each time.
The Tuesday DWTS results show will be at 9 p.m. PT/ET on ABC, and will send home the seventh couple of the season. By the end of the night, only five couples will be left as they head into the professed “quarterfinals” of the season. Will there be another surprise elimination coming? Does it even matter if so many “fans” of the show want to see Bristol Palin stay on and possibly win?