It’s the final week of Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. Last week Bristol Palin danced her way into the finals along with front-runner actor Jennifer Grey and dark-horse teen-star Kyle Massey. The three will perform their final dances tonight and the winner of the Mirrorball trophy will be announced on Tuesday.
Bristol Palin’s ascension to the finals has been controversial. Her dancing has been admirable but not as fluid and natural as Jennifer Grey’s or Kyle Massey’s.
Ms. Palin has consistently been given the lowest scores by the judges but has managed to stay on the show because of a strong showing of viewer votes. The final scores are made with a formula of the combination of the judges’ scores along with the viewers’ votes. Some have claimed that vote rigging and political partisanship are some of the reasons the teen mom made it to the finals over better dancers. Last week Palin made the finals over Brandy who had earned a perfect score from the judges on one of her dances.
Because of the controversy surrounding Palin’s dancing and her many votes some had mistakenly said that ABC would change the way the votes would be tallied. But the Los Angeles Times received a statement from Conrad Green, the Executive Producer of the show, who gave some insight into the voting process. Green said that they have no plans to change the voting process that has served the show well for over 200 episodes. Green also said that even though no system is perfect, “we have checks and balances and security assessments in place to ensure the voting is as fair as possible.” The L.A. Times reported that ABC’s security measures include blocking votes from multiple email address that are detected coming from the same computer.
On Friday a threatening letter containing white powder was sent to the CBS Los Angeles studio where Dancing with the Stars airs. The FBI hazardous materials investigators and the LA fire and police departments were called to the studio. The powder was thought to be Anthrax (a deadly biological weapon) but was found to be harmless talcum powder according to ABC. This letter could have mimicked letters containing Anthrax that were mailed to major news media in 2001. Five people who handled those infected letters died but no one was ever arrested. The major suspect, scientist Bruce Ivins, killed himself in 2008. In this case the FBI is now investigating the letter sent to the DWTS studio. The FBI told the Associated Press that the letter tested negative for hazardous substances but needs to be tested further in their lab. The FBI did not say to whom the letter was addressed.
Dancing with the Stars: Season 11 Finale will air tonight at 8 pm on ABC
More DWTS Season 11:
For a recap of Week 9 elimination click here
For a recap of Week 8 elimination click here
For a recap of Week 7 elimination click here
For a recap of Week 6 elimination click here
For a recap of Week 5 elimination click here