The Dancing With the Stars winner 2010 was technically very obvious. From Week 1, the Dancing With the Stars winner 2010 was likely to be Jennifer Grey, as she did control Season 11 most of the way. There were brief moments when Grey looked to be in trouble, as Brandy took momentum away from her. But Grey recovered before long, while Brandy was taken out by the unstoppable Bristol Palin movement. Yet it was only because of that movement that the Dancing With the Stars winner was in doubt, until the final moments last night.
Grey faced off with Palin and Kyle Massey one final time last night, after getting two perfect scores on Monday. Following her perfect scores the previous week, she was clearly head and shoulders above the rest – at least on the floor.
Yet choosing the Dancing With the Stars winner 2010 became a more complicated affair in the last few weeks. Palin had gotten Brandy, Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox and everyone else out of the running, in spite of having far worse scores. Therefore, despite Grey’s success, even she seemed vulnerable to the Palin machine.
Therefore, many viewers feared that this week’s results wouldn’t matter, no matter what the finalists did. They had two more chances last night anyway, as Grey got one final perfect score with her ballroom dance. She settled for a mere 28 in her Instant Cha-Cha routine, however.
When it came time to announce the Dancing With the Stars winner 2010, the nation was on edge. Yet the greatest fear of many viewers was eliminated early, as Palin was the first to be knocked out. For all of the anger and hysteria over Palin’s rise, she didn’t even make the final two.
After that, the results finally went back to being predictable, as Season 11 came down to Grey vs Massey. But even though Palin was the worst dancer, she was the only one left that could have derailed Grey. Therefore, there was much less suspense left when she was declared the champion at last.
It was a longer and more difficult road than expected to choose the Dancing With the Stars winner 2010. Yet the one and only reason that it was complicated was because of Palin. If she was eliminated weeks ago as many wanted, there would be no mystery around the finals, as everyone would expect a Grey victory from the start.
Most thought that Grey was the favorite before Season 11 even started, due to her dancing experience on screen. She lived up to that right away, and only had a few hiccups along the way. But she ultimately overcame a midseason slump, and the so-called Tea Party conspiracy to crown Palin.
Now that Grey is the 11’th Dancing With the Stars winner, the nation can return to normal. For all of the arguments beforehand, this was the least objectionable finale possible after all.
TV Guide- “Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010”