Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars survived elimination on the 200th episode results show, despite the fact that she and Mark Ballas were at the bottom of the leaderboard. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke, who danced their best dance on Monday, were eliminated. Last week, one of the Dancing with the Stars best dancing couples, Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani, were also eliminated.
Judges are scoring based on performance, but are fans?
Cheryl Burke, who was eliminated along with her partner Rick Fox, said, “I have to say, this is the most shocking elimination I’ve ever been through in 10 seasons.”
But some would say, “No Cheryl, you’re wrong. The most shocking elimination was Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani.”
Meanwhile, Bristol Palin, who scored lowest on Monday, as well as scoring at the bottom of the leaderboard on other episodes, survives elimination – again. How are fans voting for Bristol Palin? Are they voting for a good dancer or are they voting for an underdog who they want to see win?
If we remember Sanjaya Malakar from American Idol, he was the gorgeous Indian with the long beautiful hair and the fabulous smile. He was camera friendly, but he was far from one of the best singers. The judges acknowledged it, but the fans did not. Malakar managed to get to 7th place on the show. Although Simon Cowell has since tendered his resignation, during the Malakar sensation, Simon said if Malakar wins, “I won’t be back if he does.”
Was it the green outfits?
Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green.” Is green a good color? Depends on who you talk to. Visuals play a part in our emotions and the bright kelly green zoot suit that Rick Fox wore, earning him the nickname Jolly Green Giant, along with Cheryl in her green dancing gown, may have been overkill. If fans are not basing their votes on ability, wearing the wrong costumes could prove costly.
Another victory for the Tea Partiers?
Is it a fact or more of a Dancing with the Stars conspiracy theory? Is Bristol Palin advancing due to Tea Partiers and Sarah Palin supporters?
As reported at Oregon Live, “This second unexpected elimination in a row (after Audrina Patridge’s earlier-than-anticipated-exit) has some online commenters suspecting that supporters of Bristol’s Mama Grizzly — Sarah Palin, in case you’ve been comatose recently — are calling in votes for Bristol.”
This theory will gain steam if Bristol carries on with her style of performances, yet continues to survive elimination.
Cheryl Burke: Rick Fox Is DWTS’ “Most Shocking Elimination”, Us Magazine
Edward Wyatt, Howard Stern Tries to Kill ‘American Idol’ With Kindness for a Weak Link, The New York Times
Sanjaya becoming the biggest obsession of Americans, Z News
Kristi Turnquist, ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Is it all about the politics?, Oregon Live