R&B singer Brandy Norwood, along with her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were voted off ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Tuesday evening and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel noted afterward that it was an “outrage.” It was just one more shocker in a season that has seen several, but it comes after celebrity daughter Bristol Palin placed for the third consecutive week as the competition’s lowest scorer. Being in the semi-finals, Brandy, along with popular actress Jennifer Grey, was considered a lock for the finale. Most thought that the elimination would come down to Disney star Kyle Massey and Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol. And given Massey’s improvement over the season, many thought that Bristol’s days on Dancing With The Stars were numbered. Until Tuesday night’s results were revealed…
In the post interview that Kimmel always conducts with the latest to have been voted off the show, the comedian introduced Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with: “Earlier tonight, our next guests became the unfortunate victims of what can only be described as Hurricane Bristol…”
It got a laugh from the audience, but how true is that statement? Brandy pulled down a perfect score on her rendition of the Argentine Tango and even got to perform the night’s encore performance. In fact, only their first performance, a Paso Doble that earned them only 27 points, kept Brandy from posting the highest score for the fifth week in a row. At the same time, Bristol Palin has managed to stay off the bottom of Dancing With The Stars’ score ladder once in the past five weeks — and that was four weeks ago.
“Let’s not have one of these ‘everything’s great, everything’s friendly’ things,” Kimmel said. “This was an outrage what happened tonight. True?” He slapped his desk for emphasis. “True?”
Brandy smiled. “True,” she agreed. The audience roared their approval.
Noting her perfect score on the Argentine Tango, Jimmy Kimmel said, “You couldn’t have been expecting this.”
“No,” Brandy agreed. She then went into diplomatic mode, using the usual platitudes of hoping for the best, having a positive experience, and gaining confidence in herself.
But Kimmel wasn’t about to let the matter go.
“Do you believe,” he asked, “there is an organized Tea Party voting bloc?” He then tossed the question to Maksim Chmerkovskiy, suggesting that since he was from Russia, he would know about such things.
Chmerkovskiy laughed and said, “No, I think there is definite huge support for Bristol, but I think there’s huge support for everybody in the finale.”
The Tea Party support theory has been around for several weeks now. The blogosphere and entertainment websites have run numerous stories speculating on Bristol Palin’s longevity on Dancing With The Stars and how much her stay (and potential to win) might be dependent on her mother’s fame and their attachment to the popular political movement known as the Tea Party. Some have even suggested that it is an organized effort to add to Sarah Palin’s political clout for her as-yet-to-be-announced 2012 presidential election bid.
Who would have thought that conspiracy theories would have invaded reality television? Then again, who would have thought that a major political candidate would not only be heading a fringe populist political movement, but would also be hosting a reality television show set in her home state and have a daughter starring on a reality dance competition show at the same time?
“Brandy on Jimmy Kimmel Live – Part I,” ABC.go.com