Before I even begin, I need to comment on something that is on all our minds. And that is the fact that Bristol Palin is one of the three finalists in Dancing With The Stars. Last week it was evident by the shocked reaction all around that it was most unfair for Brandy to have been eliminated, and Bristol to be able to stay in the competition. To quote Bristol, “Lots of haters are waiting for me to fail. I continue to improve and people don’t care about that.” There is something very fundamental that Bristol apparently does not understand. Many of us have been loyal DWTS viewers throughout many seasons, and we have been fortunate to see many incredible and fascinating performances by stars and their pro partners. We are not looking for who is “improving”, so much as we are looking for people who have natural dancing talent and ability and who can put on a great performance. Unfortunately Bristol provides neither. She may be trying to the best of her ability, but it has fallen short. But let’s get to last night’s dances.
The three finalist couples will be dancing a redemption dance and a freestyle dance. First up, is Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer. My daughter and I compare notes every week while watching DWTS, and it’s funny that she is still creeped out by Kyle. She’ll hate me for saying this, but she calls him a “troll”. I, on the other hand, think he’s fantastic. He and Lacey did the Fox Trot this week as their redemption dance, and Kyle took it very seriously. For the first time, he seemed to be concentrating more on his feet than Lacey’s breasts. Len said he went from Messy Massey to Marvelous Massey and I, on this rare occasion, agree with Len, believe it or not.
Tom Bergeron cracks me up. He mentioned that on the subject of voting, please don’t shoot your televisions. Haha. We all heard about that man who shot his TV last week when Brandy was sent packing and Bristol stayed. Can’t say I blame him for his frustration, but I would never shoot my beloved big screen TV, even for this. A commercial followed for “Skating With The Stars”. Usually, I’d be right on a show like that, but I feel so disillusioned with DWTS these days, that I’m not interested and won’t be tuning in. And that’s a first.
Next, we have Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas doing their redemption dance. It was the Jive. You know, that dance where there’s lots of energy and jumping up and down? Well Bristol tried, but her feet didn’t leave the floor much. Mark’s did. Mark is always dancing circles around her. But Bristol did her best to keep up with him. She just wasn’t able to do so. I was surprised that the judges were as kind as they were to her with their words. They gave her the same exact scores as Kyle Massey, and that was absurd. Kyle actually danced. Bristol did not.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough came out next dancing the Paso Doble as their redemption dance. Their dance was so precise and so moving, that Len actually gave them a standing ovation. And of course, they got, and deserved, a perfect score of three tens.
The second half of the show was the Freestyle. For a lot of us Dancing With The Stars fans, this is the best dance of the whole season. This is where the couples get to pick their own song, and dance whatever they want to. So we’ve seen many lifts and flips and surprises on the dance floor each and every season.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer danced to some song about a Tootsie Roll and they were absolutely adorable. Kyle can move and shake that little chubby body all around the dance floor. Lacey has done wonders in bringing Kyle along this season. He’s a real contender.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas were next with their Freestyle and I found it embarrassing to watch. There were lots of arms waving in the air, a long pink ribbon that they somehow danced with, and Mark going way out of his way to dance his rear end off to make up for the lack of dancing on Bristol’s part.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough’s Freestyle dance was next, and I was amazed at their performance. When Derek was standing on the judge’s desk, and Jennifer jumped on to him with her legs wrapped around his waist, I held my breath, thinking they were going to fall head first on to the hard dance floor below. But they didn’t. They were absolutely fantastic, and acquired another perfect score from the judges. And rightfully so.
I saw Jennifer Grey pat Tom Bergeron’s bottom, and with a big grin on his face he said that he felt like he just went through airport security.
Tomorrow they will announce the winner of the mirror ball trophy. I believe the winner should be Jennifer Grey. I’m worried that because of reasons other than dancing, it might be Bristol. What has happened so far on my beloved DWTS show with Bristol Palin in the semi-finals and now in the finals, has already pretty much ruined the credibility of the show. I do find it upsetting. That’s my opinion. I’ve been watching Dancing With The Stars just about every season it has been on, and I find it one of the most enjoyable and refreshing shows to watch. I do understand that people have their favorites, myself included, but in the past, great dancing always prevailed. Until this season. Unfortunately, I’m afraid ugly politics got involved, and for that, I’m very sad.
My wish is for Jennifer Grey to win the mirror ball trophy tonight. Kyle, you gave it your all. And Bristol, I know you tried your best. I was truly hoping for a fantastic dance-off between Brandy and Jennifer on the finale show, but that wasn’t to be. Let’s see what happens tonight. Whatever does happen, I hope DWTS is able to recover from a somewhat disastrous season this time around.