Who won Dancing With The Stars? The build-up going into Tuesday evening’s results show was tremendous. It seemed like everyone had an opinion on whether or not Bristol Palin should have made it into the finale. Fans were already swearing that they would never watch the show again if she won. Actress Jennifer Grey had been touted as the runaway favorite from the beginning and when it looked as if she would have some major competition from R&B singer Brandy and, surprisingly, from reality celebrity Audrina Patridge, they were voted off the show. But a dark horse contender appeared in Disney star Kyle Massey, who showed great improvement over the length of the season. So… after the Dancing With The Stars finale Monday evening and Jennifer Grey’s two perfect scores, the only question that remained was — would Bristol Palin’s fans make her the Season 11 winner?
Season 11 was a dramatic and controversial season for ABC’s hit dance competition Dancing With The Stars. With anticipation built up from the time the line-up that included Audrina Patridge, Bristol Palin, Jennifer Grey, Kurt Warner, Rick Fox, and Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, there was almost no doubt that Season 11 would stand out as one of Dancing With The Star‘s best ever. There was even the added melodrama of half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin appearing and/or commenting on her daughter’s involvement on the show.
And there were the inevitable elimination controversies of the results shows. Audrina Patridge’s early dismissal during Season 11 surprised quite a few. Michael Bolton’s elimination got ugly when he thought judge Bruno Tonioli was just a bit too harsh in his criticism. But the most outrage was shown when famous daughter (her apparent claim to being a “star”) Bristol Palin made it into the Dancing With The Stars finale and singer Brandy did not. The shock and outrage over Palin’s poorer dance skills not resulting in her elimination eventually led to conspiracy theories that her mother and the grassroots populist political movement, the Tea Party, was orchestrating her dancing longevity.
Regardless of how they got there, Monday evening’s performances put Bristol Palin and her professional partner, Mark Ballas, at the bottom, according to the judges scores. Jennifer Grey and her partner, Derek Hough, were awarded two perfect scores. Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer scored midway between the other couples, receiving scores that put them in second place overall.
But in the end Jennifer Grey, the 50-year-old “Dirty Dancing” favorite, was the winner, taking home the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy — and perhaps restoring some of the seeming lost credibility of Dancing With The Stars. If that didn’t help retain some of the disillusioned fans, maybe Bristol Palin’s third-place finish did.
We shall see… come Season 12…
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