It is becoming all too commonplace these days, but Dancing With The Stars’ 201st episode revealed yet another results shocker as Bristol Palin and Kurt Warner survived being eliminated again in Week 7. In fact, according to the Hitfix.com recap, Kurt Warner wasn’t even in the last three couples by night’s end. Then Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas were told they were safe, leaving celebrities Rick Fox and Kyle Massey waiting to hear their fate.
But how is it that Warner — and professional partner Anna Trebunskaya — keeps missing the bottom three? Many think it is due to his NFL superstar status, not to mention his good looks and congenial manner. It certainly isn’t his dancing, which can only be described as “wooden.” But in fairness to Warner, last week’s performance was the only time he has seen a bottom score while on Dancing With The Stars.
As for Bristol Palin, she has seen the bottom three times, including this week’s competition, where the couples were asked to perform two routines for the 200th episode. Palin and Mark Ballas, dancing a Cha-cha-cha and a Viennese Waltz, not only scored the worst overall, they scored the lowest on both performances. And yet, Dancing With The Stars voters kept her on the show. Palin’s longevity on the show, despite her awkward performances, has some promoting the conspiracy theory idea that it might be due to her mother’s political pull.
The best of the 200th episode? Jennifer Grey and Brandy tied for best overall, both stars dancing their way to 64 points (cumulative).
Still, regardless of where one stands on who’s best or worst, the three lowest cumulative scores (as bestowed by the judges) were the last three couples shown as “in jeopardy.” But in the end, it was former basketball star and current sports analyst Rick Fox who was voted off the show.
Fox and Anna Trebunskaya had danced a Cha-cha-cha and a Tango, scoring a 24 and a 37, respectively. The former had tied for the lowest score of the evening, while the latter tied for highest score. Together, the cumulative score put Rick Fox and Anna Trebunskaya firmly tied for second place out of the six remaining dance pairs.
But, in the end, the vote is what counted and Rick Fox was eliminated.
Did America get it right? Not according to many in the blogosphere and certainly not if one considers the looks of shock on the faces of the judges when the results were announced. But as much as Dancing With The Stars is a competition, it is also a personality contest, so don’t be surprised to see at least one of the popular (but perhaps not as talented) stars competing in the finale with at least one of the best for the Mirror Ball Trophy.
“Recap: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Results — Down To 5,” Hitfix.com
“Results: Week 7,” ABC.go.com