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Dancing with the Stars: It's Anyone's Game
People Magazine ^ | Tuesday November 23, 2010 07:00 AM EST | By Monica Rizzo

Posted on 11/23/2010 5:41:01 AM PST by STONEWALLS

In the weeks, days and hours leading up to the season 11 finale, the big debate among Dancing with the Stars fans was how did Bristol Palin outlast contestants like Brandy and Audrina Patridge, whose ballroom skills were superior? But in the minutes that followed Monday night's performance show, it was clear inside the ballroom that Palin was just as deserving as Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey of a shot at the mirror ball trophy.

So who will win? It's anybody's guess, judge Carrie Ann Inaba told PEOPLE backstage after the broadcast.

"If ever there was a season that's hard to predict I think it's this one," Inaba said, acknowledging that it isn't the first one in which fan votes are influencing who advances in the competition. "I wish the judges' scores carried more weight. But America always gets it right."

(Excerpt) Read more at people.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chat; palin; teaparty
I'm going to watch, even though I never have before.

Bet that the DNC will watch too ;-)

Show will set a ratings record.

Bristol will win, and Lefty pundits will go nuts.

This show just may end up being historic...kinda like the "Who shot JR" episode of 'Dallas'...only with political overtones.

1 posted on 11/23/2010 5:41:05 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

I predict Kyle will win after all is said and done.

I don’t really care, but Kyle was good last night.


2 posted on 11/23/2010 5:43:02 AM PST by dforest
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To: STONEWALLS

Jennifer Grey has studied dance since childhood. She got her start in show business in commercials as a dancer. She has a famous choreographer/actor father. She has an unfair advantage in a competition that is supposed to be about “becoming a dancer”. I liked her in Dirty Dancing, but her being on this show is not right.


3 posted on 11/23/2010 5:45:46 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Agreed. I don’t watch the show, but if all that is true, then she is a pro, not an amateur, by anybody’s definition. She should have been disqualified from the beginning..............


4 posted on 11/23/2010 5:48:10 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
but her being on this show is not right

I don't watch this show, but I caught one episode a week or two ago when my wife had it on. I was thinking the same thing and asked my wife at the time why Palin was competing against an actress who had made a career out of dancing.

5 posted on 11/23/2010 5:49:02 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: STONEWALLS
I watched a few minutes of Bristol dancing last night on Youtube just to see what all the commotion was about. I am no dance expert but I think I know a good dancer when I see one. To be kind I hope Bristol does not choose dance as a career. She ain't built for it.

I then voted for her as many times as I could on every phone and computer in the house. It is a good thing to have Madcow’s head explode.

6 posted on 11/23/2010 5:49:27 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: indylindy

Limbaugh was chuckling yesterday, but didn’t outright say it...

I got what he was referring to -

this is going to come down to Kyle vs Bristol. “The black guy” vs the daughter of America’s current leading conservative.

And if she wins, it “proves the country’s still racist”.


7 posted on 11/23/2010 5:53:18 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Jennifer Grey is a one-hit wonder - and she was supposed to win this season as a sympathy vote for Patrick Swayze. She is such a neurotic drama queen, it shows through her technique, which is sharper and more daring than the others. Poor Derek Hough. I bet he takes a vacation when he is done with her.

No drama queen with Bristol- just a naive honest self-effacing girl who has to deal with “haters” simply because of who her mother is. The judges have been very gracious to her.

Personally I hope Kyle wins. Tootsie Roll! Yeah!


8 posted on 11/23/2010 5:57:05 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: MrB

That is a possibility. I believe Bristol picked Kyle as the big winner a couple weeks ago.

After his dance last night, he deserves it. He was very entertaining.


9 posted on 11/23/2010 5:58:33 AM PST by dforest
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To: STONEWALLS

I had no idea this has been going for 11 seasons. I will probably watch this one.


10 posted on 11/23/2010 5:59:00 AM PST by Frapster (ugh)
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To: STONEWALLS

Dial Idol has

1. Jennifer & Derek
2. Bristol & Mark
3. Kyle & Lacey

2&3 are within the margin of error, so it’s too close to call.

http://stars.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/predictions.asp


11 posted on 11/23/2010 5:59:48 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: mad_as_he$$

I think Palin’s being rewarded for who she is (not a Palin but everything else). She’s garnering the teen vote in a big way... wait... this isn’t Idol.


12 posted on 11/23/2010 6:00:40 AM PST by Frapster (ugh)
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To: mad_as_he$$
I watched Youtube clips yesterday also as I don't watch the show either. Bristol is good, but she doesn't dance with feeling. She gets the steps down and spoils it by acting like an automaton out on the dance floor. Grey is good, but it's obvious she has experience. There's a FB page that gives history on Grey and is a constant stream of bashing over the dishonesty of her performances, especially the crying jag she does over Patrick Swayze. Apparently, he didn't like her and wouldn't take her calls or attempts to visit when he was dying.
13 posted on 11/23/2010 6:01:20 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

and she thinks and acts like everyone loves her....just watched last night for 1st time....I found her to be soo arrogant!


14 posted on 11/23/2010 6:01:59 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Skin-color counters are bigots!!!!!!!!!!....(thanks paulycy))
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Besides, Jennifer is a whiny “b”.

Bristol has already won, even if she comes in third. She wasn’t eliminated early on.
I wouldn’t have a problem if Kyle won.

With that, ABC will turn off the phone lines and the website so it goes the way they want it too. I had tons of problems getting into both last night.


15 posted on 11/23/2010 6:03:06 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Bristol is a winner whether she wins the competition or not.


16 posted on 11/23/2010 6:04:25 AM PST by moondoggie
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To: Frapster
You know, you bring up a point with the teen thing...

If many are voting and like Bristol, what will they do in 2 years when they may be 18?

Hmmmm..... Crazy like a Fox if Mama thought through this one.....

17 posted on 11/23/2010 6:05:24 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

I got tired of listening to Jennifer complain about her injuries.


18 posted on 11/23/2010 6:06:09 AM PST by moondoggie
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To: STONEWALLS
After I saw Jennifer on Leno post-nosejob, I thought she was truly, drop-dead, gorgeous. She still is in my opinion.

Since I do not follow anything in Hollywood, and only heard of DWTS about three years ago, I didn't know Jennifer was just another Hollywood hack.

Too bad; another bubble busted.

GO BRISTOL!

19 posted on 11/23/2010 6:08:18 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: STONEWALLS

‘DWTS’ Finals: Jennifer Vs. Bristol – The Good, The Bad & Kyle

~snip~

TONIGHTS LEADER BOARD TOTALS:
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 30 + 30 = 60
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 27 + 29 = 56
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 27 + 25 = 52

Tuesdays season 11 finale will send one couple home early on, leaving the final two couples to dance two dances their favorite ballroom dance and a new Instant Dance to a Cha Cha Cha.

The People article says that all three couples will dance two more dances.

20 posted on 11/23/2010 6:10:05 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: moondoggie

I give her kudos for having the guts to put herself out there. She certainly puts effort into learning as she does quite well with technique. She just needs to learn to let go and have fun with it. She’s too reserved emotionally to be a good dancer.


21 posted on 11/23/2010 6:10:51 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
Patrick Swayze didn't like her, and she didn't like him. There was story after story about how much they hated each other and fought constantly during filming.
22 posted on 11/23/2010 6:11:12 AM PST by kara37
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To: jimbo123

That count hasn’t moved since 10:00PM Central last night.

It’s way off.


23 posted on 11/23/2010 6:12:23 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: netmilsmom

I had to try and sign up last night. After the website ‘processed my request’ for 45 minutes I gave up. I noticed this moring now that it signed me up twice, so I went and voted 10 times. I’ve never watched the show, but I love to see the liberal talking heads explode.


24 posted on 11/23/2010 6:13:07 AM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat. (AKA The Pope's Hat))
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To: Tennessean4Bush
I don't watch this show, but I caught one episode a week or two ago when my wife had it on.

Sure....your wife was watching it.....I have this vision of Seinfeld hooked up to a lie detector trying to say he didn't watch "Melrose Place."

25 posted on 11/23/2010 6:22:12 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: STONEWALLS

The only way I would watch it is if North Korea attacked Dancing with the Stars.


26 posted on 11/23/2010 6:28:10 AM PST by Leg Olam (A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.)
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To: STONEWALLS

Jennifer Grey is a professional and the best dancer of the three.

Bristol got this far on effort and popularity.

Kyle will win because it’s the politically correct thing.


27 posted on 11/23/2010 6:33:27 AM PST by Iron Munro (Save The USA. Stamp out Affirmative Action: Get the Obamas out of the White House.)
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To: Celtic Cross

You can keep registering and voting 5 times for each email address. Even my dog got a vote in this twice (10 votes), so she too could make a liberal head spin.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 6:35:12 AM PST by mtngrandpa (Run Sarah Run!!!)
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To: jimbo123

The judges scores and caller votes do nothing to determine the winner. The producers of the show sit down every week and decide who is staying and who is going. It is about entertainment and having the right mix of contestants to get the highest viewership.

They have done it masterfully this season and will insure that the right person wins to be able to go into next season with even a bigger audience.


29 posted on 11/23/2010 6:54:37 AM PST by super7man
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To: STONEWALLS
To me, the most significant issue is that Bristol is the only true amateur. All of the others are professionals in one field or another, celebrities by their own right. But Bristol has never excelled in anything, her talks to teens about being a teen mother don't reach the celebrity level. She is just a kid, and boy, has she developed her poise and dancing in the past several weeks!! She has proven to be a hard and willing worker - just like Mom!!!
30 posted on 11/23/2010 7:29:20 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

If the show were ‘completely’ fair, and the contestants were all equally matched...

NO ONE WOULD WATCH THE SHOW.


31 posted on 11/23/2010 7:37:57 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Red Badger
She should have been disqualified from the beginning..............

But, if they did, who would be watching the show? If Bristol Palin had been eliminated early, you wouldn't be the only one not watching DWTS.

As they say in HOLLYWOOD, the only BAD PUBLICITY, is NO PUBLICITY.

32 posted on 11/23/2010 7:43:12 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

They had Brandi and there are plenty of second and third tier celebs and sports figures to choose from. A professional dancer is a ringer...................


33 posted on 11/23/2010 7:45:24 AM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: Frapster
I think Palin’s being rewarded for who she is (not a Palin but everything else).

Hmmm... I disagree.

I think she is being rewarded(not being eliminated) because keeping her on has drawn a record audience, and record amount of phone-in votes.

DWTS is not about DANCING, not about STARS, it's about selling laundry detergent.

The more of an 'audience' the more money the shows producers make. Everything is engineered along those lines, including WHO the producers(via the judges) pick to stay on the show.

34 posted on 11/23/2010 7:52:02 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: netmilsmom
With that, ABC will turn off the phone lines and the website so it goes the way they want it too. I had tons of problems getting into both last night.

I do not think so.

If anything, ABC is adding more phone lines and staff to handle the incoming traffic. This handling of the call in VOTE is very carefully monitored and controlled. ABSOLUTELY no CHEATING is allowed. The figures MUST BE ACCURATE.

Because every VOTE is money in their pocket. The the key to getting more people to watch the show and call in votes is to evaluate which contestants produce the most viewers/votes (especially is there is some 'controvery' involved).

Simply picking the best performers is boring, and loses audience attention rather quickly.

35 posted on 11/23/2010 8:04:12 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: super7man

In my opinion, you are spot on. That is exactly what is happening.


36 posted on 11/23/2010 8:05:54 AM PST by carton253 (Ask me about The Stainless Banner - a free e-zine dedicated to the armies of the Confederacy.)
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To: moondoggie
Bristol is a winner whether she wins the competition or not.

Best comment of this thread.

37 posted on 11/23/2010 8:06:15 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Red Badger

I thought I read that Brandi had pro experience.

Brandi against Jennifer .... wouldn’t that just be two pros against each other?

Bristol is still on the show, because it is drawing more viewers/voters..... MORE MONEY for the PRODUCERS.

The next round of DWTS will just feature someone else to provide the controversy, and thus the audience.

For all who are drawn into this particular bout of fencing, MILK IT FOR ALL IT’S WORTH.

THEY set up the rules, THEY created the GAME, THEY picked the candidates. That we can use it towards our own ends must irritate the heck out of the liberals.


38 posted on 11/23/2010 8:18:14 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

There was a thread here the other day that said DWTS was scouting for a lesbo couple next season.

Yuck, I won’t be watching.


39 posted on 11/23/2010 8:20:42 AM PST by dforest
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To: STONEWALLS
"This show just may end up being historic" ...............with two winners. A people's choice and a judge's choice?
40 posted on 11/23/2010 9:37:13 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: UCANSEE2

yeah - i tire of the suspicious conspiracy theories found in virtually every post on FR - but alas I keep coming back. Palin’s staying on because she’s getting the votes.


41 posted on 11/23/2010 9:43:55 AM PST by Frapster (ugh)
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To: mtngrandpa

Even my dog got a vote in this twice (10 votes), so she too could make a liberal head spin.


If your dog voted from the same computer in the same house, it probably didn’t count. There was an article here on FR in the several days quoting the show producer on how they track IP addresses, not only email addresses.

Depending on how you’re set up, even a different computer in the same house will have the same IP address to the outside world.


42 posted on 11/23/2010 10:11:22 AM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: USNBandit

LOL!


43 posted on 11/23/2010 10:49:51 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Tennessean4Bush
I was bummed that I couldn't find a picture of that scene.

The video is a bit jerky, but here is that clip on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Sw6by7pig

44 posted on 11/23/2010 11:13:39 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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