Bristol Palin made it to the final round of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” surviving another week of low scores from the talent show’s judges with the help of fans, incluing tea party voters.
Palin, 20, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, will join actress Jennifer Grey and Disney Channel star Kyle Massey in the three-contestant final next week. Singer Brandy was voted off the show Tuesday on the Walt Disney Co. network.
“This year has not been about the dancing,” said Johnny Avello, chief oddsmaker for the Wynn Las Vegas casino, who follows the voting and figured Palin had a 4-to-1 chance to stay in the competition. “This year is about popularity, and whether it’s the Republican Party or whoever, Bristol Palin is getting more votes despite being the worst dancer.”
Palin and her partner Mark Ballas received 53 points for their two dances on Monday, finishing last based on the judges’ scores. During the taping of this week’s rehearsals, she said the audience can relate to her.
“No offense to anyone else, but I’m not fake,” Palin said in an on-camera interview. “People do connect with me because they feel I’m real and I’m not typical Hollywood.”
Leading the four semifinalists was Grey, who received 60 points and was the 8-to-5 favorite, according to Avello. Massey had a 5-to-2 chance of reaching the finals after scoring a 58. Brandy received 57 points for her two dances and was considered most likely to leave at 9-to-2.
“Dancing With the Stars,” TV’s most-watched show this season, pairs celebrities with professional dancers in weekly elimination rounds that weigh the public’s votes and judge’s scores equally.
Although the show's three judges score the dancers, voting from the public allows weaker dancers with more fans to advance.
Palin received her top score of the series Monday for her first dance, a Spanish pasodoble, getting 27 of 30 points.
“Bristol the Pistol,” said Len Goodman, the head judge. “You’ve fired a few blanks during the weeks, but tonight all guns blazing.” Her second dance, a waltz, received a 26.
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