Dancing With the Stars: Jennifer Grey Makes Case For Crown; Will Bristol Palin Win Anyway?

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Jennifer Grey has been a front-runner and fan favorite all season on Dancing With the Stars and was perfect - seriously, ALL 10s - in her final dances Monday.

Will that be enough to defeat Bristol Palin? You never know!

Bristol, Jennifer and Kyle Massey competed in two rounds of the Dancing with the Stars finals - a redemption dance of the judges' choosing, and freestyle. Jennifer and partner Derek Hough outclassed everyone. Now it's in voters' hands.

Derek Hough and Jennifer Grey Photo

HAND IT TO HER: Jennifer Grey deserves the Mirror Ball trophy.

It's very possible, given what the producers said yesterday about how the judges' scores factor into the overall totals, they were trying to pad Jennifer's lead hard core.

Not that she didn't deserve her perfect 10s, but after Audrina, Rick and most recently Brandy were voted off, you know the pros are pulling for Grey to take this thing.

On the flip side, Bristol's scores were on the high side too, but in proportion to how they scored both Jennifer Kyle. Here's a breakdown of last night, round by round:

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: In the foxtrot, Kyle showed improvement in technique, but lost a little entertainment value in the process. Score: 27 (9,9,9).

He picked the "Tootsie Roll" for their freestyle, since it's his favorite, and wanting to end their run on a memorable note. It was wild and fun. Score: 29 (10,9,10).

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: With a little nod to the gorilla suit, Bristol's jive was much improved actually. She's come a long way, no doubt. Score: 27 (9,9,9).

In the freestyle, she fell a little bit flat, relatively at least. It was solid, but the blank face and the stiff movements manifested themselves again. Score: 25 (8,9,8).

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: The paso doble was a rare stumbling block this fall, but this time, she nailed it. Redemption dance, indeed. Score: 30 (10,10,10).

Their freestyle, which had been in doubt because of Grey's ailing back, offered laughs and enough daring tricks to earn another set of 10s. Score: 30 (10,10,10).

Bristol and Mark Photo
Kyle Massey, Lacey Schwimmer Photo

Total scores on Monday's Dancing With the Stars:

  • Jennifer & Derek: 60 (35.71 percent)
  • Kyle & Lacey: 56 (33.33 percent)
  • Bristol & Mark: 52 (30.95 percent)

After last night's routines, Bristol would need to top Jennifer by almost five percent of the vote (for example, 38 to 33 to Kyle's 31) to overtake her overall.

We're not privy to what kind of vote totals she's racked up in previous weeks, but it seems like a tall order, given Grey's strong fan support this season.

Here's hoping for a win for Jen, but let's give Bristol her due. It's not her fault that people vote for her, she tries her best and is under enormous scrutiny.

She didn't deserve to make the finals, in our opinion, but she's given it her all week in and week out, even amid white powder scares. Terrific job, B.

As for Kyle, he's had a great run, but it's ending here. Either the voters will give it to Jennifer on merit or Bristol ... just because. Who are you rooting for?

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente