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?


Hey remember Kate Gosselin, she was worse than Bristol Palin, whom is at least trying. Kate thought because she was crying the blues and throwing fake kisses at her spoiled brood, she would win, therefore she didn;t even try. Kate just took the money and laughed all the way to the bank. No talent.


Just like everything else in life, Its not what you know but who you know. Thats why the rich get richer. WHO THEY KNOW. And she gets half a million for someone who can not dance. What a traverey. If she was anyone else she won't have lastest this long.


I'll say it again and again. The judges yesterday had to be BLIND! Bristol Palin did no dance steps at all worthy of the praise she got! What the hell is this? All she did was walk around the dance floor with a stupid ribbon or whatever it was and stand in a cage, which is where she belongs! How can these judges say she was wonderful? It is so obvious that this is a scam! Her mother in the audience clapping like she did something wonderful too! I am so disgusted with this show, I will watch till the end this year but never again! I think this is the way a lot of people feel. I would like to see an end to this show!!!!!!!!


Some of have said that Bristol is getting votes because she is the 'dark horse' (lame dark horse~) who could not dance period! The original premise of this show was to show an underdog like her, start out with no dance talent or ability whatsoever and see how far they can go and improve along the way. I guess this is what Bristol did BUT if the real concept of the show is the ball goes to the BEST dancer, then Jenn should win this thing hands down no questions asked. If Jenn does not win this then we have to blame it on votes so if you are a fan of hers and want her and Derek to win pls vote! PS Canada you can vote too. Go to abc.com and click on the appropriate link. Go Jenn!


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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