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A frontrunner from day one, Brandy was stunned at her elimination from Dancing With the Stars last night. So was everyone else, including her competition.

The singer and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are the latest casualty of Bristol Palin's absurd run to the finals. When Brandy said "I'm in a lot of shock," she wasn't alone.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer

Said Jennifer Grey of her toughest adversary this fall, "Brandy's just been amazing. She's done such a beautiful job each week, she's such an amazing dancer."

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Brandy deserved better after this week.

"I was shocked, but this show is so unpredictable," added Lacey Schwimmer, who earned the third finals spot along with her underrated partner Kyle Massey.

"We are going to miss Brandy so much because she's a great friend and such a big supporter. But we're happy for Bristol because she's great, too. So sweet!"

Brandy may be shocked, but she's saying all the right things ...

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WTF. There's no other intro we can muster right now.

It's not anything new that Dancing With the Stars is more about popular support than technical merit, especially with mediocre, middle of the pack performers. But at some point, you'd assume the better dancers would be rewarded.

You'd assume wrong, apparently. Bristol Palin will be joining Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey in next week's finals, with a deserving Brandy on the sidelines.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Brandy Pic

Somehow, Brandy and Maks will be watching, not dancing in the finals.

No sooner had we talked about how Palin's run personally irked Maksim Chmerkovskiy than he and Brandy got the boot Tuesday, despite great dancing Monday.

A record-high number of votes made it happen, too.

"One thing that I love, for my family, the choice they made to come to this country," said Ukrainian-born Maks, taking the high road, "the fact that people vote and voices count. I love that this show represents that, the people's choice."

"I don't regret a second of the last five years of my being on the show and definitely not a second of me being on this season. It's been an amazing journey."

Uhhnh, did Maks just pseudo-quit Dancing With the Stars?

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be surly, blunt, critical and not politically correct, but it's just because he's a serious competitor who wants to win. Period.

Despite being demonstrably outclassed by the field week in and week out, Bristol Palin is still waltzing and spinning. Which has Maks' head spinning.

The fact that Bristol the Pistol is even in the top four on Dancing With the Stars has reportedly rankled Chmerkovskiy, who's partnered with Brandy.

Bristol Palin's surprisingly long stint on Dancing With the Stars has captivated millions. Do not court Maksim Chmerkovskiy among those millions.

“Maksim is very emotional and takes this show very seriously, if you haven’t already seen. He really wants to win,” a source says of the Ukrainian pro.

“He works extremely hard and finds it depressing when people he thinks aren’t worthy of their current position get further then they possibly should.”

He and Brandy are both so competitive and hungry, tensions often rise between them - and they're allies. Imagine how he feels about Bristol Palin.

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Jennifer Grey certainly made a statement last night.

With just one night remaining before the finals, and voters paying scant attention to scores for several weeks now, there is no margin for error. Everyone is at risk.

Kym and Hines Ward

Well, everyone but her. The way she and Derek Hough danced Monday, the other three pairs are tangoing for second. A perfect 30 once? Amazing. Twice? Unheard of.

HAND HER THE MIRRORBALL: Hopefully next week, the voters will.

The 90-minute program was probably the most entertaining of the season so far, as all the couples stepped up their game, including Bristol Palin, who wasn't terrible.

Not that she deserves to make the finals over Jennifer, Brandy or Kyle Massey. Each outperformed Bristol, predictably, last night as they have for the final month.

Let's break it down by couple. Regaining sole ownership of the top of the charts were Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, whose efforts were pure perfection.

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It was Rock Week this week on Dancing with the Stars, and one star truly rocked her dance more than all her competitors. That star was Brandy.

Despite getting quite testy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy in rehearsals, the two pulled it together and tangoed to the top of the leaderboard. It was great.

Jake Pavelka on Dancing with the Stars

Maybe going sexless for six years is benefiting her here. Brandy's just got that edge! She proceeded to win the dance marathon later on, as well!

TWO TO TANGO: Are Brandy and Maks the new favorites?

In second place after last night were Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani, despite what the judges see as untapped potential in terms of her character and passion.

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke turned in a pretty nice tango, as did Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, who have been quietly strong in recent weeks. Much improved.

The surprise of the night was probably that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas outscored several - including favorites Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough - with their tango.

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Happy birthday, Bristol Palin. In honor of your big 2-0, and given the fact that you're lacking in the rhythm department anyway, we want you in a GORILLA SUIT tonight!

It may not have gone down quite that way, but she certainly took the floor in simian attire on Dancing With the Stars, likely earning a one-way ticket back to Wasilla.

Even post-costume, Bristol's performance wasn't much better, as reflected by the judges' satanic 6-6-6 rating. If you missed it, watch the awkwardness below:

Pretty bad. On the flip side, Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned three 9s and a total of 27 points with the best performance of the night, which you can see here:

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This fifth week of competition on Dancing With the Stars was TV Theme week, with all eight couples performing to the music of a popular program, past or present.

Kind of a cheesy idea, but producers clearly had a lot of fun with it, as did the stars and their partners. In the end, good, clean fun was had by all on TV's #1 show.

Derek Hough and Ricki Lake Photo

Who led the way and who's at risk tonight? The results were somewhat predictable in terms of scoring, but that doesn't mean there weren't a few surprises ...

Brandy and Maks quickstepped to the top Monday.

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovsky got the Friends theme, a fun choice since: 1. Maks is rumored to be more than friends with his partner every season. 2. They fight a lot! After last night's near-perfect quickstep, they have less reason to. 27.

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough acted like they were Married With Children when they bickered in rehearsal. They battled through what was a bit of an up-and-down effort (albeit by their lofty standards) for a second-place total of 25.

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Audrina Patridge has a sick body. The Situation and Bristol Palin are most likely to have a love child. Kurt Warner has God on his side. No one hassles the Hoff.

Still, when it comes to actually winning Dancing With the Stars, Brandy and Jennifer Grey remain the odds-on favorites, according to insiders ... and gamblers.

Crazy Mike

On-set sources say Brandy's raw, natural talent - and not the kind of raw talent her brother Ray J showed us years ago - is unquestioned, and as for Grey?

We know she can dance dirty. Insiders predict both of these celebrities will "blow the competition out of the water" when the new season debuts on Monday.

Jennifer Grey clearly has the best odds to win, according to people who actually bet on these things. But tell us, who are you rooting for on DWTS?

 

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Where can't script reading and vehicular manslaughter take you these days?

According to Perez Hilton, both Audrina Patridge from The Hills and former singer turned reality star Brandy have signed on for Dancing With The Stars.

Derek Hough and Jennifer Grey Picture

The official announcement is scheduled for next Monday during Bachelor Pad.

The Bachelorette stars Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez are both rumored to be among the cast members for the coming season as well, but we'll see.

Also reportedly being considered? Cheryl Cole, Teresa Giudice and ... wait for it ... Vienna Girardi. Never doubt ABC's ability to recycle its reality stars.

The Hills are no longer alive ... but DWTS hopes are!

Audrina Patridge being cast wouldn't shock us at all. She's got nothing else going on these days and will look good in all the costumes, if nothing else.

Brandy, though? Really? The producers were close to getting this one right, but got their signals crossed and should have tapped her sibling instead:

Ray to the J.

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