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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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Might Erin Andrews pull off an incredible Dancing with the Stars upset?

In our finals preview yesterday, we listed her as a long shot against favorite Nicole Scherzinger and dark horse Evan Lysacek, each of whom are more skilled.

Somebody either forgot to tell Erin she was the underdog heading into last night's final performances, or did tell her and provided her bulletin board material.

Erin Andrews tied Nicole with an aggregate 55, meaning it really will come down to every last vote. Can she muster enough support to win the Mirror Ball?

Teaming with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on a Samba to kick off the night, Erin scored a 29. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya got a 28 on the Viennese Waltz.

Nicole and Derek Hough's Rumba netted a 28. In the freestyle round, Nicole made up one point on Erin, tying for the overall lead. Evan faltered somewhat.

Erin and Maks in Bed

Erin Andrews mauls Maksim Chmerkovskiy in bed. Art imitating life?

If Scherzinger still has a slight edge, it's because she and Derek went for the toughest moves, almost resulting in Nicole falling off his shoulders at one point.

Erin and Maks, meanwhile, chose to do a lyrical freestyle, which seemed So You Think You Can Dance-esque with props and unadulterated sexual chemistry.

So can Erin actually pull off the upset on tonight's results show - when Kate Gosselin returns, Vienna Girardi debuts and the season winner is unveiled at last?

She earned consideration at the very least. Nicole will likely get the title and it will be well-earned, but she won't run away with it. Last night's full scorecard:

  • Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Samba: 29. Freestyle: 26. Total: 55.
  • Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Rumba: 28. Freestyle: 27. Total: 55.
  • Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Waltz: 28. Freestyle: 24. Total: 52.

Click to enlarge some more photos from last night ...

  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Pic
  • Derek Hough, Nicole Scherzinger
  • Scherz Thing
  • The Final 3 Couples
  • Mauling Maks
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Photo

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Dancing with the Stars names its 10th champions tomorrow. Who will win it? Only three tandems are left vying for the Mirror Ball when they take the floor tonight.

It's now or never for Erin, Maks, Nicole, Derek, Evan and Anna. There are no cumulative scores, so any faltering tonight could be devastating, even to the favorite.

Below, we break down the dancers left standing on the final night of competition, their strengths and weaknesses, and their odds of bringing home the glory ...

Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Why they'll win: Sex appeal. Chemistry. Being a hoot to watch. Unquestionably the most attractive and fun pair all season long, Erin and Maks have earned their place in the finals with performances that are technically rigorous as well.
Why they won't: This isn't to suggest the judges have it in for Erin, but they sort of do. Off-the-charts heat doesn't translate to higher scores - rarely they matched Nicole or Evan's totals. If they did tonight, it would be a surprise. A hot surprise.
Odds: 20-1

  • Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Image
  • Perfection For Evan

Can either Erin or Evan pull a huge upset in this week's finals?

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Why they'll win: Evan and Anna served notice with last week's dances that this far from over. Nicole may be the favorite, but Evan has as many perfect 30s (two) as she does, and if they end up all square at the end of tonight, he may have a shot.
Why they won't: Nicole is still better ... which is a little unfair, given that she dances for a living, but such is life. Evan needs to be nearly flawless and get some help.
Odds: 5-1

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Why they'll win: Woman's got skills. Those new Pussycat Dolls have big shoes to fill. Popular and proficient, Nicole has the whole package and should get it done. And partnering with Derek Hough should help with the female audience, as well.
Why they won't: Her fan base could assume she has it wrapped up and not vote. It's all about turnout as much as talent. Or she has a rare off night, which we doubt.
Odds: 3-2

Nicole, Derek Picture

Make no mistake, this title is Nicole's to lose.

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Erin Andrews‘s waltz on Monday's Dancing with the Stars was one of her best efforts to date, according to the judges and voters. Just not Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

The View host criticized Erin - who has endured two separate stalking incidents in the past year - for "dressing inappropriately" on the ABC reality competition.

“In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] - and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and peep on her in her hotel,” Hasselbeck said.

“I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this - a little bit less - without the prison time!’”

That's a bad joke at best, and a very rude insult at worst.

In March, Michael David Barrett was sentenced to federal prison for filming Erin Andrews nude through a hotel peephole and posting a video of her online.

In April, after her Dancing with the Stars debut, Andrews received death threats. Elisabeth apparently thinks she should lock herself at home as a result?

Maksim and Erin Photo

Erin called these remarks “a slap in the face to victims of stalking and sexual predators. As a mother and a woman, I’m disappointed she went there.”

Don't even get Maksim Chmerkovskiy started, either. The Dancing With the Stars pro, who's partnered with Erin this season, was far from thrilled.

Chmerkovskiy quickly fired back: "I'm the one designing [Andrews'] dresses for the show, so I'll just assume that [Hasselbeck] is jealous... and stupid."

Pro Louis Van Amstel also defended Andrews, Twittering to Hasselbeck: "Why did u have to throw @erinandrewsespn under the bus this morning?"

"Shame on [you] ... Leave her alone. Aren't u all working for the same network ABC/ESPN???? U should have each other's back, not trashtalk Erin."

Fellow contestant Evan Lysacek also chimed in on the topic: "So disappointed that anyone would attack [her] after all she's been through."

Andrews told Access Hollywood she "cried" after hearing the remarks: "People can have opinions about the show, but my biggest complaint is she's a woman and a mother and it was a mockery of something serious I've lived through."

A little silly to single out Erin on a show where all the stars - men and women - dress and dance suggestively, don't you think? Whose side are you on?

 

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Erin Andrews' decision to appear on Dancing With the Stars went far beyond the chance to learn the waltz. The reporter wanted to send a message.

“I wanted to be on a show where millions of people watch and say, ‘If you’re stalked or a victim of video voyeurism you shouldn’t be embarrassed.'"

"You should just live your life.’”

Last year's stunning Erin Andrews nude video scandal, which landed a peephole perv behind bars, was followed by death threats earlier this year.

She said she was “tentative” about appearing on the show, but “I’ve got a Russian on my side that isn’t going to let anyone come near me.”

Speaking of Maksim Chmerkovskiy ...

  • Erin Andrews, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Pic
  • Erin and Maksim Dancing

Erin and Maks remain coy on whether they're an item.

As for whether her relationship with her Dancing with the Stars heats up away from the ballroom floor, Erin joked, “Depends on what day you get us on.”

People magazine and Ellen DeGeneres be damned. As the pair continued on the PR circuit, E!'s Chelsea Handler was not about to beat around the bush.

"Why are you trying to act like you guys aren't penetrating?" she asked.

That got Maks to blush, and Erin to issue an even flimsier denial: "We just don't know what to say," she gushed, "because everyday we read something new."

So do we.

Handler is convinced, though: "You're glowing, you're beaming. You're in love!" she marveled at how the cocky Maks looked asked if Erin made him nicer.

As for the penetrating? Expect more non-denials and on-stage hotness!

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Tony Dovolani has Maksim Chmerkovskiy's respect ... and sympathy.

Why? Because the former is paired with Kate Gosselin on the current season of Dancing with the Stars, who outspoken Maks is quite unimpressed by.

Despite her recent breakthrough, Maksim expects more. A lot more.

The dancer explains: "I've spoken to Kate, and I don't think she gets the point of this thing yet. The pain on her face says it all, which is unfortunate."

"The show is about finding a way to come out, enjoy yourself and have fun," Maksim says. "We have been taught to respect our teachers, so as teachers, we expect to be respected by our students. Kate needs to trust [Tony] more."

"However lifeless that [her dancing] is, he has her ready."

A Dancing with the Stars insider reveals that Kate Gosselin's first choice for pro partner on the hit program was actually Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who ended up partnered (and possibly dating) ESPN reporter Erin Andrews.

"She wishes she had been partnered with Maks because he's a stronger personality [than Tony Dovolani], and Kate likes a man who takes charge."

Must explain why she married Jon Gosselin then ... wait, what?

The insider adds: "Kate would have lasted about five minutes with Maks." Her lack of focus and attitude just don't jibe. But he says she can fix that.

"This is a chance for her to focus on something other than personal drama. How many women with multiple kids sit back and reminisce about the days they could go and dance? How many people vicariously live through us?"

"Live in the moment. You need to enjoy it."

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Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy may or may not be dating, officially, but there is definitely something between them. And that something is hot.

When the ESPN reporter got the news she’d be on Dancing with the Stars, she knew she wanted to be paired up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy right away.

Because of his strong work ethic, of course... but also his musk.

“He's ridiculously amazing!” Andrews said on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. “We could be working out for hours and I’ll smell like a guy and he smells like a garden of lilies. I’m like, are you serious? I’ll put on a load of deodorant [and] spray myself up.”

It must help - they've been among the top scorers so far.

Aside from his scent, there are other characteristics drawing Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to each other. She told producers, “I want somebody that pushes me ... I’ll try to weasel my way out of things. I’ll be like, 'Let’s go get a latte!'"

"But Maks will say 'No. Do this step. Then we leave for latte.'"

Love. It's always give and take, right? And sexual chemistry.

Seriously. She literally asked for it.

“I flat out said to [the producers], I want sexual chemistry,” she admits. “I want to be put with Maks. I don’t care if he makes me cry, I want somebody that’s really hot.”

It'll only help with voters. When that whiner Kate Gosselin stays around and Shannen Doherty gets kicked off, you know it's a popularity contest first and a dancing competition second. Fortunately, Erin and Maks should be quite popular.

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Holy freaking hotness. That's all we can say about the rumor that Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, partners on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, are partnering off the dance floor as well. Maks even said it might be on!

Chmerkovskiy says that he and the ESPN sportscaster are "maybe" dating. That's a lot closer to dating than "no," right? He also lavished praise upon his partner.

"She doesn't hold back. She's open, and what you see is what there is," Chmerkovskiy told People magazine. "Everybody who meets her falls in love with her."

Himself included? Sounds like it!

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy work it.

Chmerkovskiy, who was engaged to fellow Dancing with the Stars cast member Karina Smirnoff for a time, credited himself for pushing Andrews during their first dance together last Monday, which ranked among the season premiere's best.

"I made her do a cha-cha that I would make a professional dancer do," he said, and it paid off, as Erin Andrews isn't shy about gushing about him either.

"When Kentucky was upset, [Maks] texted me about it," the ESPN reporter said of having to miss some of the NCAA tournament for DWTS rehearsal. "Maks was like, 'You are the only person I know that cares about this.' He's been adorable."

Who are you rooting for on Dancing with the Stars? Erin and Maks? We can understand that, but there are other good candidates too. Vote below ...

 

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On her reality show, Denise Richards attempts to claim that her life is complicated.

But the outcome for this terrible actress and exploitive mother was very simple on Dancing with the Stars: she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated last night.

The pair got the boot after performing a samba dance-off against fellow contestants Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin.

Booted Dancers

“I had fun! When else am I going to get to dress up like this, work with someone like Maks and be able to do a family show that my daughters can watch together,” Richards said after the results were announced.

Naturally, she couldn't do an interview without mentioning daughters Lola and Sam.

“They love watching us. We TiVo the show and we watch it together, but every time I have to go to rehearsal they go ‘too much dancing.’ It’s hard to find balance. I think they will be relieved it’s over."

For sure. It leaves more time for the family to "accidentally" be photographed all around town.

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