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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Flo, No! Florence Henderson Reacts to Her Shocking Exit

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 20th 2010 1:00PM

Florence Henderson and Corky BallasIt was the biggest "WTF" moment on 'Dancing With the Stars' since Kate Gosselin danced to 'Paparazzi': Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas, who scored a mere 18 points for their performance on Monday, were called safe on this week's results show.

Gasps of shock and amazement erupted from the backstage press viewing area when Palin and Ballas advanced to week 6. Even Ballas had predicted the pair would be standing under the dreaded red light, but they, along with Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, the second lowest-scoring duo, were called safe in the first few minutes of last night's show.

Instead, lovable 'Brady Bunch' mom Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas got the boot.

"When the two lowest scoring people were called safe, I said, 'Corky, we're in trouble,'" ejected celeb Florence Henderson told reporters after the show. "I was a little surprised, but I've watched this show from the beginning and have seen absolutely shocking things happen on it."

"A low score means nothing," noted Ballas. "I had the lowest score every show with Cloris [Leachman in season 7.] You have to call and vote. The votes are a big deal. It was sad to go after our best dance. Florence was getting strong and we were just having a breakthrough."

"I'm going to miss seeing Corky Ballas every day and learning new dances," Henderson said.

Bristol PalinWas Palin surprised she was safe since her scores were so low? "Yeah, I was definitely scared for tonight, but I'm thankful that the fans kept us in and I'm grateful for their support," Palin told TV Squad on the post-show press line. "I was definitely stressing out the other day before eliminations."

Does Palin think that the judges have been a little kinder to her, compared to their critiques of others, like Michael Bolton? "They're stern with all of us," Palin said. "I think that [Bruno's comments to Michael] Bolton were unnecessary because it wasn't constructive criticism. But I think they've been consistent with pretty much everyone's comments."

Speaking of judges being hard on people, did Palin catch her former fiance, Levi Johnston, getting grilled by the ladies of 'The View' on Monday? "I did not see it," Palin said. "I don't really pay attention to what his career is doing. I'm too busy with [our son] Tripp and doing other things."

Now, Palin's jazzed to be moving on in the competition. "We have a 'dance off' with all the other dancers, which I'm excited about," she said. "It [involves] the jive moves, which I already know. Then, we have a tango ... I'm excited for that one because I'll have someone there helping me through it."

With Bristol still in the competition, it's now possible that her mom, Sarah Palin, will make another guest appearance in the 'DWTS' audience. The former Alaskan governor has a new series, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' set to debut on TLC on Sun., Nov. 14, at 9PM.

Palin and Massey advancing despite low scores also sent shock waves through the nerves of the remaining celebrities, too. "We all realized anyone can go," Audrina Patridge said. "Tony [Dovolani] and I thought we had a chance of going home this week.

"It's so hard to see Florence go," Patridge added. "She has this aura about her that's amazing and so nurturing. She's very funny and feisty. She's an amazing person. She has a good heart and she also knows how to spice things up."

Did Maksim Chmerkovskiy think the right person went home? "It's not up to me," he hedged. "I don't even know our phone number [to call to vote for couples.] It's the show. It's our 11th season and my 10th. We've seen a lot of people go and we've created bonds with a lot of people and we're going to keep them for the rest of our lives.

Who did Henderson bond with most on the show (after Corky)? "Oddly enough, I think I've bonded with Bristol," Henderson revealed. "I've had some really deep talks with Brandy [Norwood], too. I love everybody here."

Next up for Henderson is finishing her memoir, set to come out next Mother's Day. She has a one-woman show, too. "Corky and I have a couple of projects [brewing], which you'll hear about it," she said.

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The American public has no right to vote in this program, it has become a popularity contest and totally unfair to the so called dancing stars who do work very hard in order to compete. I believe the judging should be the full responsibility of the three judges who happens to be well qualified. They can use a secret ballot every week to vote off the lowest ranked performer without causing any controversy.

November 18 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


October 20 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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You are the one bringing politics in by calling Bristol a loser and the worst dancer. Your politics are definitely showing. You just had to say a personal derrogatory remark about the young woman and that is what made your politics show. You could have just stuck to a remark in regards to her dancing ability. By the way, she is the one who has improved the most. Do you not give any kudos to someone who has neither danced or performed? That is my enjoyment of the show. Watching the least experienced advance in abilities each week. I thought that is what the show is about. They put too many on that have dance experience and I hope they start putting more beginners on in the coming seasons.

October 21 2010 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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