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Can Bristol Palin Win 'Dancing With the Stars?'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 11th 2010 4:05PM
Bristol Palin, 'Dancing With the Stars' champion?

Considering that the American public just backed Republicans in a big way, a Palin victory just might happen.

If 'Dancing With the Stars' were truly a dancing competition -- and not a popularity contest -- the daughter of Sarah Palin would easily have been sent home before Florence Henderson, Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox and Kurt Warner.

Instead, the underdog, who often seems clearly uncomfortable on the dance floor, has outlasted them all. While she's continued to demonstrate improvement, she's also facing some very tough competition. She has continually ranked at the bottom of the scoreboard and yet fans keep saving her from elimination.

Each week this season, our comments sections have turned into a heated political discussion because of Bristol's presence. (Seriously, have you checked out the comments section after an episode? It gets vicious in there!)

Even if Sarah didn't show up to cheer Bristol on, her polarizing, headline-grabbing family would still be the subject of most 'Dancing' discussions. Pro or con, you can't get away from the fact that if her mother weren't famous, Bristol would never be on the show.

Curiously, Bristol is benefiting both from the surge in right-wing sentiment and because she's an ordinary person who's obviously out of her element among professional performers and athletes. In a way, she's both the favorite and the underdog.

Detractors hate that she's on the show in the first place, some even insisting that her survival week after week means the show must be fixed (despite the fact that judges have consistently scored Bristol and partner Mark Ballas lower than the other contestants).

She isn't the first contestant to get by on her popularity rather than her paso doble; like Kelly Osbourne, she evokes a certain protective feeling from her fanbase, who keep rooting for her despite any stumbles. She's more distant (or shy) than Osbourne, certainly, which makes it harder to warm up to her. At least she's not as difficult to like as, say, Kate Gosselin. Or as terrible a dancer. (We're still scarred by 'Paparazzi!')

Previous seasons have proven that viewers don't necessarily vote for the most skilled dancer -- or else Gilles Marini and Mya would have Mirror Ball Trophies, instead of Olympic sweetheart Shawn Johnson and crowd-pleasing Donny Osmond.

Johnson and Osmond both had a leg up (or two) on Bristol, but there's no denying that she's got nearly as devoted a following, one that might just see fit to hand her the trophy.

If Season 12 is anything like Season 9 (and it's definitely lining up that way) we're likely to see some very similar results. Here's our prediction: underdog Bristol will place third (a la Osbourne), dancefloor diva Brandy second (as Mya did) and much-loved Jennifer Grey can win the whole thing, if an injury doesn't take her out first. But as they say every episode, anything can happen.

Are you a Bristol fan or are you furious that she's lasted as long as she has? Sound off (politely -- hey, we can dream) in our comment section.

Do you want Bristol Palin to win 'Dancing With the Stars?'
Yes, I'm a big fan!702 (32.7%)
No, please, no!1448 (67.3%)

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Adam Michael Luebke

Dancing & Torture! Bristol forced to dance with stars? Obama helps GOP with torture? Egregious. http://tinyurl.com/2b4aquw

December 02 2010 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She can't dance but, obviously, she knows how to f*uck.

November 23 2010 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whether you're fer her or agin her, y'all are missing the main point. The show is called dancing with the stars. Bristol Palin is not now, nor has she ever been a "star." So she shouldn't have been on the show at all. And for those bloggers who complain that she has a Fox News following, lest you forget, ABC is just as radical right wing as Fox.

November 22 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen Simon

I'm so exited...DWTS will be on shortly...Go Bristol Go...I sure hope she wins. I know if she does all of you hateful people won't be watching my favorite show anymore and I won't have to read all the hateful things you have to say. I say good riddance to you and all your hatefulness. I also hope no one ever puts down or talks as ugly about your child/children as you have about Bristol. Well done Bristol and Kyle...no matter what happens, you both have done a very good job. I truly hope you win Bristol...sorry Kyle.

November 22 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK...WIN! Are you kidding? This nice gal can barely walk let alone dance. And what qualifies her as a 'star'. Her mom is the 'star' trying to keep her name in every magazine, paper, or anything anyone will read. Let's end the charade and get Bristol off the show. Keeping her on only give Jennifer a stronger chance of 'locking it up'. Brandy was some competition.

November 22 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Palin and the Tea Party are using political money to pay for the political phone banks to vote for Bristol, at the same time keeping others from voting then that is CHEATING! She is not doing her daughter any good by teaching her to cheat! Sad, sorry state of affairs. Palin wants to be my President! Not on your life!

November 20 2010 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Injustice! Palin should have been gone the first week. She should remove herself from the show finals. She should go back to Alaska and resume hunting, snowboarding and cooking buffalo stew!
She has two left feet. I do feels sorry for the great dancers that were removed. That's why I call this injustice!

November 17 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Talk about injustice! Palin should have been back weeks ago to Alaska, hunting, snowboarding and cooking moose stew. Dancing is not one of her strong points! To keep her on and remove all the other great dancers is unworthy of the show producers. I for one will never set eyes on the show again!

November 17 2010 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is a panel of professional judges balanced by the viewers' votes to make judgment fair. There are those who hate so much when someone starts to shine and there are those who admire when someone is improving; these are the viewers' group panel, which group do you belong to? Fan base is not applicable to Bristol since she came from nowhere, contrary to that, it's the other competitors who have it. The more you hate the more she shines, your hatred is making her a star. If you don't realize that, what makes you think you have a better judgment than the majority? You're hating so much someone who hasn't even done anything wrong or against anybody. Hey, I'm not even a Republican nor interested in politics... but, your hatred, I guess I might make me vote for her mom the next time... so you may really gripe even more, LOLS!

November 17 2010 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ahmar's comment

And... oh, I'm gay BTW, lols.

November 17 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I live in the Caribbean and I am a big fan (or I used to be) of DWTS. I am not a fan of reality shows but I felt that DWTS was credible. What happened this season and especially last night has really damaged the credibility of the show. When I saw Adrina voted off I was shocked. I could not believe that someone dressed in a monkey suit who had clearly forgotten her dance steps and had not danced in time with the music could still be on the show while the talented Adrina had to leave. Now Brandy??!! My gosh teaparty and republicans you are clearly not about justice. Len was right when he spoke of that. Yes Bristol has improved but she is not in the least bit graceful and I have at times felt embarrassed for her. It is painful to watch her at times. And since when do the producers give so much airtime to the mother of one of the dancers? Please?? The conservative republicans have difficulty with gay marriage, but can justify to themselves voting Bristol into the finals??? Rubbish!! That is injustice. I think I'll be missing the next season.

November 17 2010 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to debbie's comment

Did you ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, all the votes are not actually coming from Tea party members, but from people who have noticed two inexperienced dancers, Kyle and Bristol improve every week, show a lot of courage and graciousness and have the most humble and unassuming attitudes? I have enjoyed this season very much and I for one will still watch... no matter who wins.

November 17 2010 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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