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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Brandy Is 'Numb' Over Her Shocking Exit

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 17th 2010 11:00AM
Mark Ballas, Bristol Palin, Brooke Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Brandy NorwoodSeason 11 of 'Dancing With the Stars' has had more than its share of shocking exits, but none more than Brandy Norwood and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy being sent home on last night's results show.

Many predicted that the singer would advance to the finals, but her surprise departure means that teen activist Bristol Palin, who not only entered the contest with no dance or performing experience but also scored consistently low with the judges, is going to the final round along with actress Jennifer Grey and actor Kyle Massey.

The three finalist duos walked the post-show press line, understandably enthusiastic over their victories, but members of the press had one question on their minds: How has Palin managed to make it to the finals?

"I've known that I've worked hard to get to where I am now," Palin said. "I definitely feel like I'm one of the most improved dancers on the show."

Mark Ballas, Palin's partner, said that 'DWTS' has always been unpredictable, but Norwood's exit is "not as crazy as Sabrina Bryan going home [in season 5] or that Joanna Krupa went home [in season 9] or that Mel B. didn't win [in season 5]."

"This competition has been unpredictable from the beginning of the season," said Lacey Schwimmer, Massey's pro partner.

Massey pointed out that viewer votes have a significant part in the process. "It's not just the judges' scores," he said. "Personally, I think everyone deserves to be here."

Derek Hough, Grey's pro partner and two-time 'DWTS' champion, said he "couldn't believe that Brandy was going home. We always thought she was going to the finals. [But] we don't see what the mass audience [feels], being here in our own little world. We don't know what [the voters] are doing out there. You can't take [Bristol's victory] away from her. To see her journey is pretty phenomenal."

His partner, Grey, added that "Bristol has improved enormously."

"Brandy's amazing," said Chelsie Hightower, who walked the press line to promote two new dance DVDS ('Dancing With the Stars Ballroom Buns & Abs' and 'Dancing With the Stars Fat-Burning Cardio Dance') in which she appears. "It's sad to see her go. At the same time, [the show] is about popularity -- especially at this point in the game."

Norwood said she was "numb" after her shocking exit. "It's going to be hit me tomorrow. I don't have any regrets. I gave it everything I had. I am so proud of Maks and of me, and I say that humbly. I've tapped into a power that I thought was gone. I'm so thankful for that."

"I'm absolutely fine," Chmerkovskiy said. "Brandy taught me that when one door closes another one opens, and that there's definitely a bunch of doors being opened now. I feel blessed that I'm here."

In Touch Weekly recently quoted Palin as saying that Chmerkovskiy didn't like her, but Maks set the record straight on the matter. "I never said that I didn't like her," he clarified. "I'm just a dancer. I express my opinion when it comes to dancing."

Does the Ukranian native think that Palin deserves to be in the finals? "It's a little unfair to answer that," he responded. "I'm sure in their minds that Tony [Dovolani] and Audrina [Patridge] and Rick [Fox] think that their exits this season were shocking. Mario Lopez not winning [in season 3] was shocking. I let people [at home] decide."

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The judges & producers are a joke. Will not watch this show again.She only perform control dances that didn't required any rhythm.The judges should have gave her the same treatment they GAVE MICHAEL BOLTON.SHAME ON THE JUDGES & PRODUCERS FOR CREATING THISS MESS.

November 20 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is an except from Sarah Palin's book...."America by Heart"....
and I say.....HELLO????? ANYBODY HOME???

Bristol Palin has been featured on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," but Sarah Palin has a few words for Fox's "American Idol." She refers to "talent-deprived" contestants who suffer from "the cult of self-esteem."
"No one they have encountered in their lives - from their parents to their teachers to their president - wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth," she writes. "So they grew up convinced that they could become big pop stars like Michael Jackson."

November 18 2010 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well deserved!

November 18 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well deserved!

November 18 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just because she has dressed decently, acted decently, and has been humble does not mean that she is not good. She is in competation against past stars who has danced and had TV experience and yet the normal american public loves her and want her to have a chance to insult her by saying it is only because of her mother is terrible. No one has complained when others were voted off and she was left on by public vote so why now.

November 18 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dirty back door politics, Dems get ready the repubs, tea partians, sarah-sarah is pushing the envelop to the election.

November 18 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gerald Wedding

This is just another example of Sarah Palin & her supporters trying to mess up a good thing.
If the producers & the network don't do something immediately to rectify this situation, this will be the last season I'll watch this show.

November 18 2010 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Iam very disappointed in the unfair elimination of Brandy. I will be watching the last few shows out of couriosity,but will not watch it next season. Bristol Palin has nothing in her steps that compares to Brandy's excellent dance steps. In fact, she should have been gone a long time ago! There needs to be a change in the voting process, with the Judges having the most influence on who wins.

November 17 2010 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe people didn't vote for Brandy because she killed a young mother with her automobile. Some children don't have a Mom because of Brandy's inattention. Brandy still drives around talking on the cell phone.

Bristol has never harmed anyone, let alone killed them. Good luck, Bristol. You are one courageous young woman.

I have to laugh at the folks who call attention to her pregnancy. 40% of children in this country are born out of wedlock and in certain segments of the population, it's 70%.

She's winning because her fans are voting. I wish they'd speak up on her behalf and drown out the voices of malcontents.

PS My second choice is Kyle Massey. Whatta guy!

November 17 2010 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Judy's comment

OK...who's might be voting for her???
1 - Teenagers that applaud her actions to become pregnant out of wedlock??? or
2 - Her mother's followers????
Anyway that is still not a good reason!@!!! This program is supposed to be about THE BEST DANCER!!!! AND SHE'S NOT!! ARE PEOPLE BLIND??? OR IS IT JUST LOW IQ???

November 18 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ada Carpenter

I cannot believe the results of Tuesday's vote. Palin's only claim to fame is that her mother is an airhead and has a "Rambo" personality. She says her dancing has improved, practicing 6-8 hours a day, 4-6 days a week, something should improve. She's still not in a category with Brandi or anyone else on the show.

If she wins the trophy it's unlikely there will be another "DWTS". Judges should have the final say in a "dance off" scenario with the two pairs.

November 17 2010 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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