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Why Is Bristol Palin Still on 'DWTS'? Host Tom Bergeron Explains (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 18th 2010 2:41AM
Why Is Bristol Palin Still on 'DWTS'? Host Tom Bergeron ExplainsThere's been a lot of outrage over the fact that Bristol Palin is still on 'Dancing With the Stars.' In fact, one man shot his TV in protest. Yesterday, consistent high-scorer Brandy was eliminated -- the singer got the highest score seven times, receiving the lowest score only once. Meanwhile, Ms. Palin has gotten the the lowest score seven times -- and never gotten a high score.

On the new 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), Chelsea Handler asks 'DWTS' host Tom Bergeron what's going on. Tom explains the situation very slowly and patiently to Ms. Handler: "She is ... getting ... more votes ... than the people who ... aren't there anymore."

Chelsea says the game is fixed -- and that Bristol is being kept on the show by "Republicans." "That's what they do," she adds. The host may be biased against Ms. Palin; she admits to voting for the "other people," even though she doesn't actually watch 'Dancing.'

Still, there is evidence to support Handler's theory. According to conservative message boards, there is an organized campaign to keep Palin on -- which includes using a technical error in the show's website, which let one viewer vote 300 times in a row for Bristol. On the other hand, these allegations may be false. What do you think? Are the voters just expressing their will? Is it democracy in action, in other words? Or should Bristol be off the show?

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Leonor Salas

I voted for Bristol and will continue who ever says she does not know how to dance they are right she is learning and doing a good job what is wrong with people...she was the underdog the media and crazies are way to much their is way to much hate wow high and mighty like picking on a young woman wow just like the bullies

November 22 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nod

I totally agree with the 'stars' part. Just because Bristol is Sarah Palin's daughter doesn't make her a star. I would think there are enough 'stars' out there for 100 seasons. To me, it doesn't matter if they have had prior dancing experience or not. It's their improvement that counts. But if you think Bristol is a better dancer than Jennifer or Brandy, then you need your eyes examined! Even Kurt was better than Bristol. If she ends up winning over Jennifer or Kyle, I'm through with this show. I hope ABC is paying attention with what the public is saying!

November 19 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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November 18 2010 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DARL

Yeah I am going to call ABC and tell them that having Bristol on the show is a stroke of genuis with the ratings through the roof!!! lol

November 18 2010 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill Ford

Bristol has show the most progress than any of the professional dancers. She started from nothing and now is something. If the show didn't want a beginner to show the professionalinvited TV, movies and stage dancers, why invite a non-professional.

On November 18th I tried to get my 5 votes for Bristol and was only allowed four. I guess the producers are not being fair.

I guess the publiccan't stand the rantings of the judges and vote their concience. Bristol Wins. By the way I'm a democrat who's not in favor of her mother but - - Bristol is gggrrreeeaaattt.

November 18 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

I wish you all would be so compassionate about feeding and finding homes for our children as you do in this apparent mess. That said a side, I was SHOCKED that Brandy went home, I even had tears in my eyes. She has put as much heart and soul, as well as pain and overcoming her fears and opening up her life to us, she has overcome more, mainly because she is older than Bristol. I find myself eveyweek going back and forth as who should win,I really thought it would come down Brandy and Jennifer, and I was hoping that in all the seasons, this would come down to a tie and let both win, no sudden death in overtime dancing. All the dancers deserve some sort of trophey for just coming on and brutally torturing their bodies and their families to entertain us. As far as Bristol, she is a very lovely girl who's mistakes was put out there for all the world see and Judge. I know it had to tske alot of confidence and she also has put her heart and soul in to this. I would be proud to have a daughter like Bristol, yes she has made the same mistakes that alot of our children have made including my daughter, but she is doing something to help other "kids" to not make the same mistake she did. I said "kids" because it takes two to tango, (yes I meant that to be funny.:) I would honestly be honored to call Bristol my daughter, I have two daughters and a son I am very proud of. My son is out there fighting in the war, what mother would'nt be proud of that. So Bristol you go baby girl there are alot of us mothers out here that are very proud of you, and if you don't win the mirror ball, you have won the hearts of alot of America's moms. I do hope that the right person that ends up winning the mirror ball is the one who really does deserve to win, go Jennifer I'm thinking you should be the one to take the prize, but for the rest of us can't we enjoy watching an"ugly ducky" turn into a beautiful confident "swan".

November 18 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aggie

Its called dwts. She is not a star and cant dance so it is not fair and I think its fixed. I will no longer watch such a farce.

November 18 2010 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rosher3

I strongly believe that Sarah Palin and her croonies are responsible for Bristol being still in the finalist of Dancing with the Stars. It's clearly that she can not dance, Brandy is more talented than this girl...WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE...THE POLITICS. Even Sarah Palin does NOT DESERVE TO BE IN THE LIMELIGHT. WHAT DID SHE DO FOR ALASKA? IN FACT SHE ABANDONED ALASKA FOR HER OWN BENEFIT. AND SHE HAS AN INTENTION OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.? GOD HELP US.!!!!THIS IS WRONG. WE WILL BOYCOTT DANCING WITH THE STARS IF SHE BECOME THE CHAMPION.THERE ARE A LOT OF CONTESTANTS THAT DESERVED TO STILL BE THERE...WITH TALENTS.!!!AND FOR THE RECORD...YOU THINK WILLOW'S COMMENT IN FACEBOOK IS RIGHT?...WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE OR THEY ARE?. NO ONE KNOWS THE PALINS TILL SHE TEAMED UP WITH MR. McCAIN. WE MUST NOT CATER FOR THE PALINS...NONSENSE.

November 18 2010 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kooldude

I believe that dancing with the stars is a Joke. The real people that get voted off expecially the ones that are awesome should be reevaluated and let the real winners be seen and judged. I am tired of this show too I also stopped watching American Idol that show is a joke too. Don't vote for Bristol she is AWFUL.......Child or no child she does not deserve to win and I felt bad for Brandy she was Excellent and she was Great and for someone to get 30 points that tells ya something....... I always said what goes around comes around........Don't vote for her mother either if she is ever voted for President she is another Sneaky Snake that slithers through the Politics........................................

November 18 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kooldude

I watched dancing with the stars and Bristol Palin Stunk and why is she always wearing Black.......She is definetly having someone pay for the people to keep her in......Don't vote for her she stinksssssss

November 18 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Louise

I have been voting for Bristol because she has had no dancing experience. She has improved her dancing skills every week. I do not think that DWTS should have anyone on that has had any involvement with dancing. Jennifer is good, but she was a dancer.

November 18 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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