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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough Celebrate Their Victory

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 24th 2010 10:00AM

Nobody -- not even the legion of fans who were keeping Bristol Palin in the competition -- puts Baby in the corner!

Jennifer Grey, who became America's sweetheart back in 1987 as teenager Baby in the film 'Dirty Dancing,' was crowned the season 11 champion of 'Dancing With the Stars' last night.

After the finale, TV Squad spoke to the winner and runners-up Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin; their respective pro partners, Derek Hough, Lacey Schwimmer and Mark Ballas; as well as returning contestants about the rollercoaster that was season 11.

"I was blank," Grey told reporters after the live program. "I was in a 'surrender moment.' Whatever happens will be great, I thought. The absolute destination for me was the journey. That was the gift. Saying yes to doing the show was the gift. Getting Derek as a partner was the gift. My family standing by me and letting me go away for three months was [another] gift."

Ironically, Grey almost couldn't perform in Tuesday's finale after injuring her back during Monday's performance show. "I think Jennifer did it [to herself] when she got into her car," joked Hough.

Grey credited Hough for her success. "He's the real deal," she praised. "Derek gets the big picture."

Where will Grey keep her coveted mirrorball trophy? "My daughter's room! She earned it by standing by me."

Lacey Schwimmer and Kyle MasseyMassey and Schwimmer were thrilled to take the runner-up position. "It felt awesome to be in the top two," Massey said. "Jennifer worked extremely hard. She's been through the most on this show."

"We all made it to the finals," Schwimmer said of the last three couples. "That's something to be celebrated. It's such a cool thing to make it to this point in the competition. We're so proud."

The actor said he plans to keep off the near 20 lbs. that he lost while competing in the show. "I'm going to buy an Ab Lounge," he quipped.

There were reports of voters having trouble getting through on the show's phone lines, but Schwimmer didn't believe that affected the program's outcome. "The show has everything under control," she said. "We all got here under fair terms."

Bristol Palin and Mark BallasPalin and Ballas preferred to focus on their victory, not the controversy that her continued presence on the program generated. "Jennifer and Derek won, that's to be celebrated," Ballas said. "Let's focus on the good. I'm happy for Derek. He's my foster brother."

"We all have smiles on our faces," Palin noted. "I feel great."

Palin had said earlier in the finale episode that winning would "mean a lot; it'd be like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and who hate me."

Did Palin regret coming out with guns blazing and with that middle finger reference? "My plan was just to go out there and just have fun and that's what I did," she said. "I've learned a lot the last few months. I'm grateful and blessed to have support from Mark and my family. The show has been amazing."

"I'm extremely proud of both of my boys," said Corky Ballas, Mark's dad (who also mentored Derek.) "Mark took someone who'd never done anything, no acting, no sports, no dancing ... he did an amazing job in that freestyle. I thought it was pretty darn good!"

The finale also saw the return of the rest of season 11's contestants. David Hasselhoff, who was voted off first, spoofed himself by singing the theme to 'Baywatch' and also made fun of his early dismissal from the show. (Michael Bolton was giving a concert abroad; Audrina Patridge had to bow out due to illness.) Former pro athletes Rick Fox and Kurt Warner danced to 'Eye of the Tiger,' while comedienne Margaret Cho recreated her 'Copacabana' routine, joined by Corky's partner Florence Henderson as the tune's older version of "Lola."

Margaret Cho and Florence Henderson"It was great to be back," Henderson raved. "Being on the show was just a great experience from beginning to end. I wasn't surprised Jennifer won. I was rooting for Kyle, as well. He epitomizes what the show is about. He started out not knowing anything and he grew into a dancer."

Which pro dancers will be back for season 12 when 'DWTS' returns in March? "We don't know," said Louis van Amstel, Cho's pro partner. "The dancers find out about six to eight days before the show starts [pre-production.]"

The last two seasons of 'DWTS' have featured increasing levels of conflict. Kate Gosselin, who appeared difficult in her video packages with partner Tony Dovolani, brought ratings and controversy to the show's 10th season. Palin surviving all the way to the finals (despite receiving low scores from the judges) also created headlines. There were reports of death threats and a suspicious white substance was mailed to the show (which turned out to be harmless powder.)

"Actually, that was my coke," joked Cho. "Oops!"

What could producers do to make season 12 even more provocative?

"The show might be ready for a same-sex couple," Van Amstel mused. "I think the more controversy there is the more people will watch."

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renee


i'm glad she won but i cant stand the guy she had to dance with

November 27 2010 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Between Bristol's "finger" comment, her continuing mentioning of "haters" and her later comment to the media that "GOD is on our side." was enough to turn a lot of people off. I don't "hate" Bristol or her family. I strongly disagree with her mother's fairly successful attempts at the brainwashing of America, but the fact remains that Bristol just couldn't dance very well.

November 25 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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HigherSelf09

I believe that the backbone of this DWTS scandal consist of the supportive Glen Beck, the Fox News, team, and perhaps Rush Limbaugh-- They are showing America how they plan to "Take back America"---- by clowning before the entire world: denying certain people (particularly AFRICAN AMERICANS) of what they've earned in order to promote their ignorant, selfish agenda!

I often get the feeling that I'm the only one who KNOWS that Sarah Palin, the Fox News Team, Glen Beck, and Rush Limbaugh's biggest life mission are to brainwash America and turn the nation against President Obama and Lady Michelle. They aren't a bit more concerned with the nation's problems than they are with a hill of beans!!

Rush Limbaugh has made it clear from the beginning that he wants Obama to fail. Him and ignorant Glen Beck does not care WHO is listening to their hateful babbling rants.

I agree with you 100%, and from this time on, I will speak out about it as much as possible. That is; "if they don't try to come after me and shut me up!" This is my retaliation against the hateful rants and twisted lies forced upon me daily from this jealous sick group of people!!! They selfishly force their crap down everybody's throats-- I'm tired of it, and so are a lot of other people as well!!!

They can't take it when someone else has a different opinion from theirs. They are constantly raping the nation with their hateful ideas that adds to the lack of solutions to the nation's problems. The only thing I fault Obama for is for not taking some kind of action against these groups that make their living off of brainwashing and instilling fear into the American people!

Regardless of who has control over the House or the Senate, as long as these idiots are allowed to continue to poison the nation, nothing will ever get solved......... They are nothing but a bunch of "CUT-THROATS" and "BACK-STABBERS" whose only concern is with their own finances and personal success. My warning would be that the members of ALL 3 parties should look out-The Republican, Democrats, and the Tea Partiers. The evil rants of the worthless voices mentioned above are designed to do nothing more than to promote anger, instill fear, and divide the nation................................

November 25 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chi Chi

Brandy deserves another chance to compete since the Palins and the tea party gang practically hijacked the show and robbed her of her chances to be in the finals.

I'm sick of everybody making excuses for Bristol. Although, some of the contestants are, or once were actual PERFORMERS, none of them are professional dancers and they ALL had to learn how to dance just like Bristol. Jenifer really deserved to win because she is a 50-year old woman that can move better than any young person ever could! To top it off, her back was injured, and she still moved with great poise and amazing grace!!

As a younger person, Bristol should have been able to move better than Jenifer! But instead, she was a stiff lousy dancer! Every contestant was given the same amount of time to practice and learn the steps.

The whole thing blew up when the Palins thought they could just come in and push everybody else out of the way and take over the show!! You can't operate like that and expect people to respect you!!! You cannot openly cheat and beat your way and expect honor and praise!!

The Palins ruined a show that millions of people once enjoyed. Although Bristol did not win, the PRINCIPLE of it left a bad taste in the mouths of many viewers!!! No matter what the ending prize was --whether it was a million dollars, a mirror ball, or whatever, it's the terrible way that the Palins and the tea party got involved and start cheating for something they knew that talentless Bristol did not deserve! THEY PRACTICALLY HIJACKED DWTS! And people-- you can argue until you're face is blue--- you cannot justify what they did to Brandy, and trust me; the public will never forget it!

By this action on DWTS, Sarah Palin did nothing but ruin her chance of the presidency. There is not an African American woman or any woman of color on the planet that will now vote for her! She showed the whole world how she intend to get to the White House (by cheating and manipulating votes behind the scenes) and how she intend to operate once she gets in!! This ticked a lot of people off!!

I don't think it was a good idea for Bristol to say: "That by winning, it would have been her way of giving all the haters the finger." Especially after Brandy had been robbed of the spot that Bristol should not have been in in the first place!
I could see Sarah Palin and the tea party supporting a kid that actually had talent............ If Bristol could really dance, I could understand why Sarah and the tea party would stoop low enough to steal
votes for her.................... I could understand the support of getting Bristol on
her way to stardom............ For example: "Susan Boyle" The woman was an every-day- average person with a voice so beautiful it could move a mountain and bring anyone to tears!!! A person with that much talent would be worth cheating for........

November 24 2010 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
logan

I love all the hating going here. It's fabulous and super mature-like - You people have managed to turn a silly reality show review into your own political slug-fest. Well done!

Now back to the show. Bristol shouldn't have been in top 3 "as a dancer", that's just a fact and you know it. You can call her a strong woman, you can call her your own personal goddess - but it was a dancing competition that TURNED INTO a popularity contest for someone that wasn't even on the SHOW - Now the producers are faced with two big issues: One how they select and invite their "stars" and the voting system if they want to save face from this whole thing. It was easy to pick a lovely young woman that happens to be a tabloid favorite due to being the off-spring to another lovely woman and media favorite - but what seemed like great and easy viewership score on the front end has come at a cost. Their credibility.

November 24 2010 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Typical liberal ignorance, to go along with the intolerance.

November 24 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

What?

November 24 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ron

where did tugboat and lisa go too wow step up critics im back

November 24 2010 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ron

hey carol bite me im very happy to say im 6ft 3 220lbs and dont need to justify to you ,i just dont like thievery in your face as dance with the stars pulled off

November 24 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Patrick

6'3" and 220 pounds translates to 5'8 and 250 pounds in internet speak. And I'm guessing... bald?

November 24 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol

For your information, it is also a popularity contest to most people and it is only entertainment. Anyone with any fairness in their soul knows that Bristol improved tremendously and fought through all the hate and meanness to do it. Congratulate Jennifer & Derek and get on with your life.

November 24 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M. LIEBER

AT LAST JUSTICE WAS SERVED!!! THANK GOD , THE PRODUCERS
DECIDED THE TRUTH DHOULD COME OUT OR A LOT OF
DISGRUNTLED VIEWERS MIGHT NOT WATCH NEXT YEAR. THE ONLY INJUSTICE WAS PALIN BEING THIRD. FIRST, BRANDY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE THIRD IN THE LAST TRIO IN THE
RUNNING. PALIN SHOULD NOT HAVE EVEN BEEN THIRD -
SHE IS A TERRIBLE DANCER! SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ONE
OF THE FIRST TO GO. THANKS TO ALL OF THE VIEWERS
WHOSE COMMENTS FINALLY MADE A DENT IN THE
PRODUCER'S OR PANEL'S FAWNING. ONLY THE ONES (BESIDES RANDY) WHO WERE THROWN OFF INSTEAD OF PALIN WERE
NEVER GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE. I DON'T CARE ONE WAY OR
THE OTHER ABOUT THE POLITICAL ASPECTS, CHRYSTAL WAS
JUST A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DANCER.

November 24 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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