Shocker results: Two champions sent home from Dancing With The Stars; Bristol Palin saved

This season more than ever, fan votes are making the difference. If the fans aren't happy about the outcome they have only themselves to blame. Photo: Sarah Palin in the DWTS audience-ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, October 9, 2012 – Their scores put Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley in danger of leaving Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars this week. But their loyal fans or perhaps fans of Bristol’s mom, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin voted in droves, and saved them from elimination.

Not so lucky: Drew Lachey and Helio Castroneves, both of whom danced quite well but didn’t wow the viewers enough to get them to vote. The season 2 champion and the season 5 champion were both eliminated Tuesday night.

Both have found themselves in the bottom two in previous weeks, so while it’s a shame based on their dancing skills, it wasn’t a huge surprise. Both were gracious in their remarks about leaving the show.

Meanwhile, hardcore Dancing With The Stars fans expressed their outrage about Bristol Palin staying on the show on Twitter. It’s easy enough to find the comments under the hashtag #DWTS, so none will be repeated here. But it’s the fans who kept her in combined with the fans who didn’t vote for Drew or Helio.

Drew Lachey and partner Anna Trebunskaya were the first of two couples sent home this week on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor


Because the couples are all quite skilled, some exceptionally so, the point range isn’t very wide from top to bottom. If Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas’ score of 22.5 was tossed out, only three points separated Drew Lachey and Kirstie Alley tied second to last with 24 points to Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni and Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy with 27 points. This week it’s more apparent than ever that the fans will have a big say in who eventually makes it to the finals.

Next week, the competitors dance in a style chosen by their fellow competitors from a short list. It was their chance to strategize and pick styles that would present a greater challenge to their competitors. Some made smart choices; others threw their competitors straight into the briar patch.

Is Bristol Palin’s famous grizzly bear mama keeping her on the show rather than her dancing skills? Some people think so. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor.

Bristol Palin chose Bollywood for Gilles Marini, which drew laughs. Kirstie Alley picked Disco for Sabrina Bryan, which she seemed to like, and Sabrina handed Kirstie and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy the Charleston, a truly brilliant and wicked thing to do.

Helio Castroneves picked the Mambo for Shawn Johnson. Kelly Monaco handed the bolero to Emmitt Smith; Smith responded with Contemporary for Monaco. Rycroft chose hip-hop for Ohno. Apparently she didn’t see Ohno’s winning hip hop freestyle routine in season 4. He was delighted. Ohno chose the jitterbug for Rycroft, which will be fine for her. Bristol Palin ended up with the last choice, rock and roll. Please, let’s not put her in too much leather. It’s not asking too much.


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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