Bristol Palin, Margaret Cho and Florence Henderson fell to the bottom of the pack on Monday’s (Oct. 4) “Dancing with the Stars.” Not surprising, since the show has fallen into a predictable pattern; non-pro dancers are crushed by those with professional experience.
Palin performed a fox trot with partner Mark Ballas Monday night. It began with a striptease and went down hill from there. Her score of 19, however, topped comedian Margaret Cho, and finished just below Florence Henderson and Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation,” Sorrentino.
The show has become nothing, if not predictable as it moves into its third week. The non-pro dancers can’t possibly keep up with celebrities on the show who have had professional dance experience.
Actress Audrina Patridge and her pro partner Tony Dovolani, won this week, however, over actress Jennifer Grey, of “Dirty Dancing” movie fame, and her pro partner Derek Hough.
The judges gave the former “Hills” star a 26 score out of a possible 30 for her Marine-love story waltz, Judge Bruno Tonioli effused that it was “compelling and touching.”
Grey and Hough, who have been leading the contest, also impressed, again, earning 24 points for their sultry samba. Grey won the first two weeks with identical scores.
No big surprise there, even though Grey says it’s been years since she’s danced.
The duo told a story about a young student who has a crush on his sexy teacher to Erasure’s “A Little Respect.”
R&B singer Brandy also scored a 24, again, no surprise, and Disney star Kyle Massey scored a 23.
The only exceptions to the rule were the show’s two pro athletes. Retired NBA star Rick Fox scored a 24 and retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner scored a 23.
Frankly, the judges were being charitable.
Cho was so lucky. She earned 18 points for her samba to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana,” wearing a rainbow-colored dress that was an expression of gay pride.
Judge Len Goodman said he “didn’t get it,” and Tonioli told her, “I think you lost your way.”
In the first two weeks, two non-pro dancers have gotten the heave-ho, former Bay Watch star David Hasselhoff, and singer Michael Bolton.
Both turned in stiff performances, and deserved to go. Did they deserve to be on the show in the first place? Probably not.
Tomorrow’s show will also send one more star contestant home. Bye bye Margaret.