Before the week four “Dancing with the Stars” elimination show, I was in a tizzy, trying to decide which star would go home – because Bristol Palin would surely stick around once again. And, in fact, this week Kirstie Alley, and not Bristol, got the lowest score, a 30 out of 40. Sarah Palin’s daughter seemed to be sitting pretty with her 32 points! But wouldn’t Kirstie work her magic with fans who appreciated the fact that she was full-figured and old? (Okay, not old old, but old for this show that requires physical feats).
I felt that Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff would be safe despite the pro’s big mistake in their hip hip routine. To me, Melissa was in greater danger because she had a dance bobble on Monday night with pro Tony Dovolani that was of her own making, and also, viewers at home might be jealous of her pretty cheerleader vibe. As we all know, “DWTS” is not all about dance but likeability and vulnerability, and beautiful women don’t always win this show. Still, I decided to go with the lowest scorer this week and settled on Kirstie as my likely exit pick.
So away we went on the latest elimination journey….
Anna Trebunskaya and Chelsie Hightower were back in the ballroom opening the show with a sweaty number featuring some other dancers I didn’t recognize.
Bristol was shown telling Mark Ballas to talk to her throughout the entire dance in behind-the-scenes footage from Monday. And there was mom Sarah doing her half-hearted moves during the audience participation dance only the audience saw on Monday.
Four celebs were told their fate—Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco were safe! No surprise there. But a real shocker as Bristol and Mark were in jeopardy. Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel—safe!
Look who was back on the set! Season 13’s “DWTS” competitor Carson Kressley was visiting and doing another of his funny backstage packages. He visited Kelly in her trailer and the soap star told him she was dancing with a broken toe. He tried to apply tanner to hunky Gilles Marini’s body and told Maks Chmerkovskiy he looked like Little Lord Fauntleroy in his ‘20s style spats before Monday’s show. The grumpy Ukrainian didn’t know what the hell he was talking about! I wished they could have made room for Carson to dance on the show this season; maybe a comic finale number, producers, please?
After Karina’s Monday meltdown, the other couples shouted sympathetically, “come on Karina,” from the balcony. Apolo comforted her mightily in the kiss-and-cry area, which was sweet to see.
Then to no one’s shock, Gilles and Peta Murgatroyd were called safe, along with Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke. Unfortunately, Apolo and Karina were in danger and groans in the press room as we all like them very much.
More behind-the-scenes action revealed Melissa upset about not completely nailing her lunch counter routine and Kirstie joking that she can now tell people she got a score of 30 (out of 40 and not 30, but oh, well).
Oh, good. Melissa was safe despite my worry about her. So Kirstie and Maks were the ones in danger along with Apolo and Karina and Bristol and Mark.
But first, another “DWTS” oldie-but-goodie had made an appearance in the ballroom. Former show champ Donny Osmond was singing along to a pro dance and then famed reality show singer/winner Susan Boyle also took to the mic. An interesting duet and a press room wag said they looked alike.
Then the two highest-scoring couples got to choose the guilty pleasure songs they would be dancing to for next week’s team freestyle. So Gilles picked Gangham Style, very funny, and Shawn got Call Me Maybe. They picked teams—Gilles picked Kelly and Val, Shawn chose Sabrina and Louis. Then Gilles selected Kirstie and Maks, Shawn chose Melissa and Tony and Gilles picked Emmitt and Cheryl. Apolo and Karina joined Shawn’s team. Bristol was left standing on the stairs with Mark—whatever couple went home tonight, they would replace them on one of those teams. Unless, of course, Bristol and Mark had reached the end of the line. Understand?
Which of the lowest three were safe? Apolo and Karina survived! Would it be Bristol or Kirstie going home? The press room in grave suspense. The star who was leaving was….BRISTOL! Wow. Finally. The press room erupted in cheers and one reporter even did a little dance, the Sarah Palin dance from last night. I had never seen such joy backstage in the whole history of reporters covering “DWTS”. Sorry, tea party, but her dancing wasn’t up to the level of the others, not by a long shot. (Shot. Get it?) A happy ending on “DWTS”! Bristol needed to go and she did.