Bristol may be a pistol, but she just dodged a bullet!
On Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" results show, Bristol Palin dodged elimination, despite her low judges' scores following a low-down hoedown with partner Mark Ballas on Monday night.
On a week that featured a field trip with Ballas to a shooting range, the biggest surprise may have been that Bristol, who scored a mere 18 points on Monday for her "Redneck Woman" quickstep, wasn't even in the bottom two. While host Tom Bergeron deemed Bristol and Mark "in jeopardy," the bottom two couples were race car driver Hélio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower, and 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone and his partner Kym Johnson. In the end, Fatone and Johnson were sent packing.
So how did the 21-year-old teen pregnancy speaker beat out a one-time boy band member?
Joey and Kym's Chaplin-inspired quickstep to a creepy version of the Radiohead song "Creep" scored 22.5 points from the judges and came with this Len Goodman zinger: "If you can't dance much, come out and entertain!"
Bristol, who was labeled "most improved" by judge Carrie Ann Inaba in week one, was chastised this week by Bruno Tonioli because she was "not on hold enough." Carrie Ann Inaba called out Bristol for not listening to the judges. She sternly told Palin, "You slammed us in the face by not following our rules, so slam back!" The result was series of 6's and bottom-dwelling status on the judges' leaderboard.
Despite all of that, Bristol's fans (or perhaps her mother's?), came through, while Joey Fatone's….well, didn't.
When Bristol made it to the "DWTS" finals back in Season 11, some fans protested as more talented dancers like Audrina Patridge and Brandy were eliminated before her. Others screamed about the politics of the show. This season, Pamela Anderson even quipped that Bristol "has got the whole Tea Party" on her side.
Is all fair in love and "Dancing With the Stars"?
Let's face it, "DWTS" voters are fickle. There have been numerous shockers over the years, like front-runner Sabrina Bryan's early demise back in Season 5, when voters didn't have her back and she was sent home well before her time. The judges still call it the biggest upset in "Dancing With the Stars" history. Ironically, Bryan was the contestant voted back on the show this season by voters as the Viewers' Choice pick. Go figure.
Bristol beating a middle-aged boy band member? Not such a shocker on this show. But if she continues to beat out former mirror ball winners and runner-ups, expect the "DWTS" diehards to start crying foul.
The next episode of "Dancing With the Stars" airs on Monday, 10/8 at 8PM EST on ABC
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