I write article reviews of some reality TV programs for entertainment sites, but Dancing with the Stars was one I have yet to write about, because I have only watched the show a few times, to watch Mario Lopez, Donny Osmond, or Buzz Aldrin dance.
I watched DWTS last night because of all the bad press surround Bristol Palin's performances, including the story about the man who took a gun and shot out his TV, because Bristol was not eliminated.
The first thing I noticed about Bristol, was that she appeared nothing like what I have been reading about her. She seems soft-spoken and shy, quite intimidated by all the media attention, most of it negative.
Bristol Palin seemed to me, to be a beautiful young woman who just wanted to see how far she could go in a dance competition. She in no way deserves headlines like this one today:
I understand that the media loves to create stories about people in the public eye. They tripped over themselves to take pictures of movie stars' children, and say what you want about Michael Jackson, but if I was him, I'd hide my kids' faces, too.
Bristol Palin's mom, Sarah Palin, is the reason Bristol is receiving death threats, and the reason people are becoming violent over something as insignificant to peoples' lives, as a reality show.
I watch So You Think You Can Dance, but as I don't consider myself an expert on what I like seeing as far as dancing goes, I only go by the people that are dancing. I pick my favorites based on other factors.
So, my opinion on Bristol Palin's dancing is just an observation on my part.
Before Bristol's first performance, a foxtrot, she said she knew that viewers are all waiting for her to fail. She also humbly mentioned that she herself never expected to make it to the finals. She also said she lets the negative media coverage, "roll off her back".
After her first performance, the judges comments to Palin included: "You never cease to amaze me", "brighter and more vibrant than ever", and "a thriller".
After Bristol's second dance number, a freestyle, the audience gave her a standing ovation, at least it looked to me like it was the entire audience. The judges said she gave a good effort for a difficult dance routine, and one judge, Len Goodman whose expertise is ballroom dancing, told Bristol that her performance was, "Fantastic!"
As Bristol Palin also said in the interview last night, that she needs to prove to herself that she deserves to be still standing after the votes are counted, I say after last night's performance, she has.
The stats for the final 3 contestants on last night's performances from the judges, are as follows:
Foxtrot: 27 (9|9|9)
Freestyle: 25 (8|9|8)
Total: 52 points
Foxtrot: 27 (9|9|9)
Freestyle: 29 (10|9|10)
Total: 56 points
Paso Doble: 30 (10|10|10)
Freestyle: 30 (10|10|10)
Total: 60 points
Just as American Idol votes are unpredictable, and agree only half of the time with what the AI judges say, I say the winner of the Dancing with the Stars competition is anyone's guess. With a difference of only 8 points between the lowest and highest scores, there is no way to predict what the viewers will do.
I guess we will all have to tune in tonight to find out.
Because I read about how furious people were at Bristol Palin, while reading great things about Jennifer Gray's performances, I was surprised to hear that at least one judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, gave Jennifer Gray a bad review last week. I was surprised because those who are saying how bad Bristol's performances are, praised Jennifer Gray for hers the week before last night's show. I have no opinion on Grey's performances last week, because I did not watch that particular show.
Anyone who watched American Idol during season 3, saw the same thing that the press and the public are doing to Bristol Palin, happen to a 17 year old boy named John Stevesn, who was not famous for being anyone's son.
John Stevens' only crime was that he remained in the competition longer than some thought he should. I blamed Simon Cowell's remarks about Stevens' performances for the death threats John Stevens recieved in the mail to AI producers. He held the distinction, at the young age of 16, of being "the youngest contestant ever to make the finals on American Idol."
Bristol Palin's only crime for receiving death threats and other psychotic reactions from the general public, is to be Sarah Palin's daughter.