Len Goodman was beside himself with disbelief, muttering something about the injustice of it all. Bruno Tonioli was bordering on utter incomprehensibility. Carrie Ann Inaba was about to burst into tears. The reason for all their unabashed emotion? The two couples left standing in the eerie red elimination light on tonight's "Dancing with the Stars" results show: Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani, and Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough.
Translation: Two of the highest-scoring couples were facing elimination, and when all was said and done, Patridge was shown the exit.
Did either couple deserve to be voted off tonight? Based on their performances last night, they didn't exactly dazzle. However, the two actresses proved they deserved to head into next week, based on their cumulative efforts over the past weeks.
What was surprising was that Bristol Palin and Rick Fox are still standing.. nothing personal mind you, as I was cheering on Fox for several weeks. But it's coming down to the wires, and at some point, you just have to root for the talented celebs, regardless of your emotional investment.
The show has passed the half-way point and by all rights the least-effective dancers should be exiting. But this is "DWTS" which has proved time and time again, that it's not what you know, it's who you know when it comes to the voting process, and those with the biggest fan bases, regardless of talent, will be around for weeks and weeks and weeks.
It will be interesting to see what transpires next week. Will popularity win out over talent? How totally high school!