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'Dancing with the Stars' upcoming finale no surprise

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So it all boils down to Bristol Palin, Kyle Massey and Jennifer Grey. That's the trio headed for the finals of "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night.

Are you really surprised? OK, maybe we didn't really think Massey would be right up there come finale night, but heck, he's been amazing this season! Say what you will, but he has consistently entertained and improved with each passing week. And clever videotape editing aside, we've never seen a footage of him throwing a tantrum, whining, being snippy with his pro partner Lacey Schwimmer, sassing the judges, rolling his eyes at comments. In short, he's taken it all in stride.

Judging from all the hoopla this season, specifically the whole Bristol Palin/voting debacle, maybe we should all take a lesson from the Massey school of taking it all in stride.

Okay, everyone right now, take ONE, L-O-N-G, D-E-E-P breath. Did you really think Bristol Palin WOULDN'T be standing come finale week? Back in September, did you think that she WOULDN'T have the biggest voting block in the history of the show? Did you really think that even if she consistently wound up at the bottom of the leaderboard (or close to it), she wouldn't be a contender for that mirrorball trophy?

So here we are on the cusp of the final eliminations and America is at war over the voting process on "Dancing with the Stars." A process that has emerged as increasingly flawed as the seasons have rolled on. I have complained about it for several seasons now, as have many, many other viewers through many, many outlets. Still, we tune in every season to watch our votes seemingly fall by the wayside. Why DIDN'T Gilles Marini win that darn trophy!!! I digress.

Take it in stride America; you are angry over a MIRRORBALL TROPHY. There is no recording contract at the end of it all, no million-dollar cash prize, no world tour. There are bragging rights, and 15 more minutes of fame for those who might have already used theirs up a long, long time ago.

I still do not understand how the votes are tabulated and tallied on "DWTS." We may never know. Maybe they should reveal total votes each week, to give fans a better grasp of just how much their favorites "lost" by. Doubt ABC and the show's producers will go for that. (Imagine the embarassment for a celeb who only manages, say, 10,000 votes against another who nabs 100,000). Still, ahem, some transparency might fix what's broke with the voting process on this show.

So who's headed to the final two? I'm putting my money on Palin and Grey, with Grey emerging the victor on Tuesday night.

Given the atmosphere surrounding the finale Monday night, wouldn't it just beat all if Massey surprised everyone by snagging that coveted prize? Somehow, I think he'd just take it all in stride. And smile.

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1. They need to let the public vote for who they want to leave, not who they want to stay.
2. The judges need to have more impact than the voting audience.
3. The scores should be for technical, performance, and difficulty of steps for that particular dance. Difficulty should be rewarded. Just standing and posing and shaking while your partner does most of the work should not be.

At times I really wonder if these votes are true or fake. May be they just make a fool of public, are the public votes actually considered in dance competitions or any other kind of talent hunt competitions & shows.

The show will never take away the vote from the audience at home, without the tv viewers this reality show wouldn't last!
I think we all would agree if Bristol had another last name, she would have been voted off the show by now!

Hi there:

Bristol Palin Sucks. Does she think this is a popularity contest. It is a dancing competition period. Does she understand this or is she lacking in eduaction to understand.

Brandy is alot more dancer than Bristol will ever be.

Bristol is suck a bitch and should have been voted off the second day she arrived there.

Bristol only needed a little more than 1% of the vote to topple Brandy, who doesn't have a large fan base since she that car accident and her subsequent behavior afterwards. In fact, I was surprised Brandy made it as far as she did. I don't think Bristol will win, but do think it will be a toss up between Jennifer and Kyle.

You can't really blame Bristol for getting her votes from the entire state of Alaska, but if she had any class, knowing that she is far from being the best dancer of this year's show, she would bow out gracefully, and the show would bring back Brandy. Next year, the show needs to go by the judges vote only, but I'm sure that's not going to happen, since that is how the show/station gadges how many people watch the show. If Bristol wins the hole kabutol, ratings will go down drastically next season. In case you haven't noticed, there hasn't been an Alabamian in the finals, on American Idol, since Ruben Studdard, Bo Bice, and Taylor Hicks. Why, because, like Alaska, Alabama have extremely devoted voters.

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