How badly were things going for Republicans Tuesday? In addition to Mitt Romney roundly losing the presidential debate, Bristol Palin’s run on the all-star edition of “Dancing with the Stars” also ended, in the presence of her parents, including the former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
She had the lowest average judges’ score since Pamela Anderson was eliminated in week one, but has consistently seen dancers with better numbers go home before her including Joey Fatone and previous winners Drew Lachey and Helio Castroneves.
Hanging on through viewer votes is how Palin had made it to third place in season 11. Her rock ‘n’ roll dance to “At the Hop” with partner Mark Ballas Monday, which earned straight 8s from the judges (that also included a fourth guest judge, Paula Abdul) wasn’t even the lowest score of the night. Doing worse Monday was Kirstie Alley, who only managed a 30 out of 40 for her Charleston to “Forty-Second Street” with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Alley was listed in the botton two however.
“I’ve never actually been in the bottom two,” Palin told Jimmy Kimmel later on his show. “People just enjoy our dances and enjoy the normalcy of it.”
This week saw the first perfect 10s given for dances. Gilles Marini and Shawn Johnson, who tied at the top with 39.5 out of 40 for their dances, each got three 10s for their dance, as well as a 9.5 in the first season that allows half points.
Two performance shows are set for next week, with no elimination until the following week.