If you want to start being paranoid about election results a week early, how about this: The person with the highest average score on “Dancing with the Stars” was eliminated Tuesday, leaving seven other dancers with less accomplished judges’ scores to advance.
Former “Cheetah Girl” Sabrina Bryant, who was high scorer in half of the six weeks of the all-star season, including the last two consecutive weeks, was voted off on Tuesday, due to what must have been extremely low audience voter totals. Shall we blame Sandy for the Sabrina ouster, due to East Coast power outages and pre-emptions for storm coverage? Or is it a general disdain for former “Cheetah Girls,” or Sabrina in particular.
Her ouster in season five had come – unfairly as well – in the sixth week of competition.
But this one was so odd – maybe the first time in show history somebody scored a 30 out of 30, only to be booted out the next day. She earned the perfect score for a rumba to Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted” with partner Louis Van Amstel.
“I did my best,” she said, before breaking down in tears.
Maybe there is a voter backlash against skill. The other person in the bottom two, Apolo Ohno, was the only other dancer to get a perfect 30 on Monday.
Next week will be “fusion week” involving dances to unusual music. One of the surviving dancers, though, Shawn Johnson, will have to dance with a different partner next week because her regular partner Derek Hough had a vertebrae injury that requires rest. She’ll be reunited with Mark Ballas, with whom she took a championship her first time on the show in season eight.
There will be no results show next week due to the results show for that other election, for the President.