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And the winner is . . . ABC!


Tonight’s the night. Will it be Jennifer, Kyle, or the Spawn of Evil? Will Jeralyn’s head explode? Will more innocent televisions have to die?

Tune in to ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern to find out.

Meanwhile:

Sarah Palin Wants Christine O’Donnell on Next ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Sarah Palin was not only playing the role of proud mama grizzly last night when she sat in the front row cheering on daughter Bristol Palin in the finale of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — she was also playing casting director, lobbying the show’s producers to consider signing up her Tea Party pal Christine O’Donnell for next season.

“Sarah is a genius at marketing herself and her message,” an insider tells me. “She doesn’t care about all the old rules about how political people are meant to behave and act. Sarah believes the best way is to go directly to the people — use Twitter, Facebook, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘Entertainment Tonight’ to get potential voters excited and leave ‘Meet The Press’ and those boring Sunday morning shows to the old-school politicians.”

And with the huge success of her own reality show, ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ and Bristol stunning everyone with the fact that she is still in the ‘Dancing’ competition, Sarah might be onto something. Plus, who else are the ‘Dancing’ producers going to get after Bristol?

“Christine is not a bad idea at all,” one ABC executive tells me. “After Kate Gosselin and Cloris Leachman, O’Donnell would fit right in. She certainly would be so controversial that the amount of press attention and buzz the show would get would be huge. Plus, you know they would make her dance in a witch’s hat with a broomstick.”


If Christine O’Donnell isn’t available, maybe they could get Carrie Prejean.

This is an open thread


What's the matter? Don't you like clowns?



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Okay, I admit it. I’m having way too much fun. But some people are taking this shit waaaaaay too serious.

Tom Bergeron:

“I’m a liberal Democrat, and I state that proudly. But I have no patience with my friends who believe there is a conspiracy keeping Bristol on the show. They’ll say, ‘Oh, well! She’s still on the show! She’s obviously not the best dancer! She gets the lowest scores!’ I’ll say, ‘OK, right. So who did you vote for instead of Bristol?’ ‘Uh, well, I don’t vote!’ ‘Well, then, f**k you,’” he griped to Movieline.com. “I have no patience for that! If you don’t participate to create a different outcome — and this can be true in national politics or a TV reality show — then don’t piss and moan if you don’t like the way it’s playing out. I think Bristol is clearly not the best dancer here, but she’s a charming young woman who’s shown an incredible growth from week one to this week.”

Tonight’s the last night of competition on this season’s Dancing With the Stars. It’s gonna be craaaaayzeeeee!

The number to call or text (AT&T customers only) your vote for them is 800-868-3407. You can also vote online by going here. You get to vote several times, several different ways. Use all your options for Bristol. Voting begins when the show starts. You have until 30 minutes after DWTS ends to vote via phone and text. However, you may vote online until 11 a.m. Eastern the next day.

Tonight’s show airs at 8:00 PM eastern on ABC, with the results airing at 9:00 pm tomorrow.

Join the conspiracy to ruin DWTS!

(This is an open thread)


You can’t make this stuff up


If you thought the progressive blogosphere lost its collective mind to Palin Derangement Syndrome two years ago, you ain’t seen nothing yet:

Insiders: If Bristol Palin Wins, ‘Dancing’ Is Ruined

At first, having Bristol Palin participate in ‘Dancing With The Stars’ seemed like a brilliant idea. Just like Kate Gosselin before her, casting an admittedly bad dancer who was shrouded in controversy has raked in big ratings and tons of press. But now the joke is on the show’s producers, as they fear Bristol is actually going to win this thing.

“This will be a disaster for the show if Bristol wins,” one TV insider tells me. “Any creditability the show had will be over. It will go from being a dancing competition to a popularity competition where whoever has the most rabid fan base will always win no matter how little talent they have.”

And while it’s true Bristol’s dancing has dramatically improved since the season began, no one with working eyes would put her in the same league as the other remaining stars, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey.

“Another problem the producers foresee is that after Bristol wins no one in Hollywood will ever want to be on the show again,” a well-placed ABC source tells me. “Why would a real star want to compete and lose against someone like [former U.S. Senate candidate] Christine O’Donnell or Levi Johnston. It’s humiliating. The producers know they are in big trouble for sure.”

And it’s not just future contestants and viewers that the show needs to worry about. A friend of one of the judges tells me Bristol has made a fool out of all of them. It’s now painfully obvious that the judge’s scores and opinions mean nothing.

Dancing with the Stars is a show that takes some retired athletes, singers, fashion models, washed up actors and actresses and other minor celebrities and matches them with professional dancers in a semi-rigged dance competition.

You see, some of the “stars” are ringers while others are plodders with multiple left feet. Jennifer Grey is one of this season’s ringers:

Born in New York City, Grey is the daughter of stage and screen actor Joel Grey and the former actress/singer Jo Wilder. Grey is the granddaughter of comedian and musician Mickey Katz. She is an alumna of the Dalton School, a private school in Manhattan, and studied both dance and acting.

Bristol Palin is a plodder with no previous dance experience. She was supposed to be eliminated no later than the middle rounds. But then a funny thing happened – she kept avoiding elimination due to fan voting.

This caused heads to explode. One of the first casualties was Jeralyn Merrit. Jeralyn has had a raging case of PDS since about five minutes after John McCain announced his choice of running mate back in 2008. She let her mind wander and it never came back.

A few weeks ago Jeralyn’s PDS mutated into BPDS. After last weeks DWTS semi-final round BPDS has become a pandemic.

At HuffPoop, we have Megan Carpentier (Associate Editor, Talking Points Memo) writing this:

But Sarah Palin’s vast and unending popularity — and her supporters’ fanaticism to defend everything in the Palinsphere — threw everyone for a curveball. Let us be clear: no one should begrudge a mother wanting her daughter to win, or using her popularity to help that. But Operation Bristol isn’t that, and it isn’t about conservatives watching (and enjoying) Dancing with the Stars and voting for their favorite candidate: it’s about supporting one dancer on a show many of them aren’t even watching for strictly political reasons.

[…]

The plan to hand Bristol the Mirror Ball next week despite the fact that there were three candidates who were much, much better than her might make Bristol happy — until Monday night’s unfortunate display of attitude, we would have expected that she would prefer to lose graciously rather than win this way, but now we don’t know — and it might make her mom happy, but her fan base is hurting the show and the public perception of the woman they admire and the daughter they claim to champion. Plus it means the audience that loves (even grudgingly) to watch people dance and improve won’t get to see the best people battle it out: instead, we’ll be stuck watching Mark and his guyliner dance around Bristol’s flaws while quietly bemoaning whomever isn’t on screen. And from the look on Mark’s face the last two weeks, he knows that’s bad for him and the show he loves.


I’m sure Megan is only concerned about artistic integrity and the credibility of ABC’s reality programming. Politics never entered her mind.

But wait! There’s more:

FBI Investigates White Powder Mailed to ‘DWTS’

First a guy shoots his TV over Bristol Palin’s fancy footwork. Now, another viewer is apparently taking America’s favorite ballroom-dance extravaganza way too seriously.

Emergency responders in Los Angeles were called to the offices of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ late Friday to investigate a white powder that was reportedly contained in a piece of fan mail addressed to Sarah Palin’s daughter, the 20-year-old Alaskan who has remained in competition with ‘DWTS’ partner Mark Ballos despite poorly judged performances.

The FBI told TMZ, “The L.A.P.D., L.A. City and FBI Hazardous Materials officials responded to a report of a threatening letter containing white powder.”

If you google “bristol palin dancing with the stars” you will get 31 MILLION 700 THOUSAND hits. Seriously.

Now there is even a Facebook page called “Operation Vote Off Bristol.”

Jeralyn:

The winner of DWTS shouldn’t be the contestant who went from log to broom. It should be the best dancer. The show has already been damaged by allowing conservatives to gin the system and get Bristol to the semi-finals. If ABC doesn’t put voting checks in place for the finals, it deserves to go down.

The final two episodes of this seasons DWTS will be this Monday, November 22 at 8:00 PM and Tuesday, November 23 at 9:00 PM.


Make sure you have plenty of popcorn.



Ka-BOOM!!


Right on cue:

Brandy got robbed by Palin supporters on Dancing With the Stars. Unbelievable. Bristol improved over the season but that’s not saying much since she began like a piece of wood and ended with only an ember. She’s no dancer and does not belong in the finals. She didn’t even belong in the semi-finals.

What a crock, and a disappointment. Brandy was a “10” dancer and second only to Jennifer Grey. In fact, Brandy vs. Jennifer would have been a close contest in the finale. She may not have the most friendly personality, but it’s a dancing contest.

Kyle belongs in the finals more than Bristol. He has more musicality in his tush than Bristol has in her whole body.

Tea partiers mobbed the phone lines, voting for Sarah Palin’s child. No one who was voting on the dancing as opposed to politics would have voted for Bristol, except her family and friends. And that doesn’t add up to the hundreds of thousands of votes she got. Bristol of course is in denial.

Shame on DWTS for not having figured out how to have a judges’ override when the votes so clearly have no relationship to dancing or talent.


Damn those voters! If the Democrats were running DWTS they would override those tea bagging idiots and make sure the right candidate . . . er, dancers won.

Bwahahahahaha!

This is an open thread.


UPDATE:

Jezebel:

It’s been alleged that the Tea Party’s “Operation Bristol” is keeping the teen mom in the competition. However, the real conspiracy is that her conservative supporters have figured out a way to exploit ABC.com’s email-voting feature, allowing infinite votes.

While Bristol Palin denies any Tea Party conspiracy theories, there’s no denying that conservatives have been pushing for votes for Bristol, using blogs and Twitter to start a movement. But what isn’t widely known is the evidence—via message board comments on some conservative sites—that this mobilization involves fixing this (albeit meaningless) election through a technical snafu on ABC’s website, which allows Palin’s supporters to cast an infinite number of email votes


Freeping a reality television show is bad, but gaming the Democratic caucuses is just politics.



Palinpalooza – DWTS Edition


This shit got old a looooong time ago.

Amanda Marcotte at Slate:

For anyone who has any doubts that the main engine of the vicousness of the American political landscape is a pure culture war, I give to you the case of Bristol Palin hanging in on Dancing With the Stars. Palin is making a career out of conservative America using her to demonstrate that what matters most to them is that you’re a member of their tribe. You can break their strict sexual rules, and they’ll embrace you. You can have no talent whatsoever, and they’ll promote you. Just so long as you’re in the tribe. It’s how George W. Bush got to be president, so this shouldn’t be so shocking. Especially when you consider that cheeseball fare like Dancing With The Stars draws more Republican viewers than Democratic ones.

Tribal/cultural war is the only explanation. If this was actually about politics, it would only be about politics. Who wins on Dancing With the Stars has exactly zero impact on policy decision-making in Washington. It has nothing to do with those things that we keep hearing motivate the Tea Party–tax rates, “fiscal conservatism,” the auto bailout. But it has everything to do with scoring points in the ongoing war of sticking it to those latte-drinking liberals, who sneeringly believe the spawn of the martyred Sarah Palin shouldn’t win because she’s not good enough. The nerve!

Consider that the folks who are organizing to keep Bristol Palin on the show are easy to set off on rants about the evils of affirmative action, and much of what defines the current political landscape will become all too clear.

There’s more from Amanda in the comments:

Apparently. I don’t see why she can’t be a celebrity. She’s far from the only woman whose main claim to fame is that she’s given birth.

Read the rest of the comments. I’m surprised nobody came right out and called Bristol Palin a slut or a fat cow.
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