Earlier versions of this column, including in Tuesday's print edition, misstated the number of judging points separating Jennifer Grey and Bristol Palin. Grey was awarded eight more points than Palin on Monday night.
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Poll numbers suggest Bristol Palin doesn't have 'Dancing' legs to stand on
Her freestyle didn't go over so well, as she had forecast during rehearsal, though judge Carrie Ann Inaba enthused: "Did I just see Bristol Palin dancing in a cage!?" - which, Bergeron joked, is exactly what Bristol's mother, Sarah (who was in the audience rooting for her daughter) had said about the number.
Just like last week, Jennifer wound up with a perfect score for the night, including 30 points for her freestyle and another 30 for her do-over of the paso doble.
"It was an evening in sultry Seville - the flamingo dancer and the golden matador, igniting the flames of passion, feeding off each other with relentless pleasure, from dusk til dawn. I don't want this night to ever end!" judge Bruno Tonioli effervesced about that performance.
"You're been consistent, persistent ... like a juggernaut heading for that Mirror Ball Trophy!" Len forecast after Jennifer's second dance.
Between the audience getting agitated over Bristol's scores, and the geyser of love pouring over Jennifer from the judges' desk, poor Disney star Kyle Massey kind of got squeezed out of the drama Monday night, even though he achieved two of his best dances of the season.
For his much-improved Redemption Round re-do of the fox trot, judges awarded him 27 points.
"You've gone from messy to marvelous," Goodman said after that number.
Kyle followed that with an exuberant, exhausting freestyle dance to "Tootsie Roll." Len called it "boogaloo," but Carrie Ann insisted it was "old school hip hop" but whatever it was, two of the judges - Carrie Anna and Bruno - felt it merited a perfect 10 points while Len gave him a 9 for a dance total of 29 and a night's total of 56 points. That's four better than Bristol.
So once again, Bristol the Pistol has wound up Monday night with the fewest points from the judges. Once again, public votes could put her back in the game. But this week, each dancer will perform another two numbers on Tuesday, though Bergeron says the judges' scores from both nights will still account for just half of the competitors total scores. The dancer who winds up with the highest score Tuesday night walks off with the hideous-yet-coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
Put Bristol in a corner?
Fifty-four percent of Americans think Bristol is one of the finalists on "Dancing With the Stars" because of large-scale voting by viewers who support her mother, according to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News.
Just 14 percent of respondents think Bristol is still in the competition because she is one of this season's best dancers on the show.