Here comes another results show for Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET), which means another contestant thrown to the curb. This season, it's been difficult seeing any of them go -- they're all just so likable! Even The Situation, a major-league oaf, is a likable oaf. That was never more true than during Monday's show, when he waited for the judge's opinions of his mundane performance with a lipstick splotch across his nose!
After three great weeks on the dance floor, Jennifer Grey has really emerged as this season's Star to beat. "As always, you're becoming an irresistible force on this show," said Len Goodman, after Monday night's teacher-student story routine. Her success isn't too shocking, considering Grey's song-and-dance background. (Her father is Broadway star, Joel Grey, and, hello, her claim to fame is a movie with "dancing" in the title.) But she's not the only celebrity who's earned her stripes (er, votes) so far.
Take Rick Fox and Kurt Warner, who are both consistently showing off some smooth moves. (Pro athletes never fail to surprise me when they so nimbly cross a stage. But it shouldn't be so shocking: It takes strength to be light on your feet.) And while Brandy struggled in the first two weeks, there was no denying her grace and skill on Monday night's dancefloor. As she gets more comfortable with her hard-driving teacher/partner, Maks, she might pull ahead in this competition.
Kyle Massey, a low-level celebrity even for this B-list-loving show, has made the most of this primetime spotlight -- winning over the judges (and probably lots of viewers) with his jovial personality. "Kyle, everything that you do, you just bring the fun to the floor!" said Carrie Ann Inaba, after Monday's performance. And Audrina Patridge, who'd been turning in so-so performances, pulled ahead Monday night with what Len called "the most touching dance of the night."
So who'll get the boot tonight? Sadly, it might have to be the plodding Bristol Palin. Even though she hasn't been the Kate Gosselin-esque train wreck that many people expected, she doesn't seem long for this competition -- especially after Monday's showing. "It sucks 'cause we're not improving this week, but next week we'll come out stronger," she said. She might not get that chance.
As for the special guest singer on this week's results show, it was meant to be Susan Boyle. But she had to bow out at the last minute due to a throat infection, so her replacement will be ... Michael Bolton. After his angry reaction to Bruno Tonioli's harsh criticism last week, that performance should be one to watch!
Who do you think will be eliminated in this week's results show?