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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing Lowdown: What Did Kristin Cavallari Do Wrong on DWTS?

Talk about a blindside! How did fan favorites Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas get eliminated on Dancing With the Stars Season 13, Week 3? Let’s review.

They didn’t seem to be in trouble: Not to sound like a broken record, but complacency kills more DWTS dreams than low scores. Kristin and Mark seemed safe. They were tied with three other couples with a score of 24 out of 30, just three points shy of the highest score and well above the lowest score of 18 out of 30. With Kristin and Mark safely in the middle of the pack, fans probably focused their votes on the couples that seemed to be in the most danger of getting axed.

Chaz Bono is the new Bristol Palin: This may sound insulting since Chaz has a much more positive attitude, but in terms of a low-scoring dancer having the power to rally his or her fan base, Chaz is this season’s Bristol. Chaz is representing a lot of folks out there and his (lack of) dance talent is pretty much irrelevant. When someone is at the bottom it really lights a fire under voters’ butts. Besides, when Cher promises to hit the ballroom if you save her son, you save her son.

We were busy saving Tristan (and Nancy): Since we figured Chaz’s fan base would probably save him, we MacManiacs went nuts trying to save Tristan MacManus (and Nancy Grace), who had the second lowest score of the night. Carson Kressley, the third lowest man on the Week 3 totem pole, must’ve also rallied his fan base after that hilarious Tango. Good to hear since we picked him to win this puppy in our pre-season prediction. It’s still possible!

Kristin did not have a memorable story: On a night dedicated to the celebrity’s “Most Memorable Year” Kristin was clearly the odd woman out. The year she graduated high school … and chose Hollywood over further education? Not exactly vote-bait. Why would any casual fans vote for Kristin over someone who moved them to tears or had a story they could personally relate to?

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DWTS does not like The Hills: Unlike easily lovable Disney stars like Kyle Massey and Chelsea Kane, The Hills girls are a little bit harder for DWTS viewers to get to know and embrace.

Sometimes Mark’s fans don’t come through: Mark has won the Mirror Ball twice and he is definitely an A-list pro amongst the DWTS team. But Mark’s also had some shocking early eliminations. Kim Kardashian wasn’t a shock — she was just a bad dancer — but when Shannen Doherty was eliminated first on Season 10, it was a big surprise.

And this was just a bad, bad week for Mark anyway — his watch and special guitar were stolen over the weekend. Be nice to Mark, karma! He deserves a break.

Len’s thoughts: “This is truly crazy,” Len said when looking at Kristin and Mark and Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the bottom two. “My expectations were that these two couples would be fighting for the finals and maybe one of them going home with the Mirror Ball. This is Week 3 — Week 3 and one of these [couples] is going home! Brooke, it’s madness.”

Parting words: “I’m a little surprised, to be honest,” Kristin told Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tom Bergeron after her elimination, “but I’ve had such a great time and it’s been an awesome experience.” When talking to On the Red Carpet after the Results Show, Mark was the one who looked shocked and devastated. "As far as the dancing goes,” Mark said, “I don't think she deserves to be in this position but that's what makes this show this show. You know what I mean? It's up to the viewers and, sadly, we didn't get enough votes last night and this happened."