We've been here before.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas didn’t have the lowest scores of Dancing With the Stars Season 11 until Week 5, but even when they got an 18 out of 30, it was Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas who got sent home for their 21 out of 30. Bristol and Mark survived other lowest scores on Weeks 7, 8, and 9, making it all the way to the finals.
We're not in 2010 anymore, but it remains to be seen how much of a fan base Bristol and Mark may still be carrying into Season 15 All-Stars. We'll find out on tonight’s Season 15, Week 2: Result Show.
If Bristol and Mark head to Jimmy Kimmel Live, it will be the second week in a row that the lowest-scoring couple is eliminated, after Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus in Week 1. It would show that the judges do have a certain amount of power this season — despite so many couples saying they don't care about the scores. More than that, it would probably show that the viewers agree with the judges, at least about the bottom of the pack. It does seem like for these first two episodes, it’s been easy to pick out the weaker routines.
Mark and Bristol got the lowest score of Week 2 — an 18 out of 30, which was three points below the next lowest score — but the judges were clear about why. For one, they broke hold in the middle of their Quickstep, which is a no-no. Also, Bruno Tonioli said that when Bristol was in hold her frame wasn’t good. She needed to work on technique. Len Goodman said he enjoyed the enthusiasm of the dance but not the break in the middle, adding that he liked the ho-down but the technique was a low-down.
Bristol and Mark danced to Bristol's favorite song and they said they don't care about the scores. They don't care about keeping up with the other super-competitive almost pro-level dancers. They just want to have fun. So if their journey ends here, it wouldn't be a heartbreaker for them. But when Bristol is knocked down, that tends to be when her fans become most ardent in her defense. It's possible they rallied to save the self-declared "redneck woman." If so, then what?
Well, Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy are second from the bottom. Do you think it's possible they could be going home? Just a point above them are Kelly Monaco & Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Should we be worried about them or should we learn from last week and just expect the lowest-scoring couple to go home? It's not like Bristol and Mark were robbed or vastly underscored ... unless that's exactly what you think?
Did you vote for Bristol and Mark last night? Who did get your votes? Let us know in the comments below.
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.
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