In Tuesday night's Dancing With the Stars results, we had the potential for a big upset. There were three couples tied for the lowest scores, two of them fairly well-known, and the third much less so. It seemed like it would be fairly obvious who would be going home, yet when viewer votes are concerned, there is always the element of surprise. And often in the first few weeks it's simply the least popular or most annoying going home.
Before getting to the results, the singing talent on the night has to be addressed. Both Santana and Daughtry. Both. It was like a rock fan's dream. Santana and Daughtry then performed together to the Def Leppard hit, Photograph. The other was like a rock fan's dream. This was a rock fan's dream. It's often painful to sit through these musical numbers when we're waiting for the results, but this wasn't painful at all. The results didn't seem to matter so much during those performances.
Of course once we got to the results, it definitely mattered. The dancers were called out onto the stage in groups of four. The first group was Margaret Cho/Louis Van Amstel, Michael Bolton/Chelsie Hightower, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino/Karina Smirnoff, and David Hasselhoff/Kym Johnson. THe first celebrity called safe, right out of the box, was Margaret, the one person that was the odds-on favorite to leave. Michael was safe too, leaving The Situation and the Hoff in limbo.
The next group was Jennifer Grey/Derek Hough, Rick Fox/Cheryl Burke, Kyle Massey/Lacey Schwimmer, and Brandy/MaksimÂ ?Chmerkovskiy. Jennifer and Rick were called safe, leaving Kyle and Brandy in limbo, but neither of them seemed to hold any threat at actually leaving. The last group was Audrina Patridge/Tony Dovolani, Florence Henderson/Corky Ballas, Kurt Warner/Anna Trebunskaya, and Bristol Palin/Mark Ballas. Audrina and Florence were called safe, neither much of a surprise.
Once the six that waited in limbo were called up, it seemed if Margaret was safe, that Bristol was in danger, as she did average the night before, had no entertainment experience, and wasn't a celebrity herself, just the daughter of a past vice presidential candidate. Yet, she was called safe of these last six first, followed by Brandy, who screamed in joy or surprise, one of the two. Following this, Kurt was called safe, as was The Situation.
It really didn't seem to be much of a contest after this. It was between Kyle Massey and the Hoff. Kyle was tied for the second best score last night and was a huge crowd favorite. However, he is a bit of an unknown. Unless someone has kids in their home, they probably don't know who he is. In contrast, David Hasselhoff is a music star, TV star, etc. Yet, he was last seen in a video eating a hamburger off the floor while drunk. While there were plenty of reasons for why David should have made it through the vote, it was highly unlikely that Kyle would be voted out.
This is exactly how the vote went. The voters decided that the judges were right in giving the Hoff and Kym a score that tied as the lowest of the night. While no one thought he'd be there at the end, it was surprising that he would be voted out in the first week, and indeed that's what Tom Bergeron said as well, that it was the biggest surprise so far in the first week in all these seasons. It's unfortunate, actually, as he seemed to be in dire need of a second chance.