The finale results day of Dancing With the Stars‘ controversial and shocking 11th season is upon us and as angry and bitter we still may be that Brandy exited the competition last week while boring Bristol made it the finale, we can no longer devote all our energy to griping about the robbery (as booted contestant The Situation would call it).

Last night, we saw top performances from the 3 finalists. Jennifer Grey never ceases to amaze (although we worry that her body will cease to give) scoring a perfect 60 out of 60. She not only killed in an aggressive yet sensual paso doble but also earned a standing O from Len with a hard-hitting, flips-abounding Freestyle with a Dirty Dancing theme and set to the tune of “Do You Love Me?” Kyle brought the funk and shook all the junk in his trunk with a hip hop Freestyle to “Tootsie Roll” in the style of Apolo Ohno’s winning performance circa Season 4. Even Bristol managed to step outside of her comfort zone long enough to dance inside a cage to Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango”, which was the lowest-scoring performance of the night — that was Mark’s bad for making Bristol imitate a famous jazz dance from an iconic Broadway production and movie. Did he not see the Season 9 finale when Dmitry’s “Hair” Freestyle cost Mya the trophy? Big mistake Mark, Bristol the Pistol might not be able to recover from that, even with her legions of Tea Party voters. Bristol’s performance was technically good and she even managed to get into character for the dance but it in no way resembled a Freestyle, which should be all-out fun and tricks.

The Freestyle has always been THE dance that determines the winner. The contestant who comes out with the best combination of technical precision and entertainment/fun has almost always been the one who gets to hoist the coveted Mirrorball high up in the air. If we judge the finalists on who should win based solely on how entertaining their Freestyle was, Jennifer Grey is hands down the most deserving, followed by Kyle (who came in very close to Jennifer), and Bristol in 3rd place. Poor Kyle is getting completely pushed to the side amidst the Bristol-in-the-Finale controversy but he gets major props for giving us loads of fun and enthusiasm every week. Jennifer did everything possible, this entire season and especially last night, to earn the trophy but we can’t all help but worry that Bristol’s Tea Party voting hijackers will steal the win for the “teen activist.” (I mean, was ANYBODY able to vote last night? I got nowhere trying to vote online.) In awaiting tonight’s finale, I feel both excitement (for the fact that Jennifer should take it all, hands down) and fear (for if Bristol ends up winning). Will you tune in despite swearing never to watch this show again after last week’s atrocity? You know you’re curious to see what happens…

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