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Did Bristol Palin Save Her Best Dances for Last?

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Dancing With the Stars: Did Bristol Palin Save Her Best for Last?

Originally posted 11/22/2010 09:30PM

All season long Jennifer Grey has dazzled Dancing With the Stars fans and judges with incredible routines. And on Monday night, the season's final performance show, Grey and partner Derek Hough achieved perfection for the second week in a row.

They received 30 out of 30 points for both of their dances – a paso doble that had the audience and the judges on their feet and a freestyle that had Bruno Tonioli raving about "two dances at the opposite end of the spectrum and both equally brilliant!"

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer didn't disappoint with a suave foxtrot that earned a solid 27 out of 30 points and had judge Len Goodman gushing that the actor had gone from "Messy Massey to marvelous."

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Jennifer Grey Won't Do Dirty Dancing Lift on DWTS

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Jennifer Grey Won't Do Dirty Dancing Lift on DWTS Finale

Originally posted 11/22/2010 06:00PM

Yes, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey has had the time of her life competing on Dancing with the Stars this season. But that doesn't mean she'll perform a certain move made famous by the film.

"I won't be doing the lift in the finals," Grey tells PEOPLE, referring to the iconic scene from the 1987 movie when costar Patrick Swayze hoisted her over his head in a flying position.

"Everyone should not expect that," says Grey, whose doctor recommended against such a risk after she underwent the first of three neck surgeries a year ago. But Grey, who turned 50 in March, is still flying high as she readies with partner Derek Hough for Dancing's two-night season 11 finale.

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Why Bristol May Win Dancing with the Stars

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Why Bristol Palin May Win Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/22/2010 11:30AM

There's no way to two-step around the fact that season 11 of Dancing with the Stars has arguably been the most controversial in the show's history, right down to the two-night finale, which kicks off Monday night.

Actress Jennifer Grey, actor Kyle Massey and teen activist Bristol Palin will go toe-to-toe in their final quest for the mirror ball trophy. But will the best dancer win?

"Jennifer is the best dancer," DWTS pro Anna Trebunskaya says.

"But," fellow pro Karina Smirnoff adds, "this season has proven it is not a dance competition only. With Jennifer we have the strongest dancer, with Kyle we have the strongest personality and then with Bristol we have the best journey. She literally drove five days in her own car to get here and learn how to dance. Fans develop a relationship with these people each week. You never know who they are going to like."

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Brandy Holds Back Tears While Recalling Fatal Car Crash

Originally posted 11/16/2010 03:45PM



Although she earned her first perfect score on Dancing With the Stars Monday night, the semi-finals episode wasn't an all-happy occasion for Brandy.

During the broadcast, the singer opened up about her involvement in a fatal car accident as part of a video presentation about the contestants' most difficult times.

"I was trying to hold back tears, of course, because I was onstage while they were playing [the footage]," Brandy told PEOPLE after Monday's show. "But I thought that it was put together well, and I got my story across."

The video showed Brandy, her family and friends like singers Monica, Whitney Houston and Kelly Rowland discussing the difficulty the singer faced after a four-car accident on a Los Angeles freeway in 2006 left another female driver dead.

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Dancing's Final Four on What Winning Would Mean

Originally posted 11/16/2010 12:00PM



They're getting closer!

The final four contestants on Dancing with the Stars – Bristol Palin, Brandy, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey – are a week away from season 11's big announcement. And although they still have to face an elimination Tuesday night, when one of them will go home, and another week of intense rehearsals, all they can think about is winning.

PEOPLE caught up with each of the contestants and their pro partners following Monday's performance show, where they all shined on the parquet and had visions of mirror ball trophies dancing in their heads.

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Dancing: Jennifer and Derek's 'Flawless' Night

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Dancing: Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough's 'Flawless' Night

Originally posted 11/16/2010 08:30AM

The final four contestants shimmied – and shined! – Monday night at the Dancing With the Stars semi-finals, where each couple danced two routines. The stars were in the spotlight during their first number, in which each performed a brief solo. And Jennifer Grey took a giant step closer to the mirror ball trophy when she picked up perfect scores for both routines and earned a combined total of 60 points.

The judges dished out straight tens for the Dirty Dancing star's cha cha to Duffy's "Mercy" with partner Derek Hough. Bruno Tonioli gushed that their "execution was flawless," while Len Goodman praised the duo for their mastery of both technique and performance.

During the second half of the show, the judges once again awarded all tens for Jennifer and Derek's waltz, which Bruno called "a gem of a performance."

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Dancing's Brandy and Jennifer: Who's Better in the Ballroom? | Brandy, Jennifer Grey

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Dancing's Brandy and Jennifer Grey Tie at the Top

Originally posted 11/09/2010 08:05AM

There was double the trouble in the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars, when the contestants faced off in two challenges, including an instant-dance. After trading top spots on the leader board over the course of the season, Brandy and Jennifer Grey tied for first place Monday with almost perfect scores.

And, once again, Bristol Palin found herself at the bottom of the leader board. Could this be the young mom's last dance? Her Argentine tango with Mark Ballas earned all eights but lacked intensity, according to Len Goodman. But the studio audience disagreed, erupting in boos following the judge's critique.

During their instant-dance challenge, which allowed each couple mere minutes to finalize a routine to a song randomly selected earlier in the show, Carrie Ann Inaba said Bristol wasn't "musically connected" to her samba. Mark claimed responsibility for the mistakes, and the duo earned the two eights and a seven, bringing them to a total of 47 points out of a possible 60.

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Dancing with the Stars: Jennifer Grey Is Back on Top

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Dancing with the Stars: Jennifer Grey Is Back on Top

Originally posted 11/02/2010 08:15AM

Dancing With the Stars celebrated its 200th episode Monday and as promised, the ballroom was crammed with more sequins and former celebrity contestants than ever to mark the momentous occasion. The excitement of the milestone anniversary only enhanced the performances of season 11's remaining six couples.

Each pair performed one solo dance and one cha cha as a team (the two teams were led by former champs Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno). Team Apolo's hip-hop inspired cha cha with Kurt Warner, Brandy and Jennifer Grey earned 27 out of 30 points, outdoing Bristol Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey, who received 24 points as Team Kristi.

For the past two weeks, Brandy has found herself all alone at the top of the leader board. But former frontrunner Jennifer Grey bounced back Monday, tying the singer by earning 64 out of a possible 70 points for her tango and cha cha.

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Gilles Marini Predicts Jennifer Grey Will Win Dancing with the Stars

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Gilles Marini Predicts Jennifer Grey Will Win Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/27/2010 03:35PM

Gilles Marini came oh-so close to winning season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, but lost the mirror ball trophy to Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.

As a contestant who came on the show with no prior dance experience, the sexy Brothers & Sisters star, 34, says he wants someone in a similar situation to win the current season. But he's not very hopeful.

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Spoiler: Dancing With the Stars' Shocking Elimination! | Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron

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Spoiler: Dancing With the Stars' Shocking Elimination!

Originally posted 10/26/2010 10:15PM

The rock-n-roll-themed episode has everyone on Dancing With the Stars all shook up.

Jennifer Grey fell from grace, failing to impress judges Monday night with her Paso Doble. The actress and partner Derek Hough's combined score with the bonus free-for-all round was 29, only one point higher than struggling regulars Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya, meanwhile, ended up in last place with up with a meager total of 22.

So who was sent packing? 

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