'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars': Did Double Elimination Defy Logic?
'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars': Did Double Elimination Defy Logic?
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
What happened?

In a move that had fans (at least in the BuddyTV comments sections) crying conspiracy, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars said goodbye to two former champions in its double-elimination week. Helio Castroneves and Drew Lachey went home. And a young lady by the name of Bristol Palin got to stay.

Could there possibly be an explanation? How about five?

The Competition Is Fiercer

Yes, Helio Castroneves and Drew Lachey were both DWTS champions. But that was ages ago. The show's judges and professionals have remarked repeatedly in recent years how much the competition has improved. More intricate dancing is expected from celebrities these days. Bigger names come on the show.

Neither Helio nor Drew came with huge fame attached -- not compared to Kirstie Alley or Shawn Johnson anyway. And their dancing may not have been up to the standards set by later seasons.

No One Likes a Double Winner

How many Mirror Balls are too many? Until this season, the issue of "too many wins" was reserved for pro dancers. And it is an issue -- no one is pulling for another Derek Hough win, are they?

With Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, things are a little different. Each of the celebrities has had the chance to win a Mirror Ball before. Several of them have. Having one championship season may mean that voters don't pull so strongly for a second win. It almost seems greedy...

Sure, there are Mirror Ball-winning dancers still on the show. But those dancers are enjoying high scores that can keep them safe. When you mix a former champion with low scores, there may be no hope.

Missed Connections

Nothing against either Drew Lachey or Helio Castroneves, but did either of them have much connection to the audience this season? Drew was energetic and friendly. Helio was almost effervescent. But did the audience care.

Quite frankly, just about everyone on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars has charisma. People love them. Charm and energy aren't enough this time around.

Their Time Had Come

While they may not have been the logical choices for elimination right now, both Helio and Drew were set for elimination at some point in the next few weeks. Think about it: Do you honestly believe either of these men could win Dancing with the Stars again?

The Bristol Factor

I first covered Dancing with the Stars professionally in season 11, aka the Season of Bristol. Every week (every week after the elimination of David Hasselhoff anyway), readers predicted the elimination of Bristol Palin. Every week, they were wrong.

Say what you will about her dancing, but the girl has got support. The Palin name may have been more relevant in 2010, but it hasn't been that long. There is a rather large subsection of humanity that will vote for Bristol Palin no matter how she performs.

Other celebrities don't have that kind of support. That makes it tough for anyone to stay ahead of Bristol. Will she make it to the finals as she did in season 11? That does seem unlikely.

But you should never underestimate Bristol Palin. Eliminations like this week's happen when you do.

Do you agree with the eliminations of Drew Lachey and Helio Castroneves? Who should have been eliminated? Leave your comments below!

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