'Dancing with the Stars' Week 7 Elimination: What's Going On?
'Dancing with the Stars' Week 7 Elimination: What's Going On?
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We've arrived at the inevitable point in the Dancing with the Stars season when viewers begin to ask, "What the heck?"

Front-runners stumble. Struggling dancers receive reprieves on a weekly basis. The judges' comments get weirder. What's going on? How is one to make sense of the insanity?

I'm not entirely sure there's a lot of sense to be had. After all, we're dealing with a show that responds to the voting whims of the masses. Grandparents are voting. Tweens are voting. Housewives are voting. Their husbands are voting. I'd be willing to bet there are even a few deeply-ashamed hipsters voting.

That kind of demographic spread sort of indicates that there's absolutely no way to predict winners and losers, not once the DWTS field narrows.

A quick look at week 7's eliminated star, Kendra Wilkinson, shows exactly how surprising the Dancing with the Stars results actually are.

Kendra was in no danger during the first few weeks of competition. She gravitated to the center of the pack, easily beating doomed stars like Mike Catherwood and Wendy Williams. I doubt anyone would have called Kendra a front-runner, but she was doing pretty well.

Fortunes began to change with week 4. A struggle with the Viennese waltz left Kendra and Louis in last place. Many fans predicted her quick departure, but that was not the case. Thanks to the mysterious votes, Kendra outlasted Sugar Ray and stuck around for week 5.

Another last-place finish followed for Kendra, a tie with Petra and Ralph. Two weeks at the bottom didn't mean anything with the voters, however -- Petra was voted off and Kendra remained. Week 6 brought more of the same. While Kendra did beat the eliminated Chris, it wasn't by much. Still, she remained.

You'd think that this would be a set-up for a surprising save in week 7, right? After all, the voters had pretty thoroughly indicated a desire to keep Kendra around. And the star even brought some improvement when dancing her tango (arguably her best dance of the season). Kendra's dancing managed to place her fourth out of six, a seemingly-comfortable rank.

Nope. Even with Kirstie and Romeo receiving lower scores, it was Kendra's turn to go home.

What can we take away from all of this? The lowest-scoring pair isn't doomed, and higher-scorers are always in danger. As for the voters, who knows what they want? I would personally have thought that Chris Jericho, a well-known wrestler with oodles of charisma, would have been more popular than Kendra Wilkinson, a cable reality star with a Playboy history. In that, I was wrong.

The five remaining stars are all in danger from the craziness of elimination. The winds blow from whichever way they want, and there is no safety.

But at least it makes Dancing with the Stars interesting!

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