Bristol Palin Reaches DWTS Finals
But it's due, at least in part, to Tea Party's cheating tactics
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 10:27 PM CST
Updated Nov 17, 2010 12:01 AM CST
Bristol Palin, left, and her partner Mark Ballas perform on "Dancing with the Stars," on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)
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(Newser) – The Tea Party's favorite dancer has made it through to the final of Dancing With the Stars, overcoming another round of low scores from the judges with the help of votes from fans. Singer Brandy Norwood was eliminated despite earning a perfect score for her Argentine tango on Monday, the AP reports. Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas will compete against Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey for the grand prize next week ... but is this really all part of a "right-wing conspiracy," as some suspect?

"This year has not been about the dancing,” complained the chief oddsmaker for the Wynn Las Vegas casino, who figured Palin only had a 4-to-1 chance to stay in the competition. “This year is about popularity"—and, Jezebel reveals, her supporters have actually figured out how to cheat the system and log unlimited votes by using fake email addresses. Click here for more on that plot, or click here to watch the moment of elimination—including some fairly shocked looks on the faces of the other dancers.