DWTS Mired in 'Bristolgate'

ABC swears safeguards prevent vote fraud

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 18, 2010 5:15 AM CST

(Newser) – The brouhaha over the recent vote isn't going away, and we're not talking midterm elections—but dancing. Bristol Palin's head-scratching elevation to the finals of Dancing With the Stars is still triggering outraged cries of indignation and vote-rigging (and a blasted TV set), with several critics charging that Tea Partiers used fake email addresses to flood the ballot box in favor of the chief grizzly's cub. "Who knows if the process is ideal?" said the program's executive producer.

"But the voting is exactly the same" as it's always been, he added. "I wish they could take a deep breath and get some perspective." Network officials are standing by the vote results. Safeguards exist to prevent vote fraud, but they refused to reveal what those safeguards are, reports the Los Angeles Times. One thing's for certain, the final dance-off will be a doozie. Even Rush Limbaugh is now in on the act, warning Tea Party supporters to be ready for an angry backlash again Bristol. "The left is miserable; they're fit to be tied over this!" crowed Limbaugh. "I love it!"

Bristol Palin struts her stuff.
Bristol Palin struts her stuff.   (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)
Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas perform during Dancing with the Stars, Monday.
Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas perform during "Dancing with the Stars," Monday.   (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)
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