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Grey leads 'Dancing'; Palin still in third

November 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A new champion will be crowned on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday night.But the dancing is not done yet for the final three teams. Jennifer Grey, Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey will each perform two more dances to add to their judges' scores.

In the 2-hour season finale, expect surprises, the return of the season's cast members, and musical entertainment, including Christina Aguilera.

"The way we look at it, we have a one in three shot of winning. So the odds are OK," said Massey's professional dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer.

All three couples in the Season 11 "Dancing With the Stars" finals fared well with the judges on Monday night, but one star shined a little more brightly than the rest:

Grey and professional partner, Derek Hough, topped the leader board with a perfect 60 out of 60. And while Grey is thrilled to have pleased the judges, there's someone else whose approval is much more important to her: her daughter.

"Every time I perform, I've been so sick with nerves, with so much stage fright and then my husband always says, 'why you doing this?' and I say, 'to show my daughter how to walk through fear and how to do what makes you happy even if it scares you,'" said Grey. "I've never performed once without looking at her and remembering that's why I'm here."

Massey is so far in second place with the judges, after earning 56 out of 60 points on Monday, and having a good time doing it. He has been singled out for his charisma, which is one reason his partner went for a hip-hop-inspired freestyle routine.

"Everything you see on TV is really just me being myself," said the Disney star. "I'm not there to act, I'm just there to have fun and be myself. Because this is a dance competition and it's to show your personality, and that's all I want to do is just have fun."

Bristol Palin and her professional partner, Mark Ballas, scored 52 out of 60. But as history shows, viewer support could still push her into the winners circle.

"A newfound confidence, which I'm going to take if we win it or if we don't win it. I've just had an awesome experience and I've grown so much as a person. And I'm just thankful for that," said Palin.

Both Palin and Ballas have felt the sting of criticism from some very vocal opponents.

"You'll never please everyone, stop complaining," said Palin. "I really do have tough skin, I'm used to this kind of stuff, my family's used to this kind of stuff and whatever their opinion is or whatever they're saying is just going to roll off our backs truly. I think I've held my head high through this competition and not let what the haters are saying about me affect our dancing and just going out there and having fun.

Who do you want to win the competition? In an Eyewitness News poll conducted by Survey USA, 56 percent said Jennifer Grey, 19 percent were for Kyle Massey, and 18 percent said Bristol Palin.


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