After the jump . . .
Jennifer and Derek win, Kyle and Lacey second, Bristol and Mark third.
For Jennifer to win -- and, more important for the credibility-challenged show -- it took both relatively low scores for Bristol/Mark over the last two nights -- and a massive pro-Jennifer/Derek vote: four dances over two nights with a total score of 118 out of a possible 120. (Kyle/Lacey had 110, Bristol/Mark 104.)
Which was, in my opinion, undeserved based on the final performances (although I know people vote on the cume). I thought Kyle was the best dancer on Monday night, dead even with Jennifer on the "favorite" dances on Tuesday and a little better on the "instant" cha-cha. But as much as the show and the voters loved the journey by Bristol and by Kyle, the show couldn't stop playing a Jennifer sympathy card with talk about (a) her injuries, brought up again last night before she danced, and (b) her "Dirty Dancing" connection, exploited again in a dance on Monday night.
I don't think she will rank among the best dancers in the history of the show, and I would have much preferred a Jennifer/Brandy/Kyle final. There were numerous weeks when Bristol should have gone home, but the voters kept her on -- and the judges were often kinder to her than her dancing deserved, so let's not them and the show off the hook for her success.
But you've heard my rant on this before -- and you can hear some more of it tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. when I will be chatting on WEWS's morning show, and later Wednesday, after Lynne Sherwin and I do our last video chat about this round of "DWTS."