After the allegations that Tea Party supporters were unduly influencing ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars" by over-voting for Bristol Palin, moral order was restored with Tuesday’s finale on the show, reports Mary McNamara in the Los Angeles Times. (Spoiler alert: results are mentioned below).
Despite those concerns, Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her partner Mark Ballas came in third, with actress Jennifer Grey and her dancing partner Derek Hough winning the trophy. But the bottom line for "DWTS" is that while the controversy "not only drove up ratings for the already unbelievably popular show, [Palin] also brought a whole new level of scrutiny and Internet-driven weirdness to this season’s proceedings," McNamara writes.