Dancing With the Stars recap: There's No Voting Against People

The first dancer of the season goes home with great sadness; for consolation, there's Uncle Jesse and the Beach Boys, the Len Commandments, and a Hidden Gem of the Week
Ep. 03 | Aired Mar 30, 2009

KATE PLUS HATE? The controversial reality mom looks like she has some staying power

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Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas were the first couple voted off Dancing With the Stars last night. It's okay. She's pretty sad — according to my colleague Lynette Rice, who interviewed Shannen after her elimination, she couldn't stop crying — and her dad's really cute. But I sensed a hint of relief during her on-camera interview. Shannen will begin the healing process as a muscle near Mark's knee begins the process of detaching itself from the bone. They are in this together, partners 'til the end. (Mark won't be able to dance for six weeks; Shannen would have been paired with his father, Corky, next week.) Shannen's now rooting for Evan Lysacheesecake. ''Love you!!! Kick ass for us please!'' she recently tweeted.

Shannen and Pamela Anderson, who had decent scores, landed in the bottom two instead of the lower-scoring Kate Gosselin and Buzz Aldrin. The untalented but adorable old dudes always stick around a few weeks, so that's no surprise. And while it seems like most people on the internet hate Kate Gosselin, she must have a decent fan base of people who earnestly watched Jon & Kate Plus 8 and enjoy her patented brand of bitchery. I don't think many anti-Kate people are voting for her just to keep her miserable. Think of Tony! I also don't think people would bother to vote for everyone except Kate, you know?

That's the problem: If you could vote against someone, Kate would be eliminated light years ahead of everyone else in a NEVER BEFORE SEEN elimination measured by light years. Oh, well. From the producers' standpoint, Kate's staying power is no problem at all. This month's DWTS premiere ratings were the highest ever. Kate's death stares willed them to be so. She is almighty. Read Lynette's post-show interview with Kate and Tony, here. She talks about her face!

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