‘DWTS’ Producer Defends Bristol Palin's Finale Spot
“Everyone’s acting like she’s getting together with Dick Cheney, trying to start an evil empire.”
As Tea Party conspiracy theories abound, an executive producer for Dancing With the Stars has come forward to defend Bristol Palin's much-debated spot in the reality show's finale Monday.
"I’m kind of mystified about why everyone is finding this such a bizarre thing to happen," Conrad Green told Entertainment Weekly. He broke down the numbers to prove that Palin advanced fair and square.
Still, many have pointed to alleged weaknesses in the voting system, especially online. "It’s already corrected…In this particular case, we can spot an IP address, and if one computer sends in a crazy amount of email votes, we just discard them."
While Green shied away from revealing all of the show's security measures, he stressed they "discard anything that looks suspicious" and any busy lines callers encounter are out of their hands. "Sometimes people just can’t get through because the phone lines are busy; the local exchanges get overwhelmed. But that affects everyone equally."
So how did Bristol -- who has yet to give show-stopping performances expected from finalists -- advance to a pool which included early and consistent favorites Jennifer Grey and Disney star Kyle Massey?
"People like young contestants, contestants who aren’t from the mainstream, who have got a tough story, who have come from no dance training" Green added. "You’ll remember, this time last season, everyone was furious about Nicole [Scherzinger] being on the show because she’s got too much experience."
Green thinks the negative scrutiny is misplaced and may be more geared towards her mother's politics.
"Here’s a 20-year-old girl who everyone’s screaming at. This should be the best week of her life. I really feel for this girl. Everyone’s acting like she’s getting together with Dick Cheney, trying to start an evil empire. It’s crazy. It’s a dancing competition. She’s a lovely girl. Give her a break!”