Monday, September 24, 2012
When Governor Palin voiced concern about the criticism that would ensue if her daughter, Bristol, participated in Dancing With the Stars the first time, Bristol's response was, "Critics are going to criticize anyway, so I might as well dance." Excellent point. Well, she's at it again! ABC's "Dancing With The Stars All-Star Edition" kicks off tonight, and Bristol will once again be teamed with Mark Ballas.
Bristol posted information on her blog about how to vote. She also posted the phone number to call in your vote for her.
The couples dance on Monday nights for a score from the judges. Then the fans vote for their favorite. The judges score counts 50% and the fans 50%. The key to the judges score is that they convert it to a percentage. They take all the scores from the judges and add them together. Then that number is divided into the score for the individual couple. That gives the 50% that counts as the judges scores. Same thing with the fan vote. All the votes are totaled and that number is divided into the couples fan vote. The lowest combined judges scores and fan scores send a couple home.
There will be three ways to vote:
The first is by phone. We will not know the phone number for Team Ballin until show time on 9/24. The number will remain the same throughout the competition. Phone lines open as soon as the show starts and stay open for 1 hour after the show. Fans should try to phone vote as soon as the show starts. After they dance and at end of the show are the hardest times to get through and we want every single vote. You can vote on as many phones as you have access to. For the first half of the season, voters will be allowed the same number votes as the contestants. For example, the first week there will be thirteen contestants, so each type of account gets 13 votes. The second week it will go down to 12. Once they are down to 5 contestants or less, the fans still get 5 votes per account.
ATT users can text their votes by texting the word “vote” to the last four digits of the voting number. Once again you get the same number of votes as contestants. It is my understanding you can text votes and call votes from the same phone.
The final way is online. Go to http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/. On show nights there will be a vote tab. You have to have an account to vote online. You should make your accounts before the show starts because when the show is going the site crawls. You can vote with as many accounts as you make.
Dancing with the Stars is definitely a team effort. Bristol and Mark will do the dancing-the fans have to do the voting! Please be sure and support them with your votes on September 24!
Be sure to tune in to cheer on Bristol and Mark. Then exercise your right to vote for them!