Melissa Rycroft rejected again as Shawn Johnson wins DWTS, barely beating Gilles Marini

In a surprising outcome, Shawn Johnson won Dancing with the Stars 8, beating season-long favorites Gilles Marini and Melissa Rycroft. She joins Kristi Yamaguchi (who also danced with Mark Ballas) and Apolo Ohno to become the third Olympian to win the title and crappy trophy.

Gilles almost won, as Tom Bergeron said that it was “our closest-ever finale” with a “less than one percent” difference between Gilles and Shawn. Her victory gave Mark Ballas his second win; he’s probably very excited.

Melissa Rycroft got dumped by America, coming in third place. At least she wasn’t humiliated this time. Melissa said she was proud to be in a competition with “an Olympian and someone who was in a blockbuster movie.” Ha.

I’m sure some other stuff happened, but I tuned in with 18 minutes to go, and couldn’t force myself to go back and watch 1.75 hours of filler, like dances from the people who got eliminated for a reason or Jeffrey Ross trying to roast people on a show and network that surely wouldn’t let him be as outrageous as he can be. And there’s plenty of filler to watch next season.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.