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Donald Driver's win on Dancing with the Stars actually makes me miss Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley

168012_donald-driver-and-peta-murgatroyd-celebrate-winning-the-season-14-dancing-with-the-stars-mirrorball-.jpgWhen NFL star Donald Driver won ABC's Dancing with the Stars Tuesday, I realized something:

Everything I used to hate about this show, I have begun to miss tremendously.

Even though it's my job to keep up with these programs, Dancing with the Stars hasn't gotten much attention from me this season. That's because it started its run seriously deficient on one thing -- actual stars -- and finished without much of the other thing, interesting conflicts.

Back when the show was more newsworthy, snarking about tabloid fixtures such as Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Kirstie Alley or Bristol Palin at least provided some marginal excuse for keeping up with the program.

But this season's crop of stars -- Gladys Knight, Melissa Gilbert, Jaleel White -- were both scandal-free and seriously lacking in celebrity power. Indeed, the final three dancers -- Driver, telenovela star William Levy and classical singer Katherine Jenkins -- were likely among the least-known "stars" in a crop of decidedly low-profile competitors.

Didn't help that Driver, a smoothly-chiseled wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, fits a common mold for DWTS winners, as the seventh professional athlete and third NFL player to win in 14 seasons.

Small wonder the show is planning an all-star edition next, trying to bring back some of the celebrities it's audience sparked with before.

It may be the last move left for a show which has increasingly struggled to find celebrities big enough to fulfill the program's name.

Takes a lot to get me to miss Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley. But DWTS just might have done it.


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