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November 17, 2010

Is DWTS A Dancing Contest or a Popularity Contest?

I am so disappointed, actually I feel betrayed. Sure, it may seem petty, but I have to talk about it. I’ve been watching ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (DWTS) on television, and as a writer, editor and motivational speaker , I don’t have a lot of time to just kick it. So this has been my little gift to myself, the time to sit and absorb the music, the dance, and the beauty. The thing is: now it’s time for the finals… and my favorite is gone. What kind of foolishness is this? I was rooting for Brandy and Jennifer. However, now I have to sit back and see how I feel, now that one of them is gone.

Like Fox t.v.’s ‘American Idol,’ ‘Dancing’ is starting to get on my nerves. Why? Because the audience gets to vote. Hey, I’m all for democracy, but I still think there should be some type of DWTS electoral college. I believe the judges should have the last say, or they should at least be able to rescue someone if the voting public, the viewing audience gets it wrong. And I say the viewers got it wrong last night, because there is no way that Brandy the singer, who has blossomed into a wonderful dancer, should have gone home. The fun of the show was knowing that she and actress Jennifer Grey, a superb dancer in her own right, were going to be in the finals.

The excitement, for me, was that they would face off, against each other, since they happen to be the top two dancers. Both have beautiful moves, they give it their all — granted Jennifer cried a little too much for me, and someone said that Brandy wanted the Mirror Ball Trophy a little too much — but each dancer has to have their quirks right? However, the other people who are left to go into the finals… honestly, I don’t think they should be there, plain and simple. Bristol Palin seems to be a sweet, and she appears to slowly be emerging from her shell, quite possibly stepping out of her famous mother’s shadow. Kyle Massey happens to be a Disney favorite; he is charming and such a showman! But he and Bristol are not the greatest dancers, to put it plainly. Both have repeatedly been in the lower scoring tiers. In my opinion, at least one of them should have to watch from home, or they should have to watch the finals from the sidelines. Yet they are in the finals!

To the show producers I have something to say. If the judges have given a dancing couple the lowest scores, and this is consistently the case, eject that couple. Applaud them for effort, but eliminate them, let them go home. Or other viewers may begin to feel like I feel. They may even ask the question, does popularity matter more than achievement? Or perhaps viewers may ask: is the show more about who (or whose family) can best manipulate the media? Producers, you hired the judges because they are professionals; they know dance, and theory. They know what true dance aficionados are looking for, whereas the viewing audience may simply see the show — not as a dance contest, but as a popularity contest.



  1. What gives Bristol Palin stardom? She should not be a contender for the finals. We are also very disappointed that she is in the top three. According to the judges ratings she should have been eliminated earlier in the process. Her selection has become political and I feel will be damanging to the show and future audiances. Perhaps the tea party has gone too far..

    Comment by jean — November 17, 2010 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  2. IT’s sad that everything in America has to politically motivated.
    America still remain very much a racist society and may never change.
    I believe the way forward for this programe if it is to remain a dancing
    show it has to change to be judged on the merit of dancing and not because
    of it’s political connections . If Bristol Palin wins dancing with the stars,
    I will not watch it again.

    Comment by Celeste Brathwaite — November 17, 2010 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  3. Bristol Palin is being carried by Sarah Palin’s tweet saying “It’s time to vote” to her followers.
    Bristol is a cute girl but she can not dance. I am offended that Bristol believes she is getting the votes. Wow, the votes are given to her by her mother Sarah Palin.
    I am so ticked off. Bristol does not even have a personality.
    me … old white woman

    Comment by cali patti — November 17, 2010 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

  4. Me as a MAN’S MAN I have put aside “MNF” Monday Night Football to watch Dancing with the Stars. To watch the performance of Ms. Brandy was nice and sexy. I voted for her to the limit. Would love to see the best go against each other – Ms. Brandy and Ms. Jennifer. That’s not happening. Now its’ a popularity contest. Well I need Jack Bauer. Jack where are you? Bring ’24’ back. Monday night has been ruined.

    Comment by SR — November 17, 2010 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  5. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has gotten tired of the shenanigans.

    Comment by April Alisa Marquette — November 17, 2010 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

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