On Week 5 of "Dancing with the Stars," the judges gave definite clues to who they'd like to see continue on. The comments that came from the judges ranged from snide and somewhat mean to fawning and gushing, like star-struck teenagers. As the show continued, it was very apparent that the judges were on a mission to lead voters in their desired directions. The worst thing that the judges could be accused of is that they often favor stars that aren't necessarily the best dancers. "Dancing with the Stars" is supposed to be a mixture of dance and popularity contest. The problem is that the judges are forgetting their important roles of giving dancing critiques and they are straying dangerously into the popularity arena. Here are a few examples of the extreme favoritism shown through the judges' critiques.
Less than Loved
Len started the cheap shots when Maksim and Hope came out for the first dance. He accused Hope of having no connection to the dance and being too loose limbed. Hope fought back tears through her gorgeous smile, but it was clear that Len had hurt her feelings. Carrie Ann had to throw in her two cents to give Hope one final dig. She claimed that Hope's lines were awkward and reminded her that less is more. The dancing was excellent. Maksim and Hope looked fantastic together and they moved gracefully through the entire dance. Viewers must have wondered what dance the judges were watching.
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus drew snide remarks from Len even before their dance. Len made a comment about not wanting to see an older lady trying to look like some young floozy. This comment was so crude and inappropriate that it is surprising that "Dancing with the Stars" decided to air it. Tristan and Nancy came out looking great. They danced a beautiful rumba and did a fine job of it. Carrie Ann topped off the inappropriate remarks this time by calling the dance a bit drab.
There is no doubt that one of the most popular stars on "Dancing with the Stars" this year is Chaz Bono. His fans have done a fine job of keeping him in the running by voting for him every week. The problem is that the judging panel is obviously smitten with Chaz Bono every bit as much as his fans. Chaz has a fantastic smile and a delightful personality but he is not a very good dancer. The judges have forgotten themselves by fawning and gushing over Chaz to the point of not judging fairly. Chaz managed a fun dance that would make any viewer smile but it was not great dancing. The judges spoke of his hip wiggling, confidence and great efforts. There was no real critique.
David Arquette is another golden child in the eyes of the judging panel. Len nearly falls over himself each week in order to dote upon David. David is a fine dancer, yet he comes nowhere near to deserving the scores he receives each week from the judges. In Week 5, Len called him fantastic after serving up several other compliments. Bruno also went on for quite some time showering compliments on David.
There is always going to be some favoritism on a show that is so obviously based on popularity. "Dancing with the Stars" is a gem of a show in almost every way. This imbalance with the judges popping over to the popularity contest so often is something that could be easily kept in check. The judging panel needs to stick to truly judging each dance and scoring it on its merits. The viewers should be left to handle the popularity contest part of the show. Viewers obviously enjoy the fact that "Dancing with the Stars" allows them to be a deciding factor in the outcome of the contest. When the judges dip into this aspect of the show too deeply, it takes a bit away from those that are actually voting.
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