The way he swoons over (the definitely swoon-worthy) William Levy and gives him 10s — even when head judge Len Goodman flashes his "8" paddle — kind of makes it seem like Loverboy Levy is Bruno’s #1 crush.
But Bruno told Access Hollywood he does not have a favorite contestant. "I respond to what happens in front of me,” Bruno said. “And, you know, you can’t deny it. He’s hot. Hot is hot. And he’s good. He’s actually good. ... He produces electrifying performances. But you can be good looking and boring as hell. He’s not. He actually performs wonderful dances."
Hmm. Doesn’t that sound like a favorite?
Is it not the same thing to just favor particular styles and attitudes — the way that, say, Len likes "proper," traditional dances and Bruno and Carrie Ann Inaba favor more creative risks and entertainment value?
It's hard for the judges to hide what they like, since they have to make instant comments and scores. So is it favoritism to consistently rave over a particular contestant or does that just mean that they judge — as ballroom experts — that contestant's performances to be strong every week? Where's the line between subjectivity and objectivity?