Why are the DWTS Judges Giving Out Such Ridiculously High Semifinals Scores?
Dancing With the StarsSeason 14 has so far proven to be one of the most impressive DWTS seasons since the show’s beginning. The judges, host Tom Bergeron, and the dance pros have all remarked on the talent level of this year’s cast being at an all-time high. That said, why do the judges keep giving out such high scores to just about everybody?
Now that the Semifinals are here, it’s clear that the best of the best remain: Donald Driver, Maria Menounos, Katherine Jenkins, and William Levy. They’re all amazing, and if any of them appeared on DWTS in the past, they would have each been the obvious front-runner. But they’re competing against each other now, and the judges don’t seem to be able to differentiate great from greater.
On last night’s Semifinals (Season 14, Week 9: Performance), Maria and Derek Hough wound up with a total of 59 out of 60. That kind of near-perfect score should probably only apply to two DWTS dance pros. If Derek and Peta Murgatroyd danced together for the judges, would they really have only been capable of scoring one more point than Derek and Maria? Do the judges think Maria is just as good as a DWTS pro who has been dancing professionally and winning ballroom awards their entire life?
We’ve spoken up before about how odd the judges’ scores have been this season, but now we wish they realized how much each point matters.
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Watch the next new episode of DWTS tonight, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT onABC.
Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@MollyFriedman.