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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars 2013: What’s More Important, Talent or Improvement?

There are two ways of looking at Dancing With the Stars. One says that it's a dancing competition, so the most important thing is who dances the best — that is, who displays the best combination of technical prowess, performance ability, and artistry, no matter what. The other says that this ain't So You Think You Can Dance: It's supposed to be about amatures learning a new skill, and half the fun is watching the stars improve.

Season 16 highlights this divide, with frontrunners Zendaya Coleman and Kellie Pickler coming out so strong they look like they've been doing this for ages, while some other competitors, such as Andy Dick, are all about the journey.

Of course, Kellie and Zendaya will continue to grow as they go, but there's no question that they started heads and shoulders above even other top dancers like Aly Raisman and Jacoby Jones. It's easy to imagine that they will always have the technical advantage. However, in the reverse, it's also very likely that they won't be able to grow nearly as much as some of the other stars.

This wouldn't be the first time a season has come down to "technically best dancer" vs. "dancer with the best journey." So, we want to know: Which factor is more important to you? Will you always vote for the dance that moves you most, or do you give credit for coming a long way?

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Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.

Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.