People often start the season rooting for underdogs and questioning whether X or Y should even be there since they already know how to dance, but somewhere along the way viewers tend to lose patience for dancers who aren’t as good as the others. Why is Z still here when Y is a much better dancer? It’s time for Z to go home!
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba weighed in on the “Did the right couple go home?” question in her Parade blog, and her answer was a bit surprising, since the results have been at odds with her own panel’s scores.
Still, she wrote, “My answer is that it’s always the right couple. It sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true. The audience votes and we score. If the question is: ‘Is Brant Daugherty a better dancer than Bill Engvall?’ The answer is a loud and resounding ‘Yes.’ But our results have always been a combination of the judges’ scores and America’s votes. That’s much more interesting than just letting the judges call the score. Although right about now, a lot of people wish it were only the judges’ scores that counted. Our combined scoring method is what makes it so fun and so different. No other show has judges who actually give a numeric score. They usually give their opinions, but that’s it. Its part of what I think makes our show so fun, so I always respect the way it all turns out. I’m sad and sometimes shocked at the results, but I respect the way our show works.”
Yeah, that’s the trade-off — it’s like the checks and balances of the Constitution.
Carrie Ann added that she’s “amazed at the fans Bill must have that keep him doing what he really seems to love.” However, she said he has “that X factor.”
“It’s most likely because he is so authentically enjoying himself that everyone who watches him also is enjoying themselves,” she wrote. “When we watch dance, we feel what those performers are feeling. If they are uncomfortable, it is often uncomfortable to watch. If they are having fun, we feel happy and have fun watching them. When they are trying too hard, it makes us feel awkward. … [Bill] just allows himself to have a great time. You can see that he’s worked hard, and America has a connection with him. He’s the underdog, but he’s an underdog that’s having a blast and in turn, so does everyone who is watching.”
It is a little awkward to watch people try too hard and get overly competitive. But everyone keeps using Bill as the example. He isn’t really the mayor of Dancing With the Stars, and it’s not like he was definitely going to leave if it wasn’t Snooki or Brant. His scores have been the lowest, but not by much. The Leaderboard has been tight.
Long story short, if people want someone to stay in the competition they have to vote for them and hope that others do the same. Have you been voting? If so, which couples have been getting your votes and why? Sound off below.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.