Dancing With the Stars 2013: Was Elizabeth Berkley’s Elimination Unfair?
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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars 2013: Was Elizabeth Berkley’s Elimination Unfair?

Talk about a shocking elimination! Just minutes after scoring a perfect 30 on her Week 9 Trio Salsa, Elizabeth Berkley was cut from Dancing With the Stars Season 17. Was this unexpected elimination fair, or a total miscarriage of dancing justice?

There's no question that, based on dance skill alone, Elizabeth should still be in the competition. She was second on the leaderboard last night, and even the 8 she got for her Viennese Waltz had more to do with Len's picky, old fashioned taste in choreography than any flaw in Elizabeth's dancing.

However, we all know Dancing With the Stars isn't just about technique. It's also about your ability to get viewers’ votes, and sometimes that means good dancers don’t stand a chance next to strong entertainers with loveable personalities. Clearly, Elizabeth wasn't pulling in votes to match her high scores, while underdog (though can we really still call him that, anymore?) Bill Engvall has won America's heart — and votes.

Of course, this season there's another factor to consider here, which is the fact that the votes that were responsible for this week's elimination were the ones that viewers made based on last week's dancing. While Elizabeth did a stunning job this week, Week 8 featured her already infamous flop of a Jazz routine, so this elimination might actually be the result of bad dancing just as much as viewers picking personality over skill.

What do you think: Is it unfair that Elizabeth was eliminated, given her high scores, or is your philosophy that if a star doesn't get the votes, that means they don't deserve to be there anymore?

Catch the next episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 17 on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!