July 06, 2005 11:20 PM by Joe Blackmon
It seems reality TV shows rarely end lately without a little bit of controversy. First, American Idol 4 was plagued with mind-boggling eliminations and scandals, and now squeaky-clean Dancing with the Stars joins the ranks of reality shows with questionable results.
Many viewers of Dancing with the Stars are expressing outrage over the perfect scores awarded to Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo during the finale. While Kelly & Alec’s freestyle performance did represent a truly amazing turnaround for a team that was nearly eliminated during the first week, many viewers are questioning if it truly deserved a perfect score.
Some viewers have pointed out that it appeared as if Alec actually dropped or came close to dropping Kelly twice during the performance. In the first near drop, Alec’s elbow flings out to the side as if he is struggling to maintain his balance and keep from dropping Kelly. The second drop is by far more obvious and occurs at the end of the freestyle performance. As Alec is putting Kelly down, he appears to lose control of her and she falls to her knees. If it is a fall, Kelly does a good job of covering as she flings her head back as she slide to her knees.
Did Alec drop Kelly during the competition or was the knee sliding ending part of the routine? The expression on Alec’s face as Kelly slides does appear to be one of surprise. Were the judges paying attention? Should they have awarded Kelly & Alec perfect 10′s if there were mistakes in the performance? Those are the questions that Dancing with the Stars’ viewers are asking about the finale.