January 27, 2006 10:58 PM by Joe Blackmon
No one would have been surprised if Master P & Ashly had been eliminated in the first week of Dancing with the Stars 2. No one would have been surprised if Master P & Ashly had been eliminated in the second week of Dancing with the Stars 2. However, by the time Master P & Ashly made it through the third week, most viewers began to realize that Master P & Ashly had a very large viewer vote keeping them in the competition.
Whether the couple had a massive fan base or there were just a lot of people that delighted in antagonizing other viewers by voting to keep the couple in the competition, all indications were that Master P & Ashly were going to be around for awhile. That is why, as bizarre as it might sound, it was actually a shock when Master P & Ashly were finally eliminated in week 4. While many viewers jumped for joy that someone they felt should have been gone weeks ago was leaving, other viewers were left scratching their heads wondering how it could have happened.
According to the ABC rules, “scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home.” However, ABC has never clarified exactly how this is calculated. A popular theory is that the contestants are numbered in their order of finish from first to last in regards to the judges scores and the viewer vote, and the position numbers are added together to rank the contestants. If this theory is correct, then it would seem unlikely that Master P & Ashly would have been eliminated at this point in the competition. Master P & Ashly weren’t even in the bottom two in week three, and all indications were that an organized viewer vote to keep Master P in the competition was only getting stronger.
Master P’s surprise elimination actually seems to suggest that there might be some type of weighted scoring system. If there is a weighted point system, then a really low judges’ score or a really low viewer’s vote could essentially sink a couple. Under a weighted system, Master P & Ashly’s elimination would make more sense, because the judges hit them with a score that was 13 points below the next nearest couple. However, a weighted scoring system would seem to contradict that the “scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home.” The viewers would not have equal power, because the judges could sabotage a couple by giving them scores so low that it would be impossible for the viewer vote to save them.
Reaction has been mixed and heated among Dancing with the Stars 2 viewers. While many viewers are just elated that Master P is finally gone and don’t really care how or why it happened, other viewers are suggesting that the show is fixed. Some viewers are questioning why ABC doesn’t release the weekly viewer voting results.