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Does Dancing With The Stars Show Too Much Skin?

September 25, 2007 11:19 PM by Joe Blackmon

Mark_cuban_scarAfter every Dancing With The Stars episode, the official ABC Dancing
With The Stars message board usually lights up with debate over the
skimpy costumes worn by the female dancers on the show.  While some
viewers are offended by the amount of skin shown by the female dancers,
others defend the show by pointing out that the costumes are no
skimpier than what is traditionally worn in competitive ballroom

In the most recent episode of Dancing With The Stars, some viewers took offense at Edyta Sliwinska’s costume exposing part of her underwear (possible a thong).  Other viewers noted a near wardrobe malfunction involving Karina Smirnoff’s dress, as the back part of it kept slipping down.

Ironically, even though most of the controversy centers around the possible exposure of buttocks and underwear by female dancers, the most revealing moment on the most recent Dancing With The Stars came via one of the male contestants.  Billionaire Mark Cuban pulled up his shorts and exposed his left buttock in order to show off a hip surgery scar.

In another revealing moment by a male dancer, model Albert Reed wore an unbuttoned shirt and promised the women watching at home that by the end of the competition that the shirt was coming off.  Len Goodman remarked after Albert’s dance that “It was like watching a stripper.”

Does Dancing With The Stars show too much skin?  Are producers hoping that skimpy costumes will lead to wardrobe malfunctions that will drive buzz about the show?  Post your comments below on if you think Dancing With The Stars is getting too revealing.

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38 Responses to “Does Dancing With The Stars Show Too Much Skin?”

  1. patti longval Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 3:35 am

    absolutely i refuse to even have it on in my house…..TRASH.

  2. Judy Mathis Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Yes, the stars show to much skin!

  3. LINDA Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    If you got the figure – go for it!
    The human body is a work of art.
    I’m 57 years old and I am in awe of Jane Seymour.
    I was in no way offended by Mark Cuban’s buttocks. It added to the facts about his abilities.
    I look forward to seeing Albert Reed’s chest again and again;-)

  4. Napoleon Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Julianne Hough can show as much skin as she wants on DWTS.

  5. Anonymous Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:23 am

    DUH! What, it takes 5 seasons to bring this up? I know they have to wear sexy costumes, but they need to have a discretion. This is a FAMILY show.

  6. Anonymous Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:33 am

    u’r all retarted…

    go albert!

  7. Maria Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Get over it. This is part of the dancing, the costumes. This is a perfect example of people with no life sit and complain about anything. If you are offended don’t watch! I’m so sick of people making something so small and trying to make it into an issue.

  8. Mike Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    No, Not at all!!!

  9. Marcy Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I think the show could be just as good if the women covered up a little more. There is hardly anything left to the imagination with the costumes the women wear.

    I really enjoy the show but as a woman, am offended by the way they dress the women. This is one of the major reasons why alot of Christians won’t watch this show.
    It is indecent exposure.

  10. Larry Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:12 am

    As a man and a Christian, I am very offended by the lack of clothes the women wear on this show. It is just another form of soft porn so the producers can call it entertainment and get away with it. What kind of message are they sending to the younger generation of women, the more skin you show, the more votes you get? They are not being judged on their dancing but on the lack of clothes they are wearing. This is so sad.

  11. Arleen Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I think the stars look great, people are jeleous, that’s all. if they looked like this, they wouldn’t feel the same about “showing skin”, my gosh, they are entertainers, and this show, is very entertaining.

  12. Arleen Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I think the stars look great, people are jeleous, that’s all. if they looked like this, they wouldn’t feel the same about “showing skin”, my gosh, they are entertainers, and this show, is very entertaining.

  13. Travis Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:39 am

    First, If you look for the negative you will find it. Second, If you don’t think the costumes leave much for the imagination… you don’t have a very vivid imagination. Third; if you don’t like what you see, there is one simple solution…Turn It Off!

  14. Kate Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I think anyone offended should just not watch and let those of us who enjoy it be. They say “If you got it….flaunt it! Besides, that’s what keeps our husbands/boyfriends quiet so we can ogle the guys.

  15. Joe Richard Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    You don’t see anything more on this show than what you can just walking down the street. If you are offended by the costumes you better look at what your daughter is wearing out the door each morning when she goes to school. Come on people get a life,

  16. Robert Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    Hey if your a man and are offended your not a real man.I bet you look at boys, If your a woman and offended you envy the women dancing, thats what they refer to as coveting? Isn’tthat a SIN! I’m offended that the female dancers where to much covering,even the stars, I like the female form.Whatching them dance puts me in a trance, I love it, Hey if Marie Osmond isn’t offended by the clothes, then why sould anybody else be.She was raised in a strict religous home, if she can get out there and dance and not be offended why should anybody else. You GO MARIE!! I’ll vote for you and Cheryl Burke um Wayne Newton even though he bailed out on Branson Mo. But not all the Osmonds did.
    Hey Dancing with the stars needs to move to Branson, Ask Wayne about the Remington Theatre he walked out of.

  17. Robert Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Wayne Newton isn’t a bad guy he’s Mr.Las Vegas not Mr.Branson. I’m not down on him, hell that old man is a black belt and would probably kick my butt. But he got the best dance partner Cheryl Burke,WOW! Is’t gonna be hard to vote for both Marie and Cheryl. Good luck ladies, where as little as you want and DANCE like no bodies watching. if other people are gonna be offended shut up and turn the tv off and get a life, Be offended about something real instead of clothes. Remember VOTE for MARIE and CHERYL

  18. Mae Williams Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I like all the costumes except Edyta Sliwinska’s costumes. I think they make her look like a cheap hooker. All the other ladies dresses with style and class. Especially Cheryl and the one that won last year’s competition.

  19. geraldocat Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    All you so called “christians” make me want to throw up.
    If you don’t like it DON’T WATCH IT
    I’m no youngster but I love it and I am a Christian.
    “breathes there a man with soul so dead who at one time has not said WOW – NOT BAD

  20. howard Young Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    If you are offended by a program, the tv remote will take care of it.

  21. Leslie Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    No, they don’t show too much skin. If they do,then the tennis players, skaters, and backup dancers at casinos do as well. They are only costumes, and I’m sure these ladies don’t wear this type of clothing all the time. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  22. Julia Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    The costumes on DWTS are no different from costumes in amateur/professional dance competitions. The requirements for those are typically to cover all body parts usually covered by undergarments and wear full underwear (as opposed to thongs). There are different requirements ONLY for certain youth/child competitions.

  23. Cyndi E James Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Im not the least bit offended by
    the women’s style of costume’s at
    all. That is just the style of
    Latin dancing. If these Christans
    are offended by it, change the channel. That’s why God invented
    remote controls. Qiut complaning,
    I’ve seen less worn on the beach.

  24. Kathy Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Not a problem, the girls look great,

  25. Linda Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Cheryl goes a little too far with her skimpiness; these women would be just as sexy dancing if they covered up just a little bit more. Shouldn’t there be something left to the imagination? Talent is the only thing that should go overboard!!

  26. AJM Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve been watching professional Ballroom competitions for 20 years. The costumes are very much in line with what DWTS competitors wear – and they haven’t changed much in the last 20 years. As has been said – go to any American beach – you’ll see far less on the beach than on this show. This sounds very much like a conversation I had with my minister when I was 16. He was against women wearing shorts but had no problem with his wife wearing a bathing suit – I called him on it, and he changed his mind. Your Christian beliefs should be personal – to you – not forced on others.

  27. Anonymous Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t think many of these women could do the moves required of them if they wore floor length skirts and heavy cotton blouses. While I do wish there was a bit more material, I wonder why no one complains about the skimpy bikinis worn by the beach volleyball athletes and the bare midriffs worn by hundreds of cheerleaders nationwide.

  28. jm Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    One other comment about the costumes. Most of the girls outfits are heavily sequined and I have heard that many sequined outfits tend to be extremely heavy on the body, so of course many of them are designed to be very minimal in order to keep the girls from being too weighed down so they can do those fast moves and fancy tricks, especially in the Latin dances

  29. Lori Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    I enjoy the show but do wish it wasn’t so sensual or revealing. IMO there really is no need for it as the dancing and banter is entertainment enough.

  30. KIP Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:32 pm


  31. Richman Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Sigh, another year of bickering already!

  32. Scott Says:
    September 26th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    If I looked as great as these guys and gals, I would be out there dancing naked!

  33. Vipin Says:
    September 27th, 2007 at 12:57 am

    I have a blog which is completely full of entertainment like movies, music, ring-tones etc.

  34. Jim Says:
    September 27th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I’m really getting tired of how the “christians” or any other group think that they have the obligation to tell us what we are to watch on TV or at the movies or what book to read! You wouldn’t know what was in them if you weren’t watching/reading them, thereby slapping your own beliefs in the face. BOOYAH!!!!

  35. Malini Says:
    October 2nd, 2007 at 10:47 am

    All of those who are putting the Christians down, you sound like perverts without any respect for other’s belief.
    May I say that I’m not a Christian, a beautiful female with a beautiful body (not to brag but to set you straight). I admire both the male and female body. They are a work of art indeed!
    In my opinion some of the dancing with the stars females can cover up a bit more, as this happens to be a family show. I also think some of the moves they make have nothing to do with dancing and all to do with sex, for example bending over and showing their underwear! I believe that it is our responsibility as adults to help our children remain innocent. You are right we really need to see the way some kids dress to school! But where and how do they learn to dress like that from? Perhaps shows like this, MTV and other similar ones?? It is so sad that we adults are only worried about our own entertainment and nothing more!

  36. chrissy Says:
    October 15th, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Hey I’m a Christian. Didn’t really notice the skimmpyness of the costumes. Too busy watching the dancing. As for Cuban’s butt, glad he showed it. Thought he was BSing about the hip surgery. Figured he was too young to have that kind of surgery done. My young kids watch the show with me and they are facinated with the dancing as everyone watching should be.

  37. Ron Says:
    October 22nd, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Frankly I think they should call this show “Pole Dancing With the Stars.” This show is always touted as a “family” show, but the judges tell them they need to be sensual, sexual, raunchy, and nasty. As if they don’t already have enough simulated sex, and “boobie and booty shakin.” And don’t get me startedon the clothes. This show is too much like erotica. I’m not a christian, so thats not the issue. I’m an atheist, so there. People have the right to watch whatever they want, but don’t go calling this good clean family entertainment. Its hard enough to raise good moral kids without this kind of stuff.

  38. Elaine Says:
    October 24th, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    You know who’s the one showing a lot of skin?? Papelbon in his riverdance!! haha what a fool. Check out this video I found on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxaJKx75MQA
    It’s hilarious


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