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Should Dancing With The Stars Eliminate The Viewer Vote?

October 03, 2007 06:32 AM by Joe Blackmon

Dwts_voteIt’s inevitable that anytime viewers are allowed to vote in a reality
TV competition that there will always be some results that seem
shocking and unfair.  Albert Reed’s elimination from Dancing With The
Stars
is one such controversial result that has many viewers asking if
the show is just a popularity contest.

While Albert Reed was probably the least well-known of any of the celebrities competing on Dancing With The Stars 5, he was actually one of the better dancers.  Albert Reed wowed the judges with an amazing Cha Cha Cha in the first week.  In the second week, Bruno Tonioli thought Albert lost some of his energy, but Len Goodman predicted Albert would be the darkhorse of the whole season.

Based on the judges’ scores, Wayne Newton and Cheryl Burke were the worst dancers on the most recent performance show.  However, Wayne Newton is one of the country’s most beloved entertainers, and his enormous fan base likely kept him in the competition despite the low scores from the judges. 

Albert Reed said before his first performance, “I am the least famous person on this competition.  I just know that as the underdog I’m going to have to work a hundred times as hard, so I’m going to have to go out there and nail it.”  On the first performance show, Albert did exactly that, and it kept him safe despite lacking a large fan base.

However, in his second performance, Albert wasn’t quite good enough to compensate for not being as well-known as some of the other celebrities.  While Dancing With The Stars might not be all about popularity, the fact that some celebrities start the competition with a larger fan base than other celebrities definitely plays a role in the outcomes. 

Some viewers think that the viewer vote should be eliminated because of the inequality among fan bases.  However, if the eliminations were decided purely by the judges’ scores, then that would not sit well with many fans either.  There are often just as many people complaining about the judges playing favorites as there are complaining about viewers voting based on popularity. 

Is popularity playing too large a role on Dancing With The Stars?  Should eliminations be solely decided by the judges?  Post your opinions below.

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57 Responses to “Should Dancing With The Stars Eliminate The Viewer Vote?”

  1. Tom Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Yes, the viewer vote should be
    eliminated. Not getting rid of the
    worst dancers has happened in
    every season. Wayne Newton should
    not have been in the competition.
    Jerry Springer should not have
    been a contestant. There was a
    another person, can’t remember the
    name, but he looked like a jerk
    wearing stupid hats etc..he might
    have been a rap thing, or some
    thing maybe even football, they
    kept the clown on for many weeks.
    This show like most of the reality
    shows our not good for the young
    gullable public. The worst of
    the reality shows is the batchelor
    thing, getting a herd of ladies
    (cattle?) and picking one out,
    kind of like selling herself????
    Crap like this, and race around
    the world, etc… in the eyes of
    nations with different cultures,
    undoubtably gives our country bad
    reputions, we look like a bunch of
    egotists, and looks like we
    condone lots of garbage and
    imoral things, people of other
    nations watch our shows and thus
    make there citizens, especially
    women, suffer because the leaders
    want to control them so they dont
    become like the TV americans.
    Tom

  2. r torre Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:18 am

    Ummm….What’s on NBC?

  3. J&R Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:19 am

    you just lost us last night.. unfair voting.. this is a dance contest not a personality contest.. i recogonized your introduction word of ”shocking” just knew that wayne newton was still going on.. why?? so bad.. unfair….for all those with talent and working so hard..we will not be watching any longer.. seems like the fix is in..

  4. m Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:22 am

    yes. some people are too effing stupid and have no business voting. wayne should ahve been gone!!

  5. Janie Smith Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:28 am

    I think the viewer voting should not be totally eliminated but that it should not occur until the dancers are reduced down to three couples. Hopefully at that point the three best dancers will be in this group and then the viewers can vote.

  6. Very Upset Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Yes it should or only count for a 1/4 of the % because Wayne cant dance and people would be doing him a favor by taking him off the show.

  7. Judi Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Ewwwwww! Wayne Newton is so bad and so hard to look at. He looks like a plastic Ken doll that got too close to the fire and started to melt. He is an embarassment to the memory of the man/singer he used to be. But….this is for entertainment, not a job as a dancer so I guess it doesn’t really matter. If being the best dancer was the real criteria here a lot of the winners would have been in second place at best.

  8. Karen W. Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Why can’t people vote fairly. Everyone has special talents but dancing is not Wayne Newtons talend for sure. He was terrible. I think maybe the voting from the people at home should not start untill they are down to the last five. By then only the contestants that are deserving will be left. Some people are just not thinking when they vote.

  9. Janet Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Leave the voting to the judges (the professionals). Then just maybe the best DANCER will win. Sports figures have the largest fan bases which have kept them on. Master P staying on as long as he did was a farce.
    Mario Lopez should have won in 2005, he DANCED!!! And so did Joey Petone in 2006.
    The same for SYTYCD, the teenie- boppers vote for the cutest guy or girl not the best dancer. Why bother watching anymore, I can’t it makes me sick.
    As for the “Bachelor” these females cheapen themselves, how desperate can you be.UGGGGHH.

  10. Karen Summers Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 9:22 am

    The very first show was by talent only and it was the most enjoyable. Since they added the popularity vote, it has really gone down hill. Because of competitve shows, I don’t watch the full 1.5 hours nor the results except during commercials. I do try and see who gets voted off, but only because from the very first show I have my opinion of who I would like to see win. But this is a dance contest and only the professionals should vote. Get rid of the public.

  11. Bruno Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 9:24 am

    No problem with including fan votes, but it needs to be weighted accordingly. Right now, a terrible dancer can go all the way if he’s popular enough. Scoring a dance show based on fan base is about like scoring a basketball game based on how good looking the players are.

    The fan voting should be 25%, max. Otherwise a really popular star would have to be a total klutz out there to lose. Just do the math and see.

  12. Napoleon Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I’m going to take the controversial route and say keep the viewers’ votes. Unlike American Idol, there is not much consequence to winning or losing on this show and it is purely an entertainment show. If a star provides entertainment for the viewers, and their fans want to see more of their favorite star, they will get more votes. In any case, ultimately a weak but entertaining dancer like Billy Ray Cyrus won’t win anyway. But the people eliminated before him, like Heather Mills just weren’t as likable.

  13. Garry Capling Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Absolutely, get rid of the viewer vote. This is not a popularity competition. The show owes everyone a rematch, rerun, rejudging – just get rid of those results. The results were so-o-o-o
    absurd. The results from last evening (Oct.2) indicates to everyone what kind of show you are
    running. It was so pathetic, I will not be watching the rest of the season.

  14. ann Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Albert should not have left, But Wayne should never have been on the show in the first place. Poor Wayne can barely walk! Wayne cannot bend at the neck, waist or knees. It’s sad.

  15. Barbara Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Ok, some of you are going a little over board. Absolutely, in terms of dance ability, Wayne should have left before any other contestant. However, Albert was a terrible dancer! Give me a break. His days were numbered either way, and personal I think pulling out the “i’ll strip for just for you, ladies” and the dead grandfather bits were just WAY too contrived for my tastes. He doesn’t have the viewer vote for a reason, he can’t dance and he was goofy & totally trying to pull any strings he could to get votes. Did any of you see him on Kimmel last night? Ugh, SO glad that kid is gone. Would rather have none-dancing Wayne and his wonderful spirit & personality over that egomaniac Albert any day!

  16. bonnie Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 10:25 am

    IA CAN;T BELIEVE THAT THE VIEWER S OF THE SHOW IS DUMB ENOUGH TO THINK WAYNE NEWTON WAS A BETTER DANCER THAN ALBERT REED

  17. Mpuhl Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Was there a nip slip on dancing with the stars. Check out Edyta’s close up when she is dancing around Careron. Her left nip appears to slip out a bunch. Interestingly, on Wednesday while being interviewed the words “exposed” is inserted into the conversation twice. I’m sure it was supposed to be a private joke on what happend during the competition.

  18. Linda Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 10:26 am

    There is no way the viewer vote should be eliminated or even scaled back. Most of us wouldn’t even watch if the viewer couldn’t be involved. Many weeks alot of people don’t feel the judges are scoring fairly, now people want it to only be up to the judges? No way! Albert wasn’t a great dancer and didn’t have a strong fanbase. Period! Had he been a better dancer he could have won over more fans, but he wasn’t. I honestly don’t see what the big deal is. There were moments in his quickstep when he just stood still, and he was stiff as a board. Come on people, that boy could not dance and even though Wayne is worse at least he is likable. I didn’t like Albert at all and apparently most viewers weren’t inspired to pick up the phone for him. That’s the way it works!

  19. K. Nowak Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Yes, the popular vote should be eliminated. Wayne Newton danced like a whale out of water on Monday night, and even I could tell he stunk, and I don’t know ballroom dancing!

    Leave the judging to the people who know the score (no pun intended) … the professional judges!

  20. Jennifer Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Looking at Monday’s scores and how they already seem to have their favorite that cannot do wrong (Sabrina), to a point though I don’t even trust the judges with their opinions this season. Overall I think the influence of the popular vote reduced in the early rounds (perhaps to 20%) and back to the 50% during the final 3 rather than a complete elimination of the format.

  21. Listen to Me Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 11:28 am

    The judges should be only ones to determine who stays and who leaves until the the final 4 or final 2 in which then should the audience have a 50% say…

  22. A. Montalvo Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 11:28 am

    We were out last night and did not watch the show, but I was shocked to find out the results online. This is proof that quality does not matter anymore. It was sickening to see Jerry Springer allowed to remain for so long a couple of seasons ago, when other talented dancers were being forced out. What a charade! There should be nothing wrong with allowing viewer voting, but is has been proven that the majority of viewers show preference over diligence. Viewer voting should then be given a smaller percentage, and the judges’ scoring should have the biggest weight on the eliminations. After all, this is supposed to be a dancing competition, NOT a beauty or popularity contest. Somewhere along the line this was lost. I, for one, will not be watching any more.

  23. P. Bruch Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Yes, the viewer votes should only count for 1/4 of the vote. Let’s face it, we all know the wrong person got cut last night. Wayne needs to go back to Vegas and do what he does best………NOT dancing!
    It’s a shame that Albert was a much, much better dancer but lacked the fan base. It’s not fair to keep someone on that show simply because of his or her fan base. The judges should be able to have the final say in who goes and who stays based on “TALENT”.

  24. SandyB Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    It certainly does seem unfair that Albert will no longer be participating in DWTS this season. Although I did have a suspicion that despite Wayne Newton’s cellar scraping scores, and that his fan base would probably carry him through, I did not feel that Albert would be the other “Bottom Two” dweller. He actually did appear to be giving it his all, and not doing too bad a job of it.
    I agree that viewer participation in the show should be continued, however, I did read a comment on another post that maybe it should be done more like one of the other reality dance shows, where the judges weed out the worst of the pack first (although sometimes I don’t think the judges always get it exactly right either), and then the viewers get to vote later on from the best of the pack. Either that or make the judge/viewer vote ratio 75% to 25 perhaps. Anyway, I will certainly miss Albert’s smile, charm and enthusiasm…..

  25. Cheryl Ann Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Let’s face it the problem starts
    way before the dancing begins.The
    contestants are unfairly chosen to
    begin with.Some of them have noticibly more training than others:way more!Sabrina is a prime
    example,there is no way she just stepped out onto that dance floor
    and danced like a professional.Maybe the contestants
    should be more fairly vetted.
    And my view is that then the home
    audience vote should only count for 25 % .

  26. Grace Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    It really depends on what kind of show the station is trying to provide. If the show is purely for entertainment, then there is no reason for public voting UNTIL the judges have made a reasonable decision as to whom should really be voted upon. If the show is designed to gain points on the ratings, then unfortunately, the viewers have to stay involved. It’s the only way to hold viewers, especially for people like Wayne. It’s the reason these people are invited in the first place. And as for Albert Reed not being a good dancer, I’ll concede…he wasn’t a GOOD dancer but a. better dancer than Wayne, b. much harder worker at trying to improve, c. had his heart into it and you can tell by his performance. It’s not that I don’t like Wayne, but keep it to his voice…his body is just WAY too out of shape. And he needs to stop having botox or something because he reminds me too much of the Joker. What a really sad show Dancing with the Stars is turning into. I believe the point of this show is for the celebrities that were invited to prove their commitment to doing something that is out of their element, and it’s the hard work and effort that should be allowed to be the pay off. I’ll agree that sometimes the judges are off on their decisions, but really…who knows ballroom like them? The national public? Are we so arrogant to believe that we can spot the better dancers and performers? I didn’t agree with last season’s results, but at least they had the 3 top dancers/performers to choose from, and that’s what makes this show fun to watch. I guess it’s really up to the network as to what type of fanbase they really want to have for the show…people who really have a respect for ballroom dancing and are gaining more of an interest OR people who are just interested in supporting their favorite, a popularity contest. If it’s a popularity contest they’re trying to promote, do it in one night…it gets really boring over a larger time frame than one night. Boos on the network for not thinking this one through, even though they got their ratings. The show has just become a circus and disrespects everyone who has anything to do with ballroom dancing.

  27. geraldocat Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I think it’s all been said !!!
    It’s been said many many times before – It’s the FEMALE profesional dancers that the public,for the most part, are voting for – the vote was not for Wayne – it was for Cheryl.
    This is why Heilio and Juliane will win – Juliane is “drop dead” gorgeous(outstanding dancer)and Heilio will get thousands of female votes – he too seems to be the only one with any real rhythym.The way the public votes they could be out next week.
    Does anyone out there agree or am I a cult of one ?

  28. Jim Tegtmeyer Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Perhaps fan vote could be eliminated until the final four are selected …then, perhaps, leave it up to the fans.

    Last night’s results were shameful, am not sure I’ll continue to watch the show.

  29. Cindy Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    I agree with another comment. The viewer input should be kept for the top three contenders. Then it becomes what I think the show is trying to accomplish, a true dancing competition, viewer entertainment, and an element of celebrity/professional popularity exposure. This way it really challenges the celebrities to push themselves and not rely on their fan base. It offers them the opportunity to entertain and to call in their fan base once they have earned the title of “dancer”.

  30. debbie Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    It’s a personality contest and it’s losing its appeal when not judged fairly….I agree, let the judges narrow the competition down to three and then let us vote.

  31. Lynn Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    My boyfriend and I have said for two seasons and especially after Mario “lost” in 2005 that the viewer vote should be less than the judges votes. Viewer votes are nothing more than “popular votes” . Football players always seem to get a large fan base and stay and stay when they should have been gone. If the network wants viewer votes then I opt to allow only 25%. Watching Wayne Newton is gettng so painful. I know Cheryl is really trying to work with him but it’s so bad. I’m so embarrassed for him. His “fan base” needs to do him a favor and stop voting for him. I didn’t like Albert anyway so It doesn’t matter to me that he’s gone. But see, that’s a bias and it should only be worth 25% not 50%

  32. Bobby McBride Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I didn’t think Albert’s elimination was that shocking; I only gave his team a 4 for their latest dance. Furthermore, I’ve never heard of the guy until this season.

    I personally think that if all of the teams on a week get low scores from the judges, there should be a double elimination that week. Just my opinion.

  33. Barbara Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    I think the judges should watch the dances and make comments and at the end of the evening pick out the 3 couples who in their opinion did the worst job. The fans then vote among those 3 on the ones they want to keep. The couple with the lowest vote gets eliminated the next night in a 1/2 hour show. I don’t trust the judges any more than I do the fans. Carrie Ann gave both Mel B and Jennie a 7 when Jennie fell. I am not saying that Jennie’s whole performance score should be based on the fall but it shouldn’t have been excluded because it ruined the impact of her performance. She didn’t deserve the same score as Mel B and since Carrie Ann was the only one to nitpick Mel’s performance I don’t trust her agenda with that couple. I wouldn’t want the vote to depend upon her. I like Bruno’s excitement but wish he’d do more critique and give the dancer’s something to work with than just ebullience. Basically if you cut out the viewer vote, then the intense loyalty and participation by viewers is eliminated but you can’t leave it in their hands either. I think my suggestion solves both and I agree with the previous poster who recommended this.

  34. Brenda Lewis Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    My goodness. This is a show, you know, entertainment? It is like a game, your guy or gal doesn’t always win! So chill out and enjoy the show. This is not a matter of life or death.
    More people want to see Wayne than want to see Albert! If the judges decided the winners, people would be complaining about that. Ever notice the boos after the judges’ comments? Sit back and enjoy the show and quit gripping.

  35. fred barnett Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    What a farce. Why not just have a popularity contest? I have watched my last show. I hope all your sponsers read these comments. I thought you might learn from last years comments , but you continue your farce as if reagular viewers can’t tell who can dance ahd who can’t. Let me know when you changeyour format. Fred Barnett

  36. Ann Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Is popularity playing too large a role on Dancing With The Stars? Absolutely! Should eliminations be solely decided by the judges? Partially. I think that the public gets a kick out of being part of it, but that the judges should definitely have the greater say in who is the best DANCER. It is a dancing competition and not a popularity contest. I just cringe when I think about all the good dancers who were eliminated so that Master P could stay on and continue to look like an idiot. Something definitely needs to be done about view votes.

  37. Ann Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Is popularity playing too large a role on Dancing With The Stars? Absolutely! Should eliminations be solely decided by the judges? Partially. I think that the public gets a kick out of being part of it, but that the judges should definitely have the greater say in who is the best DANCER. It is a dancing competition and not a popularity contest. I just cringe when I think about all the good dancers who were eliminated so that Master P could stay on and continue to look like an idiot. Something definitely needs to be done about viewer votes.

  38. Reba Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    I never heard of Helio, Mel, Jennie, Sabrina, Albert, Mark, Floyd, or Cameron before this show. After two weeks, I am in love with Helio and Mel, can’t stand Jennie; Sabrina, Floyd, and Mark get on my nerves; and Cameron and Albert are OK. I imagine most people my age (60)are about at the same knowledge level about these “stars”. I voted mainly for Jane (who I have always adored), Marie (who I did not like before but love her in this show), Mel, and Helio. I threw a mercy vote to Mark and one to Wayne only because he is dancing with Cheryl who is my favorite pro. I suspect that many of the Wayne votes were really for Cheryl.

    As many reality shows as there are on tv now, anyone who is unaware that voter preference is as big a factor as talent in deciding who stays and who goes is incredibly naive and out of touch with “reality”. The producers know it and count on it. It makes the show interesting. Albert was never going to win, so he might as well go now as later. Same in reverse for Wayne. The final two will be Helio and either Sabrina or Mel. They purposely paired Helio with Julianne to recreate the magic she had with Apolo. It’s all show business, and it works. Sabrina was already a dancer, so that’s a no brainer.

    As someone already said, it’s entertainment. Is anyone still hyperventilating over Sanjaya? Of course not…it’s on to the next BIG DEAL. This week it’s Wayne vs. Albert. Ho Hum.

  39. david Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Please eliminate Drew Lachey while you are at it!

    Thank GOD I can TIVO past his interviews..

    I would rather ROB a bank than listen to his boring, mono tone interviews…Give it to Donny Osmond…Remember there were two host on American Idol…Then there was ONE!

    You know its true…

  40. Bev Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I cannot believe what happened last night, as much as I enjoy the show I will not watch until Wayne Newton is off. It is painful to watch him and to think that he is going into his 3rd week…It is one thing to allow the public to vote but please the man can’t dance and no matter how much botax he uses it won’t help. What a slap in the face to those who are truly working at this and putting real effort into it.

  41. Bolivar de la Torre Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    If you need the participation of the viewers, do not give them more than 33%. The public vote with their heart, the judges are professionals and most of the times do the right thing. Wayne is not a dancer, the two eliminated contestants danced better. Same thing happened on previous years, some athletes ended up ahead of some very good contestants. Remember O.J. certain public think he is innocent.

  42. SS Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    I just want to know why giving your opinion on viewer voting has to get so mean spirited. What is the point of insulting the way Wayne looks? Lets face it he may not be the best dancer but he is trying his best. Give the guy a break – he is entitled to be kept on by his fans – others have been in past seasons. It is a TV Show not the end of the world and prize is a stupid mirror ball!

  43. Anonymous Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    If you need the participation of the viewers, do not give them more than 33%. The public vote with their heart, the judges are professionals and most of the times do the right thing. Wayne is not a dancer, the two eliminated contestants danced better. Same thing happened on previous years, some athletes ended up ahead of some very good contestants. Remember O.J. certain public think he is innocent.

  44. PollM Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Wayne it’s time to go, I think you’ve made it far along with your name and legend status. Which couple do you believe will be eliminated next? –> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=633

  45. who cares? Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 7:54 am

    this show lost it’s punch after season #1. the original premise has been lost, and that was to bring “stars” on who had no dance experience at all and teach them to dance. the first season they managed to scare up a bunch of people who fit that description. however, when it became clear that this was a 24/7 commitment, they could not get any decent stars to participate after that, because it is too much effort and interrupts their lives and schedules too much. so now they are forced into recruiting has beens and wannabes to be the “stars”. most of these are young kids who have had mega dance training as part of their education to get into the entertainment business.

    this is no longer a contest to see how stars can learn to dance. it is a desperate attempt to revive sagging careers or jump start new ones. everyone see it for what it is, and just enjoy the music and the costumes. you are all intense and nasty in your comments. remember, it is a tv show, not life or death! and stop ragging on poor wayne newton. granted, he is what he is, but lets see any of you get up there and give it a shot at 65! give the guy a break.

  46. Kathy Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 9:03 am

    OK. I’ll add my 2 cents. You must keep the fan voting or fans will stop watching and/or be interested. I like how they did it on this summer’s “Grease” auditions. The fans voted and determined the two lowest vote getters. Then the judges decided who, among those two, went home. I didn’t like this at first because I thought it took away from the fan voting but it makes it most fair. Alternately — and I feel this about most fan voting reality shows — I would much rather have fans vote for who should be eliminated, NOT for who stays. By voting for who stays, the votes are more skewed than if people voted for who should be eliminated.

  47. Lisa Billiar Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    NO, it is a dance contest not a popularity contest.

  48. Richman Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Here’s my take…although many here don’t like the public voting and several here know that Mario should have won over Emmitt because he was a better dancer, I believe that public voting should stay because of the controversy it causes. What would we all be talking about it there were no bad dancers in the field? Last year got kind of boring when the judges gave out so many 10′s towards the end. American Idol got interesting when Blake knocked off two of the three divas last season. If anyone here watched the “grease reality show”, that was a total farce because the judges had too much power and could pick anyone they wanted until the last show. So love it or hate it, this is a show we love to hate at times but it is always entertaining!

  49. jm Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Keep the viewers votes. The bad dancers eventually get voted out just like the bad singers on American Idol. In the end, really, the best dancers usually make the final 3 so I don’t see the controversy. Unlike American Idol, the public gets a limited amount of votes per week, therefore ensuring a less annoying results.

  50. Anonymous Says:
    October 4th, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    No, they should not get rid of the viewer votes and let us choose who we want on the show out of the people that say they’re interested so that we can have a say in who is there of the more well known people we haven’t heard from in a while.

  51. Viki Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    ABC sets it up as a popularity contest – they’re loving all this chatter – it makes for good ratings.

    On the first show of the season the host announced that the phones are open – BEFORE anyone had danced.
    How can you honestly vote for someone if you haven’t seen them dance?

  52. k g Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    I think that the people vote should count for less than it does now. The people who voted for Wayne Newton either need new glasses or are just dumb. Albert Reed danced by far better than Wayne who should definitely been gone this week! There was no comparison. It is sad that people voted just because Wayne is a Vegas Icon. Who Cares? He can’t dance for crap. He is so stiff and has no rythmn for someone in the entertainment business. Hopefully this week America will come to its’ senses and vote him off. It’s not about who you like, it’s about who can dance! I vote that we take away the phones for anyone who voted for Wayne Newton!

  53. Anonymous Says:
    October 8th, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Very unfair. get rid of the viewers vote. Wayne is not a dancer. How he lasted this long is a puzzlement. Tonights tango by Marie Osmond did not deserve the high score.What is wrong with the judges?

  54. Kimberly Says:
    October 9th, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    I agree with the idea of lowering the value of the call-in votes. This is supposed to be a talent competition not a popularity competition. I do believe Wayne Newton should of been voted off earlier as opposed to Albert Reed. However, anyone who is into the show and read early iterviews with Albert knows that from day one he is quoted as saying “he is a low-key guy and would rather be surfing then dodging the media. So he took the weekend to think it over when this was offered to him and decided he would do it for his Grandfather”. It was not a ploy for votes and it is quite disturbing to read such accusations from American viewers. I found it disgusting that Jimmy Kimmel is so talentless that he needed to make light of Alberts late Grandfather to get a chuckle out of his audience… at his expense. If the judges votes had more value I believe Alberts fan base would of grown and he would of gone pretty far in this competition

  55. Elaine Says:
    October 24th, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    I’ll tell you what we should be able to do. We should vote who gets ON the show. My vote goes to Papelbon, apparently he could dance. I found this video on youtube. It’s hilarious. This guy’s a fool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxaJKx75MQA

  56. Jill Nelson Says:
    October 31st, 2007 at 12:35 am

    The fan vote should not have the influence it has on who gets eliminated. It is very disturbing to me to watch and after this show is finished I will not be watching unless the producers of the show realize their error in judgment in allowing performers stay based on how many fans they have. This unfairness has happened more times than I care to revisit. Tonight Sabrina was robbed. I like Jane and Marie but they do not compare with the rest of the dancers. This is not a dance competition but one based on popularity. This show is fraudulant.

  57. Jill Nelson Says:
    October 31st, 2007 at 12:35 am

    The fan vote should not have the influence it has on who gets eliminated. It is very disturbing to me to watch and after this show is finished I will not be watching unless the producers of the show realize their error in judgment in allowing performers stay based on how many fans they have. This unfairness has happened more times than I care to revisit. Tonight Sabrina was robbed. I like Jane and Marie but they do not compare with the rest of the dancers. This is not a dance competition but one based on popularity. This show is fraudulant.

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