October 03, 2007 06:32 AM by Joe Blackmon
It’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.