The Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup results angered many. In fact, the Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup results made some viewers quit the show for good. However, since Bristol Palin did not win, it gives the show a better chance to win those viewers back. By the time Season 12 begins in a few months, perhaps the audience will be willing to forgive and forget, and hope for better things the next time. Yet that depends on what the Dancing With the Stars lineup is next year, and how it will be judged.
Season 11 had the biggest ratings, and biggest impact on the national discourse, to date for the series. From a ratings and watercooler perspective, bringing Bristol Palin on was a big success. But from other perspectives, it caused a fan revolt.
Due to the Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup results, many questioned whether the voting was rigged, or was altered by one rabid fanbase. The further Bristol Palin advanced, the more anti-Palin fans threatened to stop watching, or actually did stop.
No previous season made a viewer shoot their gun at the TV, or send a white powder to the studio. In fact, no past season had served as a referendum on national politics. Yet now that the Palin experiment is over, the show has to go back to being mere entertainment.
Since the outrage over the Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup results peaked last week, the healing may have already begun. Once Season 12 starts, audiences may be ready to give the show one more chance. However, because the ratings were bigger than ever this year, the producers may feel the pressure to go even deeper next time.
As such, everything may depend on who is chosen for the Season 12 field. If Sarah Palin has her way, then it will be a political spectacle as well, since she reportedly suggested Christine O’Donnell should join the cast. If that happens, then the divisiveness over Bristol Palin’s run could be mere child’s play.
But the fury over the Dancing With the Stars 2010 lineup results could cause the producers to take action. Once Palin reached the finals, there were rumors of a new voting system for next year, in which the judges’ scores have more weight. Under that system, O’Donnell might have a harder time repeating Palin’s success, if she can’t dance.
The massive success and backlash over Season 11 will put Season 12 under a larger microscope. Did Palin’s run really do permanent damage to the show’s audience, or will it become bigger than ever now? The next Dancing With the Stars lineup and results will answer those questions in 2011.
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