Up to this season, DWTS has been the second most popular show after the American Idol, with high level dancing displayed by contestants. I am not a dancer, but I believe, that, for you to compete, you must put in much effort and time to make it to the next elimination stage. This season had attracted all sought of celebrities across the aisle, from musicians, to athletes and even politicians.
This season of DWTS was not any different from the past seasons, until when Sarah Palin showed up in support of her daughter. Nothing wrong with that, in fact, I applaud her for showing support for her daughter Bristol throughout the competition. But my question is one, to what point should Palin let her influence propel her daughter Bristol to the finals at the expense of better performing contestants? If I’m to attempt answering that question, I would say, making physical appearances might not be good. Currently, the public has been blinded by Palin’s popularity, and Bristol is riding on that fact. It does not matter how badly, or how unemotionally attached she performs. For as long as the public are in love with Palin, then they will extend their loyalty to Bristol, at the expense of hardworking and deserving contestants, Jennifer, Kyle and brandy, who might suffer the wrath of Bristol’s popularity.
The Voting last week that saw the eviction of Brandy had a negative impact to the ratings of DWTS, That even the professional dancers had their jaws drop at the announcement. The voting block that propelled Bristol to the finals, are infatuated by the idea that she is competing in the show. To be real, this voting is not meant for Bristol, but for Sarah Palin. If anything, she should be the one competing and not Bristol. Maybe that would make sense. The blinded voters have managed to throw this season off, with no clear front runner. If this trend continues, then future seasons will lose meaning, and eventually DWTS will be rendered irrelevant.
The voting trends this season should send the organizers back to the drawing board and debate the role of political relatives of the contestants in the whole show, their impact, to the ratings of individual contestants, and that judges should be given the power to over-ride the public votes if they do not justify the performance of a particular contestant. Yes I believe in majority rule, but there is a need to protect the minority, if they are unfairly judged, as it happened with the elimination of Brandy.
Having said that, this season should serve as an eye opener for better judging next season, for I believe there is always room for improvement.