The judges may not have loved them but the fans sure did. On Monday night’s season 11 premiere of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, two MTV regulars- Hills star Audrina Patridge and Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino -strutted their stuff to some arguably bad pop song remakes. And both survived the show’s first cut.
The judges scored Patridge with a total of lackluster 19 points out of 30, while The Situation received a dismal 15 points for his 80’s fist pump moves. But both of the MTV stars had enough viewer votes to stay on the show. Instead, former Knight Rider hunk David Hasselhofff was sent packing.
Could this mean that the MTV vote will rule this season on Dancing With the Stars?
IndeedThe Hills, which ended its 6 season run earlier this year, was one of the highest rated shows ever on MTV. Patridge has a lot of fans- and over a million followers on Twitter. While ABC showed a teensy clip of The Hills in her intro segment, it certainly didn’t show DWTS fans anything about her. This week’s votes most certainly came from Patridge’s jillions of Hills fans.
The Situation had his own problems this week. With less than a week to practice with partner Karina Smirnoff, his performance paid the price. While The Sitch touted his own stairway-leap, the judges dissed his finger waggling and slapped him hard, saddling him with the low point score of 15. Still, even though he was tied for last place with the judge’s scores, The Situation survived.
His MTV reality show, Jersey Shore, is hot into its second season right now and like The Hills, it’s a ratings bonanza. Could The Situation’s guido-loving fans have kicked in enough votes to keep him on Dancing With the Stars? Uh…yeah. I doubt if Granny from Utah voted for him. DWTS fans who didn’t already know The Situation had plenty of other familiar faces to vote for- everyone from Michael Bolton to Mrs. Brady. Let’s just say The Sitch’s dancing prowess didn’t save him this week, his MTV fans did.
Which brings me to my point: could the votes from the MTV generation rule this season’s Dancing With the Stars? As seen with American Idol, kids with cell phones will relentlessly text in their votes. Over and over again. With two MTV heavy hitters on this season’s Dancing With the Stars, this could greatly skew the voting, even if Patridge and The Situation give mediocre dance performances.
And when all is said and done, it may just come down to this: a battle between the beauty and a bad boy.
May the most popular MTV reality star win!
Dancing With the Stars, September 21, 2010, ABC TV