Poll: Do figure skaters Meryl Davis & Charlie White have unfair advantage on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Shortly after winning the Olympic gold medal for ice dancing – a first for an American team – figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White were announced as rival competitors for season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Should we already consider them the frontrunners, especially given that “DWTS” star Derek Hough choreographer their short program for the Olympics?

Davis and White have obvious advantages. As figure skaters, they’re already accustomed to choreography and performing to music. What’s more, ice dancing, unlike other figure skating disciplines, is already based in large part on ballroom dancing, so if you can do it on a four millimeter blade, surely you can master it on your own two feet on solid ground, right? 

Figure skaters have done well in the past on “DWTS.” Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist in the ladies’ singles event, won the sixth season of the ABC reality series in 2008. Two years later, Evan Lysacek, a men’s singles skater, made it to the season 10 finals, but lost to Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. Like Davis and White, Lysacek also competed on “Dancing” a month after winning Olympic gold.

With both Davis and White in the competition this year, and competing as rivals instead of partners, the question might be, which one of them will come out on top if it becomes a head-to-head match-up? Will they be as compatible with their respective dance partners, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess, as they are with each other?

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2 thoughts on “Poll: Do figure skaters Meryl Davis & Charlie White have unfair advantage on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

  1. There are always those on the show who have great skills that help them on the show. Gymnastic skills, athletes, people used to being filmed, and others who have had other training. That does not make them win. This year, I think there are a couple others who have extensive dance/ballroom training and don’t forget that learning to dance on the floor is going to be interesting for the ice skaters who are used to flowing all the time and not stopping.

  2. There have been many others, like Donny Osmond and others mentioned in this piece, who were used to choreography and well-versed in performance techniques of all kinds when they competed. So I’m not sure why this question seems to keep cropping up in this case. Figure skating is a very specialized form of dance, and is nothing like ballroom dancing. Hough says he learned as much from Davis and White as they did from him, but I’m sure this will be a very unique experience for the two of them.

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