Each week on “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron announces the results by revealing who is safe and who is “in jeopardy” After two or three competitors are told they’re at risk of elimination, the contestant with the lowest total when you combine the judges’ scores with viewer votes is sent home, but the other celebrities who were announced as being in jeopardy might not have really been in jeopardy at all. That’s because “DWTS” doesn’t actually tell us who else besides the eliminated contestant had low scores. “Jeopardy” is a way to escalate the suspense for the viewers and contestants alike. But do you agree with that practice? Maybe the show should start revealing who’s really in the bottom two or three. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know what you think.
In arbitrarily announcing who is “in jeopardy,” “DWTS” diverges from other reality competition shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol,” which really do reveal which contestants had the lowest scores. That may be because those shows are driven strictly by viewer votes, while “DWTS” combines the opinions of viewers and judges. And perhaps revealing the true bottom contestants would influence voting: if fans know who narrowly escaped elimination they might be mobilized into voting that celeb through the competition longer than they perhaps should.
But that happens anyway, even when “DWTS” withholds information. We’ve seen time after time how contestants with scores in the middle of the pack are eliminated, perhaps because complacent viewers assumed they were safe enough and didn’t vote. In fact, this season only one of the three contestants eliminated so far actually had the lowest judges’ score: “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran.
What do you think? Should “DWTS” reveal the actual bottom two or continue to leave the mystery of who is “in jeopardy”? Vote below.
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