“Looking back at the season, do you think that producers should make some changes?” says Cordell Martin in our post-“Dancing with the Stars” video slugfest. Not only do we try to digest all the surprises from season 24 — from Heather Morris‘s shocking eighth-place elimination, to Simone Biles missing the finals, to Rashad Jennings winning the Mirror Ball Trophy — but we also look ahead for possible ways to improve the show going forward. Watch us discuss the possibilities above, and vote in our poll below to let us know what you think.
“I’ve been reading online that, although there was outrage with [Normani Kordei] being in third, there were a lot of people who felt that Rashad and [David Ross] deserved to be first and second because they didn’t have the dance background,” Cordell suggests. “Maybe [voters] were trying to take a stand that they want to see more celebrities that have no dance experience.” So one possibility for next season might be to keep experienced dancers out of the competition. However, it’s hard to argue that experienced dancers have an advantage after a season like this. Novice dancers finished first and second, while every single ringer under-performed.
Speaking of which, what should be done when there is a shocking result that sends a high-scoring contestant home? Cordell suggests “either a judges’ save or a dance-off” to give a contestant a chance to escape elimination when there’s a questionable outcome. “‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ which ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is based off of, does a dance-off up to a certain point in the competition. The two lowest-scoring couples of that week dance head-to-head and the judges vote on their favorite … It would be interesting to see who has a strong fan base, for selfish reasons in terms of predicting.”
Another possible change, not related to the outcome of the competition, might be to introduce same-sex couples. This past season we saw strong chemistry between celeb Nick Viall and pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and another pro, Artem Chigvintsev, swooned when he got to meet his idol Ricky Martin. Those interactions were mostly played for laughs, but why not mix things up for real? Next season could feature a variation of the show’s “Switch Up” theme in which the celebs swap dance partners — but split them off into same-sex pairs instead of other opposite-sex couples. The show has made progressive strides before, including having transgender activist Chaz Bono compete during season 13.
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