“Dancing with the Stars” has a unique way of announcing eliminations. The results are based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewer votes, and the contestant with the lowest total goes home each week. But the show also announces a second contestant who is “in jeopardy” even though they may not have been the next lowest scorer at all — for instance, Frankie Muniz was “in jeopardy” on “Disney Night,” while Sasha Pieterse was the celeb sent home. We polled our readers about that method of revealing the results, and they responded that the show should stop being so coy — reveal the actual results!
Two-thirds of our readers (67%) said that the show should reveal the real bottom two when the judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes. That would be more in line with other audience-voted live reality shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol,” which announce outright who the lowest scorers are.
But another 15% of respondents say that “DWTS” should keep it just the way it is to build suspense. And to be fair, producers may also be trying to avoid unduly influencing the competition. Since the judges’ scores are entirely transparent, revealing the actual bottom dancers would show us exactly who has strong fan support relative to their dance scores. That could lead the fans of some contestants to get complacent while the fans of stars near the bottom will be mobilized. That could theoretically lead to poorer dancers sticking around for longer. So perhaps it is better to keep the audience guessing. That way everyone’s fans know they have to support their favorites every week, just in case.
Of course, “DWTS” could avoid tipping the scales entirely by only revealing who is eliminated and not announcing anyone else at risk at all. That’s what the last 18% of our readers think the show should do. Who do you agree with? Check out the results below, and you can keep voting here.
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