“Dancing with the Stars” ends its special athletes-only season tonight, ending a shortened competition that will crown a Mirror Ball Trophy winner after just four weeks. What did you think of this limited edition of “DWTS”? Was it too short, too long, or just right? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
The very first season of “DWTS” wasn’t much longer than this, spanning six weeks in the summer of 2005, but there were only six celebrity contestants that year. Compare that to this season, when the show started with 10 competitors and cut that down to three in a mere three weeks, axing two contestants in the premiere, another two in week-two, and then three in week-three.
That doesn’t give the viewing audience a lot of time to get to know the contestants, which may have been a game-changer since half of the results are determined by viewer votes. That might have hurt contenders like Arike Ogunbowale, Chris Mazdzer and Mirai Nagasu, who were eliminated even though they had solid dance skills and outgoing personalities.
But there’s good news if you thought this season was rushed: there will be twice as much “Dancing” this fall. The original series will return for a 27th season on Monday nights that will be back to its usual duration, and there will be a brand new show, “Dancing with the Stars: Junior,” that will air on Sunday nights concurrently. Are you excited to have the old “DWTS” back, or did you prefer this miniaturized season? Vote below.
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