“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” premiered on April 30 and eliminated two celebrities on that very first night of the competition. We thought basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Arike Ogunbowale would be goners, but instead snowboarder Jamie Anderson and baseball star Johnny Damon were sent packing after judges’ scores were combined with viewer votes. Our readers weren’t too happy with those results when we polled them for their reactions. Scroll down to see the complete poll results at the bottom of this post. (Check out our live blog recapping week two right here.)
Only 12% of respondents thought that both Anderson and Damon deserved to get the boot. And the panel of judges might have even agreed. Neither dancer had the lowest score on the leaderboard: Anderson earned 19 out of 30 for her Viennese waltz with her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev, while Damon and pro partner Emma Slater scored 18 out of 30 for their rough-around-the-edges foxtrot. That left Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in last place with 17 out of 30, but he clearly had enough support from fans to overcome his shortfall in the scores.
Another 4% of readers thought Anderson deserved to be eliminated, while Damon should have stayed in the competition. Way more readers (35%) thought Damon deserved the axe while Anderson should have lived to dance another day. But almost half of fans (49%) thought it was wrong to eliminate both of them. In all, 47% of readers agreed with Damon’s elimination, while a mere 16% agreed with Anderson’s ouster. Would Anderson and Damon have survived in another season when viewers would have voted for their favorites after the show, instead of during the show as they did for the “Athletes” season premiere? Or would they have been eliminated anyway?
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