It has been a long season for “Dancing with the Stars” fans with Sean Spicer boosters keeping him on the show. But on “Boy Band and Girl Group Night” Spicer finally landed in the bottom two (with country singer Lauren Alaina), which finally gave the judges the opportunity to send him home. And the readers we polled breathed a sigh of relief. Scroll down to see our complete poll results and our video recap of this week’s show.
It was nearly unanimous: 97% of respondents said Spicer deserved to be eliminated. That left only 2% who thought Alaina should have been sent home instead, and 1% who thought someone should have been eliminated who wasn’t in the bottom two. Is this the only time this season fans have been happy with an elimination?
Not quite. The majority of our readers thought the show got it right when the judges sent home Lamar Odom in the third week of competition. The basketball star struggled throughout his time on the show due to his impaired memory and the drastic height difference between him and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. He had the lowest scores of the season by far.
But that’s it. Our readers objected to every other elimination: Mary Wilson, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, Karamo Brown and Kate Flannery. Ray Lewis also went home early, but he withdrew due to injury and wasn’t eliminated, per se. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement of this season’s voting system, which replaced overnight voting with live voting during the east-coast telecast and gave the judges the power to save one of the bottom two after the judges’ scores were combined with viewer votes.
But the judges can’t eliminate you if you don’t land in the bottom two, and viewer votes carried such disproportionate weight that Spicer partisans were able to keep him out of harm’s way for weeks no matter how low his scores were. Now that he has been eliminated, though, fans have a great lineup of semifinalists to choose from: Alaina, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Kel Mitchell and James Van Der Beek.
What did you think of Monday night’s elimination? Are you looking forward to the semifinals now more than ever?
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