DWTS: Wrong Outcome
Margaret Cho went home tonight on DWTS. She and Louie were in the bottom two, along with Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas.
Bristol is wooden, has zero musicality and even less dance ability. The judges seem to be afraid of hurting her feelings. Unlike every other contestant, she has no pre-existing fan base of her own. She didn't star in a reality show or any tv show, she's not a comic, a singer, or a top athlete.
The politicization of the show this season, casting this unaccomplished, untalented, non-star with no resume of her own, only because her mother is famous and polarizing which will bring in viewers, has left a permanent sour taste. [More...]
Margaret was clearly better than Bristol. But viewers voted in sufficient numbers to keep Bristol, so she stayed and Margaret got the axe. It's obviously fans of her mother who are voting for her.
The show is called "Dancing With the Stars" because we're supposed to be watching contestants who have some celebrity in their own right and performing talent in a field other than professional dancing. Most are actors, singers, or top athletes. The few exceptions -- those without performing backgrounds like Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak former House Speaker Tom DeLay and astronaut Buzz Aldrin -- were well known because of their own careers.
Shame on ABC and shame on the judges for playing along and playing viewers.
Update: For those not familiar with the other contestants, this ABC article today has a brief synopsis. Some examples:
Brandy is a platinum-selling R&B and pop singer, actress, songwriter, and record/television producer. In 1994, at the age of 15, Brandy released her eponymous debut album, which sold more than 6 million copies.Rick Fox:
Three-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, actor and producer Rick Fox has appeared in a number of film and television projects, sharing the screen with actors ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to Henry Winkler to Angela Bassett and Shia LeBeouf.Jennifer Grey:
A beloved actress of both film and television, Jennifer Grey is best known for her starring roles in the iconic movies "Dirty Dancing" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."Florence Henderson (age 76):
Florence Henderson is a multi-talented actress, talk show host, recording artist, author, Broadway veteran and philanthropist. Her career is as active today as when she first appeared as the "Today Girl" on "NBC's Today Show" and was the first woman to host "The Tonight Show."Kyle Massey (Age 19):
Kyle Orlando Massey stars as Cory Baxter in Disney Channel's No. 1 hit sitcom, "Cory in the House," Disney Channel's first spinoff. He originated the role of Cory in Disney's "That's So Raven," the first show in Disney's history to produce more than 100 episodes. For his work on "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House," he received an NAACP Image Award nomination.Audrina Partridge:
After starring in six seasons of the hit series "The Hills," Audrina Patridge has joined the ranks of young Hollywood as one of the most sought-after and talked about talents on television.Mike the Situation Sorrentino: Star of Jersey Shore. "The popularity of the show caught fire, becoming one of the highest rated shows in MTV history and made "The Situation" into a pop culture phenomenon."
Kurt Warner is the first quarterback to participate in "Dancing With the Stars." In 1999, he emerged from obscurity to lead the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. That same year, Warner was named the NFL and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.And then there's Bristol, "former first daughter of Alaska" and teen pregnancy spokesperson who once appeared in a single episode of a reality show.
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