It is not that I am a huge fan of Dancing With the Stars or anything, but I have noticed something about the process of the show that does disturb me.
On the first night of dancing, the legendary astronaut, 80 year old Buzz Aldrin danced like he was one of the trees that comes alive in the movie version of Lord of the Rings. Honestly, it was excruciating to watch him “dance” as he pursed his mouth and counted as he slowly moved his feet. It was brutal.
And then there was Kate (the Shopping Cart) Gosselin. On the first night of dancing the judge said that it looked like her partner was pushing a shopping cart around the dance floor. And this week…my goodness. Jimmy Fallon did a copy of her Paso Doble. It was not pretty.
And yet after the first week of fan voting, who goes home? Shannen Doherty. Okay…she was not a great dancer but she was light years better than Buzz the Moon Walker or even Kate Gosselin.
So why is it that Shannen went home and not Buzz or Kate? Because the voting process is flawed. People vote for the person they like, not the one who is the best dancer. Buzz has the hero-factor, well, had the hero-factor, on his side. Fortunately his fan base realized that he was in over his head and mercifully let him return home last night.
What can the producers of the show do to fix this glitch? I’m not too sure but when you let the public vote on something as important as who is getting voted off Dancing With the Stars, you better make sure they are voting for the dancers, not the hero-factor. Otherwise it might be funny to see Kate Gosselin going up against Jake Pavelka in the finale!