With Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino being voted off Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night, it seems Bristol Palin is the next to go, at least if the voting were to work logically, which it rarely ever does on reality TV. However, by week four, it’s no longer seeming like a surprise who’s leaving thanks to judging this season that seems more planned and deliberate.
The Situation and his professional partner stood on the stage ready to leave, according to his package, with Bristol and Mark Ballas, as well as Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya. These three teams didn’t just have the lowest of judges scores, but also comments that almost seem deliberately cruel at a certain point. They’ve come under fire from The Situation, as well as Michael Bolton, who was voted out in week two.
The comments always seem to be directed at those that don’t have any dancing skill, but who are trying with everything they have. Â Michael Bolton certainly has rhythm and musicality, but his older body isn’t used to moving like that, as he doesn’t move a lot when he sings. But he was in there trying those first two weeks. He posted embarrassing scores and judge Bruno Tonioli told him it was the worst dancing he’d seen in all seasons of Dancing With the Stars. Fans think he’s too quick to forget, and Michael thought it was inappropriate and disrespectful.
The Situation heard negative comments from all three judges, including the seemingly crusty Len Goodman, who told him his performance was consistent and bad throughout. The Situation took offense to the three 4s he posted as technical scores, saying he’d hoped they weren’t really 4s. He’d said Monday night they were hating and unpositive, and was particularly upset they didn’t see the progress he’d made.
It seems likes contestants keep leaving after the judges give them deliberately bad scores, and now after four weeks, the three celebrities that were in the bottom three the first week are all gone. The first couple weeks the judges seemed to be in love with Bristol, but not the past two weeks, and if judging keeps going the same way, she’ll receive really bad scores next week.
The problem with all this, of course, is that it gets too predictable. It seems obvious that the judges saw that when they posted moderate scores for a non-dancer doing badly, sometimes they had the popularity to stay with the voters. That’s what the extremely low votes then seem to be, an honest attempt to get rid of the dancers the judges feel are lacking in skill. However, it’ll be quite boring to watch a final three of Jennifer Grey, Audrina Patridge, and Brandy. Not because they’re boring dancers, but because they seem to be the only dancers the judges can stand, other than possibly Rick Fox.
Dancing With the Stars is going to have to keep trotting out new changes such as teams, groups, different stage shapes, and acoustic nights, because the show is going to become too predicable if we just watch the judges’ current whooping boy eliminated each week.