ABC knows who the popular pros are. For some reason that baffles me Derrik is popular. He annoys the heck out of me with all the mugging and overconfidence. They also know that Dimitry and Mark have huge following. So they put the dancers they want to stay on the show with their most popular dancers. There is a reason that certain dancers get stinkers every season. This is why I do not even feel interested this year. My favorite dancers are Edyta, Tony, Kym, and Alec. Edyta never gets anyone to work with, Alec always gets the uncoordinated tall women, and Tony gets the older women. Kym is all that is keeping me interested, and Donny by default.
For me when the Houghs and Ballas took over, it went downhill.