Since Mark's won twice (Kristie, Shawn), I'm not sure you can say that Maks has been luckier with partners than he's been. And even when Maks has gotten a decent partner, someone else has always had one just as good and/or with more of an established, loyal fan base.
It does seem kind of unfair that a handful of pros--the Houghs, Mark, Kym, and Cheryl--have won multiple times while other pros with strong dance and teaching backgrounds seldom make it even near the finals. I've always felt bad for Louis, who seemed to be the one they gave anyone they felt had emotional issues. Granted, he seemed to handle those kinds of problems well, but really, give him a shot to show what he could do when he wasn't stuck playing counselor as well as instructor. For that matter, if it's really about the celebrities, is it absolutely necessary that they have the same partner every week? Would it be possible to switch it up at some point, so that different people would be working together? Certainly that shouldn't bother the pros, since they have to work with different partners all the time, and those who teach must have multiple students with whom they work.
By the way, with all the talk about disrespect, I think they should also talk to the judges about respecting each other, since they feel free to insult each other too. Oh, yeah, and it might help to stop encouraging the audience to get so involved in the chanting, cheering, booing etc. They're never going to get complete silence, but they could step in to stop the reactions earlier.
Not sure about this cast being less interesting, I'm back for the first time since the "all about Donny Osmond" season...because I liked many in the cast and wanted to see how they did (Carson, Hope, Chaz, David, Ricky).
Really, if I were in the pros' position, I think I'd try to be relatively non-committal as well, because if you take a strong stand either way, you're just fanning the fires. If the press/show's producers don't get a bunch of dramatic comments they can use to manufacture controversy, the whole thing will eventually just die out. And who wants to be in the middle of someone else's argument in the midst of trying to train a "star" to be a dancer?
I also wouldn't be surprised if Maks took a break from DWTS after this season. He prefers NYC to LA, he's made it clear he's tired of the favoritism on the show, and he's got other business interests to keep him busy. If he's thinking of doing that anyway, he hasn't got a lot to lose by pointing out that the Emperor's new clothes are invisible. Or at least as skimpy as one of Edyta's old costumes.
A few other random thoughts:
I watch DWTS to be entertained, but I would also really enjoy learning more about the required elements in a specific dance. I think it would help the audience better appreciate the intricacies of each dance. There is so much filler right now, it seems like they could spend a few minutes to have some pros demonstrate the basic steps to look for in the particular dances we will see that night. Wishful thinking, I guess.
I am not a huge fan of Derek, but I do appreciate and enjoy his choreography and skill. I would love to see him assigned a star with lesser dancing skill, just to see if he could somehow make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. It would be fun to see.
J.R. for the win!
"Most of us go through life with blinders on. Knowing only that little station to which we were born. But you madam, have had the... rare privilege of escaping your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new perspective. How you choose to use that information is entirely up to you." -- Andrew to Joanna in Overboard
Clearly Derek has never been given a Cloris Leachman or But except for the ringers, I honestly don't think the producers know who's going to do well. A good dancer needs technique (you'd think athletes would have a bit of an advantage here as they're used to training their bodies to move in specialized ways); musicality (you'd think singers and musicians would have an advantage), and acting/playing to an an audience (you'd think anyone who's worked in front of an audience would have a bit of an advantage). Some athletes do well; others have two left feet dancing. Some singers do well; others (Michael Bolton, Billy Ray Cyrus, for example), bomb. At the start of their seasons, I didn't have any reason to expect Helio Castroneves, Emmitt Smith, or Kyle Massey to have any special talent for dance. On the other hand, I thought Monica Seles and Floyd Maywether would do well.
Someone mentioned this earlier. I don't know what MAKS wants, but I'd like for Derek to get a dud and the show to get all new judges. Most of us will agree that, regardless of who we like or dislike, the judging is inconsistent and one of the reasons is that different criteria is used for different couples. So handicap the celebs. Have the judges sit in on the last two weeks of pre-show practices, handicap them and then judge straight across the board. That should cut down on a lot of the nonsense.