EC . . .
Speaking strictly for Yours Truly . . .
Guess what? I actually DON'T have a problem with errors --- such as illegal lifts --- being pointed out during dances that they're not supposed to be allowed in. I mean, using common sense --- and yes, there are SOME of us that at least TRY to, anyway! --- if a lift is illegal and NOT supposed to be in a dance, then so be it.
You play, you pay.
Where I --- and perhaps, a lot of OTHER people --- have an issue with CA is, first of all, THAT SHE IS NOT CONSISTENT IN DINGING DANCERS FOR ILLEGAL LIFTS! I have lost COUNT of the number of times, during critiques, I've heard and seen her say to a couple: "I saw a little lift there, but I'll let it go for tonight! Just wanted to make you aware of that!". OR --- and this is even MORE irritating --- she'll nail one couple for a lift and not make an issue of it with ANOTHER couple.
Give me a freakin' BREAK!
And the WAY in which she usually does it? Either like she's a schoolmarm rapping a bad student's knuckles with a ruler, or like some hopped-up Valkyrie deciding some poor schlub's eternal fate.
I never understood, anyway, WHY CA is the ONLY one of The Three that rides the "Lift Police" Train. Len and Bruno. Are they, or are they NOT judges, too? Frankly, I don't EVER recall seeing either one of them call anybody out for a lift. One of the guys just MAY have called somebody out for an illegal lift over the course of the show. But I've watched since Season 1 and I don't ever recall seeing that, though it's possible one or both of them might have.
Sure, I understand the reasoning behind dinging couples for lifts that are not supposed to be in a particular dance. But the way in which that's handled on this show --- AND the person that handles it --- I don't care for MOST of the time, anyway.
So, speaking strictly for Yours Truly, I'll be just fine and dandy continuing to happily snark away at CA and her self-assurmed "Lift Police" persona.
Totally agree, the judges need to be consistent. I thought CA said that she gave everyone a pass up to last week but told everyone that she would start docking, and in that sense she's been consistent.