I also gotta say that I just hated this episode. I don't know, none of the routines seemed that musical (except Hines). The two sambas from Chelsea and Kirstie seemed unmusical and ridiculously slow tempo. I wasn't really impressed with the freestyles either, seasons past seemed so much better. As much as Mark outdances Chelsea, I feel like Maks is doing the same kinda... or I can see him holding back. I just really don't see what anybody does about Kirstie's dancing.
Like I said before... DISNEY OWNS ABC. Whenever you put a Disney star on DTWS, there will be a potential conflict of interest.
HUGE 2nd on keeping voting lines open before they dance. That needs to be killed. All it does is encourage favoritism.
This show has had lots of upsets beginning with the first winner, who I personally voted for. I've watched many more dancing shows since then and might not vote for her now, but back then, with unseasoned eyes she was my pick. But John was never going to be my pick either, so I would have voted for her or for Joey(?).
I've always liked that in the end it's not about the most technically perfect dancer, as they often leave me wishing for more. I don't even care that much for a lot of the pro-dances. I have figured out that I need that personal connection with the dancers to really enjoy it. The troop this year- don't care for them. I do however like to watch the pros I know dance. I particularly love watching Anna dance, especially with Jonathan. Her face lights up and she glows when she dances with him.
For me personally I vote with my heart for sure. I voted to keep both Kelly Osborne and Ty Murray (sp?) in much longer than perhaps their dancing warranted, but their heart and personalities made me want to see them more than other dancers that were perhaps technically better. As some have mentioned up-thread this show doesn't have a level playing field, so I vote for whom I want to see more of. I have been voting for Kirstie. I think she's doing a fabulous job for her age. It's amazing what she's accomplishing. I don't think Chelsea is as great as she does. I've seen better dancers over the years and I didn't vote for them either.
Chelsea and Mark's free-style dance was my least favorite. I wish they hadn't had that whole WTA dance. I have a feeling that we'd be seeing a different finale. Brandi might have been a better dancer last year, but I think her personality rubbed some people the wrong way and that's why she didn't get the votes.
This show from the beginning was about voting for your favorites and I for one still want the favorite to win. They have dance competitions for the technically perfect. I love that this show has been about the stars who win us over with their heart, dedication, personal growth and oh yeah, learning some dancing too!
i agree with all who said that Chelsea and Mark were terrible last night. Even the group who I watch with and they like the couple, thought that it was the worst dance of the night. And I bet they had the lifts because Kirstie kept talking about all the aerials they were going to do :lol and then Mark going shirtless.... just a Maks wannabe... and a very very poor imitation of the real thing ;)
I truly believe Bristol was getting a ton of fan votes and probably made it to the end based on those votes--and that is totally ok with me because this is "vote for your favorite." What I wasn't okay with was the blatant overscoring from the judges to appease stupid Mark and "help" them move forward in the competition. If she had been scored properly there is a good chance the viewers couldn't overcome the margin if she had 4s and 5s...but if they were given those [accurate] scores and still moved forward then she deserved it; after all, the premise of the show is supposed to be 50/50 judges/viewers and if those are the rules then those are the rules.
From the previous thread I mentioned that I couldn't get one vote in for Kirstie/Maks but went straight through for Hines. Another poster said the exact same thing...so my question is: are these results accurate...seems to me that 2 to 3x as many viewer votes would overcome the small difference in judges score? Interesting.