Same token though, I think this week Hines would've been happy with say straight 1's - he was happier that his partner was not severely hurt or dancing.
The problem I have here though is that IF Chelsea were such a good dancer - and I do mean her and not Mark dancing around her, WHY did they need to do the winner take all? I've never felt with any of the ringers - Nicole, Jennifer Grey, Kirstie Yamaguchi, etc. needed any help anyway in order to win their trophies.Chelsea has done a very good job and is certainly equal to Hines and Kirstie and therefore deserving of a spot in the finale. I would hate to see her lose should she and Mark give the best performance just because people don't like Mark.
I also don't condone what is IMHO breaking the rules of dance and doing your own thing. If Mark and Chelsea had presented their cha-cha at a professional contest, they'd been last if not DQ'd for the stunts they pulled (swing/hip-hop). Yes, I understand this is NOT a real contest, but I feel that it should be treated more in line with a pro contest and have some standards. Rewarding flat out not doing a cha-cha with 15 points (more than they can get on a single paddle for a regular dance) to me is having no standards.
Another aspect of this show originally though was to take dancers and try to see who could be improved the most. Going by this, all but Chelsea in the final four were deserving of this title. Chelsea had the most experience than the others IMHO.I believe Chelsea and Hines are overall better dancers than Ralph-yes, he got screwed, but has he given consistently better performances than Hines and Chelsea? IMO, no.
And as someone mentioned - Ralph is 49, Kirstie is 60. Hines and Chelsea are younger - even if Hines was say in his 30s. That factors in as far as the "consistency."
My opinion - yes. She gave consistent performances, even if a couple it was consistent malfunction/trip.Kirsti has certainly shown herself to be a better dancer than most of the population, including those much younger than her. Watching Her and Maks dance has been a joy and their chemistry on the dance floor is palpable. But does she necessarily deserve to be in the final three. I don't know (and she's my favorite!)
Chris I don't think so. Romeo was screwed by the Mark/Chelsea issue. People could argue Ralph, but as long as he was cleared to dance, I don't think it'd been right to have him drop out for Romeo to have a chance.A good argument could be made that Romeo or even Chris Jericho deserved a finale spot. But thems the breaks in a show that isn't an actual dance competioton.
I do think that Romeo and Chelsea were better too than Mark and the Disney Chelsea. It should've been a fun final four, without the C/M duo factoring in.
I concede this, but I would much rather have a dancer people LIKE winning. People do not like Mike and many do not know who Chelsea is or are like me feeling that she now feels entitled to the win. Guess the one concession I have here is that the other person I felt that acted this way and hadn't won yet was the year when Donny Osmond won.I mean, when you have arbitrary, every changing rules from the judges and then rely on the public to vote `objectively', you aren't going to necessarily wind up with the best team crowned the winner.
If Mark and Chelsea do not break the rules again in what is a specific dance (as they do dance normally a redemption dance and free) and have an excellent free, then I'll agree with this. If he continues to break rules and they keep giving him kudos for it, I will feel the win is cheapened.So, may the best team, despite the hodge podge of things which make up this show, win (whoever that turns out to be).
I mean - If I were Mark I'd be embarrassed to know the only reason I'm in this season is because of a change in the game to have a winner take all game that is so unfair I'd say that anyone winning it - even my favorites (which out of the top five is all but Chelsea) won it.