As Tom Bergeron said, they don't care about a level playing field.Originally Posted by JavaJo;3735167;
The problem I see with trying to level the playing field is that due to the odd structure of the show, with an elimination the first week and every weak thereafter, the show needs a range of abilities, needs some expendable talent that won't be too bitter when they are among the first to leave. Ashley Hamilton said he was grateful just to be on the show. How much more humiliating would it be for an experienced dancer to be the first one booted off. It was interesting to see Priscilla Presley, but most people agree she left at about the right time.
And since the audience is told to vote not for the best dancer but for their favorite, there is no way to level the playing field there. Shawn Johnson was not the best dancer imo but had enthusiastic fan support before she set foot on the hardwood, and Warren Sapp never became a good dancer but nearly won the whole thing.
Mya may well win because her background gives her a leg up on the competition, but I don't think it's a given. Any time audience vote counts for half of something, anything can happen. Donny started out with less online poll support than Mya, but has gained on her every week and now leads her, though they are both still behind Louie Vito.