Since I've only watched this season in full, I have no idea about the earlier seasons except for the clips I've seen on you-tube. From those, it was closer to ballroom with less gimmicks and tricks which allowed for more content in the dances. Now there's a lot of strolling to the stairs or dancing on chairs which lends itself more to a casino show than a ballroom competition.Originally Posted by karalott;3908802;
Tony and Maks said in a recent interview that the expectations have changed as well. When they reviewed footage of season 2, the choreography was much simpler (closer to ballroom), but now, it's over the top.
If we hold to the truest sense of the word "competition," then it's people judged for the exact same thing based on the exact same criteria. What are those criteria? I know what Len looks for, but CA and Bruno just want flash. CA might be the lift police, but she's too swept up in the performance that she doesn't always see the dancing. Bruno is Bruno.
I wish each judge "policed" a certain element: Len overall ballroom technique, CA posture/footwork, Bruno overall performance or whatever. Not only would they have a defined purpose but the feedback would be constructive and helpful to the pro and dancer. The audience would know where the marks come from!
But for it to change into a credible scoring system, it would mean the sacrifice of the show's manipulation. Right now, the show can control the outcome by directing the judging. Even with the change, they probably still could, but we'd never see the high scores that we do now.