While ballroom dancing and, for example, figure skating, can be strictly entertainment when they are competitive events there have to be rules. This does not mean there can't be creativity within the rules. Competitions can be quite entertaining.
While DWTS is an entertainment program it is also a competition. Without rules those celebrities who are younger, fitter, better coordinated would have a huge advantage especially in the early rounds. Celebrities with potential would be eliminated before they had a chance to show it. That is the reason freestyle isn't allowed till the F3.
Any criticism of Mark in here (that I have read) has never been aimed at his talent, or his dancing ability, or even his creativity. It's all been aimed at his choices as a pro partner on the show, and how it affects his partner's scores, and the couple's image to the viewing audience.
I agree that he is an artist, as are all the pros. But in the context of the show, his job has requirements and boundaries built into it. At some point, he's going to have to make a choice to either learn how to channel his impulses in a less "precocious" way, or else find another outlet for his dances. If he is giving his all and not getting the reaction he desires, then he needs to find a different audience that might respond the way he's hoping for. But I think he's going to stay with the show, and keep running into walls, because he seems to enjoy being that person.
Congrats to Hines on his win.
I've thought for weeks he was going to win and after Kym's horrible accident, I was sure of it.
He was a very likable contestant, too, but not the greatest dancer. So, no surprise he'd take home the trophy on a show like this.
I had no problem with Mark. He does push the envelope and I appreciate that. He did push it more than he should have, but it's too bad that so many held it against Chelsea. I thought she was sweet, talented and very likable and, yes, a much better dancer.
I give Kirstie credit. She wasn't the best, but she did work hard.
I voted for the first time, this season, on Monday night.
I vote for whomever entertains me; not the biggest sob story, or whoever is the oldest or heaviest having to compete against younger and slimmer contestants, or whatever pro one feels "deserves" a win after all this time!! Ludicrous!!
The show is what it is - an entertainment show.
I would have liked to see Chris, Romeo, Ralph, Sugar Ray and Petra stay in longer this season. And, why did they spend so much time last night with Kendra and Mike C.!! Could have done without each of them.
Just my humble opinion, but seems to me people voted against Mark when they should have voted for Chelsie. I was shocked that they went out at F3. However, if you look at Mark's outrageous makeup, costumes and choreography, backlash was to be expected. He was showing himself off to the detriment of his partner, which the pros should never do.
I think it's ludicrous on any reality show when the person with the biggest sob story, back story, weight loss, overcoming some obstacle, having a non popular pro dance with them, etc. is handed the win simply due to such. ;)
Well so much for the "conspiracy" around Chelsea/Mark. Hindsight: there wasn't one there after all! (Just inconsistent scoring)