That IS aggrevating! I don't like it either when the winner is almost virtually picked the first night - Bindi, Jennifer Gray, Kristi the the Olympic skater, Nicole of the Pussycat Girls - and fawned and drooled over incessantly either.
I do want to point out that some times it is as much about who has that willingness to get in there and learn - of course coupled with a great attitude and some ability - that carries them along as well as who is the better dancer.
This is a TV entertainment show. This is not a dance competition. In strictly a dance competition, the best dancer should win even if the person has zero charisma and nobody likes the individual personally at all.
I am going to point something else out I have noticed, though. In the last few seasons, the judges have gotten MUCH better about letting the win happen naturally the way it should. They score the finalists fairly, and then they let the decision fall to the voters.
For a very long time,I noticed they tried as hard as they could to manipulate the win with their comments and their scores beginning around the F5 or so, and it really got bad when it got down to the F3. It was as if they were determined to do what they could to select their choice for the winner - to heck with us, the viewers!
They, of course, were heavily criticized by the fans on sites like this for doing so, and in time they began to graciously back off.
This line-up is looking pretty good to me. Have we ever had this many promising dancers at the beginning? That makes it pleasurable to watch. Of course, I do enjoy watching those who can't dance learn to dance.
I don't have but two or three shows, folks! I am getting excited!!