However, Kristy Swanson and Lloyd did a really good routine (shaky and not as polished and Jillian and John), but still a good routine filled with some tricky steps. And they got a lower score the Kurt and Deborah Gibson? Their routine was cute, but Deborah really didn't do much compared to the other novices.
And yes, it's really not fair that you have some people who've never skated a day in their lives (Deborah, Bruce, Todd) and then you have people who've skated quite a bit (Jillian, Dave Coulier). I think even Kristy Swanson skated -- not as a pro or anything (obviously), but she knew how to skate before this show.
My guess though is that the judging is for entertainment value and no one would watch if everyone was a bad skater.