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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:09 AM

56. It's a bit of both...but the geeks often get pushed forward.

It isn't always the "cool kids" that win. So it is like high school, but a high school where the cheerleader and the varsity athlete don't always have the advantage.

For example, George Hamilton should have gotten the axe long before he did, but his "comedic stylings" (and he was hilarious) appealed to older viewers, so they kept him on with their votes. Same with Cloris Leachman--in terms of absolute ability to do the dips and fancy steps, eh--she was in her eighties, after all--but her "value added" to the show with her personality and clever quips made her a fan favorite. Jerry Springer was another contestant who was too old and too slow, but people voted for him because his performances were "fun" even while not being perfect. Because Chaz Bono was the first transgender contestant, he was "saved" a number of times even though he really didn't have the dancing chops--it was more of a "solidarity" vote than a "talent" vote. Kirsty Alley, who was substantially overweight (though she could dance, with some wheezing) gave it her all and provided a lot of memorable moments. America watched her lose a ton of weight by literally "dancing her ass off" and she almost won. Same with Marie Osmond, who parlayed her DWTS gig into a Weight Watchers endorsement--she provided some drama by fainting dead away after doing one of her numbers.

The professional dancers who teach/train the celebrities and do the choreography and costuming also have fan followings and are well known to the people who watch the show regularly.

Usually, though, at the very end, as the contestants enter the semi-finals, the last people standing have some serious ability. The dances get harder and the judges get shittier the longer the show goes on. The judges can, and do, give out ass chewings to both the contestants and the professional dance partners if they don't "follow the rules" or give a sufficiently rigorous performance. That kind of conflict adds to the drama of the show.

If you've ever lived in UK, this is the same program, almost, as "Strictly Come Dancing" though I think the USA version is a bit more fun. Two of the judges (Bruno Tognioli and Len Goodman) are the same but they seem to cut loose more on this side of the pond.

Watch some drama--Marie Osmond faints:



Jerry Springer--filler piece (the show is full of those and they are fun) and his hilarious samba:




Emmitt Smith--surprising talent (and a winner):



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