(NOTE: My proposal to increase DWTS ratings appears at the end of this post.)
"Dancing With the Stars" said so long to the Ice Man on Tuesday, and the show is probably better off for it. While he provided that novelty element that was nice for a week or two, he definitely was the weakest link so GOOD-BYE! (Props to GottaDance for guessing that!)
I didn't think Backstreet Boy Wannabe would go, since they revealed his "bottom two" status so early. But you never know. He MUST have a break-through performance (and less whininess) next week, or he's outta there!
The results show was good enough that I only fast-forwarded the commercials. Cute bit with the celeb's kids. Kudos to Jake for landing the "Bachelor" bid, though it should've been Derek - LOL! Shakira did a nice job. Not sure about the weird Chinese drummers during the first song. And the rapper got a little too much air time during the second time. But all and all good job!
Now, down to business. IMO there are too many celebs, and the ones they have aren't as compelling as some of those in past seasons. Agree with GottaDance about no time to explain dances, etc. The judges, Len in particular, might be trying to create controversy (and increase ratings) by some of the questionable scores, but IMO that's only turning off people.
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HOW TO HIKE DWTS RATINGS: I don't know if ABC can pull it off, but here's my proposal:
For Season 10, invite all previous 9 champs and three of the best runners-up (French Guy, nSync'er aka Joey Fatone and Scare Spice, for instance), and have those 12 (NO MORE THAN 12) complete all season for some super mirror ball trophy. They should be paired with different partners this time. If one of the previous champs refuses, then add another runner-up or perhaps Cheetah Girl aka Sabrina Bryant. Since we already "know" them from previous DWTS seasons, we'll already be engaged with the celebs. The dancing obviously would be good-to-great each week. The drama of who gets booted each week, since each celeb is good and popular, would boost the results show's ratings as well. What do y'all think about that? (Please post your comments below.)