Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani in DANCING WITH THE STARS Results Show - Season 13 - Week 4 | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani in DANCING WITH THE STARS Results Show - Season 13 - Week 4 | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

There were a lot of people up in arms over the early dismissal of Chynna Phillips last week on DANCING WITH THE STARS. A few were still peeved over the Kristin Cavallari debacle the previous week as well. So, I decided to do a little investigating and looked up all the scores from seasons 1-12 and compared the scores of the runners up to the official winners to see just how much of an influence the audience actually has in determining the winner. In other words, I added up all the judges’ tallies alone.

You might be surprised by what I discovered. It turns out, only half of the proclaimed winners on DWTS were actually the judges’ picks. Now, if the judges’ and only the judges had their say we would not have had such popular winners like Emmitt Smith or Donny Osmond. The very first winner Kelly Monaco did in fact lose to John O’Hurley, if it were up to the judges. Mel B. did kick Helio Castroneves butt and yes, Gilles Marini beat out Shawn Johnson.

The biggest surprise and the only time on the 12 seasons to ever have this happen was what happened last season. Hines Ward was so popular that not only did he beat runner up Kirstie Alley, he also beat the “real” judges’ winner Chelsea Kane and she came in 3rd ! Kane would have easily blown Ward away on points alone, but it wasn’t even close, even without her extra 15 points she earned in the instant ChaChaCha contest.

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas perform on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 12 - Week 10 - "Finals" | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

Was Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas the real winners of DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 12 ? | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

Also of interest are the season 2 stats. Winner Drew Lachey actually tied with Stacey Keibler who placed third. Jerry Rice ended up in 2nd place only after Keibler did a very disappointing free style.

So, there you have it. DWTS is in fact a popularity contest, but, yes, at least half of those in the popularity contest can also dance … according to the judges.

Jennifer Grey, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi. Brooke Burke and Nicole Scherzinger all won both the populist vote and the judges’ accolades. Smith, Osmond, Monaco, Castroneves, Johnson and Ward may have been the judges’ second or even third choices but the fans, well, they showed them an enormous amount of love.

In the end, we all have to remember something. This is not rocket science. Nor is this the absolute in a precise scoring and definitive “talent” contest. Many a time, believe me, I have been upset over who won and who didn’t – Mario Lopez for one. However, in the end, it’s all fun. It’s a little of this and a sprinkle of that. Sometimes the judges’ picks win, sometimes the fans’ picks do. Without both of their inputs the show just wouldn’t be the same. It’s showbiz. There’s a reason why it’s on TV. It’s entertaining. All you can do is vote for those you like and then hope others – including the judges – like them too!

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  5. The formula for choosing the winners is set to be a combination of voter choices tempered by judge’s calls. The restrained judge’s inputs (based much more on content vs. ballroom conventions) is balanced by the admittedly biased “fan” inputs. Which actually carries more weight? Considering that the amateur cast is carefully chosen to have representatives of diverse demographic groups (and to encourage voting for favorites from those constituencies) it seems clear that popularity is welcomed in a a valid, weighty part of the results. Yes, popularity rules. Interestingly, even emotional voters, though, usually end up conceding that they can’t elect a dead horse all the way….so more common sense usually eliminates the non-dancers near the last 1/3 of the elimination run.

    Bob
  6. Popularity contest without a doubt! I’m done.

    Katy
  7. The Pros work their butts off with the stars only to have the final winner determined by popularity not talent. Real shame! Judges votes should be the only vote to determine the winners.

    Val

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