SAN DIEGO, May 14, 2013 – After nine weeks of competition, participants are set for next week’s Season 16 final of “Dancing With The Stars.”
The bigger elimination news came earlier Tuesday from the ABC “upfront” meeting unveiling the Fall 2013 primetime TV schedule.
With the show’s ratings dropping recently, rumors circulated that DWTS might take Fall 2013 off and wait to return in Spring 2014. Good news for fans: you will still get your Monday night fix. The show will return in September.
The Tuesday night results show will not return. The lion’s share of the ratings problem has been with the Tuesday night edition. Show producers and the network hope putting the focus on one big night will improve viewer numbers.
Where does this leave fan voting? The most likely process would follow Season 1, which only had a single weekly show. The first elimination happens in week 2, and includes the judges’ scores from both weeks 1 and 2. Fan voting starting with week 1 is added to the following week’s judges scores, and so on.
The fans we surveyed and the response on the leading fan blog Pure DWTS are overwhelmingly positive with this development. Tuesday’s show comes off as draggy and full of false drama. Fans record the show and watch the last few mintues, or pass on watching entirely and check online reports (like this one) or Twitter for the news of who was eliminated.
Now to the news of the finalists. Saved first were Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff. After several special performances including the Argentine Tango encore from Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, 10-year-old dance prodigy and Guinness World Records pirouette holder Sophia Lucia, and songs from The Wanted and Avril Lavigne, Kellie and Derek went through.
Start the drama: Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy were “in jeopardy.” Yes, they were the second lowest scoring couple. Anyone buying it?
More entertainment to kill a few minutes… eliminatoing the Tuesday show is looking like a better idea all the time. Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas were sent through to the finals; Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson joined Zendaya and Val on the bubble.
As with every previous week this season, the low scorer went home: Ingo and Kym.” Ingo, your fans will miss you, but we miss our favorite DWTS mascot ever even more, your son Peanut. We hope to see him in his own TV comedy show soon.
“This has been an amazing experience. I thought I was going to be done after two weeks,” said ingo. “Kym has choreographed amazing routines catered to my two left feet. I finally have a ballroom frame, I’m going to take that with me,” he laughed.
Ingo said he looked forward to returning with the rest of the competitors to see next week’s finals. “I really want to see them battle it out. I think it’s close competition.”
Next week are the Freestyle routines where anything goes. Fans see the return of all competitors from Season 16. Andy Dick, we can’t wait to see you on the dance floor.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with the Season 16 Finals on Monday night, May 20, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.
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