SAN DIEGO, September 25, 2012 – It took two hours for Dancing With the Stars to get around to what most viewers knew after last night’s competition: Pamela Anderson was the first of the 13 All-Stars competitors to go home this season. Anderson received the lowest judges’ scores and seemed to have limited enthusiasm for her return to “Dancing With The Stars.” Her fans apparently agreed and let her go home.
But until the decision was announced, viewers got to see interviews with the contestants about their decision to return, routines by the Troupe of professional dancers, and guest performances by two of the hottest musical acts around right now, Pitbull and Justin Bieber.
Judging strictly by the Twitter conversation, most of the viewers were only watching to see Bieber, others Pitbull, and they had to wait until well into the second half of the show for them – the last 15 minutes for Bieber. (Sorry, but he was better on “America’s Got Talent”).
It’s understandable why the producers would drag the announcement out as much as possible. Dancing With The Stars is a ratings winner. More than 14 million people watched the debut Monday to make it the highest rated television program of the night. But there is absolutely no need for the producers to use up two hours of network airtime.
The other performers identified as being “in jeopardy” were Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, and Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya. Lachey and Trebunkskaya are talented but they seem to lack chemistry and aren’t yet a cohesive team. Lachey is thinking way too hard about his choreography instead of his style. He needs to watch performers like Emmitt Smith and Helio Castroneves, who make their connections with the audience and their partners just as important as the dancing. The fans get half the say in this competition. Lachey was never in the bottom two his first season on the show, and the close call must have come as a shock.
Although she was third from the bottom, the most improved performer is Palin, who continues to impress me after being thrust into the limelight due to her mother’s political visibility. Her partner Ballas is popular and she’ll get at least a few more weeks on the show to continue improving.
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy were second from the bottom in their scores, but they didn’t face the “red light” of the bottom group. These two have loyal fans that will save them for a while, but they can’t rest on their popularity. They need to show some skills or they won’t make the finals again.
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