Thursday, July 07, 2005

Was the Fix in at ABC?

Tonight was the finale of ABC's reality hit Dancing With the Stars. The couple who seemed to be the favorites (John O'Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen) lost to Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo. Now, I'm not going to say it was rigged, but it smelled funny. My mother has been beside herself for an hour now, in disbelief over the results.

Bear in mind that the voting rules were as follows: the top scoring couple in tonight's show as determined by the judges would get 2 points with the other couple getting 1 point, and the top couple as determined by online and toll free calling from last week would get 2 points with the other couple getting 1. In other words, in order for a winner to be announced on tonight's season finale, the same couple had to win both the viewers' vote and the judges' vote. Otherwise, a tie would result. After the final dance by the favored O'Hurley, Monaco needed a 29 of 30 to tie in the judges' eyes. She scored a perfect 30 (on a routine that seemed inferior to that of O'Hurley's 27). Did the judges know that Monaco was to win? Is it a coincidence that Monaco, who stars on an ABC soap opera, won this ABC contest over a non-ABC O'Hurley? It is speculation, but until someone shows otherwise I'd smells funny.

EDIT: Controversy on this is building.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tiebreaker was last week's audience vote so once that was locked in before tonight's episode even started, game over.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Rhodenhiser said...

The voting is two parts (1) the audience vote after the previous show and (2) the judge vote on the live show. In case of a tie, the head judge makes the call himself. There is no mechanism for bringing in an old audience vote. If John had won the audience vote that was locked in before tonight's episode, there would have been a tie and the head judge would have made the tiebreaking decision. Therefore, for Kelly to win tonight, she had to have won both the audience vote that was locked in before the episode plus tonight's judge vote (which she did). This begs the question, did the judges know the identity of the audience's favorite (to insure that person won)? The way the judges voted in the end suggests that that may be the case.

12:12 AM  
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