Second Dance - March 3
So now that the season on Dancing With the Stars has
ended, we can see that the right team that included
celebrity Drew Lachey won, beating uber-beauty Stacy
Kiebler and uber-underdog Jerry Rice. There is no new
controversy and everything is right with the world.
Let's all go out and celebrate with some egg nog and
cinnamon raisin cookies.
Not so fast.
Not only is there controversy again, but the new format
of having three people in the finals and with the judges
having the final say makes it even easier to not only
cause controversy, but to determine who the champion is
going to be without causing controversy over it.
Confused? Don't be. Let's break it down.
As we all know, the points are determined by the order
of finish. 50% is based on the judges and the other 50%
by the audience. Should there be a tie, then the
audience determines the tie-breaker. Simple, right?
Now keep in mind that we get one half of the judging,
then the audience vote comes in, then the judges get
their final say so. Technically, this means that ABC
knows who wins the audience vote before they know who
wins the judging part. That also technically means that
should the judges also know who wins the audience part,
that also may influence them on how to judge that final
segment and to give us a winner that we will all be
Before we continue, you may accuse me of being a
Haterade. Of course I am - that's my job =). That being
said, There is a reason for this, as I believe that this
format could have procured Drew the win.
Let's go back to Friday night, and the scores after that
Drew - 60
Stacy - 56
Jerry - 53
Drew was in first at that point. And as the competition
continues, although he does not win the last dance, he
does JUST enough to edge Stacy out by 1 point. That
would make the scores the following -
Drew - 3
Stacy - 2
Jerry - 1
He winds up winning the judges segment and the
competition. Case closed, right? Well, should he have
won the audience vote, then it really doesn't matter how
the judging goes on the last dance.
But lets just say that he didn't win the public vote.
Now we all know that Stacy finished in third place, so
she must have gotten the lowest votes in the audience
segment. That means that Jerry would have at least
finished in second in the audience vote, and that gives
him the tie-breaker edge over Stacy. That would put the
point total like this -
Drew - 3 + ? = ?
Stacy - 2 + 1 = 3
Jerry - 1 + 2 = 3
Now what happens if Jerry won the audience vote? That's
very possible, as Jerry Rice not only has a strong
contingency, but on at least one occasion earlier on in
the season, he had to have placed first the audience
part of the competition to have stuck around - which he
did. That would place Drew in second and Stacy in third.
Again, not much controversy, as Drew still wins the
event, like this -
Drew - 3 + 2 = 5
Jerry - 1 + 3 = 4
Stacy - 2 + 1 = 3
However...let's NOW say that Stacy gets that extra one
point and edges out Drew in the judging part of the
competition. Let's see what the scoring would be
Jerry - 1 + 3 = 4
Drew - 2 + 2 = 4
Stacy - 3 + 1 = 4
We now have a 3 way tie. What happens in a 3 way tie?
The audience determines the winner. Who has the most
audience vote? Jerry Rice. So what does this mean?
It means that if Stacy had won the judging competition,
then Jerry Rice wins Dancing With the Stars. In
addition, ABC certainly would have known it and should
they have decided to give the judges that information,
the judges would have known that should they give Drew
low enough scores for Stacy to edge him out, then
neither of the favorites win Dancing With the Stars and
we have a whole new level of controversy. Hence the 27
that Drew got to JUST beat Stacy,
because anything less than that would have generated
some serious problems for the future of the show.
Of course, since we have no clue who the audience voted
for, this is all speculation at best. And of course,
since this is for bragging rights off of the
celebrities, the network can pander it any way that they
want to, and no one's really going to object too much.
It is interesting speculation though, don't you think?
Gordon Pepper speculates more about this show than
anyone should. E-mail Gordon at
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