Yes I said it ... and certainly I have deeply offended some of you. I also realize that I might have lost half of my readers with that comment. The other half will leave me when I tell you that the second dumbest was "American Idol" (but I’ll save that for another day).
To be fair, I could only watch about an hour of each. I made it through the last few minutes by pretending that I was watching "Saturday Night Live".
Just like other sports , this show has its share of accidents:
During week seven of Season 6, Cristián de la Fuente suffered a ruptured tendon in his left biceps muscle during his performance. The judges critiqued him according to his performance up to the injury. He was sent to the hospital immediately and missed the end of the show. (I don’t know who the heck he is … but it was important enough for him to appear in Wikepedia.)
In Season 8, after landing on a wireless microphone pack and injuring his back during a dress rehearsal, Steve-O was unable to perform live. (What a jackass).
I wondered about the scoring system so I checked it out online …
The scoring begins with the judges' marks. Each judge gives a 1 to 10 score, for a total score of 3 to 30. When multiple performances are scored, only the cumulative total counts. The contestants' "judges' shares" are calculated as the percentage of the total number of points awarded to all contestants that evening. (For example, if a team earned 20 points on a night when the judges awarded 200 points, their judges' share would be 20/200 = 10%.) This percentage is then added to the percentage of North American votes received by each contestant. The bottom two couples are identified in the results show, and the couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated. Season 8 added an occasional "dance-off," in which contestants could re-do one of their dances, in an effort to improve their judges' score. This might be discontinued due to the eliminated couple always scoring higher than or equivalent to the couple that was saved.
It’s really very simple. There are judges who give a percentage of the total and “voters” who call in their votes. If you’re wondering why some dancers like Bristol Palin are still dancing, it’s because the popular vote REALLY counts and the judges votes REALLY don’t. So if you are someone that people love to watch … you’re in!
In April 2010 it was revealed that Kate Gosselin had e-mailed friends and family asking them to vote as many as ten times each. ("Whether such ballot-stuffing is possible under ABC's voting algorithm remains to be determined." said an ABC spokesperson.)
Okay … maybe I was too rough on them.
Say … does anybody know what happened to the other Jennifer Grey? You know the one who looked like Jennifer Grey?