Chicago Sun-Times
We're watching TV. You're watching TV. Let's get on the same channel.

'Dancing with the Stars' voting needs overhaul

| 26 Comments | No TrackBacks

Three words for tonight's results show: What a crock!

There is no way that Cloris Leachman should be on to Week 2 of the competition after her ridiculous turns on the dance floor Monday and Tuesday nights. Yes, she is a bubbly 82 years young, and yes, what an inspiration to millions of seniors (and those of us who can only hope to reach our octogenarian years). But it's pretty safe to say that most folks expected Leachman to get the heave-ho. Alas, her miracle under the mirrored ball meant curtains for one of the other couples. It came down to actor Ted McGinley and singer Toni Braxton. Even head judge Len Goodman was dumbfounded that McGinley and Braxton were the two left standing with only one spot open for next week. In the end, McGinley was outta there, and near tears to boot.

Just shows ta go ya .... fan base rules the voting on "Dancing" and McGinley just didn't have the viewer base to beat out the grand dame.

With an exciting field moving on to week 2, this season is proving to be infinitely more exciting than last. And controversy such as tonight's final vote only adds to the show's steadfast success.

A-list entertainment was courtesy of the hot hot hot Jonas Brothers and the equally sparkling Jesse McCartney. So who still thinks this show is loserville?

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/15237

26 Comments

Steve O rocks hard core every one needs to vote for him he still danced with a hurt back and did good and didnt drop out like some other stars cause they hurt there ankle or knee u know who u r thats my thoughts i love steve o

how do they pick the pro that will dance with the amatuer???

If the producers were looking for comic relief, they missed the boat with grandma. She is not funny and never has been in all of her years of TV appearances. She has always played 3rd rate annoying roles on TV shows and now I see she was not acting. I realize the viewers are responsible for keeping grandma on the show, but the producers put her on in the first place. My family loves the show, but the only way I can stomach watching now is by recording it and fast forwarding through all of her spots.

this must be DWTS answer to Sanjaya. keeping Cloris around and having to see others like Ted and Rocco get the boot is just so unfair. to me she has never been funny and she's just an idiot on this show. shame on the american public for keeping her there

Get Cloris Leachman off the show. She should have not been on the show to begin with. It is not fair to the other stars or professionals. I would be mad if I was kicked off the show before her. The fans should not have a say in who stays on the show. The judges should have the final say. The ratings are going to go down for this show which is a shame.

What is this? Is she comic relief? Why do those who have their hands on reins of authority think that the show needs a buffoon? Perhaps it is because they are themselves buffoons. Or maybe they think that we, the audience, are buffoons. The 80 year old clown and her foolish antics should have been the first to go. All the other contestants are putting real effort into what they are doing. To keep that woman around is an insult to all the others and the audience. She is not even trying to do anything but act a fool.
This leaves us the audience with nothing else to think then that the whole show is a contrived joke.

I must say "Dancing With The Stars" has become somewhat of a joke. Why have judges if they alone can not eliminate the couples that need to be eliminated? I thought Ted did a great job dancing on the show. The ones that needed to be given the "GOLDEN BOOT" were Kim & Cloris, I guess it's all about who you know, not what you can do on the dance floor!! TERRIBLE!!!!

I am really sad that Ted McGinley left the show. I really enjoyed watching him dance and wanted to see some more. He is such a class act and I think he SHOULD continue dancing. I'm from Canada, so I can't vote, so it's up to you Americans to make sure the next person who gets voted off is the right one.

I MUST SAY THAT THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO A COUPLE OF SEASONS AGO WHEN THEY HAD THE RAPPER WITH HIS SNEAKERS WHO DIDN'T GIVE A DAMN AND PEOPLE APPARENTLY KEPT HIM AROUND TILL WEEK 6? LEACHMAN WAS FUNNY TO ME AND GOODMANS COMMENTS ABOUT HER CLEAVAGE WAS EVEN BETTER. HOPEFULLY SHE'LL BE GONE NEXT WEEK.I BALLROOM DANCED YEARS AGO AND NEW COMPETITORS MUST PAY THEIR DUES,BUT EITHER MAKE THE JUDGES SCORES 75% OF THE VOTE BECAUSE PEOPLE VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITES OR MAKE THE VOTING 1-100 BECAUSE NOT ALL 7s or 8S ARE THE SAME.AND POST THE PEOPLES VOTING . WE STILL NEED ENTERTAINMENT AND COMEDY . AND APPARENTLY THE COMEDIANS COMMENT ABOUT "SPEAKING OF BALLROOM- THESE PANTS ARE REALLY TIGHT" WENT OVER EVERYBODY'S HEAD.

This is a dancing contest and therefore votes should be voted for good dancers. Cloris Leachman acts like an idiot! She should be embarrassed the way she talks and acts. We are big fans of Dancing With the Stars, but having Cloris Leachman on the show, behaving as she does is really pulling the show down. SHE DESERVED leave this week, as she was the worst dancer who SHOULD have gotten the least amount of votes. The judges are wrong because they are enabling this woman to act this way. They should prompt her on how she should behave by taking this seriously. She should be grateful that she is on this show and act accordingly. I really do not think she is funny as she is overdoing her 'baffoon-ism'. Everyone works really hard on this show and they improve weekly. She is acting like Lucy Ricardo at Ricky's club ---- like a baffoon!

Come on Dancing With the Stars, stop putting up with this stuff and get back on track!! Viewers are going to be lost.

You guys are really messing up a at one time GREAT show. Now it is a really SICK show.....letting a guy like Ted to be kicked off when yes he can dance....and to allow Cloris to stay EVERYONE PLEASE you know~~ can SEE she cannot dance this is very unfair , very unfair to him, and even the comedian guy We watched him dance one last time last night he was 100% better than Cloris. All she can do is act stupid and have to have words BLEEPED out come on folks your really loosing it. If she is not gone this coming week you just lost another viewer and I truly hope MANY more you deserve it.........get real folks

Ted McGinley did not deserve to leave the show. It was clearly Cloris Leachman that needed to go. I love the show but did not enjoy her antics. Last night's let down made me think I may not want to watch the show anymore. It is not fair to the other dancers who are working hard to dance.


I too will not watch if Cloris Leachman does get voted off next week. With due respect she can't dance and does not belong there. I think she is using the show for publicity.

This show is getting to be a popularity contest not a diancing contest. I'm a big fan of the show and it's one of two shows that I really enjoy, but as another fan noted if Leachman isn't gone next week I won't watch it anymore.

I am a big fan of Dancing with the Stars....but if Cloris L. does not get voted off next week I will stop watching.....she is lowering the class act this show has been for so many years.....

You'd think the viewers would have learned from the previous years, don't vote by popularity or pitty. We lost a really good dancer last night. He has charm, elegance and poise and he deserved to stay. I like Cloris Leachman, but not as a dancer. She's funny, but that's NOT what this show is about.

I hope we don't have another season where the "good" ones get booted off and the ones that should go stay. I love this show, but I get so frustrated at the results sometimes....it's just SO UNFAIR!

Wise up viewers, vote for the best DANCERS!

The way Cloris Leachman treated her partner last night towards the end of the show was a disgrace. I felt so sorry for the man. I don't know how he is able to put up with her. I enjoy watching the show, but don't enjoy watching her act like a spoiled child.

I agree I think that a lot of good dancers with potential get kicked off and the want a be dancer like Cloris Leachman, Jerry Springfield, Billy Rae Cirus all stayed on too too long making it unfair to the dancers who have the potential but not a chance. we all know that the above named stay on too long. Change the rules.

yeah but Kim kardashian, famous for getting pissed on should stay. Boot that whore off! Otherwise your daughters might follow her fine example, get famous for a sex tape, the Hollywood way.

I can't believe they voted Ted off tonight... That was sick he's such the best actor ever they just did that because he's know as shark jumper... Omg Ted McGinley not a show killer in my defense his a genuis.... I agree it's totally time for Corky too go... It didn't help any with that 1 judge keep bashing him down gost she has alot of room too talk it's not his fault his not a dancer he's a actor... In my defense still he'a a genuis & the bestest ever...

It should be a dancing contest, not a popularity contest.

What the hell is going on with the voting CLORIS LEACHMAN give me a break. Yes she is old and she gave it a try,but now it is time for her to go!!

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Miriam Di Nunzio published on September 24, 2008 8:07 PM.

Sneek peak at Kanye's new TV show, 'Alligator Boots' was the previous entry in this blog.

TV Talk Today: Thursday's chat-show lineups is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.