But Bristol talked about the fact that people hate her and her mother. SHE made it political, and her mother is a lightning rod for extreme opinion. I think the situation is political, unlike, say Kelly Osbourne and her lineage. I know I am in a minority of one here. I refrained from commenting during the course of the competition, but I don't see how you can divorce politics from the fact that that is the sole reason Bristol was brought back every week. If this should be a PM, then just don't print it..[/I]
You don't think it was because she got the fat vote?
I mean seriously, based on the reaction when I brought it up, excess fat seems to be far more inflammatory a topic than politics. I think it's naive to think her political position colored the results to that extent.
The fact is, she was far better known than any of the other contestants. More name recognition means more votes in a popularity contest, irrespective of what name it is.
You make a good point, ccm. Those of us who love dance (especially the perfectionists among us -- I'm not calling you out, but you know who you are. *grin* ) want the show to be about dancing. But the truth is that it's not about dancing, IMO, any more than the Amazing Race is about racing. It's about ratings and advertising revenue.
Somebody said it here earlier (within the last couple of pages) If it were a real dance competition, the show wouldn't last. Many, if not most, people, couldn't care less about dance technique and/or wouldn't recognize good technique if it jumped up and bit them on the nose. But elimination rounds, "personal" drama, cheering for the underdog, etc. ,this they understand. And this is what keeps the show alive and makes ballroom feel more relevent to lots of Americans.
Overall, IMO, however annoying, this is not a bad thing.
oh jeez... add McCain's daughter and Spitzer into the mix and it will be a veritable cornucopia of hot mess. I doubt they would have all three in one season... that would just be overwhelming. And I would really love to have a break from the inevitable "this is a conspiracy by the tea party" complaints that having another Palin on the show would bring...
*note: I am not trying to have a political bias in my commentary... just expressing my annoyance at what comes with having politically polarizing personalities on the show, regardless of where they lean*