DWTS saw Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani getting the boot on Tuesday night after she forgot her routine during Monday night's show. However, even with that major screw up on her part, Phillips still felt she and Dovolani shouldn't have been the couple eliminated. Chynna and Tony both blasted Dancing with the Stars prior to their elimination. They probably knew it was coming. They said the show was more of a popularity contest than an actual dance competition.
Chynna said, "It really does come down to the votes. And that's kind of sad because it's supposed to be a dance competition, but it's actually a popularity contest, which makes me kind of sad. You know, you have to have a little bit of faith that there are people out there who are truly voting for their favorite dance, not their favorite person, because it is a dance competition and people are working really hard. It would be very sad if that was undermined, and it looks to me like that keeps getting undermined."
She was, of course, referring to week three's surprise elimination of Kristin Cavallari. The show has shown in season's past to be geared more towards a popularity contest with several contestants making it farther than they should have. Sadly, that streak isn't going to change with this season.
Dovolani said, "It's something that scares all of us, especially the years when you might feel like you have a contender. In this particular case, I really feel like I have a chance to make it to the end. I've been on the show for 12 seasons, and Chynna has been a breath of fresh air for me. As much pull we have as teachers, in the end, it's all about the celebrity. At the same time, as a teacher, you have to make sure you have to showcase the celebrity more than you showcase yourself. So if people don't vote, they think that we might be safe, then we might end up going home."
However, later on in the night, Phillips and Dovolani met with the same fate. They had been one of the leading couple thus far on DWTS but that didn't seem to matter to fans who voted for several worse teams. What matters to ABC is ratings and who brings in those ratings. Dancing with the Stars wasn't set up to be fair or equal all the way through so celebrities and their dancing partners really shouldn't be surprised by the ways things turn out.