When Dancing with the Stars 2011 continues Monday evening, it'll do so without one of season 13's most promising celebrity contestants: recent eliminee Chynna Phillips. And pro hoofer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who survived to dance an 80s Tango with partner Hope Solo on October 17, isn't happy about it.
In his most recent TV Guide blog, the tall and opinionated drink of Ukrainian water aired his frustrations with DWTS, the judges and the voters who let down Chynna and her pro partner, the suave and sophisticated Tony Dovolani.
Maks complained that judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli heap praise on couples who do "one tiny thing well" but consistently criticize strong pairs who make small errors.
And indeed the criticism seems founded, when the performances to date are considered. Activist Chaz Bono, perhaps Dancing with the Stars 2011's most controversial celeb, routinely finds himself at the bottom of the leaderboard thanks to lackluster scores, yet the judges--especially Carrie Ann--are always quick to call him inspirational for appearing on the show. Conversely, Maks points out, soap star and war veteran J.R. Martinez was strangely slammed by Carrie Ann for incorporating humor in their Pink Panther-themed routine. It doesn't add up.
DWTS is in part a popularity contest, but the judges should be required to be objective in their evaluations and to offer up credit--and criticism--each and every time it's due.
The Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 5 performance show airs October 17 on ABC, and will feature the remaining celebrity-pro pairs as they travel back to the time of leg warmers and big hair: The 1980s.