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Dancing With the Stars





tribe
What a unique show by ABC... Finale is this weekend.

The judges' scores and the public vote both carry equal weight in deciding the fate of our couples.

Public Vote

The public phone vote is gathered from phone calls to the voting lines that are open from the top of the show to 30 minutes following the show's end. At present each phone line is limited to making a maximum of five calls although this limit may change. The other element of the public vote is the online vote via this site, ABC.com. Although it may appear that you can vote online many times, the site will only register one vote per email address. The online vote closes at noon, Eastern Time, on the day the results show is broadcast.

When both the phone and online votes have closed, we verify them and add them together to create a total public vote for each couple. We then have a confidential leaderboard of total public votes for each couple, with one couple having the most votes and descending in order of quantity. The couple at the top of this leaderboard are then given maximum RANKING POINTS. If there are six couples in the competition that week, the top-ranked couple will get six ranking points, the second-placed will get five, the third-placed four, etc. The last-placed couple will receive one ranking point. As the number of couples reduces, so does the maximum ranking points -- so when four couples are in the competition, the maximum points is four, when three are left, the maximum is three. These ranking points are kept secret as they will be combined with the judges' scores to determine who is eliminated.

Judges' Scores

The judges score each couple's dance within the show, giving a total out of a possible 30 points, or in the case of two dances in a show, 60 points. As the show progresses, a leaderboard is formed with the couples with the highest judges' points at top and the totals for each descending couple below. When the show has finished we will have all couples ranked on the leaderboard. Each couple is then assigned a RANKING POINT based on where they stand on the leaderboard. The couple in top position get maximum ranking points (again the maximum points is the same as the number of couples competing that week) and everyone placed below gets one less ranking point. In the event that couples are tied on judges points, they will both recieve maximum ranking points available to them in that position. The couple (or couples) below this will revert to what their original ranking point position would have been irrespective of how many above them have been given higher points. An example of this is the ranking points that would have been assigned to the judges' scores at the end of a show with six couples:

Couple Judges' Score Ranking Points
Couple A 20 6
Couple B 20 6
Couple C 20 6
Couple D 18 3
Couple E 18 3
Couple F 13 1


Combining the Judges' Scores with the Public Vote

When each couple has been assigned their ranking points from the judges' scores, we then add on the ranking points each couple received from the public vote. Each couple then has a total number of ranking points. The couple that has the lowest total of ranking points from judges' scores and the public vote is eliminated from the competition. If one or more couples are tied on lowest ranking points, then the couple that has the lowest overall public vote between the tied couples is eliminated from the competition. In the very unlikely event that the one or more couples tied on the lowest ranking points are also tied on the number of public votes they have received, then our head judge, Len Goodman, will decide which of the couples he feels has been the weakest dancers in the competition so far, and they will be eliminated.
gianx80
In Italy there is a similar TV programme "Ballando con le stelle".
nakamaru
I don't really like the show. Dancing never was something that I was remotely interesting in. It is a great art form but I don't appreciate it as I should.
ylmun
Don't worry nakamaru, some of the stars on the show don't appreciate it either. I was so glad when they got rid of Master P. Though that really took a long time.

Besides the Italian show mentioned before, there's a British show called Strictly Come Dancing, which I believe is what DWTS is based on.
Blaster
nakamaru wrote:
I don't really like the show. Dancing never was something that I was remotely interesting in. It is a great art form but I don't appreciate it as I should.
No i don't care for dancing either. It is just to bouring.
ylmun
Boring? Let me tell you, Dancing has made many a wedding go by faster for me!

Plus, I noticed a lot of women love men who know how to dance.

They also love men who have a lot of money too, but there's really no lessons that we can take to teach us that. Laughing
RASHID007
So Drew and partner won, eh? Am I the only one that thought Drew was a little too close with his dancing partner? I'm willing to take bets that within the next months the tabloids have a cover story about the affair and how he left his pregnant wife for his sexy fit dancing partner.

~Rashid
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