Did the right couples make it to the “DWTS” Season 30 finale? (SURVEY)

Dancing with the stars is no stranger to surprising fans with shocking eliminations, but the November 15 semi-finals knocked out two couples many believed to advance to the final, reigniting a debate over the popularity of the contestants versus the ability to dance.

After scoring consistently higher than couples Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach and Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke, Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev and Suni Lee and Sasha Farber fell victim to the last elimination before the season 30 final, se ranking sixth and fifth respectively. .

The two couples sent to the final, alongside Jojo Siwa and partner Jenna Johnson and Amanda Kloots and partner Alan Bersten, are special. DWTS occasions, including the first former NBA player to reach both the semi-finals and the finals, as well as Cheryl’s first final since Season 17. But, was the right decision made in sacking Melora and Suni at home?

As fans of the show know, eliminations are determined by a combination of judges ‘scores and viewers’ votes, so no matter what a few scores throughout an episode, they still need the support of the judges. fans to get them to the following week. Olympic figure skater and season 29 contender Johnny Weir called the show a “popularity contest” after being knocked out in the semifinals last season. “It hurts a lot because it looks more like a popularity contest than a dance contest, but that’s part of it,” he said in an interview after the episode. “I knew what I was signing up for. I can say without reservation that I would always rather be myself than be popular. After the skater was eliminated, judge Derek Hough called America the “fourth judge” of the competition.

Looking at the scores of the four couples throughout the season, Melora and Suni started off much stronger than Iman and Cody. The playing field started to become more level around Episode 7’s Horror Night, especially after Iman and Daniella’s viral perfect scoring routine. However, the ladies still managed to get a head start on last week’s Janet Jackson Night, each landing atop the leaderboards with perfect scores and bonus points from the dance round.

A fan on Twitter posted a table of this season’s couples’ total point gains, and while sexism may not be the reasoning behind the eliminations, the point totals say a lot about competitors who were more successful than others.

Despite lower average scores, Iman and Cody continued to improve week after week, impressing the judges with their charismatic charm, strong stage presence and dedication to dance. Both also have their own fan bases which has undoubtedly helped them reach this level in the competition. While fan voting is strongly encouraged, the current voting system may trump the judges’ scores a bit too much, sparking debate over controversial eliminations.

With mixed feelings from fans heading into the finale, the episode is sure to be an interesting watch! See more fan reactions to Monday’s elimination and vote in the poll below!

Dancing with the stars, Mondays, 8 / 7c, ABC

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