It Really Wasn’t Fair

No, seriously:

Meryl Davis wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’

They saved the best for last on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

West Bloomfield ice dancer Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed the last dance of the season tonight and clinched the championship with another perfect score.

“It was all you,” Meryl said to Maks as they collected the coveted Mirrored Ball trophy.

The final three couples danced just once for judging in the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge — “which sounds like a deodorant,” co-host Erin Andrews said — with just a day to prepare for it.

Meryl and Maks got a perfect 30 and raves from the three judges for their fusion of a fox trot and cha-cha, just like they did for both of Monday night’s dances.

“I’m not saying this is true, but this may be my last season, and if it is, I couldn’t ask for a better dance to watch to finish up with,” Len Goodman said. “You are great.”

“Watching you two is like when you rediscover the passion and the excitement of your first love. Dance,” Bruno Tonioli said. “Thank you.”

“Season 18 has been phenomenal. But the best part of the season to me, honestly speaking, was you two. You are marvelous, Meryl, marvelous.”

Meryl and Maks’ combined scores for the three dances was 90, one point better than the runners-up, Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and pro partner Derek Hough. Third-place Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas scored 78.

But it’s not that simple on “Dancing.” Meryl and Maks weren’t officially the champs until host Tom Bergeron said they were, because the judges’ scores also are combined win fan voting.

Amy Purdy was amazing. The fact that she can even walk is inspirational. She not only danced competitively, in most seasons she would have been good enough to win.

But Meryl Davis was just too good. She’s essentially a professional dancer. She’s been training and competing as an ice dancer since she was ten years old, and she just got done taking a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics along with her long-term skating partner and DWTS competitor Charlie White. (He finished fifth.)

Meryl Davis did something that regular viewers of DWTS know is incredible – she made Maks seem likeable. Over the years he has been on the show he has developed a well-deserved reputation as a bad boy with a bad attitude. He even left the show for a while, but returned this season to partner with Meryl.

The two have an obvious chemistry, leading many people to speculate that the are (or soon will be) dancing between the sheets. (When asked they both give coy answers.) On the other hand people suspected the same thing about Meryl and Charlie, despite their adamant insistence that they were just friends.

Every season on DWTS there are a few “stars” that simply don’t belong in a dance competition and are quickly eliminated. There are a few who aren’t bad, and that may hang around for a while more because of fan support than the technical quality of their dancing. Often there are one or two stars who turn out to be surprisingly good, and might even make the finals.

But the finalists are easy to spot early on in the season, often on the first show. It was obvious that Meryl and Maks would be finalists right from the start. I think the original plan was to play up the competition between Meryl and Charlie but despite his technical ability he just never caught on with the fans.

Meryl is an amazing dancer. Despite her petite size and girlish voice she is a fierce competitor. When most stars are dancing they focus on their moves and forget to control their facial expressions. Meryl executed complex moves while remembering to maintain a smile and stare passionately into Maks’ eyes.

That’s the advantage 17 years of training gives you.

BTW: Ever wonder why they never announce the audience voting results?


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120 Responses to It Really Wasn’t Fair

  1. The Klown says:

    If I had to sit thru whole episodes of DWTS I’d go bonkers. So I record it on DVR and then FF thru everything except the dancing and the scoring.

    Okay, the truth is I FF thru some of the dancing too.

    • elliesmom says:

      I like to watch the season opener to see who the stars are. Then I watch once in the middle of the season to see who got kicked off. Then I watch the last couple of shows to see who wins. If anything “exciting” happens on the shows I miss, I have friends who will link the YouTube videos for me.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m pretty much done with Reality/Talent TV, not that there’s anything wrong with it. I got addicted to Big Brother and Survivor in their early years, then kept reading about manipulations with scripting. I stumbled across a Wife Swap show one day when I was too lazy to click my remote (isn’t that sad!?). It made me cry! So I just run across the youtube highlights these days, news, dancing, singing, cops, stupid celebrity tweets….life is good 🙂

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I knew from the announcement of the teams she would win, and no, it’s not fair. Ice Dancing has many layers and levels young skaters must skillfully master before moving up in the sport. It also requires many hours of off ice training and conditioning. And money for the coaching and practice ice. To reach the elite level of Davis and White is ten times harder than just mastering ball room dancing routines in a couple of weeks. They had to do it on ice skates.

  3. angienc says:

    Maks left because all the “ringers” were being given to Derek (the judge’s fav) and that pissed him (Maks) off; he came back because he was guaranteed the ringer (and basically the ‘win’). TPTB made sure to still give Derek a sure-to-be-fan-fav so that he’d make the F3 though.

    • The Klown says:

      Yeah, if you look at the list of winners and check out the names of the pros certain names show up a lot. Derek has won five times and made the final four seven more times on top of that.

      • angienc says:

        That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about with Derek — anyone paired with Purdy was making F3 because of *her.* Derek never, ever gets the clunkers (the older stars or those with a small fan base) and that is what caused the tension with Maks, which led to his leaving the show.
        All a bunch of politics, everywhere you turn. LOL

        • The Klown says:

          There is no way that Candace Cameron should have been in the final three.

          • Somebody says:

            Candace was in the final 3 because of fan votes. Come on if you watch the show you know this isn’t the first time a star hung around and knocked off better dancers. I can think of Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley, and Bill Engvall off the top of my head as those were probably the most controversial stars that hung on……….oh and that rodeo guy Ty something. I agree Candace didn’t belong in the final based solely on dancing ability, but that’s only part of the formula the fans have a say too. If the scores were based solely on dancing then the outcomes through the years would have been quite different. If it was based purely on dance ability no way Charlie would have been knocked out, but as you noted he just for some reason didn’t catch on or didn’t catch on enough. I think if he’d been paired with a more popular pro he would have made the finals because the pros themselves have fan bases.

            Angie is correct Derek has gotten plenty of ringers through the years. There have been plenty of contestants that had lots of professional dance experience. Hell there have been multiple olympic ice skaters on the show before. Whether you think it was fair or not the best dancer won the MBT last night.

            Amy Purdy was amazing, her life story, her determination is unparalleled on that show except maybe a little bit in J.R. Martinez. I’m not so sure she would’ve stayed around if she was partnered with someone else though. Derek Hough without question is a fabulous choreographer. He has an innate ability to choreograph dances to highlight his partner’s stengths and minimize their weaknesses. Also, for whatever reason typically the judges don’t nitpick Derek the way they do some of the other pros……..because his choreography dazzles them? Because his choreography is usually brilliant? Because he’s their golden boy? I don’t know take your pick, but as Maks said in the package last night Derek knows the formula, he knows what it takes to win. Think about the partner switch, Mark is very good too, but he had difficulty figuring out how to work around Amy’s feet. There were a couple of times when the judges pointed out a lift but said they wouldn’t take off given the circumstances……..would they have done that for Tony or Tristan or even Maks?

            It really doesn’t matter whether Amy won the MBT or not because there is no doubt she is in every way a winner. I imagine she has quite the future as an inspirational speaker and perhaps a book deal, maybe even some endorsements. We should all learn from her, she is certainly someone that lives life to the fullest and understands how fleeting life indeed can be. There are a lot of precious little snowflakes out there that could learn a lot from Amy about overcoming adversity and perhaps through the show they did, or maybe because of the show in the future they will.

  4. mothy67 says:

    GayPatriot has Howard Deans latest rant. Starting to brlieve these people have gone off the rails.

  5. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Walker/Cruz makes perfect sense to me …. today. If they win, it could give the GOP the White House for 16 years. Yeah, they’ll blow it.

      • The Klown says:

        What i find interesting is that Walker seems to get ignored by the media.

        He should be on everybody’s short list of GOP contenders.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I’ve seen the attacks on him that he can’t be a contender because he’s not a college graduate. Probably why the lefty elites ignore him.

          • Constance says:

            Well for the left he not only needs to be a college graduate he needs to go to an elitist school to be worthy of their attention. I don’t think anyone else cares and many people would see him as great alternative to an under performing elitist class of politicians.

        • jeffhas says:

          I think he lacks a little in the Tele-Charisma department. Of course he’s now field tested and has actual government-management experience which hopefully will be some of the criteria desired this time around.

          If you out his state amazement up to Hillary’s State Department management, it’ll look like perhaps she is not qualified – so I’m betting a race between Clinton Walker will become a personality contest in the media – whereas a Rand/Cruz/Rubio contest could be about their lack of gov’t-management experience and her experience does not have anything to contrast against.

      • elliesmom says:

        It’s no secret I’m not a fan of the teachers’ unions. Walker got on my radar before his first election to the governorship when I was supposed to cheer for his defeat (and send the Democrats money). I always take a close look at any candidate the NEA opposes.. Sometimes they’re nutters, but usually not. I’ve liked Walker from the start.

        • DeniseVB says:

          He certainly has been tested on a real political battlefield and came back stronger. I’m impressed 🙂

        • helenk3 says:

          I would vote for Scott Walker in a heartbeat. He has his act together and gee what a surprise he helped his state did not hurt his state. We could use that in the white house

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Like always Denise 🙄

  6. mothy67 says:

    Excuse me Dr. Dean but the only voices speaking out for this 20 month old child her unborn baby and the woman who has been sentenced to death for being a Christian are the Republicans. Screw you. Progs lose their shit over a terrorist being water boarded but turn their back on a toddler. Disgusting.

    • 49erDweet says:

      With an Islamophile in the WH this will not go well. If we had a Kennedy or Reagan there’d be aircraft carriers off Entrea and Port Sudan, and navy jets would be flying practice missions in Khartoum International Airport’s landing pattern.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    This is for Lola if she peeks in today….

    Ahhh, life in the tabloid spotlight via social media.

    • DandyTIger says:

      That right there is real racism. Not the pretend kind Dems keep talking about, hoping to distract from the current economic and policy disasters, and for desert, start a civil war. Elite white limousine liberals, racists and sexists; I’m shocked I tell you, shocked.

  8. votermom says:

    OT. Saw this comment on Ace of Spade HQ this morning and I am just shaking my head:

    Our school didn’t cancel honors night. For every award given out at last night’s 2.5 hour long ceremony, one was given out exclusively for African Americans. So after highest GPA medal was awarded, then highest AA GPA was awarded. Then highest score on SAT, highest AA score on SAT, etc. Farce.

    • 49erDweet says:

      What a terrible idea. “There, there. At least you tried. Sorry you’re not capable.”

    • mothy67 says:

      Read last night a schoolAnceled it’s honots lunch because it was too white. How about if I cancel all the rich prep schools for the ame reaso Check your privilege my ass.I make a concerted effort. Money and time spent. Not buying any more of this manipulative bull shit. You have a kid you do not just dump it off at a school and then medicate it into a stupor because you can not handle. Fuck all that noise. Grow up and take care of your kid. It is your job. Whining is sad. I say ENOUGH. .

  9. helenk3 says:

    Russia dumps record amount of US treasurys, here is what it is buying

  10. helenk3 says:

    how the law works for some and how it works for others

    • DeniseVB says:

      Love how D’Souza’s handling this, accepting responsibility for a stupid act, but he has been targeted. Movie’s still coming out ! Now I wish they’d audit that damn OFA Obama has pimping for him, bet there’s some curious funding behind them.

  11. helenk3 says:

    marine held in mexico ordered to report to USMC superiors

    hey guys what happened to the leave no man behind , not kick him when he is down?

  12. trixta says:

    Happened to turn on the TV right when the winners were being announced. I would have liked Purdy & Hough to win DWTS . Although great to watch, Olympic champions always have the advantage to win the trophy. (As for Max, he wasn’t as arrogant and unlikable this season as he usually is!) I understand Meryl has some visual issues — dyslexia and depth of perception — but Purdy’s physical challenges were way beyond that. Purdy is the dancer who will be remembered from this season. She’s a star, regardless of how DWTS played out. Her beauty and charm are very compelling on camera, so I hope she stays in the limelight either as an inspirational speaker or entertainer. Also, I hope she joins the DWTS national tour.

  13. helenk3 says:

    pelosi announced dems for Benghazi committee. I really hope they are serious about finding the truth about what happened and hold those who failed in their duty accountable. Hope they are not the usual BS artists and time wasters that we have seen on other committees

  14. helenk3 says:

    backtrack has not met one on one with VA secretary in 2 years.
    guess Shinseki was not invited to the fund raisers

  15. The Klown says:

    CNN Reporter on Obama’s VA Briefing:

  16. The Klown says:
  17. The Klown says:

    Peter Wehner at Commentary:

    The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence

    The last eight months have battered the Obama administration. From the botched rollout of the health-care website to the VA scandal, events are now cementing certain impressions about Mr. Obama. Among the most damaging is this: He is unusually, even epically, incompetent. That is not news to some of us, but it seems to be a conclusion more and more people are drawing.

    The emerging narrative of Barack Obama, the one that actually comports to reality, is that he is a rare political talent but a disaster when it comes to actually governing. The list of his failures is nothing short of staggering, from shovel-ready jobs that weren’t so shovel ready to the failures of to the VA debacle. But it also includes the president’s failure to tame the debt, lower poverty, decrease income inequality, and increase job creation. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay and didn’t. His administration promised to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a civilian jury in New York but they were forced to retreat because of outrage in his own party. Early on in his administration Mr. Obama put his prestige on the line to secure the Olympics for Chicago in 2016 and he failed.

    Overseas the range of Obama’s failures include the Russian “reset” and Syrian “red lines” to Iran’s Green Revolution, the Egyptian overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, and Libya post-Gaddafi. The first American ambassador since the 1970s was murdered after requests for greater security for the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi were denied. (For a comprehensive overview of President Obama’s failures in the Middle East, see this outstanding essay by Abe Greenwald.) The president has strained relations with nations extending from Canada to Germany, from Israel to Afghanistan to Poland and the Czech Republic to many others. All from a man who promised to heal the planet and slow the rise of the oceans.

    But that’s not all. The White House response to everything from the VA and IRS scandals to the seizure of AP phone records by the Department of Justice is that it learned about them from press reports. More and more Mr. Obama speaks as if he’s a passive actor, a bystander in his own administration, an MSNBC commentator speaking about events he has no real control over. We saw that earlier today, when the president, in trying to address the public’s growing outrage at what’s happening at the VA, insisted he “will not stand for it” and “will not tolerate” what he has stood for and tolerated for almost six years. His anger at what’s happening to our veterans seems to have coincided with the political damage it is now causing him.

    We’ve learned the hard way that Mr. Obama’s skill sets are far more oriented toward community organizing than they are to governing. On every front, he is overmatched by events. It’s painful to watch a man who is so obviously in over his head. And more and more Americans are suffering because of it.

    New narrative? I’ve been saying that Obama was epically incompetent for years.

    • DeniseVB says:

      “…more and more Americans are suffering because of it.” Finally, someone on the left is noticing.

      • Lulu says:

        He is very competent at lawfair, appeasement, economic Armageddon, enriching his cronies, etc. They now are going to try to weasel out of the horrific harm they have caused by claiming he is incompetent? I don’t think so because they meant for everything he has done to be done. Their problem is the public doesn’t like the results. That is like claiming you didn’t mean to rob the bank but the gas station. It was a mistake because you couldn’t read a map or are colorblind. Passive, wimpy denial with claims of incompetence is adolescent blame shifting. They meant every damn thing he has done.

        • lyn says:


          • Lulu says:

            Thanks. If he is incompetent why do they lie about the intent of everything he does? Why do they do stuff but lie about what they think the results will be? He’s just a victim. Things don’t turn out like what Bronco pictures in his head. Bull shit. This is ass covering because a big ugly “throw the assholes out” election is coming. He has only 2.5 years left so he can take one for the team who backed him up and gave him the power and he is a lame duck anyway. He nor the Progressive Dems are incompetent. This is what they do and pretending to be hapless when what they wanted has been accomplished is lying. The question should now not be are they stupid or incompetent. It should be are they stupid or evil. I vote evil.

          • lyn says:

            Evil is the word.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I listen to Rush on my walkman when I mow the lawn (not sure why I have to explain listening to Rush while doing this or that, lol), he pointed out today the Obama pattern is “his minions’ jobs are to make him look good”. Looking back on all the phony scandals, they reek of coverups. Like the VA. The coverup was hiding the names of those waiting for appts so it looked liked he fixed Bush’s head’s up “we have a problem at the VA hospitals” back during the Transition of 2008. He got caught. The guy who “resigned” (Pretzel or something like that) announced his retirement last fall. Obama announced his replacement a few weeks ago. No f**king way Obama just found out about this.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yes, you have been saying it. But you (and I) don’t count. It only means something when “beautiful people” notice.

  18. helenk3 says:

    this describes backtrack to a tee

  19. SHV says:

    “Among the most damaging is this: He is unusually, even epically, incompetent.”
    I think that “incompetence” has nothing to do with Obama; it assumes that he is trying to meet expectations of the job and is failing. The whole concept of competence is foreign to his thought processes; our perception of Obama as incompetent, lazy, stupid, etc. noting to do with a sociopath’s perception of himself. He is utterly indifferent to anything that is not related to his narcissism and his own view that he is always the smartest, most competent person in the room, country, world. Every problem, every fuck up is the result of some other person/s screw up that reflect badly on Obama and makes him “mad as Hell”.

    At a fundamental level, it not Obama’s fault. He didn’t suddenly change when he became President, he has always acted the same way. He was selected precisely because he is a corrupt , sociopathatic fraud, sock puppet. The major change in his behavior is that in the past, he has always moved on after 3-4 years before people caught on to the scam. This time, against his better judgement, his ego and or financial backers forced a second term. If he had quit at one term he would have a legacy of “historic”, by 2016 “worst President ever”.

  20. helenk3 says:

    when the video becomes available it is a really must see.

    backtrack bunch pulling another fast one. tomorrow is the vote on david barron the guy who wrote the memo making it legal to kill Americans with drones. backtrack is supposed to release the memo he wrote. promised to do so but it will not be until after the vote.
    judge Napolitano on this subject.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Some comic relief, more Clay Aiken-isms. Via Chicks on the Right…..with a special tweet appearance by Soupermexican 😉

  22. helenk3 says:

    there are not enough words to describe my anger.
    this piece of steel was a symbol that gave comfort to many on the days after the muslim homicidal maniacs killed several thousand of our people

    • insanelysane says:

      helen, I read through the comments and apparently this story is bogus. The photo that is shown in the article is only a small part of the scene. The “cross” shown is not THE cross that was found at the site and was so movingly photographed.That cross – THE cross- is at a different location in the Memorial. THE cross has a piece of Aluminum melted across one of the transits.
      The news story shows an upside down cross, but a link in the comments shows the whole photo and it was just a portion of a different post/beam that is displayed.
      Read the comments and you’ll see photos showing THE cross and this other one.

  23. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      On another blog there was a question whether the Obamas donated the 5% of their income in solidarity with the furloughed federal workers from last fall’s gov. shutdown. Seems not to have happened, because Michelle 😉

      Nothing was noted on their 2013 IRS returns, so not sure if it would have been considered a tax deduction? Still looking for that Nobel Prize cash he promised to donate to charity.

    • Somebody says:

      House members are up for election every two years so of course he’s up for re-election.

  24. DandyTIger says:

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