Voting fraud? On ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”?
That’s what some fans are wondering after a bizarre glitch during the live show last night.
On this, “the switch-up” week, “America’s Next Top Model” winner and deaf contestant Nyle DiMarco wowed everyone with a stunning Viennese waltz with pro dancer Sharna Burgess.
The judges were bowled over. Carrie Ann Inaba needed a moment to compose herself. “You take my breath away,” she said to Nyle.
The normally acerbic Len Goodman compared the dance to a total eclipse -rare when it happens, but absolutely fantastic.
Guest judge and ex-pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy called it “the best dance of the night” and then apparently dropped an expletive to explain how much he loved it. ABC censors muted him for a few seconds.
“The magic of dance is alive within you,” Bruno Tonioli praised.
Then the misstep – not from Nyles, but from the judges, apparently.
Carrie gave Nyle a 9.
The stunner: Len proudly helped up the 10 paddle – the first 10 of the season and from Len?
Maks and then Bruno raised their 10 paddles.
For a second, you knew Carrie Ann was cursing that she had to go first and would have loved to have helped Nyle to a perfect score.
The onscreen graphics told a different story – showing a total 37, with 9s each from Maks and Bruno.
“The graphics are wrong, the graphics are wrong. Those are three 10s,” sideline reporter Erin Andrews insisted.
Then she got some intel on her earpiece we were not privy to. “No it’s not? What’s happening?”
She wasn’t alone in wondering.
Host Tom Bergeron punted. “We’ll get the glittery abacus and make sure everything’s fine,” he said.
After commercial break, Bergeron explained the judges score the dance on a pad that is handed to the control room.
Those are the final scores, regardless of the paddles they hold up.
So it seems as if Maks and Bruno changed their minds at the last minute.
But isn’t that an odd mistake to be making in this, the 22nd season of the show? Bruno, at least, should know how it works.
Some fans wondered if the producers wanted to keep the scores down at this, the midpoint of the season.
Others wondered, not for the first time, if the fix is in to help “Good Morning America” weather person Ginger Zee – a network employee who is not memorable on the ballroom floor.
It changes little.
Nyle is still atop the leaderboard.
He’s still the favorite to win because he’s just so damn good.Paddle-gate or voter fraud? ‘Dancing with the Stars’ fans ticked off
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