Sunday, September 8, 2013

DWTS Season 17: The End of the Ringer Debate

Don't ever count out athletes like Keyshawn Johnson in this competition.

Since we are only eight days away from the Season 17 launch of Dancing With the Stars. I'd like this to the last time we talk about ringers this season. Last season was filled with talk about the lovely Zendaya and her "ringer" status. It's just a waste of time talking about this since the alleged ringer doesn't always win. Let's talk about dance and choreography and personality--things that matter to the show. There will always be some producer manipulation behind the scenes, but arguing about it is just exhausting.

Yep, that's Snooki during her gymnastic and cheerleading days.

Here's a sample of a few of the contestants who have had dance or movement training prior to joining the cast.

Start by watching the incredible Valerie Harper in this production number. It isn't available for embedding, but it's definitely worth watching.

Elizabeth Berkley:

Amber Riley:

Christina Milian:

Bill Nye, The Science Guy:

Corbin Bleu:

DWTS on AfterBuzz TV premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 17 with me, Anna Trebunskaya, Suri Serano and Jake DuPree at 8 p.m. PT. Watch here


  1. Bring back Master P.

    1. Haha! That's a classic. Can Kate Gosselin come back, too?

  2. I love that that there are a few celebs with a "ringer" background. That evens the playing field. We will get some great dancing from a bunch of pairs and it will actually seem competitive based on dancing ability alone. Of course, we all know that dancing ability is only part of the criteria on this show! lol! I'd loved to see a season where everyone had some form of "ringer" background.

  3. I think the season with the "ringer" back ground was the All-Star season. :)

    I am excited to see how it pans out this year with so many celebs with movement training.

  4. You're right, of course, but I found the All Star Season a bit of a bore because we already knew all about the celebs. This will be much more fun! :)

  5. I think it definitely ups the quality of the show with stars having some kind of dance/movement experience. But super-ringers (i.e. Nicole) seem to take the wind out of everyone's sails as other couples come to realize they haven't a chance of winning.

    Then too, there are the fanbase ringers - those who advance far beyond what their dance performances would seem to warrant (i.e. some of the footballers, BP, etc.). The problem with the fanbase ringers is score escalation. As the judges (producers?) see who's getting a ton of votes, judges scores start creeping up and their comments become more & more complimentary. I guess they want to cover themselves in case the fanbase ringer gets to finals - but then they get to finals due in part to inflated scores.


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