If one thing is clear from the finale of Dancing With The Stars, it is the emotional investment people have in who wins the show. Rashad Jennings walked away with the Mirror Ball, but the controversy that has popped up a few times this season reared its head again for some fans. There have been some head scratchers, leading to calls of the votes being rigged or some deep conspiracy against certain contestants. This is a path I don’t know that we need to travel down, mainly because I fear there are already enough people pacing around like Charlie Kelly right now. It’s an odd world and some things make it odder.
That said, Tuesday’s finale didn’t do much to calm certain fans of the show. Supporters of Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei have been passionate all season and got behind the singer as the only female contestant left on the show. Kordei had apparently been collecting some perfect scores all season and the finale was no different, placing her within one point of eventual winner Jennings in their final performances according to E News.
Kordei was the only contestant on Tuesday’s finale to earn a perfect score and her bandmates in Fifth Harmony provided a reaction for everybody once she was announced in third-place:
It’s safe to say that the Normani fans out there were not happy and most of their derision was aimed at second-place contestant and World Series champion David Ross. He had some of the lowest scores of the season and ended up collecting 4 out of 5 lows with his final dances. By the time the results were announced, Ross was sitting ten points behind Jennings according to the scores. He then ended up in second place:
The whole thing is confusing but the mix of judge scores and fan voting is always a little loose. Fans can reportedly vote several times for their favorite celebrities and the barriers against abusing the system has been light in the past. That said, who knows what happened in this finale. Scores were close and fans have a bias towards their favorites on the show. It does lead to some funny and overzealous reactions, though:
Either Fifth Harmony fans are that dedicated or DWTS just brings out the blood anger in people. The show will be back next season no matter, so we’re sure to see more reality dancing controversy in the future.