OMG. Say. It. Isn't. So! Get ready for a real downer, Dancing With the Stars fans -- because there is new speculation that Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani's DWTS win may have been fixed, which would mean they kind of "cheated" their way to the mirror ball trophy and votes from viewers had nothing to do with it.
According to a new report from Star, the senior producer of Dancing With the Stars "just happens to be Tony and Melissa's manager". (Ba-dum-bum.)
And sure, if the senior producer really is their manager, it doesn't necessarily mean he influenced the outcome of the show in any way. But considering there have been other claims, like Hope Solo's accusations, about Dancing With the Stars being fake, fixed, or both -- his link to Melissa and Tony certainly doesn't do anything to help discredit the rumors.
Ugh! This is so frustrating, ins't it? Because if this story is true and Melissa and Tony really only won the All-Star season basically because they cheated -- in the sense that they were going to win from the get-go regardless of how the show played out -- then it pretty much ruins any future seasons of DWTS from this point forward.
I mean, how are we supposed to watch, root, and vote for our favorite contestants if the show is "scripted" as to who goes home each week and who makes it to the end? It takes all the fun and, honestly, all the competition out of the entire season, which really, really sucks.
But if the producer really did hand Melissa and Tony the win, then a couple other aspects of the show make a lot more sense now. Most viewers thought Shawn Johnson had the whole thing in the bag and were pretty shocked when Melissa was announced as the winner.
And personally, I think Kelly and Val should've taken the mirror ball trophy, because out of all three finalists, they were the most raw and authentic. They didn't resort to a bunch of fancy lifts and tricks in order to get ahead, they simply danced, which is what the whole show is supposed to be about in the first place.
What do you think about this rumor? Was Melissa and Tony's win fair, or fixed?
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