'DWTS' Recap: Surprise Double Elimination Is Just Plain Unfair

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I know they're trying to spice things up on Dancing With the Stars season 18 -- but doesn't it seem like they're going a little overboard with the changes? We're still trying to get used to Erin Andrews co-hosting. And then there's this whole bit about switching up the partners, which is just plain stupid if you ask me. I mean, seeing their relationships develop as the weeks progress is part of the allure of the show.

But as for tonight's episode? What was up with there being a double elimination already? Sheesh. I know one of the duos has to leave each week, but it just seemed a bit premature to send two pairs packing before they even had a chance to get started.

And when they first announced that tonight would be a double elimination, we all figured we knew exactly who was going home.

But then it was revealed that Billy Dee Williams was safe and we were all, "Huh? How in the heck is that possible?" Looks like we have another Bill Engvall on our hands this time around. (No offense to Bill.)

At least when Diana Nyad was announced as the first eliminated contestant, it made sense and we really weren't all that shocked or upset.

But do you think it's fair that tonight was the end of the road for Sean Avery? I know he's a little odd, but he certainly wasn't one of the worst dancers. And his partner is Karina Smirnoff, for crying out loud. You'd think she would've pulled in some votes on her own to carry them through. Sigh. If this is going to be a trend in season 18, I guess we should prepare ourselves for the unexpected as the weeks go on.

As for the best dancers of the night? My votes go to Meryl Davis, Danica McKellar, Amy Purdy, and Candace Cameron Bure. At this point in the competition, I really think they're the ones to beat.

Did you think tonight's elimination was unfair?


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nonmember avatar raerae178

I think its ridiculous that Sean went home! Billy is 77 years old for crying out loud and beyond that he exuded exactly NO effort whatsoever in his first dance. The people that voted for him are ridiculous. It really is not fair for the show to have anyone in that age group on the show. It is not fair to the professional and it is not fair to the people that go home because morons vote for them anyway.

nonmember avatar George

I love Billy Dee! What i see now is an infirm, old man who should be resting on his laurels. DWTS is on the verge of losing this family! Surprise double elimination...wassup wid dat? BTW: This writer is 81 and still moving well!

moonl... moonlitelace

It's always been a popularity contest. Think back to Season 1 when John O'Hurley should have won as he danced the best all season. His worst score was 20, hers was a 13. But Kelly Monaco ended up winning thanks to her General Hospital fans. She should have gotten the boot the first week!

Linda VanSchaack

I'm not sorry Sean is gone. He was more than a little odd. He was so full of himself. It should have been Billy Dee and Diana. Amy is wonderful.

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