Things are really getting down to the wire as far as winning Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars goes, so it's really no secret that every single vote counts when it comes to keeping your favorites around for another week. (Or do they?)
Believe it or not, fans of Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow claim DWTS manipulated their votes -- and they aren't too happy about it.
They took to Twitter to voice their concerns after voting this week, as some of them believe their votes for Peta and James either did not count, or were changed to go towards one of the other couples.
Supposedly when some fans cast their votes for Peta and James, their app told them they'd actually voted for Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis instead. And if that's the case, it's understandable for them to be upset, since they're obviously supporting Peta and James to take the mirror ball trophy.
Wouldn't you be pissed if your vote somehow wound up being given to someone else? (Duh.)
And I guess we could write this off as a mere glitch in the voting system, but this isn't the first time there has been speculation that DWTS producers rig the whole show to ensure that certain couples remain in the competition until the very end.
Even though there's probably no way in hell Meryl and Maks won't make it into the final three, can you even imagine if somehow they weren't standing there at the end? They've been the duo to beat all season long, so it would be a real blow to ratings if they didn't have one last shot at winning the trophy on the finale.
And when you take these fans' claims and couple them with the fact that Sean Avery basically hinted that DWTS is fixed early on in the season, it's impossible not to wonder just how much of a reality this "reality show" really is.
As much as we'd love to believe that our favorites are coming back each week because we help keep them on the show, it wouldn't exactly be the shock of the century if we have absolutely no influence on who stays and who goes. Although, if that's truly the case, it really does ruin some of the fun and allure of the whole deal. I mean, what's the point of rooting for someone all season if their place in the competition is already predetermined?
But on a positive note, if DWTS is rigged, at least we don't have to feel guilty when we forget to vote each week. (Oh come on, I know I'm not the only one who says "to hell with it" and goes straight to bed as soon as it's over.)
Do you think DWTS is fixed?
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