Chynna Phillips’ 'DWTS' Complaints Are Sour Grapes

Were you surprised when Chynna Phillips was ousted from Dancing With the Stars this week? If so, you had plenty of company. Although Phillips gave what the judges deemed a mistake-laden, sub-par performance on Monday, many chalked it up to a bad night and assumed she'd be around to give it another shot. After all, Phillips has long been considered one of the front-runners in the competition.

Unfortunately Phillips was sent packing, but she sucked it up and took it like a woman. "I'm disappointed," she said. "I'm sad, but I have to take responsibility. I messed up."

An honorable way to go out, right? But that's not the tune she was singing right before her elimination. Before she was given the boot, she preemptively dissed the voting process by revealing the SHOCKING TRUTH about DWTS.


You see, according to Chynna Phillips, DWTS isn't really all about the dancing. She told The Huffington Post,

It really does come down to the votes. And that's kind of sad because it's supposed to be a dance competition, but it's actually a popularity contest, which makes me kind of sad. You know, you have to have a little bit of faith that there are people out there who are truly voting for their favorite dance, not their favorite person, because it is a dance competition and people are working really hard. It would be very sad if that was undermined, and it looks to me like that keeps getting undermined.


Sarcasm Translation:

I mean, come on. This is the nature of a reality show competition: it's less about the actual talent, and more about the TV star power of the contestant. If you've ever watched
American Idol, Chynna, you'd know this.

In fact, it helps ratings when there's a controversial elimination, because people get even more invested in the show. When fans flock to social media outlets to vent about how incredibly frustrating it is to see their favorite person go, producers sit back and gleefully rub their palms together because hello,
people are talking about the show.

Is Nancy Grace a better dancer than Chynna Phillips? No, but so far she's busted out a nipple and ripped a giant fart on the show. She's still around because people want to see what she'll do next, not because they're wildly impressed with her tango skills.

Really, if this was a competition that was purely focused on the dancing, it wouldn't be called
Dancing With the Stars. Is it a popularity contest? Of course it is, and it always has been. It seems incredibly naive—or just plain sour grapes—for her to say that she believed otherwise.

What do you think about Phillips' comments? Do you wish the show was less about the viewing audience's votes?

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