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Two 'Dancing' Divas: Did Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin Ruin 'Dancing With the Stars'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 22nd 2010 1:20PM
Kate Gosselin, Bristol Palin
Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the second day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... two divas 'Dancing.'

To say 'Dancing With the Stars' is a polarizing show is an understatement. The viewers who love it, well, they really love it. And the people who aren't into it? It's generally a venomous dislike. But, 'Dancing With the Stars' took a turn for the worse when they introduced two dancing divas: Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin.

The competition series enjoyed renewed prominence when they put reality TV star Kate Gosselin and Republican maverick Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol on its two seasons of 2010, but at what cost? Sure, the series surged in ratings and became must-see TV for the following day's watercooler chat, but the series that used to be about celebrities learning to dance is now tainted.

In the beginning of her entertainment career, Gosselin was just a TLC reality star known for having a bad haircut and eight kids. It wasn't until her marriage imploded that she became a tabloid sensation. And if it weren't for the marriage drama, she would have never been on the radar to join 'Dancing With the Stars.'

By casting her on the series, 'DWTS' learned the power of the tabloids. People came out in droves to support or tear Gosselin down; it seemed like there was no middle ground between thinking she was just supporting her kids or calling her an absentee mother. She got as far as she did by being on the front of tabloids, by becoming a TV personality that really divided people. How else can you explain how she stayed on the show for as long as she did? If you need a refresher of just how bad a dancer she was, check out her performance to Lady Gaga's hit song 'Paparazzi.'

She picked 'Paparazzi' because it spoke to her about the relationship she shares with the media -- the media she invited into her life by agreeing to appear on a reality series.

The image of Kate Gosselin dancing to Lady Gaga's hit 'Paparazzi' will forever be etched in my brain. It's safe to say that dance was one of the biggest train wrecks of the series, but it's almost so bad that it's amazing. You can't make TV like that up; in fact, don't be surprised if you find yourself watching it more than once.

Thankfully, Gosselin didn't make it to the finals. The show was saved, a little bit. Then, the world met Bristol Palin, dancing teen activist.

Palin was a different kind of 'Dancing' diva than Gosselin. Both were brought in for ratings and scandal, but Palin was clearly brought on because of her mother, Sarah Palin. Forget B or even C-list celebrities -- by adding Palin the series got way more than it bargained for: political scandal.

While audiences had a love/hate relationship with Gosselin, she got as far as she did on her own accord. Her votes (or lack of) were based on the relationship she had with the audience. Palin's support primarily came from those who support her mother and her mother's political views. Just look at the voting scandal.

Kyle Massey, a contestant during Palin's season, got by on his personality. He was not a household name before the series, but he danced and charmed his way to the finals. Rather than talent, Gosselin and Palin got by on tabloid sales and gimmicks. It's safe to say 'DWTS' has gotten a taste of diva and it'll try and go bigger and better for seasons to come. The show's name might be 'Dancing With the Stars,' but it seems to lack either dancing or stars.

Did Kate and Bristol turn you off 'Dancing With the Stars'?
Yes, their scandal ruined the show!60686 (57.2%)
No, I still love it.32269 (30.4%)
I don't even watch 'DWTS,' but I'm voting in this poll.13215 (12.4%)

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she is so mean to those kids yelled at girl for touchin her hair when baking but it was okay for her, she is a control freak

June 28 2011 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love watching d.w.t.s. i can see a lot of bad signs that this show will end if they bring back dancers like Palin i feel it was her mothers run for Pres. that got her so far don, t get me wrong i would like to have Palin in the w/house will sure miss Hough next season he is the BEST I taught Roller Skaking in Omaha Ne. and would like to hear from any one that i taught at the Roller Bowl Rink in the 60-70s ckologenskik@aol.com god bless and god speed all jim kologenski

February 01 2011 at 8:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I would love to see if they could get stars like Michael Jordan, Prince, Charles Barkley, Ben Rofinberger, Bhrtt Farve, Janet Jackson, Ryan Seacrest on Dancing With The Stars, that would pull in the ratings. OH YEA

January 22 2011 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK, ABC I used to love the show. I used to look forward to the real ballroom dancing competitions on PBS, so viewing this show was fun. I just never watch network TV very much. Fox has completely ruined that and I just prefer cable shows. If I were reminded, of the show somehow, I would watch more, particularly because there is usually littler else on, on those days. Remind me, but don't do it by bringing on those kind of people. Just ramp up the celebs. How about an all star DWTS? Bring the Hoff back for another try, do an all comedians show. I love that you have stars like Mrs. Brady (I know she is Florence Henderson) & Cloris Leachman. How about Carol Burnett, forgetting politics (he is an environmentalist now) Al Gore would be fun. How about Mary Tyler-Moore? You can still make it fun to watch.

January 10 2011 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Having the not so goood ones make the good ones really good. Can't live with them, can't live without them.

December 29 2010 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kate not so much, but Palin, yes. I will nvr watch this show again. The voting is rigged.

December 29 2010 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is awful with or without them.

December 29 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gosselin and Palin are proof that just because you can learn the steps doesn't mean that you can dance. Watching the 2 of them lurch across the floor was hilarious. Unfortunately, DWTS and Idol have become popularity contests rather than talent contests. It's time to change the channel.

December 28 2010 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I only followed the show for the last half of this past season BECAUSE Bristol Palin was on the show. Why invite her to the show if all the judges were going to do was to try to disparrage her and her mother? I won't watch the show again mainly because I see that in order to win, contestants are forced to put on a soft porn show. No thanks. I'll wait for decent entertainment. Bristol was hijacked, but she showed them anyway!

December 27 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Margery, your racist comments are insulting... Insulting to you as a human. Commons sense would tell you that the right wing(Tea Party) voted for Bristol. They are all hypocrites( One of your commenter spelled hypocrite as hipocrit). They always preached family values, praying. How can you pray and have hatred in your hearts. Read your Bibles, the God of the Bible doesn't listen to racist and polarizing hypocrites. Your god is misleading you.

December 26 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ron's comment

No, we think that it is the republicans who are the hypocrites and they need to pray and stop pretending to be so bloody and almighty holy. If you were so christian, you would be compassionate and you would want health care for all. I hear those so called conservatives, saying things like 'we have to cut the budget some where' lets cut this persons life, TOUGH LUCK'. For the so called 'right to life' party they have no respect for human life, once they are born. You people are so selfish about taxes you don't even have to pay, that you think human lives are disposable. So start taking a seriuos LOOK at you compassion for your fellow man before you say you are christians. Christians do not behave like that. If my god saw me behaving like you folks, he would send me straight to hell. One of my friends said to me, I am a christian, therefore I have to be a Democrat, because they are the party of compassion. They do not judge, because some one has lost their job, because a greedy employer sent all the jobs to India or China. They
would not call that person lazy and say they better learn to fend for them selves because 'I am too important to care' or I don't want to pay for them to have unemployment, or health care. Until you mean spirited, selfish to the core hypocrites, change your attitude on those things, you are not christians. Christians are not selfish. Those selfish pricks in AZ, are willing to let people die because they are too selfish and evil to pay taxes. If you don't want to pay taxes move to a country where they don't make you pay taxes. And don't even think about calling your selves Patriots, your not, your HATRIOTS, pure and simple, HATRIOTS. The tax issue, does not even apply to most of you anyway. The only thing the president wants is that EVERYONE pay their share. The rich people should pay the same share as those who are not. The should be grateful, for their opportunities, but nooo...they are selfish. They think they are too important to pay the same taxes as the the people who do not make as much. You call their fair share penalizing the rich, but no, you woulds rather and do, penalize the poor. SELFISH, SELFISH, SELFISH!!!

January 10 2011 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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