As expected, I was wrong about the final results of this season’s Dancing With the Stars. I said Gilles should win, with Shawn in second and, thus, Melissa in third. That’s not how it happened. Shawn won it all. In my opinion, she shouldn’t have.
I understand I’m saying this in Shawn’s homestate of Iowa, where fans are strong. Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not saying Shawn didn’t deserve anything. She was consistent throughout the competition, even improving on her fluidity. She deserved to be in the top three. She even deserves second place. Again, she did not, in my opinion, warrant a first place finish.
I took time to go back and tally the total judges’ scores. Adding up all scores earned this season, Shawn has a total of 401. Gilles, on the other hand, earned a total judges’ score of 419. That’s a full 18 points ahead of Shawn. Averaging it out, Shawn earned an average score of 26.7 per dance. Gilles earned an average of 27.9, a full 1.2 points ahead of Shawn per dance. And yet, Shawn beat Gilles. (For what it’s worth, Melissa scored 400 for an average of 26.6)
I will still argue Gilles is the stronger dancer and proved to be the stronger dancer throughout the competition. I will also, however, acknowledge that this season, more than any other, has been more a popularity contest than a dance competition. Shawn won the popular vote and that’s why she won. My congratulations to her. I just wish there were a judges’ trophy and a viewers’ trophy instead of just one. Perhaps it would overlap sometimes and one star would win both. In this case, however, I think Shawn would’ve won the viewers’ trophy, with Gilles taking the judges’ trophy. This would’ve also proved valuable back when Stacy Keebler danced. She deserved to win and could’ve taken the judges’ trophy.