'Dancing with the Stars' Controversy to Lead to Voting Changes?
The Dancing with the Stars controversy over Bristol Palin making the finals is continuing.
Today, executive producer Conrad Green publicly supported the voting system, stating that the results are valid and that they've taken steps to verify the voting. He told the New York Daily News
that, “It’s possible to register lots of email addresses, but the IP address identifies which computer sent it.” Violations result in votes being deleted. However, one conservative website claims to have beaten the system and voted for Palin 300 times.
Green also dismissed that the phone voting system isn't working as well, especially when cities of voters can't get through. He called that “the nature of the beast” and added that it affected everyone and not any singer dancer.
Still, even some of the professional dancers have raised eyebrows. The very vocal Maksim Chmerkovskiy told E! Online that the voting results in this 11th season have been "flawed" from the beginning.
Reportedly, ABC has been flooded with emails from disenchanted fans threatening to quit viewing the series. Though publicly Green and others are denying any concern, an insider told the Chicago Sun-Times
"This is going to lead to a reworking of the entire voting system… a restructuring to give the judges’ votes more weight. ”
The staffer added, “Bristol is a very nice girl, but this show is about dancing and not politics! Yes, she’s improved greatly — but come on! Brandy is far more talented than Bristol when it comes to dancing.”