Changes To Dancing With The Stars
Season one saw the show kick off with a total of six couples. There were six celebrities and also six professional dancers. The judges all awarded points at the conclusion of the dances and then audience members were permitted to call in and vote.
Season two increased the contestant count to ten couples. However, there was no other changes made aside from adding contestants.
For season three the vote scoring system changed a bit. The votes of viewers still accounted for half of the final score however; it was changed to directly relate to percentages rather than actual points. This was a significant change and was intended to help minimize the popularity vote that was seriously harming many of the less popular contestants that were much more talented.
Dancing with the Stars season four kicked off a few different changes. With a total of eleven couples paired together, the season kicked off on March 19, 2007. The biggest change of the season was the shift of time slots. Dancing with the Stars was moved to a new night to avoid a conflict with the Fox hit show American Idol. This proved good for the ratings as well.
The beginnings of season five started with twelve couples paired together. This was the one year that had the greatest problems with viewer voting. There was numerous complications with better dancers being kicked off in favor of contestants that were actually much more popular contestants that were not as skilled at dancing. The celebrities that were voted off included Sabrina Bryan leaving early and also Melanie Brown losing to Helio Castroneves.
Season six offered relatively few changes with everything staying essentially the same as in season five. This allowed for a very smooth flowing season and very few problems over all.
As you can just imagine, those instances when significant changes took place created the opportunities where there were some very large complicated that took a bit of effort to smooth out. For the majority of contestants adapting to the changes was easy enough. However, it is also important to note that during the duration of the show voting was changed to require votes from viewers to wait until the end of the show, instead of permitting voting to occur during the actual show itself. This change was made to help ensure that all voting was conducted in a fair manner.
All of the changes that have occurred so far during the show have worked to ensure that the show increases in popularity. For viewers the changes to the show have helped to add a significant amount of value. There are very few contestants who have found negative repercussions due to the changes which have further proven that the changes made to the show have helped to ensure that it is running the best possible. While further changes are likely, at this point there have been no changes for season 7 released yet.
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