I agree with you, and I say that as someone who lives in California. There is a certain contestant whose campaign explicitly states “Don’t wait for me to dance, just vote now!” The same contestant also instructs his “supporters” on how to vote via text message and on abc.com. This is the same person who shared during his intro package last week that his wife texts everyone on Monday nights to remind them to vote.
I almost wish there was some sort of audition or tryout process for potential contestants. It would rely only on the basics, like rhythm, musicality and ability to clap on the beat. I’m not even even joking! If one has no rhythm, they will never be able to dance. No one wants to watch contestants awkwardly stomp around on the dance floor. I’m fine with bad dancers who are actually trying, but I will never be fine with people who stand in one place or only walk/march on the floor and have the nerve to call it “dancing.” Spicer would never have been cast after someone asked him to try to clap on the beat. Watching Lamar Odom was painful because he was awful. So was Sharna’s partner last season. Master P sucked as well.
If there’s a realistic and alternate voting system idea floating around, I’d love to hear it. The overnight voting system was nixed because of fake and/or duplicate accounts that produced an onslaught of votes for one or more contestants. The 28293949556 votes for certain contestants (ahem, ahem) does need to end because it’s just insane. In my opinion, that’s not what the spirit of the show is about. It would be great if viewers had an individual ID number, specific code or some other method to guarantee they were actual fans, but it’s just not feasible.
Fans of the show should be the ones voting, not a wave of voters who don’t know Len from Bruno.
However, I live in California and I don’t have satellite TV. I vote every Monday at 5:10pm PST for Kel and then tune in later that night to watch the show.
It might sound crazy, but as a longtime viewer, fan and dancer myself, I am invested in the show. Like the saying goes, If I don’t vote, I can’t complain.