I get why it bugged ME. The whole thing they did with James during the show was really sad for him. I know they had to address the miscarriage, but waiting until his second dance to reveal it was really a cheap way to tease drama. And yes, I also understand that the first dance had to have the redemption dance segment. But they could have let James talk about it a little with Tom during the judging and then had the segment explain it fully later.
What bothered me was how harsh the judging was toward James when the judges KNEW what was going on. They should have critiqued Emma on the choreography more than James on his actual dancing. They knew exactly why this was a weak dance for him. They knew that his mind was nowhere near the show. It bugged me that Carrie Ann felt the need to bitch to James about his posture in BOTH dances. I guess they had no clue that James would be in the bottom 2, but they really went all in on the criticisms. They didn't even bother to ease up and the poor guy looked miserable.
And yes, you know what? I'd RATHER they would have went really easy on him. I'd rather they would have dropped the criticisms for the dances. Because what happened is that it didn't become fun to listen to them pounding into James over and over. It wasn't fun to hear the judges tear into every little part of his dance while they knew that he just lost his baby. He wasn't going to be in the right mindset to hear all of this and they didn't seem to care.
Once we did find out about what happened, you'd think that the judges would have been softer on his second dance. And sure, they stopped with the heavy critiques. Len and Bruno gave him more praise....but then Carrie Ann just HAD to bitch about his posture for 10 seconds. And then, after his heartbreaking segment and his heartbreaking dance, they gave him....all 9s? Again, if there was any time to actually overscore someone, this dance was it. At least one simple 10 would have sufficed. But no, they scored him all 9s so it was awkward to see the image of James holding his sobbing daughter while having to see himself not even get a perfect score after having to follow up the miscarriage news with that Foxtrot.
And then....after that's all said and done, James gets in the bottom 2. Ok, he didn't get the scores and that sucks. But then he has to listen to the judges unanimously choose Ally, someone who's been in the bottom 2 THREE TIMES at this point, while also having to listen to Ally beg the judges to choose him instead. Even though they know he's the better dancer, even though they know the audience favours him, even though they know Ally has a zero shot in winning while James had a high shot in winning, and they still decide to shit on his crappy week with an elimination, all because they want Ally in the finale.
It was all so very joyless and there's a few rare times when I'm ok if they're overly nice and easy. A heartbreaking loss like a miscarriage, where James still powered through his grief and attended the show, is one of those rare times when I wanted things to go easy for him.
It's like they served him a shit pie and forced him to eat it onscreen. It definitely felt like they capitalized on his grief and that's totally unfair.