Why Iconic Dances Was the Worst 'Dancing with the Stars' Theme Ever
Why Iconic Dances Was the Worst 'Dancing with the Stars' Theme Ever
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Dancing with the Stars tried out a new theme for the season 25 Semifinals: Iconic Dances. The show has featured iconic dance recreations in the past, but those were from popular dances in film and television. This season, the five couples each recreated a routine previously performed on DWTS. The result was a mess.

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The biggest problem with the theme is that the five dances they chose all received perfect scores the first time they were performed, and three of them came from previous winners (the others were from runners-up). That sets an incredibly high bar that's nearly impossible to match.

The problem became evident from the beginning when Drew Scott and Emma Slater tried to recreate Corbin Bleu's Jazz routine. Carrie Ann Inaba pointed out that she couldn't stop thinking about Corbin's original performance and how this wasn't nearly as good. Of course it's not, there's no way it was ever going to be as good and Drew was set up for failure by the theme.

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Even at its best, the theme doesn't allow for true greatness. Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas did a very good job recreating a Tango by Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But it wasn't as magical as the original and comparing anyone to Meryl, one of the best dancers in the history of the show, is a losing proposition.

Then there's Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, who earned a perfect score for their Jive from Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas. It was a fantastic routine danced with expert precision, but it was still something we've already seen. I loved the first dance so much because it was a surprise, something that came out of nowhere and hit you in the face with its nonstop speed. Jordan's performance lacked that element of seeing something that totally changes my perception of him.

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Recreating previous DWTS routines is simply a disastrous idea. At best, the couples could match the original and get another perfect score. At worst, viewers are reminded that this season's stars aren't quite up to the level of some of the best of all-time. The theme was an interesting idea, but ultimately a failure that didn't offer anything special. Hopefully if they bring it back, they'll go back to simply recreating iconic dances from pop culture and not the show itself.

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