I find voting patterns on reality shows interesting. On the last season of Dancing with the Stars, Jerry Springer advanced much further than any reasonable person would’ve deemed fit. However, there were obvious reasons for this. Springer brought some good-natured levity to the proceedings, acting as the show’s resident class clown. Despite his lack of dancing ability, he put forth maximum effort and entertained the audience. I thought the same thing would happen with Heather Mills this season.
Heather Mills was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars this week. This was going to happen sooner or later, but I just didn’t imagine it would be this week, and that is mostly because Billy Ray Cyrus is still alive and dancing.
Billy Ray Cyrus is not a good dancer. He’s not particularly charming or funny. He’s barely a celebrity anymore. He’s best known for creating one of the worst hit singles of the 90’s. I don’t bring this up to bash Billy Ray, he seems like a nice enough guy, I bring it up because I’m confused as to why he appears to have so many loyal supporters. Heather Mills wasn’t the greatest dancer either, but she certainly gave it her best shot every time out there.
Also, the fact that Mills was going out there with a prosthetic leg has to count for something. Perhaps it was an over-hyped aspect and viewers got a little sick of it. Maybe, but I still figured that Mills would garner some sympathy votes as a result. So, if you were to add those sympathy votes to votes from viewers who generally enjoyed her performances, shouldn’t that have been enough to take down Cyrus, who brings very little to the proceedings?
American loves Billy Ray Cyrus. I have no idea why and, frankly, I don’t really want know. Do you know? Share your thoughts below. I’m curious to see what Billy Ray supporters have to say.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer