Dancing with the Stars: Athletes finale had fans fuming, and it was not because Adam Rippon won
Dancing with the Stars: Athletes finale made fans very livid with the way the show ended and viewers were not happy with the production team at all.
Olympic skater Adam Rippon and his partner Jenna Johnson won Dancing with the Stars: Athletes after a string of high scoring and well-done performances. Rippon and Johnson had been front-runners throughout the competition and the win only cemented their victory.
The pair absolutely nailed their jazz routine to 'Anything You Can Do' from Annie Get Your Gun which got a perfect score from the three judges and a standing ovation. Their next performance to DJ Kass’ 'Scooby-Doo Pa Pa' confused the panel but Rippon and Johnson managed to land a solid 28 out of 30.
Rippon beat his fellow competitors Josh Norman and Tonya Harding and emerged triumphant but fans could not help but contain their disappointment with the lackluster special season. The season special did not include the ballroom dancing show's usual glitz and glam and fans felt cheated.
Many of the viewers hated the fact that the schedule was shortened from the usual 10-week season to just four weeks. ABC had planned to reduce the duration of the competition in any case but when the finale was shortened from two hours to one, fans could not help but react angrily.
Shout out to ABC for not only cutting DWTS to 4 weeks but then cutting the finale to only an hour. Way to shoot yourself in the foot #DWTS— Abby Beno (@AbbyBeno) May 22, 2018
why was #DWTS ONLY 4 weeks this season? what happened here, did i miss something?— ouggz boggz (@ouggz) May 22, 2018
The finale episode of DWTS ran into the American Idol finale directly afterward. Many of the DWTS fans wanted more time to be able to cast their vote and the five-minute time frame was seen as inadequate.
ABC making room for Idol, which they then further pushed DWTS aside tonight so Idol could screw around for 2 hours before announcing their winner as well. Should have been DWTS two hours, Idol one but ABC is trying to make Idol a thing again.— Abby Beno (@AbbyBeno) May 22, 2018
Viewers and fans were left feeling baffled when the show did not specifically call out who took second and third place and instead declared Harding and Farber and Norman and Sharna Burgess all runner-ups. As reported by ET, a source close to the DWTS production team shared that they ran out of time and could not afford to run into the American Idol season finale.
Didn’t have time to announce second and third place because they couldn’t run into the season finale of American Idol. ABC hate to break it to you, but DWTS should hold seniority over American Idol. Especially with your network. Just saying. There was enough time to announce that— Jo Swafford (@jordanjobeth) May 22, 2018
A lot of people were very upset that Sharna Burgess was robbed of a trophy despite an astonishing 10 seasons on the show and a number of very close finishes.
Sharna keeps getting robbed and it’s starting to irk me. I’m happy for Adam. But if I’m going to be Candid. I can do without Jenna!!— Jojo (@jojoslife94) May 22, 2018
So I read somewhere someone saying how @SharnaBurgess is the Leonardo DiCaprio of #DWTS and it is so true ! I’m not taking anything away from anyone but damn that girl is legit the best there is ! You’ll get that trophee one day Sharna!#teamSharna— Anne 💫 (@Banana_Anne) May 22, 2018
So how many more seasons we gotta watch in order to see Sharna finally win ?? 🙃— teamsharnaburgess (@teamsharnaburg) May 22, 2018
We're just going to have to accept that Sharna will keep on getting so close but not win.— #Justice4SharnaBurgess (@DWTSSharnaBFan) May 22, 2018
DWTS viewers will be relieved to know that the show will return in the fall with its usual run of episodes on Monday nights. Dancing with the Stars Juniors is also set to begin very soon.