'Dancing with the Stars': Fans divided over Grocery Store Joe not being at risk of elimination after his unimpressive performance
Grocery Store Joe - real name Joe Amabile - is a Chicago-based grocer who rose to fame with his appearance on 'The Bachelorette.' He's paired with Jenna Johnson on 'DWTS.'
ABC's hit reality show, 'Dancing with the Stars' kicked off with its season 27 right at the beginning of this week. The premiere episode held a lot of surprises for viewers, and many more shocking moments for the judges that were able to leave them in a fix. After the first episode, comedian Nikki Glaser, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, blind Paralympian Danelle Umstead, model Alexis Ren, and former 'Facts of Life' star, Nancy McKeon were the ones with the lowest scores to perform once again on Tuesday's elimination episode.
While Glaser was the one hit with the first round of elimination which was fueled by her dishing a rather inappropriate joke on air, fans of the show are now divided over how fellow contestant on the show, Grocery Store Joe, was not even put at risk of elimination after his far from stellar performance on Monday night.
For those unaware, Grocery Store Joe - real name Joe Amabile - is a Chicago-based grocer who rose to fame with his appearance on The Bachelorette. Things didn't quite work out for Joe there, but when he was signed aboard as a contestant on 'DWTS,' Chicago Tribune reports that he had said, "I can’t dance. Like, I don’t know how. What did I sign up for?”
Granted 'Bachelor in Paradise' host Harrison Ford was the one behind Joe scoring a spot on 'DWTS' just so he could be closer to his current girlfriend, by the looks of it, his claims of not being able to dance weren't entirely fake. In simpler terms, Joe's performance with his pro-partner Jenna Johnson in the first episode wasn't impressive - and ardent fans of the show are questioning the judges' credibility since Joe wasn't even put in the elimination round.
Naturally, fans did what they do best and took to Twitter to share their sentiments about the judgment given to Joe. In short, some of them aren't thrilled about it. "How is Grocery Store Joe safe? I think it's time for #DWTS to change how the fan voting is done," wrote one of them on the social media platform. Another one pointed out: "#DWTS. I'm still sitting here trying to figure out how Grocery Store Joe is safe and Danielle Umstead isn't? She learned a dance and performed it beautifully BLIND. He was another pretty face on a lame ass show about fake love?!?! And his dancing was garbage. #totalmindblow."
Pretty strong sentiments, right? Yet there's another half of Twitter that is beyond thrilled about Joe narrowly escaping elimination this time, even though they agree that his performance wasn't anywhere close to the benchmark required to keep him safe. Here's what some of them have to say:
The Twitter divide is obvious, but then comes this one user who puts things into perspective in a rather hilarious quip. "'Dancing with the Stars' Eliminated Its Weakest Contestant," they wrote, adding, "No, Not Grocery Store Joe!"