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Televised Talent: On Guest Judging

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published: April 30, 2014 11:16 AM
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This season of Dancing with The Stars has unveiled a disturbing new trend: The Rise of the Guest Host.

In an obviously desperate attempt to lower the age of the average viewer of the show, Dancing with the Stars has brought in guest host after guest host, most of whom have absolutely no knowledge of dance instruction.

The guest hosts are always overly charitable, always give identical scores to the judges on their right or left, and show a complete lack of knowledge, for the most part, on what to base those scores on.

The first guest judge of this season was Robin Roberts. All right, we'll give her a pass, since her health concerns kept her from being an actual contestant. As a fan of the show, she's obviously picked up some technical knowledge.

Then they brought in Julianne Hough, a former dance pro who knows her way around the ballroom. OK, she gets a pass too.

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Donny Osmond, while not a professional dancer, at least is a former contestant, and was able to nail contestants for the same things he got nailed for during his tour on the show.

And Monday's appearance of Ricky Martin worked well, because Ricky, as a musician, could judge connection, focus and concentration. He also made a point of issuing 10's when the judges around him, spotting technical errors that went over his pretty head, gave out 8's and 9's.

But DWTS hit a new low when Redfoo made an appearance on the show.

He gleefully handed out 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's, all the while saying "technical, schmectical" and saying he just was looking for people "having fun." Well, they all say they're having fun, so how does one judge who is having more fun than another?

Witness, for example, his insightful judging of James and Peta's quickstep.

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While other judges were able to point out that they would have liked to see sharper footwork, Redfoo had this to say:

"That was QUICK, and I loved that," he said. "That was like two crabs in the sand."

He then said he knew why you had to be "quick on the quick step" because if Peta were to kick the wrong way, "that could be DANGEROUS."

Um, okay ....

Other comments about pimps and "bling bling" rounded out the night.

I wasn't going to watch it at all, but later in the week, stuck at home with an ailing pet, I had nothing better to do than watch this train wreck.

Monday's episode featured Ricky Martin for Latin Night. A friend who watched the show no doubt viewed it as a fitting show for "man crush Monday." I'm left wondering why he couldn't just be the musical guest or a contestant on the show.

Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms is slated for next week's tour of duty. God help us all. Some of us don't watch that show for a reason. If she is brutal at judging her young charges, how critical will she be of celebrities who dance for fun?

Another night I probably won't be watching.

If DWTS is so on board with having a parade of celebrities, why don't they make them contestants on the show? At least then we can be done with them in a week.

Watch Redfoo's ridiculous "crab" comments toward the end of this dance:

On an unrelated note, I was sorry to see NeNe Leakes exit the dance floor.

She brought humor and grace to the dance floor, and she will be missed.

But after Tom pointed out that the members of her team in the group dance were all in jeopardy, I couldn't help but look at the other team and see it as the ones who would be in the Top 4, even though Amy's injury meant we saw a dress rehearsal.

Get better soon, Amy. You've got a finale to dance in.

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