Judging goes haywire on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Is it just me?

Methinks that Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno need “instant replay” capabilities regarding their comments and subsequent judging. Tonight’s show was proof positive they don’t realize what they’ve said and how they’ve scored dancers as the night goes on.

Case in point: Rodeo cutie Ty Murray was overwhelmingly lauded by the trio of judges extraordinaire for what was truly a fine turn on a quickstep. Huge improvement over last week and really a nicely executed routine. It was one of the few really “wow” moments of the night. Score? A measly 20! Make that a 7-6-7 from Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno, respectively.

Two dances later, Steve “The Woz” Wozniak attempted a quickstep that just looked painful (he was suffering from a foot injury after all) and the judges rightfully took him to task. Score: 17! Make that 6-5-6. Are you kidding me? That dance didn’t deserve anything higher than a 5 across the board. There’s no way Ty was just 3 points better on the night.

One dance later, the coosome twosome of Julianne Hough and main squeeze Chuck Wicks attempted a salsa that was just pathetic. The judges positively scolded the couple, chastising Julianne for “doing all the work” while Chuck just stood there. Score? 20. Make that a 6-7-7. Again… are you kidding me?

What goes on in the land of ballroom dance judging?

Of course, this was the night that saw the possible departure of yet another celeb. Steve-O might have really injured his back seriously following an ill-attemp at a forward flip during the dress rehearsal with partner Lacey Schwimmer. He still earned a 14 for his feeble dance (injury not withstanding) that was judged via videotape of the dress rehearsal. Ty’s dancing was way better than a six-point spread over this debacle.

In the “no surprises” category, dancer Melissa Rycroft (yes, the jilted bachelorette can’t downplay the fact that she has had extensive dance training, ballroom or not) scored a 26 for her sexy salsa with Tony Dovolani. But it wasn’t sexy enough as frontrunner Gilles Marini nabbed a well-deserved 27 for his “Clark Kent/Superman” -inspired quickstep. Good for him! It’s nice to see a non-dancer at the top of the heap.

Tuesday night: Can you say ELIMINATION?

Prediction? The Woz is going home.

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