The Dancing with the Stars semi-finals are through and Kristy Yamaguchi reclaimed the top spot of the judges’ leader board, despite the judges continuing to judge her more critically than the other contestants. I really wish that there would be more consistency with the judging, but I suppose when much of it is subjective, it is difficult to do so.
In his first dance, Cristià¡n de la Fuente did more standing around than dancing, but still got a good score. The judges are always more generous with the points when they feel the contestant is overcoming some physical disability. That was evident earlier this season when Marlee Matlin was scored higher than she deserved because the judges were continually awed by the fact that she could dance without hearing the music. I guess they are equally awed by Cristià¡n’s one-armed dancing. I am not.
Marissa Jaret Winokur continues to improve and I thought her Rumba tonight was great. Part of me has wondered this if she is judged differently because she is not thin like the other contestants, both by the judges and the fans. When ballroom dancing is filled with teeny-tiny women, she is hardly the typical looking dancer, but I would hope that people have looked past that. Despite my love for her and her infectious enthusiasm, I don’t see her going any farther than the semis.