|Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon, Sharna Burgess and Josh Norman, |
Tanya Harding and Sasha Farber. (ABC)
TVIt will be interesting to find out just how successful this spring’s Dancing with the Stars stunt was for ABC. Besides the fact that this season featured a cast of athletes only, the network truncated its usual ratings winning series down to just four weeks while seemingly trying to pretend that it was business as usual. Contestants were removed from the dance floor left and right and show’s usual three-hour finale spectacular was cut down to just one hour with barely having enough time to award the winner before American Idol’s live finale began. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
Although one could argue that ABC tends to stretch each DWTS season a little too far and milk every moment for all its worth, this latest version was just too quick. It’s hard to get excited about a couple becoming the next mirror ball champs after just three weeks of competition.
|Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon are this season's winners|
of the famed mirror ball trophy. (ABC)
After the amazingly short amount of time for viewers to cast their votes, the winning couple for the Athletes edition was Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson. Though she didn't win the mirror ball trophy, Tonya Harding was grinning ear to ear with the knowledge that America is apparently willing to give the controversial athlete a second chance, and I suspect that was good enough for her.
Dancing with the Stars will return in the fall with not only the show's traditional format but also a secondary Dancing with the Stars Junior to air on Sunday nights.