MAG: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Is “Fixed”

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By Michael Lewittes

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani


“Dancing with the Stars” may be “rigged,” reports Star. The mag notes that Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough received the high scores from the judges all season long, whereas the season’s eventual eventual winners, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, only got “mixed reviews.” The reason for the incongruity is simple, according to a supposed show insider, who alleges in the tab that “the whole thing was fixed!”

Star claims, “Instead of talent giving the victors the edge, it was their manager — who happens to be one of the show’s producers!” The tabloid explains that “Dancing with the Stars” senior producer Deena Katz is Dovolani’s manager, and has also been “overseeing Melissa’s career for months.” The purported “insider” alleges that Katz “helped picked the cast and winner,” noting, “Melissa is not as good as many of the other dancers on the show, but Deena wouldn’t let her get voted off.” Well, that’s all well and good, except for one thing: Katz does NOT manage Rycroft or Dovolani. Oops.

A source close to the former “Bachelorette” star tells Gossip Cop that while Rycroft sometimes refers to Katz as her manager because Katz has taken an interest in her career, “Melissa doesn’t have a manager and never has.” And Dovolani’s rep similarly tells us, “Tony does not have a manager.” Also, Dovolani has been on the show every season since the second, and this was his first ever win. Why would Katz suddenly choose to fix the show to make Dovolani win after all of this time?

Lastly, Gossip Cop will point out that fan voting contributes to half of the results determining the winner regardless of score. Clearly, Star’s insider’s allegations simply do not add up. Yet another inaccurate tale from the tabloid gets eliminated.

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