Nyle DiMarco Paddle Controversy: Inside The “Dancing With The Stars” Score Scandal (VIDEO)
Nyle DiMarco earned the highest score on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but a controversy already called “PaddleGate” is brewing because his total should’ve been even higher. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, this week’s round of the ABC ballroom competition was the “Switch-Up,” in which the contestants receive new pro partners for one dance. Instead of Peta Murgatroyd, DiMarco danced the Switch-Up with Sharna Burgess, performing a moving Viennese Waltz. Not surprisingly, the judges’ loved it.
But just how much did they love it? Well, according to the panel’s paddles, Carrie Ann Inaba gave a 9, there was a “10 from Len” Goodman, another 10 from guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and a third 10 from Bruno Tonioli. That made DiMarco the first contestant this season to receive a 10, and three of them to boot, giving him a near-perfect score of 39 out of 40.
That didn’t last long, however. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews revealed Chmerkovskiy and Tonioli’s 10 scores would not count because although they held up those paddles, they had written 9 on their official scoring sheets. And that’s what producers said would count.
It was seemingly the first time in the show’s history that such an issue, in which a score was lowered, ever arose. It lit Twitter on fire, and was even debated on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. Drew Lachey, the “DWTS” season 2 winner, was asked to weigh in via satellite, and he noted, “When you’re a judge or a guest judge on the show, they tell you right off the bat: As soon you’re done watching the performance, you have to write down your score, and you send it down to the end of the table to a producer.”
“Whatever you write down is the score that is registered,” Lachey explained. “It doesn’t matter what — you could hold up a 1, a 10, a 50 — it doesn’t matter. Whatever score you pass down to the end of the table, that’s what they score you on.” With those rules, Tonioli and Chmerkovskiy’s apparent decision to increase their values at the last-second couldn’t be considered valid.
And that’s not the only scandal surrounding last night’s episode. Other fans are arguing it was unfair to have Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge, accusing him of giving inflated scores to fiance Murgatroyd, her usual partner DiMarco, brother Val Chmerkovskiy, and Val’s usual partner Ginger Zee. Check out the videos below.