Nicole Scherzinger, along with her partner Derek Hough, might have won season 10’s Dancing With the Stars contest, but is she going to keep the object of her efforts, her mirror ball trophy? No. Instead, she’s pawning off the gaudy thing to her mother, whom she says was the reason for doing DWTS in the first place. But that’s not the controversy. Some people — including fellow contestants on DWTS Season 10 — are now suggesting that while Nicole IS incredibly talented, she shouldn’t have won let alone been on the show. Why not? Because she’s actually a dancer on the Pussycat Dolls, the cabaret-style entertainment group she founded.
On the one hand, as a lover of dance myself, it was amazing watching her and partner Derek Hough. I’m glad I saw their performances. On the other hand, she is in fact a very talented dancer from the get go. As contestant Niecy Nash put it, “There were moments you couldn’t tell her from the pro dancers.” It’s kind of like when the Olympics ceased to be a competition solely for amateur athletes — which is why it was resurrected in the first place — and allowed in all manner of professional athletes. Sure, we want to see great performances, but is it fair to the other contestants? Or should DWTS go entirely towards having only contestants with dance skills? Wouldn’t you rather see and cheer on the contestants who gain skills throughout the season?