If you missed Monday night's episode of Dancing With the Stars, it was a doozy. The semi-finals of the dance competition had a strong lineup from all dancers, but the real shocker came at the end with the double elimination of Grocery Store Joe with pro Jenna Johnson and — get this — Juan Pablo Di Pace and pro Cheryl Burke. Did you gasp? You should gasp because that means there's at least one contender left fans don't agree with. Of the reactions to Bobby Bones making the DWTS semi-finals with pro partner, Sharna Burgess, Bobby tweeted shortly after, perhaps poking fun at the situation, saying, "I can't believe Grocery Store Joe went home! I see why everyone is pissed!"
If you were to research who viewers pegged to win the Mirrorball trophy for Season 27 of the reality dance series, they likely wouldn't say Bobby Bones — radio talk show host and beloved by a lot of people, apparently. Juan Pablo had been the most consistent from the start, with perfect or near perfect scores week after week (he had two perfect scores in the semi finals). It was kind of a given Alexis Ren and pro Alan Berstain would go all the way — especially now that they're relationship official. Evanna Lynch and pro Keo Motsepe have flown under the radar but also breezed through to the the finals. And last but certainly not least, Milo Manheim and pro partner, Witney Carlson, I think, have also been overlooked as strong contenders for the win.
No disrespect here, Mr. Bones. I think Bobby has tons of charisma and personality; he's relatable and likable, for sure. Plus that Len Goodman shirt surprise after the second dance of night just made me feel good (who's with me?). But some of the internet thinks America got it wrong, and Twitter has opinions (per usual) on who should've advanced, and who definitely shouldn't have. Spoiler alert: the man has allies and enemies so it's really a toss up as to whether he'll actually win. But isn't that the beauty of the show — non dancers transforming into some form of dancer?
The dude has a sense of humor. For real. He knows he's not the best dancer and probably won't win the dang thing, but he still goes in with a smile and that "can do" attitude. That's got to be worth something to fans of the show, regardless of any hurt feelings over Juan Pablo's elimination, right?
Bobby and Sharna did, in fact, work their tails off, much like the entire cast. Dancing hours on end, week after week, is a lot. I don't think I could do it which is why all of them have my vote.
The general sentiment among Bobby fans is that improvement trumps being a fantastic dancer to begin with. But what if you (me) rooted for Grocery Store Joe the whole time? He told Entertainment Tonight he was relieved to go home and, well, there goes my heart.
The man's got fans. Sometimes it's about how you dance and others, it's how you touch people (or something else that sounds inspiring).
Hugs for everyone who rooted for Bobby, or rooted against him. Hugs for anyone who took the time to Tweet at all.
BillyB speaks the words of the part of the internet that's revolting against DWTS results. He's not alone.