Photo credit: ABC/Eric McCandless
After a tough week on Dancing With the Stars, it was refreshing to kick off the week with the happiness of Disney Night on Dancing With the Stars: Juniors. The kids proved that the ballroom floor is the happiest place on Earth.
When reflecting back on the week that was with DWTS and the summer that was with DWTS: Juniors, it was interesting to see how differently I looked at voting between the two shows. DWTS utilize the at-home viewer for voting while DWTS: Juniors relied upon the studio audience to vote at the end of the show.
Since there are two ways to vote on DWTS — online and by phone — viewers maximize the number of votes with power voting. As the ABC website describes, "In week one, there are 13 couples and you have 13 votes to allocate among all the remaining couples. You can submit up to 13 votes on ABC.com and up to 13 votes via toll-free phone voting, for a total of up to 26 votes across all voting methods that week."
On DWTS: Juniors, the studio audience had a bigger responsibility, there was only one vote allowed. We had to figure out who we wanted to go through to the next show.
It sounds rather simple, but I was surprised at how emotional I felt with only one vote allowed. It wasn't as simple as voting for the best dance of the night, it became more about the couple that I felt had the potential to improve, but they might be on the bubble for going home.
I felt like the stronger dancers were safe and didn't need my vote because they had the scores. Do you see where I am going with this? Based off of emotion, I used the power of my one vote to give an underdog a boost.
So as we move into Night 2 of Disney Night, use this bit of information to allocate your votes wisely. If you are someone who is a fan of stronger dancing, stick with that thought. If you are someone who loves a journey, don't let anyone tell you that this isn't a valid reason for someone to be on DWTS. We all watch the show for personal reasons.
So get out there and vote. Don't split your vote. Stay loyal to your contestant. Vote fiercely, but don't fight fiercely. And enjoy Disney Night!
[Editor's Note: The press was allowed to vote, but family members of cast members were not allowed to vote. The wristbands were handed out at ticket check-in to distinguish who received a voting device.]
Don't miss this 'To The Pointe' Interview featuring 'Dancing With the Stars: Juniors' troupe member Daniel Novikov & his 'World of Dance' partner, Mishella Vishnevskiy: