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ABC defends 'Dancing' amid controversy

27 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It may be the summer's runaway hit, but ABC's Dancing with the Stars couldn't sashay away from criticism about how the show that ended up with General Hospital star Kelly Monaco's win over Seinfeld actor John O'Hurley. The three judges and producers - along with Monaco and her dancing partner, Alec Mazo - echoed ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson's insistence that the show wasn't rigged to favor an ABC actress. The Dancing cast and McPherson appeared Tuesday during ABC's presentation at the Television Critics Assn.'s Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton. A number of TV critics, fueled by hundreds of angry viewer complaints they received nationwide, heavily questioned the show's judges and producers about the competition. Most of the afternoon session's 45 minutes were devoted to questions about the judging and the competition; McPherson, during the executive session earlier in the day, also fielded several Dancing questions. "Never once did they (ABC) ever ask us about judging," said Len Goodman, one of the judges on both ABC's version and Strictly Come Dancing, BBC show that Dancing was based upon. "I didn't even know that she was on ABC." »

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'Stars' are out in force for ABC victory

7 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Blame it on the bossa nova? Actually, it was a samba that helped put General Hospital star Kelly Monaco over the top Wednesday as the winner of ABC's surprise summer hit Dancing With the Stars. Stars, a ballroom dance competition series that featured celebrities paired with professional hoofers, wrapped its six-week run with a live telecast (taped delay on the West Coast) that drew an average of 22.4 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/19 share from 9-10 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. Monaco and partner Alec Mazo aced the final dance-off against actor John O'Hurley and partner Charlotte Jorgensen with their spirited samba followed by a freestyle dance. Stars had a solid six-week growth pattern for ABC, giving the network a 70% increase over its performance in summer 2004 in adults 18-49. »

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