Dancing With the Stars: Ruined By Bristol Palin and Kate Gosselin?

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Dancing With the Stars remains enormously popular, but has it lost its luster thanks to 2010's two most notable contenders, Bristol Palin and Kate Gosselin?

The series enjoyed renewed prominence thanks to those two, but at what cost? Is it really even about celebrities learning to dance anymore? Or dancing?

As recently as mid-2009 (amazing, we know), Kate Gosselin was just a random reality star with a bad haircut, douchebag husband and eight kids.

Bad as it Gets

Has DWTS been tarnished by this tandem?

Dancing With the Stars unleashed the power of the tabloids by casting her, then upped the ante with Bristol Palin, daughter of former politician Sarah.

People came out in droves to support or tear them down. There was no middle ground between them supporting their kids or being absentee moms.

They got as far as they did by being on the front of tabloids, becoming TV personalities that divided people and generating massive controversy.

Whereas Kate broke this new ground, Bristol took things to new heights. Adding a Palin got the series more than it bargained for: political scandal.

Audiences had a love/hate relationship with both, but Bristol made it all the way to the finals, hilariously. Some even blamed a voting conspiracy.

All this is rehashing fact. The question is whether the show is better for it, whether it will continue this stunt casting, or will ever be what it was.

Gosselin and Palin got by on tabloid sales and gimmicks, but got big ratings, leading us to think DWTS will go bigger and better in seasons to come.

So what if Dancing With the Stars no longer offers either, right?

Here are some Kate and Bristol highlights (term used loosely) from last year. What do you think? Have they enhanced the show or taken away from it?

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente