Dancing With the Stars: Should There Be an Age Limit?

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Is it easier to do well on Dancing with the Stars if you're younger?

Some competitors are asking that question after Disney star Zendaya Coleman, 16, ruffled some feathers Monday by saying age is "just a number."

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy

"Using age is almost an excuse," Coleman said after dancing into first place. "Age doesn't mean anything. Age doesn't mean I can't work as hard."

"Age doesn't mean I can't do as well as everyone else out there."

On the contrary, some feel it could give her an unfair edge.

"What is she talking about?" said Lisa Vanderpump. "You get out of bed with my 52-year-old body, damn it, and I'll let you know who's challenged."

"That annoyed the hell out of me, I've gotta say," added D.L. Hughley, 50, though he was laughing. "Age is just a number when your number is very small."

The pros also weighed in. Karina Smirnoff, 35, added:

"Age is only a number when you're 16."

On the flip side, Zendaya Coleman says she is facing unique challenge that her fellow dancers - with the possible exception of Aly Raisman, 18 - aren't.

"The big difference is that I have to go to school every day," she says.

"When everybody else gets to rehearse for the show, I have to do school. When everybody else is in hair and makeup, I'm in school. That's about it."

What do you think? Is age too big a factor on the show?

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Not to mention, I think watching a child dance with that sexed up man is a little creepy. I think there should be an age limit. 18.

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I think there should not be an age limit zendaya is doing a good job. This sounds like jealously on the part of these older dancers.

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@ laura brennan

yup.. jelaousy..bc zendaya was the youngest contestant.. she's only talk of her opinion..but the older looks annoy with her comment.. being youngest also not easy for her.. she's minor, she have to school everyday, she have to do a lot activity in less time..she's doin her job very good.. i'm proud of her..

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I think a 16 year is too young to be on this show. First a lot of the dancing is really too sexy for an adult to be doing with a minor. No doubt there will be rumors of an affair soon. Zendaya is gorgeous.

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so disappointed with dwts, they should categorize the competiton by age group. it is not fair to let a 16 year old with dance background join and compete against older contestants who has little to no dance background at all. of course the 16 year old will blow your socks off!!! please, if you're going to make a competition like this, eveyone has to be at least on the same age group and will be starting on the same level! this season is a JOKE!!!!!!

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HOW ABOUT HAVING SOME OF THE JACKSON BROTHERS COMPETE AT SAME TIME? WOULD LOVE TO SEE PARIS AND PRINCE COMPETE.

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@ MONA

I feel that having a teenager compete with people in 30's ...40's and up is not fair at all. the older dancers do not have the stamina of a teenager......
i an sure others feel the same........

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I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SHOW WHERE ALL CONTESTANTS ARE SPORTS PESONALITY.OR HAVE A SHOW WHERE ALL CONTESTANTS ARE IN 40 TO 50 RANGE OF EQUAL BODY SIZE.

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yes, of course. Maybe there should be teen and 20 year old dance against each other and 30 thru 50 or something similar. And also I know that Zendaya has been dancing for years.. so there you go.. That doesn't seem fair. Maybe she is learning new dances however... having danced since you were little... doesn't seem fair.

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Okay the, why not pu an age limit on at what age is too old to be dancing. Keep it up, Zendaya!

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this is promotion for the new "Kindergarten Cop"?

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age is most definitely a factor. a 57 year old woman doesn't have the stamina a 16 year old has. i am definitely disappointed in dws this round. also, poor wynonna...i usually vote for fat old people, but can't bring myself to vote for anyone this time...