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?


Age does matter, younger people can move faster, learn quicker, so it is unfair to other contestants, DWTS should categorize by age group to make the competition fair. If you were in your 30's, 40's or even 50's, how would you feel being compared to a 16 year old? let alone, compete with that age?


I love DWTS!!! :-)

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