Dancing With the Stars Critics: Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Berkley Have Unfair Edge!

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Some Dancing With the Stars critics are hammering the show for the perceived unfair advantage of trained dancers Corbin Bleu and Elizabeth Berkley.

The Dancing With the Stars cast was revealed yesterday and includes Snooki, Leah Remini, Valerie Harper and even Bill Nye the Science Guy.

But it's Bleu and Berkley who have already sparked some controversy due to their due to their extensive dance training and Broadway experience.

“It’s not fair!” one stage producer said. “They have the muscle memory about the ways to do this. I think it’s dishonest that [DWTS doesn't] level the playing field.”

Elizabeth Berkley called upon her dance training for her role in cult classic Showgirls back in 1995, and met her husband, Greg Lauren, in a dance class in 2000.

Actor Corbin Bleu, 24, has been similarly devoted to dance during his career since beginning jazz and ballet lessons around age the age of two.

He was one of the first students accepted to the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and put those skills to work in High School Musical in 2006.

Four years later, he danced on Broadway as a star of In The Heights and just one year after that, appeared on Season 13 of Dancing With The Stars.

Yes, he was a featured dancer on one results show.

So does having trained dancers like Elizabeth and Corbin compete raise the overall level of competition? Or does it defeat the purpose of the show?

Fans of the show are split, with some celebrating the casting and others ranting angrily, while also calling out Christina Milian and her short lived pop career.

Where do you stand? Tell us below!


It isn't fair to compare those who are learning to those who have danced since childhood. Elizabeth has also been dancing since childhood, up to 17 lessons a week, not just since Showgirls. The great thing about the show has been seeing non-dancers becoming great dancers, finding the hidden talent, these ringers overshadow them unfairly. Jack Osborne, Snookie, Amber, Christina and Leah all show promise, but it will be hard for them to compete against professionals. Last season winner, and a favorite of mine since American Idol, I thought she had a great chance to win it, Kellie Pickler surprised everyone with her abilities, that is what the show is about, not dancers competing against non-dancers. I remember when they signed Marie Osmond and later her brother Donny, fans thought it wasn't fair because they had danced on stage as singers, thought it isn't anything like ballroom dancing. Now they are having actually professional dancers as contestants. This is supposed to amateurs learning from professionals, not professionals dancing with professionals. I know they have non-dancing stars begging to be on the show, so they don't need to use professionals.


They should have all professional dancers or all amateurs. It's unfair that professional dancers compete with amateurs, and then the judges belittle the amateurs.


It definitely is not fair to have trained dancers supposedly "competing" with those who are just learning. They all do not have an equal chance to win. I thought that was the object of the show.


I think about the way new to see dancing


so he's IN the sanitary towel-business now?

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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