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.
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.