ABC and FOX may be competitors, but they have something in common when it comes to their top-rated reality TV shows: outraged fans.
On American Idol, followers of actual music talent cannot believe that Sanjaya Malakar is still on the show. On Dancing with the Stars, meanwhile, followers of moral human beings are saying the same thing about Heather Mills.
"Heather Mills is as good a dancer as Sanjaya on American Idol is a singer," a viewer wrote at ABC.com.
"Actually," added the fan, "now that I think about it, Sanjaya is better as a singer than Mills is as a dancer, and that kid certainly is a better human being."
Mills, estranged wife of Paul McCartney, has been a lightning rod for controversy since the show started. A random sampling of messages at ABC's website indicates that show followers are growing tired of the constant references to her prosthetic leg.
"I practically had to have a drink last night to calm my anger - both Sanjaya and the despicable Heather on the same night at the same time.... Yuck!!!!!!!!!!"
At least Sir Paul has moved on with a new girlfriend, Sabrina Guinness. Viewers now hope these shows will move on from such undeserving contestants, as well.
Tuesday marked the first night that ABC aired a recap edition of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) against the live American Idol results show. followed by a live results edition of DWTS.
To combat the scheduling, however, FOX ran American Idol seven minutes longer- and dominated the ratings.
Yesterday, some fans expressed surprise and anger over Paulina Porizkova getting the boot, suggesting that others, such as Billy Ray Cyrus and Shandi Finnessey, were weaker celebrity dancers.
Still, it was Mills who drew the majority of the ire from fans at ABC's site - as she has done since the show started.
"She is an awful person and cannot dance," wrote one. "The title of this show is called Dancing With the Stars and she is not a star nor is she a celebrity. The fact that she married a celebrity does not qualify."
The Hollywood Gossip couldn't have said it better ourselves. They might as well have invited Tameka Foster on the show.