At the start of this season, I didn’t know Donald Driver, this season’s winner. To be fair, I only knew two of the contestants—Urkel, Gladys Knight, Martina, and Melissa Gilbert. Perhaps that’s why I was somewhat ambivalent about this year’s winner. Donald seems like a really nice man, but I could generate any enthusiasm for his personality and I certainly wasn’t wowed by his footwork. If I were willing to pick up the phone, I wouldn’t have voted for him, but then, I wouldn’t have dialed the numbers for the blonde Brit either. I admit, she certainly danced the best, but why travel to America to be on reality show if you’re England’s number one singer? Likely, I would have voted William Levy. Not sure that would have been appropriate, but hey, the show is truly a popularity contest and he’s downright sexy.
It occurred to me that writing is a bit like DWTS. One person’s literary champion is another person’s honorable mention. Sometimes there’s a clear winner where most people can agree—like season ten’s winner Nicole Scherzinger, or in popular fiction, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter . Other times, there’s a winner who’s just popular, but not technically the most talented. For instance, DTWS Champion Donnie Osmond. In the fiction world, we’ve all bought books by popular authors—even when the reviews are bad and the books just don’t measure up to previous blockbusters.
And other times, you just scratch your head until you realize—maybe it’s me? Maybe I just have different taste. From everyone else.
And you are absolutely correct. Competitive arts are, after all, subjective.What about you? Did this years DWTS champion wow you?