Wanted to respond to a couple of things:
*Regarding the scores being pre-determined: I don't think that they're just outright scripted, at least not all of the time. There may be general guidelines given, and there may be prodding like "give this one a '6' to get a specific reaction", but I don't think that they're literally written out by the producers for all of the contestants.
We've seen the judges talking about the scores far too much for that to be the case, and I'm not a conspiracy theorist enough to say that even those conversations were set ups. There was a judging package shown on one of the results shows, just showing the funny conversations and banter amongst the judges. In it, Carrie-Ann was like "uuuuugh, I should have given him an 8!" and was quite upset about it. It was a throw-away thing, in a two minute clip of mostly funny stuff. Nothing TPTB would use to advance a conspiracy.
As a sidenote, we determined that she was talking about Chaz' Samba, which is something we figured out by process of elimination of what night that was.
There have been other times too. I can't recount them all, but one of them was when Bruno gave Gavin a 7 for that Samba, and said sheepishly "I like him..." when everyone looked at him like "WTF, that was really bad."
I do think that there may be times when a specific score is commanded from TPTB, but I just don't think that it's an all of the time thing.
*When the pros have someone come in and help them, it's usually with things like technique, and it seems like almost all the time it's a member of the same sex. It makes sense to get that type of help. I don't think that necessarily extends to the choreography, though I'm sure that there are times when someone may ask for some opinions and input.
I feel like you can basically really see almost every pro's imprint in their own work. There's a consistency there. So I really don't think anyone's using shadow choreography, unless they literally have consistently done it since day 1. And I just don't believe that, because you see that same style in a lot of their pro work too.
Also, a couple of celebs have blatantly said on the show "I don't think that people realize that each of our pros do all of the choreography too" when giving credit to their pros for all that they have to do. I specifically remember Heather Mills saying this.
Also, btw, I honestly do not believe that TPTB have input on choreography. Something
like that would have been referenced by now. They definitely
have input on the staging (Derek coming in on a rope, Rob coming in on that party float, etc., etc.), but I don't really consider that choreography.
*Earlier I said that TPTB would give Roshon the Paso Doble instead of the Jive this week, and that looks like it's true. I'm dying to hear if Melissa has the Argentine Tango. If William also has the Paso Doble, that's another sucky thing for Roshon, I think, because they can carry on about William having masculinity. Roshon probably isn't a threat anyway, but we'll never really know, because someone like Maria's fanbase has never been tested. And TPTB are certainly not gonna want to start that now, so they may not want to take any chances. Hopefully I'm wrong, though, and they won't be negative toward Roshon.
I really am curious to see if the celebs really do get to pick the pro who's gonna be joining them for the latin dance. I hope there's a way to find out (i.e. a celeb or pro hinting that it wasn't their pick. Although they may feel that saying so is disparaging to whomever they end up with, if that's the case).
ETA: It's been confirmed that will does have the Paso Doble this week, along with the Foxtrot. Same dances as Roshon...
Edited by QueenL, May 2, 2012 @ 6:05 PM.