10 Biggest ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Controversies of All Time – 1NEWS

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Dancing With the Stars on ABC might seem just like a celeb-studded dance competition show, but in reality, it’s so much more. Beneath those sparkling smiles and outfits, the show has had its fair share of controversial moments. From dance battles to unexpected on-stage surprises, here are the biggest “Dancing With the Stars’ controversies of all time

1. Sean Spicer’s appearance

There was controversy from all angles when the notorious ex White House employee Sean Spicer was cast on season 28 of Dancing with the Stars. The host at the time tweeted that he thought the show wouldn’t book “divisive politicians” but was wrong. Maybe the entire reason they cast him is because they strategically knew it would generate drama and gossip! 

2. A Kelly Monaco and John O’Hurley dance battle

On the show’s very first season back in 2005, O’Hurley and Monaco were left battling it out for the trophy as the final two. When Monaco and her partner were declared winners, producers decided that they should participate in a dance-off. Although a viewer vote ultimately earned O’Hurley the win, Monaco is still seen by many as the official winner.

3. Bristol Palin making it so far

People were shocked and confused when they learned that Bristol Palin had earned her way to a spot in the top three. With consistently low scores and poor dancing skills (even her partner said she wasn’t “the best dancer”) and there’s even a conspiracy that right-wingers kept her on the show due to political supporters of her mom who voted for her. 

4. Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

These two were quite the attractive dancing pair back in 2012, except for one not-so-picturesque fact — Hope claims that her dance partner “manhandled” her. She admitted it in her memoir, saying that he bent her roughly, pushed her around and touched her in other aggressive ways: “Maks was rough and mean with me, flinging me and pushing me around.” Chmerkovskiy has denied this time after time. 

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