Rumer Willis may have taken the Mirror Ball trophy home a few weeks ago, as she won Dancing with the Stars, but not everyone is thrilled about the win. While Rumer and her dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, were thrilled about the win, and had worked super hard to get the top scores, some contestants didn’t think that the win was fair. Mark Ballas, who was eliminated with Willow Shields during Week 7, has revealed that Willis won because of the support of her parents.
It is no secret that Rumer Willis’ parents are famous and may have had an influence in her winning this season of the show. Both Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were in the audience to support Rumer, who danced her heart out. But she didn’t just win because of the many votes her parents may have brought it. Rumer worked super hard and took criticism to heart.
According to a new Radar Online report, Rumer Willis won fair and square if you ask the judges, but won because of her parents if you ask Mark Ballas. Even Ballas’ mother chimed in, saying that Rumer’s parents networked to get votes together. But when it comes to voting, all seems to be fair. The more votes you can get, the bigger the chance you win.
“I guess when people vote they thought since we had such high scores from the judges that they thought ‘she’ll be alright,’ ” Mark revealed, with his mother adding, “They networked. The whole family did their homework. It was great and amazing for them. And they got all their A-list friends to help. She definitely deserved it.”
In all fairness, Willow starred in The Hunger Games, which has become a major movie phenomenon. Maybe they didn’t campaign as much as Rumer Willis and Val did, as they were eliminated long before the finale.
“We just stared at each other. I was beside myself,” Mark revealed about his elimination with Willow, adding, “I thought Willow got the short end of the stick. It wasn’t fair. People love the show, watch and root for people but they don’t vote. She should have been in the finals. She had the skills and the personality.”
But Rumer Willis doesn’t seem to mind that her co-dancers were upset with her win. Willis admitted that she had worked hard to win the trophy, and she hopes to set an example with this win. Willis wants people to know that they can do whatever they set their mind to, including dancing.
“I hope that it stands for anyone who didn’t think that they deserved to do something,” Rumer Willis revealed, adding, “Being able to stand proudly and put your whole self on the dance floor and have such a positive response — that speaks volumes.”
Even Ryker Lynch showed support for Rumer, even though he had to settle for second place, according to the Inquisitr.
What do you think of Rumer Willis’ win?
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