Has Dancing with the Stars already picked its Season 23 winner? Amber Rose has been telling close friends that the competition is rigged. Who does the ex-stripper think will take home the Mirrorball trophy?
Radar Online reports that Rose is growing suspicious of her co-stars, and she’s only been in the competition for a couple weeks.
“Amber saw the way Laurie Hernandez was given the top spot in the GMA cast announcement and it made her think that they are playing favorites,” an insider told the outlet.
Rose also took issue with Hernandez’s partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, who won the entire competition a few years back.
“Amber feels like she is up against the system,” the source stated. “That the show could be fixed, and not in her favor.”
According to the Morning Ledger, Rose is partnered with Val’s brother, Maksim, which she also sees as another hurdle to climb.
“Amber knows that the judges have had trouble with Maks, but she is determined to not give them anything to criticize,” the source added.
As a former stripper, Rose has more than one trick for the competition.
“Amber was a stripper so she has some seriously good moves,” the insider said. “She’s definitely a good dancer. Amber is very competitive. She wants to win on her own merit, but she’s afraid that it isn’t enough.”
Radar Online is reporting that the fixing controversy extends far beyond Rose.
Last season was mired by two judging scandals involving Nyle DiMarco. In both situations, the judges’ scorecards didn’t match up with the producers’ total.
At one point, Judge Bruno Toniolo’s placard showed a 10 following DiMarco’s Foxtrot to “Beautiful Day.” Carrie Ann Inaba agreed with Toniolo and gave DiMarco a 10, while Len Goodman displayed a 9. However, the end total displayed a 9 from Goodman and Tonioli.
Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron tried to explain to fans why producers deducted a point, insisting that Tonioli had written down a 9 at first.
An ABC rep declared that the scandal “was explained in detail within the show – via our host Tom Bergeron after it happened/after the break within that part of the show.”
That explanation didn’t stop fans from criticizing the show on social media.
“Clearly #DWTS is fixed. They are screwing Nyle for a 2nd time,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Bruno knows what score he wrote down. @DancingABC #disgusted #rigged.”
Another Twitter user added, “So why did Nyle get robbed of his score AGAIN?? I’m so over this show.”
A source later explained that Tonioli was “pissed” because of the change in score.
To make matters worse, DiMarco stirred up some controversy the previous week after he called Val his only competition on the show. Needless to say, the judges didn’t take kindly to the remark.
Was this why DiMarco was given a different score?
“You do the math,” the insider stated. “It is the second time this has happened. A couple of weeks ago, Bruno gave him a 10 and they made it a 9. The first time it happened, they were like whatever it’s a glitch, but last night Bruno seemed really pissed off.”
That being said, an inside source told Gossip Cop that the rumors about Rose are not true. Apparently, Rose does not think Dancing with the Stars is rigged, and Hernandez’s spectacular performance during the premiere created a lot of the rumors.
“[Rose] doesn’t think there’s a fix,” the source explained.
Whether or not DWTS is rigged, Rose clearly has an uphill battle ahead of her if she wants to beat Hernandez and take home the coveted Mirrorball.
Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars airs Monday nights on ABC.
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