Viewer votes count on "Dancing With the Stars" — but the question is who do they count for?
After Monday night's show, some voters may have inadvertently thrown their support behind couples that aren’t their favorites due to an error.
“There were technical difficulties with posting the voting numbers during the East Coast broadcast; we are reviewing the data and will determine the best course of action,” ABC said in a statement following the East Coast and Central time zone broadcast. “The errors were fixed for both Mountain and West Coast broadcasts.”
So, how did the error play out on the show?
“Somebody came up to us and said there was a system error, and Bill (Engvall's) number got switched (on the screen) with Elizabeth Berkley’s,” Engvall's partner, Emma Slater, told TODAY after the show. “So the East Coast got the two numbers wrong. I don’t know how that happened.”
“I’m not going to worry about,” Engvall told us. “After you call, there’s a recorded message that says, ‘Hey, thanks for voting for (the name of your couple),' so they’ll know (something’s amiss) after they make their first call.
“Emma and I have gone so much further than I thought we’d go,” the standup comedian offered. “Each week, we’re living on gravy.”
Corbin Bleu and pro Karina Smirnoff embraced the snafu with a bit of humor when they learned their voting number had been switched with the one for former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her partner Sasha Farber.
“Hey, I used to live in New Jersey,” Smirnoff said. “I love New Jersey!”
“You can’t control it,” Bleu philosophized. “Fans have the numbers. It’s one of those scary things. If something goes on with either of us (as a result of the snafu) you have to roll with the punches and let God take you were you gotta go!”
“There’s nothing you can do about it,” Engvall added. “You hope that people who’ve been voting for you for five weeks (will use the same, correct numbers). We’re going to tweet out the right numbers.”
After the shocking elimination of Christina Milian and Mark Ballas on Monday night, Bleu emphasized how important voting for favorites really is.
“To have Christina and Mark get the first 10 of the season and be the top-scoring couple of the night and still be sent home shows us that no one is safe,” he said.
First published October 15 2013, 9:55 AM