Dancing With the Stars is all about celebrities learning to dance and being judged by a panel of experts\u2026but what happens when those experts start directing critiques to the pro dance partners instead of the celebs?\n\n\n\nWho Should The Judges Be Scoring?\n\n\n\nChoreography Critiques\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=Xxc-WKcsfvk&t=162s\nSasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko dance a choreographically-criticized jazz routine on Dancing With the Stars\n\n\n\nUsually when the judges turn to address a pro dancer instead of their celebrity partner, the comments are about their choreography. For the most part, the pros on the show do all their own choreography, and even if they hire someone else to assist, it is ultimately a reflection on themselves.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=fj-JaBLynxQ\nHannah Brown and Alan Bersten dance a foxtrot on Dancing With the Stars\n\n\n\nOccasionally the judges will dock points in a dance based on their own personal tastes. But more often they\u2019ll do it when they think a pro hasn\u2019t included enough content (AKA dance moves) from the assigned style in the routine. For example, Len Goodman criticized Alan Bersten for not including enough in-hold steps in his foxtrot with Hannah Brown this past week, and ended up scoring them a full two points lower than the other judges.\n\n\n\nThe Lift Police\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=PHbARokEcj4\nNastia Liukin and Derek Hough dance a foxtrot - which was then docked for a lift - on Dancing With the Stars\n\n\n\nCarrie Ann Inaba has earned the nickname \u201cLift Police\u201d on the show because she is very strict about docking points on routines if they include any illegal lifts. (The majority of dance styles featured on DWTS do not allow for lifts.)\n\n\n\nStyle Over Substance\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=n9Fp7nrLg1A\nSadie Robertson and Mark Ballas dance a Paso Doble - which Mark was subsequently criticized for due to focus on the story and theme instead of the content - on Dancing With the Stars.\n\n\n\nSometimes the pros focus more on the theme and story of the dance than the steps themselves. The judges often call them out for this, but the decision to go this route is often a calculated move; sometimes it may actually be better to sacrifice a few judges\u2019s points in order to wow the audience and get more viewer votes.\n\n\n\nShould The Judges Be Doing This?\n\n\n\nDancing With the Stars is about the celebrities learning to dance, so some fans find it unfair when the judges \u201cpunish\u201d a star because of the choreography, something they don\u2019t have control over.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=3OYCy2EUlGc\nMelissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani win Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars Edition after coming in third place during Season 8\n\n\n\nHowever, it\u2019s important to remember that both the winning star and the winning pro receive a Mirrorball Trophy. DWTS is a team effort, and if one pro doesn\u2019t teach their celebrity the dances properly (or put enough of their skills in the assigned style on display) they shouldn\u2019t be scored as high as another couple who was able to deliver a strong routine on all accounts. It simply wouldn\u2019t be fair to the team who put in the effort to fulfill all the requirements expected of them.\n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=UdDRrnZIu-w\nAlly Brooke and Sasha Farber dance a cha-cha on Dancing With the Stars\n\n\n\nYes, some of the judges (looking at you, Len) may be a little too harsh in this department at times, but at the end of the day they are there to judge the dances, and if the pros don\u2019t give the star enough true dance content, they\u2019re doing them a disservice when it comes time for judging.\n\n\n\nDo you think the DWTS judges should be critical of the pros? Tell us in the comments below!