Deaf contestant Nyle DiMarco is undoubtedly one of the strongest celebrity dancers on Season 22 of "Dancing with the Stars" and Monday night's scoring debacle has left many fans wondering if the show was altering the model's scores on purpose.
The previous episode of the dancing reality show saw judge Bruno Tonioli holding up his placard that displayed a perfect score of 10 for DiMarco, who along with partner Peta Murgatroyd did a Foxtrot to U2's "Beautiful Day." Carrie Ann Inaba too scored the couple 10 and Len Goodman showed a 9. But producers showed only a 9 from Tonioli.
Justifying the changed score, host Tom Bergeron said that Tonioli had previously written down a 9, and that's what counted. But fans aren't buying the explanation, as this is the second time DiMarco's scores have been altered. The model is clearly upset, reported a Radar Online source, who added that Tonioli isn't happy with what happened.
"You do the math. 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 was happened, they were like whatever it's a glitch, but last night Bruno seemed really pissed off," the insider said.
Fans too have been accusing the show of being rigged.
So why did Nyle get robbed of his score AGAIN?? I'm so over this show. #dwts Also Erin Andrews is awkward af & makes me want to punch a baby
â€” Kaitlyn (@LanaWinterzz) May 3, 2016
â€” Braam Jordaan (@braamjordaan) May 3, 2016
In week 6, DiMarco received a lot of backlash after he called himself a frontrunner and said that Val Chmerkovskiy was his only true competition. But it appears that his comments were taken out of context.
"So much happened in our package this past Monday on the live show, and I feel like it was kind of a negative perspective of me," said DiMarco in a Vlog for People. "It showed me as kind of being arrogant and cocky, and that's not who I am."
"It was so hard for me to say anything because I was misperceived. And being deaf and also being a minority, I have a huge responsibility to represent the deaf community well," he added. "And, on top of that, I also have my own foundation and I'm the face of that foundation and I can't have that image."