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Typically when only two teams face off against each other, it either is a best of series or cumulative series. It is not uncommon to have a best of series with even games. They do that in sports all the time. They don't care about winner as much as generating viewership/income and giving players practice. Initially, I too assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that it was a best of series as no other model made sense. I also thought it's a filler show, so Zee might make it a tie. When I found out there was a finale, I assumed (again incorrectly) that it would be based on cumulative scores.
It is highly unusual to have the final game to be the decided when it's a two team series. Common sense dictates that finales usually come after a league or knockout stage between multiple teams; otherwise it makes the rest of the series moot like warm ups. Why would anyone care to perform in games that won't really count? You would rather use it for experimentation and practice and deliver in the finale. But I'm guessing when Zee crunched the numbers this format gave most bang for the buck.
Is Jalwa the winner? Absolutely. If this is the format of the show then absolutely Jalwa won fair and square. Is Josh a winner? Technically not, according to the format they lost. However, based on other reasonable assumptions one could have thought the winner to be otherwise. Can't blame fans though as each fan is always passionate for their side.
I'd blame the channel though for not clarifying the format. How would you like to write an exam without knowing how it would be scored? How would you feel if you spent hours writing a whole paper and then found out only the last question will be graded? Jalwa was lucky this time, but arbitrary scoring by the channel means any honest contestants efforts can be diminished in a moment and no good performer deserves that whichever team they are on.
In the end whoever wins, the loser is clearly evident. Dance loses out completely. At the end of the day while the channel jingles their pockets to the bank over high viewership – fans are left arguing what scoring method was better or who won. After all who cares what the dances were, what the memorable dancing moments were or any other thing about dance. Its all about favorites winning.
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