I’m in total agreement with you. The second couple had a show performance that was different inventive and cute. In costume and on stage it would have rivaled the first couples predictive hum drum lift and kick stage tango. The reason I’m against tango competitions is that it’s subjective. Who are the judges? Who cares? It’s just another way for the promoter to make money. I have ballroom friends that pour thousands of dollars into ballroom competitions and it’s a joke. The promoter the vendors the instructors all cash in.
Competive dance is very technical. As any dance judge will tell you,...it's not what you do, but how well you do it. They would rather see a well executed, simple routine,...than a sloppy "fun" routine. (Actually, that was a rather difficult routine that the 1s placer did.) When I see a routine that is executed flawlessly,..that is entertainment for me.
There is a ballet comp. in France, where the competitors all do the same choreo. If this was the case with this comp., it would be evident to all, which duo are the better dancers.
I really don't wish to disect the 2nd placers...but they do not posess anything near the technical acumen that the 1st placers do. Even the first placers had some issues if you compare it to pro. level Argentinian tango show dancers.
I realize it's an amature comp., but still, they should all be shooting for the same goals.