From the quarterfinal in Cambrils, the 24 couples were no longer compared with one another, they were all indivdiually graded on an absolute scale from 1 (very poor) to 10 (outstanding). The 12 adjudicators, working in 4 randomly composed groups of 3 for a particular dance, assigned grades from 1 to 10, with 0.5 fractions permissible, to a couple for each Component.
Technical Quality (TQ), Movement to Music (MM), Partnering Skills (PS) and Choreography and Presentation (CP) are the components that allow for the five dances to be evaluated in terms of their technical as well as their artistic merits.
The scores for each couple, total or broken down by components for the solos, were posted immediately after every dance. A set of graphics allowed the public at the venue and the television audiences at home to appreciate the outcome of the particular dance, each virtually a competition in itself, merely seconds after the performance.
Sitting in front of a touch-screen terminal, every WDSF Adjudicator had between 15 (quarterfinal) and 60 (final, for a solo) seconds per couple to produce his or her grade for one single component.
In the end, the verdict of every Adjudicator can be traced in considerable detail through the table of scores for the quarterfinal, semi-final and final.