It’s hard to upset the affable Tristan but even he was frustrated about the score and vented about it in a chat with Entertainment Weekly after the show.
“Yeah, I was surprised he scored us that low,” Tristan said. “I know it’s not personal. I understand where Len was coming from with his comments. All of the judges’ comments are things we can work on for next week; it’s all constructive. Anything they say, we can use, and we will. But I was a bit annoyed that he gave us the 5. If you consider the dance on the whole — he was complainin’ about the frame falling apart, that she needed to work on her frame. But that’s just one part of the whole dance. I thought we deserved higher.”
It was especially annoying to see Len give Gladys the same low 5 as Martina Navratilova, since Martina openly forgot her steps. “That’s what I mean. It doesn’t really seem fair, yeah?” Tristan said. “But like I said, it’s not a personal thing. And when he gave us a five, the fans started in on booin’. We can use all of that.”
Not that the criticism doesn’t sting. Gladys told On the Red Carpet there's no way the celebs are going to learn something in five days that Len has been doing his whole life. "I don't know whether it's fair to always judge on the technical, if the people are pleased — but hey, I respect him. I really respect him.”
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