So pardon us if we’re a bit miffed with the judges — who seem to also be miffed with each other, yes, we noticed Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba — for overscoring Gladys and underscoring Roshon Fegan for their respective Week 6 Rumbas.
Gladys and Tristan MacManus launched the show with what was — bless their beautiful hearts — barely a Rumba at all. Len said if he could judge purely with his heart she would be top of his leaderboard. Gladys isn’t the best dancer, he said, but she is the most charismatic dancer. Bruno Tonioli said it’s undeniable she has star quality, but he likes his Rumbas to be more steamy. Carrie Ann said it’s a tough one because if tonight is going to end up belonging to anyone it’s going to belong to Gladys. But there were a lot of forgetful moments. Len jumped in to say “If I was at home, I’d be on the phone now,” openly plugging the popularity vote as if the judges are completely irrelevant.
Meanwhile, Roshon and Chelsie Hightower put together a routine filled with Rumba content — and he seemed to handle it well. It was sensual, romantic and pretty smooth. We thought it was great. Then the judges started in on it. Carrie Ann said it got really sexy at the end but in general she thought the movements were a bit over-exaggerated and it made it hard for her to watch. And she played Lift Police on the drag across the floor. Len said the movement was clipped and jerky, like painting by numbers. The dance didn’t flow. Bruno said Roshon keeps wanting to hit the beat when the Rumba needs to be more fluid.
Inexplicably, Carrie Ann gave Ro a 7 — the same 7 that Gladys got. At least Len and Bruno gave Roshon 8s, which was still less than they gave Maria Menounos for the Foxtrot she did just before Ro’s routine — even though she lost her footing.
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