Carrie Ann Inaba’s score of “7” seemed especially low, since Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus got the same “7” from her for a less impressive routine. Then, during the Results Show Dance Duel the next night, Roshon & Chelsie faced off against Gladys & Tristan with judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman choosing to save Ro & Chelsie, while Carrie Ann was the lone judge to vote to save Gladys.
So … is Carrie Ann just not that into Roshon? The judges do seem to have their favorites this season (Bruno + William = LOVE, Len + Katherine = British pep talk cheers) but out of fairness, here’s why we think Carrie Ann was just trying to do her job on Monday and be nice on Tuesday.
Yeah, her 7 was low for Ro, but she is the self-declared Lift Police and even though she made an exception a couple of weeks ago in honor of Most Memorable Year Week, she had to call out Roshon and Chelsie for the lift that took Chelsie’s feet off the ground in their Motown Rumba. Hence, the 7 instead of an 8, which is what she would’ve given them without the point deduction — and which was also the score Len and Bruno gave the couple. (An 8 is still too low, but at least it shows the judges all wanted to give the same score.)
As for her Dance Duel vote? The judges have consistently scored Roshon & Chelsie higher than Gladys & Tristan, and deservedly so. They probably knew they were going to give the save to Roshon, so it’s possible that, out of respect for Gladys — since it is Motown Week and she is the ultimate Motown legend — Carrie Ann decided to give one vote to Gladys. It put her in the crosshairs with some fans as being anti-Roshon, but she had to follow her own Lift Police laws on Monday and probably just wanted to honor The Empress of Soul on Tuesday.
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Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.