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DWTS All-Stars: Derek Hough Calls Partner Shawn Johnson a “Mama Bear”

On last night’s truly bizarre Dancing With the Stars Season 15 Semi Finals: Performance Show (November 19), the semi-finalists all had to dance in the craziest fusion themes ever seen in 15 seasons. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough’s “Knight Rider” Bhangra was no exception, even if it scored a perfect 30 from the judges.

But as we saw in the rehearsal footage, it wasn’t as easy as they made it seem on the dance floor.

“[Derek] was continually running into a brick wall,” Shawn told E! But ultimately, she’s satisfied with their performance. And how could she not be, after getting straight 10s? “To walk away from the Semifinals with those two performances after the nightmare-ish week we had feels really good,” Shawn said.

As for her partner, even Derek was out of his element, saying that everything about the Bhangra felt “unnatural,” and counterintuitive to everything he’d been taught. Luckily, he says, “[Shawn] was a mama bear this week.”

We think that means that she took care of him, but it might mean that she was a tough cookie. After all, a mama bear has to protect her fam!

Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: E!

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