Based on the tweets and comments we saw during the Week 8 show, we’re guessing a big section of the fandom was not happy to have her around. But Abby did bring strong opinions, technical criticism, and high drama value to DWTS — and some fans may have appreciated that as a change from the judges who just sit there and praise everyone.
Weirdly enough, she never fired back at Derek Hough or Mark Ballas, the two guys who tweeted shots at Dance Momsa couple of years ago. She was downright gushing about “legend” Derek, and saved most of her toughest criticism for … Meryl Davis. You could see that as a compliment, since she knows Meryl is a talented dancer — and before the show she singled out Meryl as being as good as the female pros — but you can’t really say both “8s” Meryl got were compliments.
Abby occasionally rivaled Len Goodman for grumpiness, and prompted both Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Valentin Chmerkovskiy to speak back — Maks in the Skybox and Val right to her after the Dance Duel routine. When Erin Andrews asked about Abby’s “sickled feet” criticism to Meryl, Maks replied, “I really don’t care for anything that she has to say.”
So that’s where he stands. (And Derek’s clap in the background after Maks’s diss suggested where he stood too.) What about you? Did you appreciate her technical criticism? Was she a terrible judge who should never return? Somewhere in between? If you had your own paddle, what score would you give Abby from 1 to 10?