Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman is always outspoken and opinionated, but he took things to a whole new level during the Season 16 Week 8 performance show (May 6, 2013), when he trashed Kellie Pickler's Trio Paso Doble, and gave her only a 7 for a dance the other judges marked as a 10.
Len definitely had a point with his critique, which mainly took Derek Hough to task for choreographing a dance that was perhaps more dramatic performance than Paso.
"I was expecting more than flashing lights and crashing music," he declared. That? Seemed reasonable to us.
But things quickly spiraled out of control. Soon he was standing and yelling. "Where's the recognizable Paso Doble?" The other judges weren't having that. Bruno and Carrie Ann both got on their feet to fight back. "I don't care!" Len yelled. "You know who knows about his stuff. You know I'm right!"
Things even got personal, when he attacked Bruno. "You can't talk unless you stand up," he accused his fellow judge for no apparent reason. "Your vocal cords are stuck up your ass!" Hot damn. We're pretty sure he's not supposed to say that on live TV. And then, of course, came the score. As we noted above, Len really punished Kelly for Derek's choreography, giving her only 7 points.
This all made for good TV. But was the drama too much? We want to know what you thought: Was this all part of the show, or did Len cross a line? Are you a fan of his picky comments, or do you think he's too mean? Basically: Do you want him to stick around, or has he worn out his welcome?
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Find out who's eliminated tonight, Tuesday, May 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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