Three out of four ain’t bad. “Glee” actress Heather Morris performed a jive in week two of “Dancing with the Stars” and earned 8s from most of the judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. But Len Goodman didn’t agree — he gave her a 6. What bothered him so much about her performance? Too much hip-hop, not enough jive. Watch the routine above and let us know what you think.
Morris has to live up to high expectations this season on “DWTS.” She has had more dance training than any other celebrity in the cast, having competed on “So You Think You Can Dance” and worked as a back-up dancer for Beyonce in addition to her years in the cast of the musical series “Glee.” But Goodman wanted more. “The jive you did I enjoyed,” he said, “but I know you’re great at hip-hop dance because you’ve been a backing dancer with Beyonce — I don’t want to see that! I don’t want to see you out here shaking and baking, I want to see the jive.”
After the boos from the audience subsided, Julianne Hough chimed in and took the opposite stance: “I really liked your jive. I loved your [hip-hop] breakdown. It was a really great dance.” Bruno Tonioli agreed with Hough in preferring the second half of Morris’s performance, which he said “had punch, life and vivacity.” But Carrie Ann Inaba loved it from beginning to end. She said, “You came out, and from step one you were like, ‘Gauntlet thrown down!'”
Morris may deserve extra credit for degree of difficulty, not just because her routine was packed with tough choreographic content, but because her regular pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, injured his calf and couldn’t perform with her. Instead, Morris had to dance with a substitute, troupe member Alan Bersten. And even with that disadvantage she ended up with the third best score of the night, 30 out of 40. She would have tied Normani Kordei and Rashad Jennings for the top score of the night if only Goodman had agreed with his colleagues.
Did you agree with Goodman that the hip-hop breakdown betrayed the spirit of the jive? Were Hough and Tonioli right when they said the second half of the dance was better? Or did Inaba have the right idea in praising the whole performance? Watch Morris’s performance above and vote in our poll below. And if you think Morris will win the Mirror Ball Trophy, you can make your predictions here.