Charlie White may be the first American to win Olympic gold in ice dance, but these days he’s craving the approval of “Dancing With the Stars” judges for his ballroom skills. He admitted this week that he has been yearning for the perfect scores that have often gone to his ice dance partner and “DWTS” rival Meryl Davis, but his attempt to wow judges with an intense paso doble on “Latin Night” backfired.
Len Goodman, who in previous weeks criticized White for routines with nontraditional choreography, found him and pro partner Sharna Burgess lacking once again: “To get a 10 you have to do something special,” he said, “and for me this wasn’t special.” He gave White an 8, while Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli gave him 9s. Guest judge Ricky Martin stood up for him and gave him the 10 he was hoping for.
The judges were also underwhelmed by his group dance with James Maslow and NeNe Leakes, claiming he and his teammates were out of sync. The night ended with him and his teammates all at risk of elimination, and Leakes being sent home.
Our readers think White has been getting a raw deal. Commented Tina Kenney, “He needs the judges to score him fairly to give him a fighting chance.” Agreed Irish, “It is becoming so blatantly obvious they’re low-ball scoring Charlie.”
Do you think the judges are being fair to White? Is he at risk of elimination after finishing second to last in this week’s combined scores? Watch his team dance with Maslow and Leakes and then predict who will be eliminated next: