‘Dancing with the Stars’: Was Nikki Bella underscored for this risque samba? [WATCH]

WWE wrestler Nikki Bella‘s first “Dancing with the Stars” performance was a fiery tango, which she followed with an elegant waltz on “Ballroom Night.” But the dance that seemed to make her the most nervous was her samba on “Latin Night.” That wasn’t just because the samba is an especially difficult dance — which it is — but because of the intimacy involved. “I am not shy, but there are times I get so bashful … I have been with my fiance [John Cena] five years now, and I have not bumped-and-grind another man since then.” Watch her samba above, and let us know what you thought by voting in our poll at the bottom of this post.

It didn’t look to me like she had any trouble with her closeness with pro partner Artem Chigvintsev when she finally brought the samba out to the dance floor, but unfortunately the judges weren’t so impressed. She received the lowest score of the night — straight 6s for a total of 18 out of 30 — but if you ask me she deserved better.

Len Goodman said, “I wasn’t keen on all that stuff at the beginning, that gyrating and rippling. After that it got a bit better.” Bruno Tonioli called it “the longest foreplay in samba history, but once you got going you got going nicely,” though he added, “You lost a little bit of rhythm.” And Carrie Ann Inaba concluded, “You need to finish some of your movements. I really appreciate that you went for true samba … It was so basic, though, that we could see when you weren’t on your feet.”

I suspect Bella’s scores suffered a bit because she performed first, so the judges were holding back more generous scores for later in the night. That has been a consistent pattern this season, and to some extent throughout “DWTS” — generally speaking, it’s much better to be the last dancer than the first — but it puts Bella at risk of elimination next week, though she might have enough passionate fans to pull her through another round of competition.

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