No one on “Dancing with the Stars” wanted redemption more than Joe Amabile. His quickstep in the season 27 premiere was out of step, so he got the night’s lowest score from the judges: 14 out of 30. Grocery Store Joe improved significantly with his New York City-themed foxtrot in the second week of the competition, but it still wasn’t enough to get him out of last place. That was due in part to Carrie Ann Inaba, who docked him a point and gave him the lowest score any contestant received. And it was all due to one dreaded lift.
Hell hath no fury like Inaba when she spots an unauthorized lift. If the female partner’s feet leave the floor for a millisecond when they’re not supposed to you can count on her noticing. In this case, she pointed out that Amabile got a little overexcited during one spin and lifted his partner Jenna Johnson off the ground.
As a result, Inaba gave him a 5 even though Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli gave him 6s, bringing his total to 17 out of 30. Her 5 was the single lowest score any contestant received on Monday night, which is perhaps surprising since Inaba tends to be one of the more generous scorers on the panel. And her comments made it clear that it was the lift that cost him.
But it might not cost him a spot in the competition when a double elimination is announced on Tuesday night. Even though he had a much lower score in week one he still managed to be one of the top seven contestants after viewer votes were added to the judges’ scores to determine the results. That indicates that Amabile has a huge fan base willing to support him when he’s at risk. Inaba may not like lifts, but Amabile may just get one from the viewing audience.
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