Jenna Johnson and Sharna Burgess couldn’t both win the Mirrorball trophy on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,’ but maybe they’ll both score Emmy nominations. They each received 28 percent of the vote from our readers in a recent poll asking with pro from Season 26 deserves a choreography nomination.
Neither Johnson nor Burgess have been shortlisted for a choreography Emmy, but eight “Dancing” pros have scored nominations while they were on the show. Derek Hough has won twice and choreographer Mandy Moore won last year for “Dancing” in a tie with “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Both Seasons 25 and 26 are eligible at the Emmys, but Johnson wasn’t on the fall installment. “Athletes” was only her second stint as a pro and she concocted some fantastic routines for Adam Rippon en route to their victory. Burgess, who’s still seeking her first “Dancing” triumph after 12 straight seasons, also played to Josh Norman’s strengths (ahem, shirtlessness) in their second-place run.
Despite leaving in Week 2, Lindsay Arnold nabbed 23 percent of the vote for her creative choreography to overcome the height difference between her and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In their salsa, she sat on troupe member Hayley Erbert’s shoulders while Erbert danced blind with Abdul-Jabbar.
Coming in fourth with 11 percent was Sasha Farber, who took Tonya Harding to the final three. After that, there is a huge drop to fifth place, with 5 percent for Witney Carson, who was partnered with Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer. Alan Bersten, who was eliminated in the semifinals with Mirai Nagasu, received 3 percent.
Emma Slater and Artem Chigvintsev, who exited the first week with Johnny Damon and Jamie Alexander, respectively, each got 1 percent. Gleb Savchenko, who had Arike Ogunbowale, and Keo Motsepe, who redid a whole routine for Jennie Finch Daigle after a song switch, received zero percent.