Hannah Brown is in a self-professed “slump” on “Dancing with the Stars,” but Cheryl Burke knows what she needs to do to climb out of it: Get out of her own head.
“I think there’s a lot of pressure for her, but at the end of the day, she needs to remember that it’s all in her head and it’s all the haters. Don’t let the haters get the best of you,” Burke wrote in her “Us Weekly” blog. “I’ve gone through seasons and even though I’m a pro dancer, I’ve messed with my own head so much that I forgot a step myself, and it really is all psychological. She needs to know that she’s an amazing dancer and she needs to embrace it. Even if you have no dance experience, you know when someone’s insecure or when someone’s not.”
Brown has received some tough critiques from the judges lately, with Carrie Ann Inaba telling her on Monday that she feels “disconnected” from the movements and that there was something “lacking” in her performance. The former Bachelorette, who was near tears after the team dance, has since opened up about how difficult the show has been for her, agreeing with Inaba’s remarks, and vowed to improve so she could “feel free” on the floor.
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Burke believes it’ll help if Brown stepped away from social media as well because it could do more harm than good. “I think now, social media can actually be more negative than positive, and because you’re past halfway through the competition, we’re all susceptible because we’ve worked so hard,” she explained. “She needs to know that she is amazing and to own it at whatever style that is. Who cares if one judge doesn’t like [her] style of dancing? It doesn’t mean that the rest of the world doesn’t love it. She needs to go out there and know that she’s a badass and sell it.”
As for the rest of Monday’s Halloween Night, Burke was “shocked” that Kate Flannery was in the bottom two, but she would’ve also saved her over Karamo. “I feel like Kate is our demographic, and this tends to happen. When people think that you’re safe, their vote will go to someone else,” she said. “So, in a way, it may be hard to see this now but it was a good thing she was in the bottom two.”
One person who’s never been in the bottom two, of course, is Sean Spicer. And Burke sees no reason to amend her prediction that he’ll be in the finals yet even though he’s the weakest dancer left. But as we’ve previously discussed, you can’t ax someone who’s not an option.
“He should be worried once he actually gets to the bottom two because I think that the judges probably would eliminate him, but if it continues the way it is, he’s not going to be there anytime soon,” Burke stated. “You just never know. You can tell by people’s reactions, they wanted Sean to go, but at the end of the day, they’re not voting.”
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