Nevermind, Karamo is not performing the rumba on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Though ABC announced in its press release that the “Queer Eye” star has the rumba for Week 6, Karamo revealed on Sunday night in an Instagram Story on the official “Dancing” account that he actually has contemporary.
“Friends, can you believe it? I made it! Halfway through ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and I’m going to the top. There’s nothing that the judges can say that will get me down. I’m gonna keep working my butt off,” he said. “The tango was my favorite dance. I have contemporary next, which is my second favorite dance.”
The host is loving contemporary because he’s had a lot of hard dances that have been “fast, fast, fast, fast, fast.” “I’m ready to slow down and show you all my style, my sex appeal and my knees, so stay tuned to this Monday,” he teased.
To be fair, a rumba is also slow, but it’s also way more technically difficult than a contemporary, which, well, doesn’t exactly have hard and fast rules like ballroom and Latin dances. This is a windfall for Karamo, who’s been busting his butt but hasn’t exactly lit the dance floor on fire yet. He had a minor breakthrough with the tango two weeks ago, but got tripped up with the samba last week. A loose, open-to-interpretation dance that puts a premium on emotional embodiment over technique like contemporary is the help he needs to boost his scores (lest we forget, Ally Brooke scored the first 9s and the highest score of the season so far with a contemporary).
It’s unclear if the previously announced rumba was merely a typographical error or if producers gave him a new dance after the release went out last Tuesday. Maybe they took pity on him after realizing they assigned him a samba and rumba back to back, a brutal combo because hips don’t lie.
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