Unless viewers at home were looking really closely, they might not have noticed the mistakes that plagued Jodie Sweetin’s Disney-themed performance on Dancing With the Stars last Monday night. Sweetin kept her chin up and worked through the routine with partner Keo, but there were definite struggles to get the steps in the right place.
As Us Weekly reported, it was enough for judge Carrie Ann Inaba to ask what happened, to which a smiling Jodie explained she couldn’t hear the music over the sound of the screaming fans. Len Goodman was kinder, in a way, denying Inaba’s comment that the performance was “underwhelming,” but nonetheless branding the duo with a 6. All told, they scored 27/40. That left Sweetin and her partner Keo Motsepe with the second-lowest score of the night.
But Sweetin isn’t holding any grudges. She told E! Online that her professional instincts kicked in and she went ahead with the number, fully aware she wasn’t achieving the stellar performance she’d intended to give.
“Well, I thought the judges were pretty fair in their scores. I screwed a couple things up and missed a few moments, but I kept going and that was like the important thing. I remember I looked at Keo and thought, ‘Just don’t stop moving.’”
Leading up to Disney night, Jodie seemed to hint that the number was challenging, and the dance might go awry. In her blog for People she discussed the animation element — the duo played off a dancing cartoon — which required that she and Keo know their routine early in the week. Their taped rehearsals were sent to animators so they could prepare the images for Monday night. Jodie was aware that any mistake would be obvious to the home viewers, because the cartoon dancer would look off.
“[The animation has] created a lot of pressure to be extremely precise in our moves. If we are off even a little – or if I even look in a slightly different place – the audience at home is going to be able to tell because it will look off.”
But even though Jodie is facing another challenge as she goes into the switch-up week with results that placed her near the bottom of the leaderboard, she can take heart that she survived an elimination scare. Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani went home on Monday, although Jodie and Keo were the other couple nervously waiting for the announcement. Motsepe told E! Online that Sweetin’s daughter, who appeared in the couple’s pre-performance package, was scared they might get the boot.
— Keo Motsepe (@keodancer) April 12, 2016
During switch-up week, Motsepe is paired with another child star, Facts of Life actress Kim Fields. Sweetin will be hitting the floor with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who has already worked with Jodie, albeit on Sweetin’s home turf: Val and brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy appeared on Fuller House. On the episode, Val and Maks met up with Sweetin’s character and her sister in a nightclub and, well, danced.
Next week Maksim Chmerkovskiy will sit at the judges table for the evening. Carrie Ann Inaba praised Maksim’s judging capabilities on her Access Hollywood blog, in particular his “candor and unpredictability.” She also gave a nod to Disney week’s guest judge Zendaya whom she called “wickedly smart.” Zendaya gave Jodie Sweetin props for dancing through her troublesome performance, even though she knew things were off.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 13, 2016
Dancing With the Stars airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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