Fans took to Instagram to slam Dancing with the Stars head judge Len Goodman for the score that may have kept Kel Mitchell from being crowned the Season 28 champion and going home with a mirrorball trophy alongside professional partner Witney Carson.
When judging of Kel and Witney’s dynamic hip-hop freestyle routine, both Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, former professional dancers and choreographers, were over the moon with the couple’s performance, handing out enthusiastic scores of 10 points each. Len criticized the duo’s overall theme, remarking that the routine was too much like the couple’s previous jazz routine performed earlier in the episode and gave them a score of 9 points.
Fans took to the show’s official Instagram page to voice their feelings why they felt Len’s one lower score tipped the scales in favor of former The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown, allowing her to win the season.
“Len was so wrong for that,” said one social media fan of the couple.
A second fan commented, “Len just p*ssed me off!!! He scored this a 9! Ally [Brooke] should have gotten a damn 9 with all her mistakes!!!!”
“Hannah won by popularity. Bachelor Nation is huge…she has the fan votes,” remarked a third fan on Instagram.
Finally, a fourth fan commented, “Saved the best for last. I don’t know what Len was talking about, and why does it matter if it was too similar to his first dance? Who cares. I loved it, a great way to end the night.”
Kel performed one of the most dynamic and difficult dances with his freestyle, challenging himself to prove to the judges and viewers he would be the celebrity to beat.
He and Witney were explosive in their hip-hop performance, backed by the Kriss Kross song “Jump.” The tune, which started out slow but built up to an intense speed, kept Kel and Witney on their toes through to the song’s conclusion.
For the all-out performance, the former Keenan and Kel star even had backing dancers flown in from Chicago to keep the beat behind them.
Despite their best efforts all season, Kel and Witney came in short of winning a mirrorball trophy, coming in second place, followed by former Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke in third place and country singer Lauren Alania in fourth.
Fans will still be able to show the actor plenty of love when he heads out with the pros of the series on the show’s “DWTS Live: 2020 Tour,” where he will perform several of his most beloved routines on selected tour stops next year.