Karina Smirnoff: Judges Give Corbin “Tough Love”By: Amanda Crum - November 18, 2013
Karina Smirnoff and her celebrity dance partner Corbin Bleu have managed to work their way into the top five on “Dancing With The Stars”, despite the fact that the judges seem to be a little harder on them than the other contestants.
Smirnoff commented recently on the judges, saying they “leave no room for error” when it comes to her and Bleu, possibly because he has a dance background.
“I think when Carrie Ann mentioned something in the waltz that he wasn’t on his center … I went back and watched that over and over again, and I was like, gosh darnit. That’s what cost us a 10?” Smirnoff said. “They leave no room for error for us. I remember, for the last several weeks, it was us and Elizabeth and Val at the studio, always leaving last. And I’m thinking, how the heck does everybody get ready so fast? Are we that slow? But you know, I just don’t want to leave anything to chance because the judges do give him a lot of tough love.”
The professional dancer said she was excited for them to do the “Game Of Thrones” routine they’d worked so hard on, but it seemed like the judges were looking for something else. Going into the finals, they’ll stick to what everyone knows, just to be on the safe side.
“With the Game of Thrones [dance], we learned that the judges don’t particularly like thinking outside the box, and they would much rather prefer sticking to the traditional ideas. And coming to the quarterfinal week … we decided that maybe we shouldn’t risk it and do a traditional waltz the way waltz is expected to be done,” she said.