In a montage of the week's rehearsals for week six of the dancing competition, Sadie expressed her fears of appearing too sexy and lamenting how "awkward" the dance made her feel.
"I hope this week, it doesn't come off as sexy, but it comes off as sweet," Sadie said, standing by her religious beliefs. "It's just so awkward to me, and when I get awkward, I laugh a lot."
Ballas was aware of her feelings and honored her family's morals. At one point, the dancing duo sent a clip of their routine to Sadie's mother, Korie Robertson, who made suggestions on how to keep the dance modest. Ballas was a complete gentleman and very protective of his partner's feelings.
"I wanted to find the correct balance between being appropriate and doing the right dance," he said.
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Sadie's stand on morality and modesty paid off — the judges raved about the performance, which was soft, sensual and romantic.
"Obviously, the rumba is a very passionate dance, and sometimes when we think of sexy, (we think of) raunchy," said judge Julianne Hough. "This was a beautiful story about falling in love, and that's what I loved about it."
Guest judge Pitbull was equally impressed.
"It was simple, it was powerful. .... I felt it was believable. Both of y'all did an amazing job," he said.
Hope y'all liked tonight's dance. I was nervous, but was so happy that it came together Thank you for voting!! #TeamQuackAttack
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Even mom Korie seemed more than pleased and proud of her daughter. At the end of the performance, Korie can be seen saying to her companion, "That was Beautiful."
The performance merited Sadie and Ballas a 35 of 40, bringing Robertson to tears at the announcement.