Despite having no dancing experience, the adorable 17-year-old came out strong with professional partner Mark Ballas last week, performing a cha cha that prompted judge Bruno Tonioli to call her, “a bird of paradise,” and helped her lock in a second place finish for the week.
Ballas told Access Hollywood‘s Liz Hernandez that the young Duck Dynasty heiress has what it takes to be the next Mirrorball Trophy winner.
“I definitely feel like we have potential for sure, yeah,” said Ballas. “It’s only Week 2 coming up, but you can keep taking it day by day, week by week, but I definitely feel like she has potential, yes.”
— Mark Ballas (@MarkBallas) September 16, 2014
Julianne Hough, former dance pro and new judge on the show, gushed over Robertson’s performance, calling Robertson “the total package.”
“It was the best feeling ever. I was so excited,” Robertson told Access Hollywood. “I was like, trying to like keep my cool. … And then, when we got back there I was like, ‘Yeah!'”
— Sadie Robertson (@sadierob) September 17, 2014
You would think the inexperienced high school student would be most nervous about the dance routine each week, but Robertson said it is facing the judges after the routine that has her most on edge.
“I think the hardest part is just listening to what the judges have to say because I’m so sensitive, so I know the day I mess up and it’s like, they’re just killing me, I know I’m gonna get emotional,” she said.
— Mark Ballas (@MarkBallas) September 20, 2014
“She warned me, she was just like, ‘I’m just warning you now. … I’m really sensitive,'” said Ballas. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ She’s like, ‘Well, when the judges, if the judges say something tough on me I’m probably gonna cry.’ And I was just like, ‘It’s okay.'”