A non-elimination episode on Dancing With The Stars saw Sadie Robertson partner up with Derek Hough, but she returned this week with regular partner Mark Ballas to score high. Robertson and Ballas performed what the judges called a “romantic” rumba to garner a score of 35 out of 40, including a perfect 10 from guest judge Pitbull.
Robertson and Ballas performed the rumba to Rihanna’s hit song “Diamonds” and impressed the judges. Julianne Hough said that the pair’s rumba was like a “beautiful story about falling in love.” She evidently thought that Robertson and Ballas pulled off the rumba in their own way, despite it usually being “a very passionate dance… raunchy.”
Pitbull was also impressed and said, “It was simple, it was powerful….. I felt it was believable. Both of y’all did an amazing job.”
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Ballas’ concern that his choreography wouldn’t be enough for the judges was apparently unfounded. “I wanted to find the correct balance between being appropriate and doing the right dance,” he said before the performance. Meanwhile, Robertson had also been nervous about their sanitized rumba, saying, “I hope this week, it doesn’t come off as sexy, but it comes off as sweet. It’s just so awkward to me, and when I get awkward, I laugh a lot.”
It seems that Robertson doesn’t have much about her dancing skills to worry about, as proven by the partner switch-up in the previous week. Robertson wowed the judges even when she was partnered with Derek Hough to dance the Charleston to the tune of “Crazy Stupid Love” from Cheryl Cole feat Tinie Tempah. Her performance earned Robertson a 36 out of 40 as well as rave reviews from judges Hough, Carie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and guest judge Jessie J.
For her consistently high-scoring weekly performances, Robertson is one of the solid contenders for the Mirror Ball on finals night of Season 19.