Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe perform next, dancing the cha cha to “Do It Like This” by Daphne Willis— their original song was “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe.
Len Goodman says it was both crisp and fun, but adds that it lacked a little rhythm. Bruno Tonioli likes Finch’s “Catwoman”-like outfit, but criticizes her hand movements and timing. Carrie Ann Inaba applauds her for standing by her beliefs, but says the new song may have held her back a bit. Guest judge Rashad Jennings says Finch “performed well.” They score a 26.
Watch Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe’s Vibrant Cha Cha
The competition is heating up in the ballroom as the eight remaining couples hit the dance floor tonight. On Monday, the athletes will dance a quickstep, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha cha, salsa or paso doble in round one, in addition to performing a team dance in round two. Season 24 Mirrorball champion Rashad Jennings serves as a guest judge tonight. Two couples will be eliminated at the end of the episode. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 17 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess and Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who earned 24 points for their dances during last week’s premiere.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
I love Jennie shes so gooodddd Keo hasn't had a good partner since Jodie #dwts
— Regina (@dancingtreehill) May 8, 2018
I think Jennie and Keo’s dance last week was better, but their cha cha tonight was fun! #DWTS
— Erica (@lilsushigirl) May 8, 2018
Jennie Finch thinks her song is too risqué but is cool with parading around the stage in sparkly black spandex? #DWTS
— kyra (@kyras1628) May 8, 2018
Jennie’s movements aren’t sharp and it’s frustrating me #DWTS
— Taylor✨ (@hopelessreprise) May 8, 2018
Last week for Jennie and Keo was much better #DWTS
— cortney miller (@cortney_42676) May 8, 2018
Pretty good dance from Jennie and Keo considering the late switch, but she lost timing a little. #DWTS
— M (@elysiondream) May 8, 2018
Finch is an Olympic softball pitcher. According to ABC, Finch “started pitching at age eight, with her father as her personal coach. In 2004 in Athens, her ASA team dominated their competitors and won the gold. Sports Illustrated hailed them as the greatest team of all time. Jennie created a signature line with Mizuno and pioneered the use of pink in women’s softball equipment. Pink and black became her signature.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The current contestants include Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale. The remaining athletes competing this season include Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch, Josh Norman and Tonya Harding.
The all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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