April 04, 2011 08:00 AM by Allyson Wells
The stars are not the only ones who get upset with the judges for their harsh remarks on Dancing with the Stars. The professional dancers get quite protective of their partners. Anna Trebunskaya is speaking out in defense of partner boxer Sugar Ray Leonard over some remarks made by judge Len Goodman.
Anna told TV Guide that Len’s comment that their jive may put them in jeopardy for elimination last week was harsh. “I did think that was a little harsh. I thought there were a few couples who didn’t do quite as well as Ray did and I felt it was not deserved. But we were first and I think the judges are a little more critical in the beginning — expecting a little more. I think by the middle of the show, it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, I am on Dancing with the Stars and these people are beginners, so maybe I should back off.’ I think our jive went well. We were working a lot on posture and arm-styling in the foxtrot and that actually came more in play in the jive because I thought he really improved in those areas. The kicks and pointed toes just take time. You cannot all of the sudden get technique.”
As for how Ray handled the situation, Anna revealed, “Ray was nervous, but he was containing it. He’s a world class athlete, so he knows how to handle the pressure, but I know he was nervous. We tried to keep it light the whole hour, like nothing’s going on. We were very happy to be safe.”
Anna plans to proceed by drawing out his boxing aggression for the paso doble. “Ray as a person is a very laid-back guy. He’s very much not aggressive like you need to be in the paso doble. But he’s also a boxer, so he has that aggression in him. I have to draw it out of him for the paso doble. We’re going to go out there and maybe surprise people. He’s a natural born performer, but I need to address the technique.”
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