Dancing With the Stars had a big night with eight dances celebrating icons in the music industry, two eliminations and one wardrobe malfunction. It was a moment that was slightly awkward and hilariously cute all at the same time.
The reality show’s host, Tom Bergeron, had to give a little guidance to pro Sharna Burgess after she approached the judging panel for the couple’s scores. She had just danced a tango with Pittsburgh Steelers player Antonio Brown to The Rolling Stones single, “Paint It Black.”
It was a moody piece that showcased a different side of the showman and the athlete. The intensity carried them all the way from the dance floor to the judging panel when the costume mishap was noticed.
Bergeron was given instructions from the control room in his earpiece.
“Every so often, I get cautionary notes. Ashley said to me, ‘Look at Sharna’s top.’ So I am only doing the producer’s bidding,” he said good-naturedly. “Everything good? Pull it up just a touch… just for the family.”
Burgess shrieked, “What!” And then gestured with her hands for a perfect 10 score.
“I give it a 10,” the TV host joked.
Although the couple didn’t manage to score anything but straight 8s across the board, two other contestants found themselves ordained with perfection.
Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee managed to wrangle the first perfect score of the season with partner Val Chmerkovskiy with their breathtaking Viennese waltz to Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” The meteorologist finally dug deep emotionally and had that breakthrough she has needed all season long. Her dance ability and performance merged at just the right moment.
The other mind-blowing piece of the night was the jive danced by UFC fighter Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas. The athlete was expected to channel Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” and she did the song and the steps the justice they deserved. The audience roared for several minutes with approval, and DWTS fans took notice that a star was launched right before their eyes.
With Season 22 delivering some of the highest levels of dancing viewers have seen since Season 18, it makes every elimination that much more painful. Someone has to go each week no matter how good they are.