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Fans of "Dancing With the Stars" have been vocal all season about how the judges appear to be favoring some pairs while unfairly criticizing others. The complaints reached new heights after Monday night's scoring shenanigans.
But viewers aren't the only ones who disagree with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Pro Louis van Amstel didn't exactly see eye to eye with the trio either, and he said as much in his weekly recap of the show. His biggest points of contention? The scoring of Melissa and Maks, and Donald and Peta.
The "Little House on the Prairie" star and ballroom bad boy received a lowly 21 from the panel for an Argentine tango that was filled with challenging choreography and amazing lifts. But Len said it lacked dance quality, Bruno said it was messy and Carrie Ann said it was "Cirque du Soleil went terribly." Louie's thoughts? "Carrie Ann, you were a little harsh."
The ballroom champ gave props to Maks for taking a risk with the difficult choreography, and Melissa for being brave enough to attempt the scary lifts. Was it her best dance? No, and Louis said as much. But he still thought the scoring was low. "I'd give them three 8s for difficulty level alone," Louis wrote.
Maks, who has been unusually quiet this season despite all the judges' nitpicking and low scores, knows there's not much he can do to please the panel. "There's nothing (Melissa and I) can do right by them, and it is what it is," he told reporters after the show. He also told our pals at Access Hollywood that he wished Melissa would get at least some positive feedback from the judges. "I know it will make her very happy and I know that she'll go about her week in a different mood, but that's the card we're dealt and it is what it is."
As for Donald and Peta's beautiful Viennese waltz, Louis was very adamant in his feelings of the dance. "Three 10s in my book on all accounts and I don't care what the judges say! Underscored!" he declared in his recap. Clearly, the pro and the judges don't agree, because the panel gave the football star a respectable 27, while Maria Menounos' paso doble got the first perfect 30 of the season.
Louis didn't agree with that either. (Team Louis! Maria's vampire bites were so cheesy they should've cost her at least one point!) In fact, the pro had quite the criticism for the TV personality. "I believe Maria is the lesser dancer of the remaining celebs," he wrote. Oh, burn! But he didn't stop there. "That routine is easier than the others and her movement is sometimes stiff."
We're going to say it right now: Make Louis a judge! What say you? Were Louis' assessments and scores more accurate than the judges'? Tell us on our Facebook page!
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