‘DWTS’ Judges Tell Suni Lee to Be More ‘Sensual’, Fans React


Fans slammed the Dancing With the Stars judges after they informed gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee to be extra “sensual” throughout Britney Spears week on Monday, October 4. 

Suni, 18, and her associate, Sasha Farber, danced the foxtrot to the hit song “I’m a Slave 4 U.” The duo scored a 21 out of 30 after an unbelievable efficiency that included a handstand and a flip. Their season whole as of week 3 is 77 out of 110. 

However, the judges inspired her to get extra into the efficiency. “You are definitely pushing your boundaries,” Carrie Ann Inaba mentioned. “I sense a little bit of discomfort with some of the sensual moves.” 

Bruno Tonioli added, “I love the fact you actually started to play with the character … As you let it go, your performance becomes more effective.”

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Some followers didn’t assume their feedback had been honest given the age of the Olympian. “I really didn’t like Carrie Ann criticizing Suni [because] it’s a sensual song, and she’s so young,” one Twitter user wrote. “She had a smirk on her face, and I didn’t like that s—t. Get a grip, Carrie Ann. She’s a young Olympian, and she doesn’t have to act so ‘out there’ for a dance for you #DWTS.”

“Suni does seem really over this show, and after those uncomfortable judge comments, I kind of [want to] get her out of here,” one other tweet learn. Someone else thought the contestant had the “worst song choice,” which made her “look uncomfortable.”

That being mentioned, Suni opened up concerning the immense strain she’s been beneath between DWTS rehearsals, gymnastics exercises and faculty work. 

The Minnesota native competed in Tokyo Olympics in July and is now attending Auburn University. 

“I’ve been committed for about five years. So, I came here (to Auburn) about every year leading up to this year because I would come to camps all the time and I’d just come visit Jeff and train here,” Suni informed Auburn’s newspaper, referring to the college’s head coach Jeff Graba, who coached the athlete throughout the Olympics.

The faculty freshman added, “So, it was really exciting when I finally could come here because it was like, ‘I’d been waiting for so long.’”

No matter what occurs on DWTS, Suni has a shiny (and busy) future!


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