"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson stuck to her Christian values while performing the rumba — a dance style known for its sometimes sexual nature — during week six of "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night, with the judges' reactions and scores bringing her to tears.
Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
Before the dance, Robertson was seen in a video package during rehearsals expressing her concerns over the rumba and noting that she didn't want the performance to "come off as sexy."
"I hope this week, it doesn't come off as sexy, but it comes off as sweet," she said. "It's just so awkward to me, and when I get awkward, I laugh a lot."
The 17 year old consulted with her grandmother and mother to clear some of the moves with them, with partner Mark Ballas carefully abiding by the family's wishes.
The professional dancer had a tough task ahead of him: to craft a dance that met rumba standards, while also allowing Robertson to abide by her religious convictions.
"I wanted to find the correct balance between being appropriate and doing the right dance," Ballas said.
While both Robertson and her partner expressed worries about how their rumba would be received, the couple ended up shining in the judges' eyes, scoring a 35 out of 40 — a mark that brought Robertson to tears.
Rather than penalize her for offering up a more reserved version of the dance, judge Julianne Hough praised Robertson, telling her that the rumba doesn't always have to be overtly sexy or "raunchy."
"Obviously, the rumba is a super passionate dance, right, but when we think passionate sometimes we go into this whole, like, raunchy thing, but it doesn't have to be raunchy," she said. "This was a beautiful story about falling in love, and that's what I loved about that."
The other judges agreed. Watch the performance below:
(H/T: The Times-Picayune)