"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson successfully performed the rumba while sticking to her Christian values during last Monday's episode of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," but this week she faced an entirely different challenge: balancing filming for her family's reality show with a demanding dance schedule.
Rather than preparing for the dance competition in Los Angeles, Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas were forced to spend time in Louisiana in recent days, as the 17-year-old was fitting in filming for "Duck Dynasty" in between rehearsals for a pasadoble performance.
And in addition to working around the pressure of condensed schedules, Robertson and Ballas had to choreograph and rehearse in a room filled more than normal with cameras and crew who were on site to gather footage for "Duck Dynasty" — a dynamic that clearly bothered Ballas.
Sadie Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." (Image via YouTube)
"I'm not used to having that many people around me when I'm trying to, like, get into the creative zone, so I was a little overwhelmed," he admitted during a video package that aired before the dance.
At one point during rehearsals Ballas also told Robertson, "I'm out of my surroundings here. It's hard for me to figure it out, you know?"
He repeatedly admitted feeling the pressure and fearing that he wouldn't be able to choreograph the dance in time; Robertson was nervous too. But despite their qualms, they delivered the Halloween-themed performance to overwhelming cheers from the crowd.
Some of the judges, though, weren't as impressed: the couple received a total combined score of only 30 out of a possible 40.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba critiqued problems she saw with the movement and style during the dance, with the audience responding to her criticisms with loud boos. But Inaba wasn't alone.
"The theme of the whole thing got in the way of the dance for me," fellow judge Len Goodman mirrored.
But Julianne Hough, a judge and former professional dancer on the show, disagreed with her peers and said that she believed the dance had good content, leading to a brief disagreement among the panel.
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