Dancing with the Stars feels new in a lot of ways, but some things have stayed the same. The ABC show may have a new host and judge, but the same rules apply for the dances the celebrities perform—and Carrie Ann Inaba is still there to enforce them. After Vernon Davis performed a foxtrot with partner Peta Murgatroyd on his first dance of Dancing with the Stars Season 29, Inaba pointed out that Peta's feet seemed to lift in the routine, meaning that she docked them a point. This was the latest example of what DWTS fans have called "the lift rule," which sees contestants docked points for doing lifts in certain dances in the early parts of the show. Inaba has become so associated with the lift rule that she has become known as "the lift police" for docking points when contestants get airborne. However, viewers with less ballroom dancing knowledge than Inaba have seen what they think is a double standard, with some dancers docked for lifts while others are not.
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Each season, longtime judge Carrie Ann Inaba must defend her seemingly inconsistent application of the rule. Inaba docked one point from her score for former NFL tight end Vernon Davis , as his partner Peta Murgatroyd lifted her feet off the ground. The judge is known to do this whenever a couple is in violation of the "lift rule". However, fans accused Inaba of selectively employing the rule, as she did not punish contestant Jeannie Mai for lifting her feet during her performance with her partner, Brandon Armstrong.
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What he really missed was "the spark, the joy it brings, the pure entertainment that's much needed right now" with the pandemic and other real-world troubles, says the two-time Emmy winner, whose sister, Julianne, is a former "Dancing" judge. And coming back to the show feels like coming back home. Goodman's role is still being determined, executive producer Andrew Llinares says. We're looking at a few options and trying to figure out the best way for him to be part of the show in some way. The addition of Hough is just one of Season 29's changes.
Episode six of "Dancing With the Stars" found the contestants ready to rock, having prepped routines all week that featured guitar riffs and studded bustiers. They also had a lot to live up to -- the show opened with replays of DWTS fans' top ten favorite dances of all time two of former champ Apollo Ohno's made the cut. No pressure, season Judge Len Goodman seemed ready to snap: "To be honest, you're getting on my nerves a bit," he said. Total score: