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'DWTS' frontrunner penalized by judges: 'It wasn't a rumba'

It wasn't the first time judges drew the ire of fans by lowering scores for technicalities, but on Monday night's "Dancing with the Stars," it happened to Charlie White when two of the four judges claimed the dance was good, but wasn't a rumba. White, an early frontrunner, was paired with pro Peta Murgatroyd for switch week where fans voted on a one-week partner switch.

Charlie White got cocked some points this week because two judges felt his dance wasn't a rumba.
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After their dance, judge Len Goodman lead off the critique, and had some harsh words for the performance.

"Is it a rumba? Not in my world it isn't. There was no hip action -- all poses. This pose, that pose, all jerky... it was like a contemporary number," said the notoriously picky regular of the panel. And Carrie Ann Inaba agreed with him, despite the disagreement on "the other end of the table" as she put it, with Bruno Tonioli and guest judge Julianne Hough.

"This half of the table isn't as happy as that half of the table," she said.

Goodman told White that if he makes the finals, he would like to see him come back on the judges' choice dance and show them a real rumba. White took the criticism well, but then, he wasn't the choreographer, so the burden of the critique fell mostly on Murgatroyd.

White's regular partner, Sharna Burgess, didn't seem to agree with the comments, but the scores weren't as bad as you might think: Tonioli - 9, Hough - 9, Goodman - 8 and Inaba - 7. But since White had the best score last week and since scores from last week and this week will be combined for the elimination next Monday, he should be fine. As long as he gets the votes.

What did you think of his performance tonight on "Dancing with the Stars" and the judges' comments?

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