Carrie Ann Inaba is facing heat from fans about the way she is judging a certain couple on Dancing With the Stars. After her critique has been less than specific when it comes to Artem Chigvinsev and Kaitlyn Bristowe, some people are beginning to think she has a personal grudge.
Inaba and Chigvintsev dated over a decade ago in a three-year romance. After being given a 7 during Villain’s Night on the competition series in addition to a critique he found to be all over the place, Artem said that the judges need to be on the same page — but it was clear which judge he was referring to.
This week, Kaitlyn and Artem were put in the same situation and the partners said that it was starting to feel personal.
Fans took to Twitter to call out Inaba for not giving constructive criticism and possibly having a bias.
‘#DWTS k @carrieanninaba just because [you] and Artem used to date there’s no need to be so hard on @kaitlynbristowe,’ said one.
‘@carrieanninaba please learn to judge ALL contestants the SAME way. Don’t put your personal feelings ahead of that.’ read another.
This viewer commented: ‘I feel for some contestants on @DancingABC bc you clearly don’t like them based on how you judge them. I don’t see @derekhough or @BrunoTonioli doing that.’
Inaba has responded to the backlash and claims that she is being bullied. However, she will not be changing her critiques because of the pressure.
‘I’m 52 and I still get bullied. Right about this time is when people start to bully me because of the way I judge people. I can’t believe it still happens as adults. I want to tell people who bully, it doesn’t make me change the way I judge. I’m not about to change because you try to bully me. It only makes me stand stronger in my convictions and what I believe in.’
Do you think Carrie is being unfair or just doing her job?