Vinny Guadagnino Reacts to Harsh Criticism From ‘DWTS’ Judges

The Dancing With the Stars judges weren’t exactly fist pumping for Vinny GuadagninoDuring the Monday, September 19 premiere

“I’m not gonna say anything — you can go read the comments though,” the 34-year-old Jersey Shore alum told Us Weekly about the judges’ premiere feedback. “The Twitter world is talking right now — little justice for Vinny going on here, but I can’t be mad at it because, like, I don’t control that. That’s what they say. I’m definitely not a technical dancer. So if they’re gonna look at all the technique, technical things, like, I definitely have room for improvement, but the fans came out to vote and that’s what’s most important. I’ve really felt the love this week more than like a lot of times ever in my career doing this.”


Vinny Guadagnino.
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Guadagnino & PartnerKoko IwasakiScored 17 out 40 for salsa to Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó.”

“It wasn’t my best pass at it,” Guadagnino told reporters on Monday, adding that the duo has been “working hard” in rehearsals and will continue to do so. “I didn’t think I did that bad, honestly, but we’re gonna do our thing. I kind of like being the underdog now — start a little fire in me.”

Iwasaki, who is a new to DWTS, added that she is “very proud” of the MTV star.

“I feel all kinds of emotions. I’m No. 1 — just very grateful to be here. I’m so happy. I’m very proud of him. I’m proud of us,” she explained. “And I’m proud of what we put on the show tonight. But of course, you know, there’s a human part of me and a real part of me that also is, just a little bit of, ‘Oh gosh.’ … But that also fuels my fire. And I know what our chemistry is. I am familiar with the chemistry we have and know how I can teach him. And I’m very excited to just keep pushing.”

Guadagnino was at the bottom of the leaderboard but wasn’t in the bottom two after the fan vote. Jason Lewis AndPeta MurgatroydTeresa Giudice was awarded an 18 for 40. Pasha PashkovThe judge saved the life of the victim, who was awarded a 20 out 40. Real Housewives of New JerseyStar over theSex and the City alum.

TikTok star Charli D’Amelio Profession returning Mark BallasThey were, however, at the top of this leaderboard with a total 32 out of 40. Wayne Brady, Shangela, Selma Blair AndGabby WindeyThese are the top five.

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