Hannah was once leading the competition, but she found herself tumbling closer to the bottom. The former Miss Alabama USA 2018 and her partner Alan Bersten performed a jazz routine to Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” on last night’s episode. “I’m not a performer, I’m not an actor,” Hannah said. “I was a girl on reality TV, and so every time I come out here, I’m trying my absolute best.”
Carrie, 51, also noted, “Even when you look, you look and you look away. You’re not really staying in it. It’s almost like there’s a bit of shyness in you … you kind of close off to the dance.” One judge did however enjoy Hannah’s performance. Judge Len Goodman disagreed with Carrie saying, “I thought it was really crisp and clear.”
Though the criticism left her in tears, Hannah embraced the emotions. Earlier that night, she explained that she had learned “how to slap on a smile as a pageant girl," but she promised to stop masking her true feelings.
The reality star told cohost Erin Andrews that she was feeling good and that no matter what was said after the performance that she would just have fun. Erin, 41, then asked her if she had agreed with the judge’s critics. “I think I definitely have more to show and more to give, and I hope I get to do that,” Hannah noted.
The former pageant queen does feel though that her past as a dancer doesn’t help when it comes to critics. Hannah told Women’s Day, “A lot of the contestants do have just as much training as I have but because that has been kind of out — because I did pageants I obviously had a talent at some point and had to work for that — they critique me more on dance."
Hannah’s night did get a little better after she performed again in the team competition. Carrie told Hannah that she had shown the connection she’d been looking for, saying: “I felt it, did you feel anything different?” to which Hannah tearfully replied, “I mean I had a good time.”
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