Who raises his hand during the foxtrot? Listened, of course.
Paul the gymnast’s power move comes during the latest episode of “Dancing With the Stars” airing Monday night on ABC.
Because it was “Britney Night”, Lee and her dance partner, Sasha Farber, danced to “I’m a Slave 4 U,” one of Britney Spears’s signature hits from 2001.
However, it wasn’t just the cover of the song that was an audible one to Spears.
“In addition to wearing neon green outfits reminiscent of Spears’ performance of the iconic MTV VMAs song,” Pop Sugar reported, “the two practically slid on stage as they captured the incredible choreography.”
Unlike at that VMA performance, however, Lee didn’t pair her outfit with a snake (as Spears did in 2001).
Judges on Monday were less sugary than Pop Sugar about Lee and Farber’s performance.
Carrie Ann Inaba, a veteran choreographer, told Lee, “I find it a little difficult to do some of the more sexist moves.” “But what I want to tell you is that by performing like this, you can be flawless and still sensual and still boost your confidence – and that’s what we’re looking for.”
Meanwhile, another judge thought Lee’s dance partner was a little too sexist.
“You didn’t capture the foxtrot,” Len Goodman scolded the supporter. “It’s a romantic dance. It … It was a little steamy, Sasha.”
In the end, the two scored 21 out of 30 – not the gold medal tally, but a score high enough to avoid elimination. They are now one of 12 remaining pairs competing with top-scoring celebrities such as actor Melora Hardin (known as Jan from “The Office”), beauty vlogger Olivia Jade (her mother, Lori Loughlin, was convicted in that college admission bribery scam) ) and Jojo Siwa (YouTube star).
Also on Monday’s episode, Lee talked about life after the Olympics — and how it sounds more challenging than any dance dance.
“This experience has honestly been really crazy as I go to school at Auburn University,” said the 18-year-old college freshman. “I’m doing school, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and gymnastics.”
Ever an Olympian, she’s trying to see it as a challenge she can conquer.
“Even with my schedule so crazy,” she said, “I’m still looking for a way to have fun with everything that I do.”
The series, now in its 30th season, airs Monday nights at 7 p.m. local time on ABC, with episodes available to watch later on demand and via streaming on Hulu. More info at abc.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars.