“Dancing with the Stars” judges took aim at Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal Psaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards MORE after the former White House press secretary avoided placing near the bottom of the show on Monday night, despite being awarded the lowest score from judges on the latest episode.
During the program on Monday evening, Spicer performed a nautical-themed jazz routine with Jenna Johnson, who filled in for his usual partner for the evening, to the song, “Come Sail Away.”
Despite some praise as well as 7 points from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for the performance, which she said she was “proud of,” Spicer receive an overall score of 20 points out of 30 from the panel of judges for the performance, as well as some negative reviews, according to USA Today.
Judge Len Goodman reportedly told Spicer, who has continued to get low marks from judges throughout the current season, that he and the other judges “keep throwing you out of the boat, and the viewers keep throwing a lifeline.”
"The mermaid had better feet than you,” he continued, referring to one of the pair of mermaids who sat on rocks in the backdrop of Spicer’s performance.
Judge Bruno Tonioli also knocked the former press secretary during the program, according to The Washington Post, telling Spicer: “You don’t have many jazz bones in your body, do you?”
“And your ship, at times, looked like it would get lost in the Bermuda Triangle. I think Dory in ‘Finding Nemo’ has a better sense of direction,” he added.
According to USA Today, Inaba was the only judge on the panel Monday night who offered Spicer some praise for his routine.
However, after the show, Inaba told Us Weekly that she was frustrated by Spicer "being saved."
“My reaction to Sean being saved, it’s frustrating,” Inaba said. “There are really great dancers being sent home, but that is part of our show. It’s always been the audience and the judges’ perspective. So I’m not — I can’t be mad at it, but it’s frustrating.”
Although Spicer has continued to receive low scores from judges on the show during the season, the votes he receives from the public have continued to save him from placing in the bottom two spots, helping him avoid elimination.
Critics say Spicer also appears to have gotten a boost from President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE, his son, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE, and other prominent conservatives who have continued to tell their large followings to vote for him.
Guys get this going again for Spicy. The meltdown the Hollywood types keep having when he wins with your votes is soooo worth the time.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 5, 2019
Get on it!!! https://t.co/LYahfU9jIq
Judges weren’t the only ones who took aim at Spicer on Monday night for continuing to avoid the bottom two despite his low scores. A number of social media users also chimed in on the matter online.
So Sean Spicer made it through again...Who is voting for him? I feel like we need to have a conversation about this #DWTS— Brittany Wetmore (@brittanywetmore) November 5, 2019
STOP VOTING FOR SEAN SPICER WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!?!?!? #dwts— Laurie Anne (@xlaurieannex) November 5, 2019
Len straight up calling out the bullshit that is Sean Spicer still on this show gives me fucking life #DWTS— Alexandra Rae (@justatravelerr) November 5, 2019
Spicer responded to his partner sharing her seemingly surprised reaction to being declared safe from the bottom two.
“When they call your name first even though you ordered last,” Johnson tweeted late Monday with a GIF of her reaction.
“That makes two of us. But seriously thank you to everyone who believed in me and voted, can’t thank you all enough. Especially Jenna for stepping in, and Lindsay for getting me here,” Spicer wrote.
That makes two of us. But seriously thank you to everyone who believed in me and voted, can’t thank you all enough. Especially Jenna for stepping in, and Lindsay for getting me here. @lindsayarnold @JennaJohnson @DancingABC https://t.co/Sgv2BnB8wj— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) November 5, 2019