Simone Biles and Carrie Ann Inaba shared a (dance floor) heart-to-heart on the heels of Dancing with the Stars judges’ surprisingly sharp criticism this week that Biles was not bringing enough emotion to her foxtrot and paso doble routines on Monday’s quarterfinals.
“Let’s just clear the air, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I loved your comment back to us,” the 49-year-old judge said in the Entertainment Tonight clip, alluding to Biles’ response, “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.”
“Just so you know, I want you to know that. That didn’t bother me at all — in fact, I loved it, because it was very honest of you. I could see you were frustrated, and it hurt, and you were a little mad, and you put up a little wall and you told us what you thought.”
Providing her own context, Biles said the last time she showed emotion in public was at the 2016 Summer Olympics, when she “got a bronze instead of gold.”
“You let loose for a moment, and it cost you?” Inaba replied, to which the four-time Olympic gold medalist nodded and said, “Yes.”
Before assigning Biles the jive dance for the judges’ challenge, Inaba praised the early front-runner.
“Keep what makes you so fantastic — your discipline, your precision, your incredible athleticism,” Inaba said.
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Since the clapback had all of Twitter immediately on Biles’ side, with many applauding her fierce determination, Biles only added momentum for her next performance when she concluded her conversation with some sashay time with Inaba.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.