Julianne Hough: Judges "had it in for Cody," "didn't want him" in finale
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/19/2008
Dancing with the Stars professional Julianne Hough said she had a feeling last night's seventh-season results show might be the final one for her and celebrity partner Cody Linley -- however she wasn't sure why.
"I don't know what the judges were watching or thinking [during Monday night's performance show]. I don't know what they had a problem with. I think they simply had it in for Cody and didn't want him to make the finals," Hough wrote on her personal blog prior to last night's live results show.
"I thought he did a great job. I went and watched the dances again and he was awesome. I thought he should have had much better scores and better comments."
Dancing with the Stars judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman had given Linley and Hough's first Monday night performance -- a military-themed Paso Doble -- a score of 22. While the judges were more complimentary of Linley and Hough's salsa dance -- which they gave a score of 24 -- they were still critical of the fine details of Linley's dancing abilities.
"I just don't think the judges got it [Monday] night," continued Hough on her blog. "You can tell, I can't figure out what they were looking at. I feel like they haven't been nice to us this whole season. Cody has been trying so hard. But he doesn't seem to be able to anything right for the judges. I feel bad for him."
The two-time Dancing with the Stars professional champion added she was "nervous" going into last night's results show because she thought "it might be our last night."
She was right, as the couple was eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores each couple had received for their two Monday night dances and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
Monday's broadcast had represented the first time Hough and Linley had performed together for the judges and home viewers since she was sidelined after having surgery two weeks ago to remove her appendix and several cysts from her pelvic region.
"It was hard to learn two dances this week, on top of the fact it was the first week we were back together," said Hough in her blog. "He has been really emotional... Cody's also really tired. It's been 13 weeks since we started this whole thing. He's exhausted."
Hough described Dancing with the Stars as "probably the biggest thing" Linley has ever done and sounded optimistic about his future now that the couple is off the show.
"I think the opportunities are just going to flow to him," she said. "I think this is going to be a big thing in his life and his career. He's done an awesome job. I don't think he could've done anything more."