Unfortunately for Ryan Lochte, heckling should feel fairly familiar at this moment. He had to deal with it after the Olympics, and during the first week of “Dancing with the Stars” there was a stunning incident where protesters went on to the dance floor to interrupt his moment following his first dance. People are clearly still upset with him and they are not letting up.
During the critique of his Cirque du Soleil performance on Monday night, we had a minor situation unfold that led to some more awkwardness in the ballroom. While Bruno Tonioli was talking to him, someone in the background shouted something that prompted the judge to tell Ryan not to listen to whatever they were saying. He then went on to receive the highest score he has so far in the competition with Cheryl Burke: 22 out of 30.
So what did the person say? That part is still not too clear. We’ve gone back and listened a couple of times, and we think it may be something akin to either “you cheater” or “you traitor.” Whatever it was, it was clearly an insult. Kudos to Bruno for quietly addressing the situation and moving on, and to the show for not giving it any publicity from there. They just kept going with the show as though nothing happened.
As for what else “Dancing With The Stars” can do about this, it’s hard to say given that it’s difficult to screen people who are planning to yell during the show. What can you really do other than have security in there to take care of it in the event something happens?
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Update: Per Lynette Rice on Twitter (citing Patrick Gomez of People), the yelling was positive — it just seemed odd for Bruno to have that sort of reaction to positivity as opposed to negative heckling. It’s possible he, like us, simply assumed it was negative based on circumstance.