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Simone Biles isn’t just a world champion gymnast.
She’s also a world champion comeback generator.
On Dancing with the Stars last night, Biles advanced to this season’s semifinals on the heels of a solid Foxtrot and a strong Paso doble.
But the former Olympian didn’t totally win over the judges with these routines, as Carrie Ann Inaba took Biles to task less for her dancing skills and more for her lack of emotion.
“Your skills are unquestionable,” Inaba said, prior to getting into the crux of her critique:
“You hit every line with precision and perfection. But once again, I’m going to come back to performance and authenticity about who you are when you perform…
“You have this beautiful smile and you are a megastar with your energy, but once in a while, there’s beauty without a smile.
“There’s beauty in pain and all of the other emotions, and I’d like to see more of that.”
Julianne Hough agreed with her fellow panelist.
“I don’t know if the smile is authentic because you want to smile, or if it’s just because you rehearsed it that way,” she told Biles.
“I really just want to see some rawness come out.”
This is, of course, completely ridiculous. And also a bit sexist.
Can you imagine any judge telling a male contestant to smile more naturally?
Fortunately, Biles had the perfect response to this odd and unfair criticism.
“I’ve lived in a gym 14 years of my life, so it’s hard to show something I’ve never felt before,” she said at first, offering up a valid excuse for why she isn’t a natural on the dance floor.
But after remaining stoic upon hearing positive reviews after her second performance, and then being asked by Tom Bergeron why she still wasn’t smiling, Biles responded:
Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.
And Biles would know.
This amazing comeback earned the athlete quite a bit of praise and admiration across social media.
And then there was this:
Following the episode, Biles and her partner Sasha Farber spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the struggle she’s had to connect with the judges this season.
“I feel like everyone has their own opinion, clearly, and I feel it’s just how you take it,” Biles said, adding:
“I feel like I am trying, I am being honest, but if they don’t see that, I don’t know what more I can do.”
An intense competitor, Biles is accustomed to simply getting the job done; not concerning herself with what sort of emotions are displayed on her face.
“You don’t know which wild card of sexy or of happy they want to bring, and you almost have to read their minds and find it,” she told ET last night, concluding that she nearly broke down on live television.
“I had tears in my eyes. I almost ran to the bathroom at one point, but I pulled it together.”
You go, Simone Biles!
If we have it our way, this impressive young woman will win the entire thing this season…
… and then accept the Mirrorball Trophy without even the faintest hint of a smile.
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It would be a huge understatement to say that Khloe and Rob Kardashian have had their fair share of feuds.
The pair have been known to bicker about pretty much anything.
Fortunately, it seems like the arrival of Rob’s first child has helped them actually act like family to each other.
Bringing a child into the world when there’s a lot of conflict with family members is just cruel.
The Kardashian klan are notorious for taking over the headlines, but at least this time it’s showing that they can actually function together as a family.
Khloe took to Instagram on Tuesday to show off a picture of herself and Dream.
In the picture, both of them can be seen smiling.
Kylie Jenner was present in the picture and it looked like Dream was laughing at Kylie’s lips. Maybe the kid was thinking to herself, “They ain’t real.”
Already, Dream seems like a great addition to the family. It’s just sad that the kid will probably witness her parents bickering for much of her life.
There’s just no telling when Rob and Chyna are going to call it quits for good. It definitely feels like something that’s on the horizon.
If you recall, their most recent split up was in December and Rob took to Instagram to reveal that Chyna felt the need to take everything and ditch him.
As much as they tried to refute claims that it was a publicity stunt, the proof was definitely in the pudding.
Their tacky reality show had just been renewed, so it would have constructed a perfect little narrative for the few fans who still think the franchise is real.
Back to Khloe. There has been a lot of rumors recently that she is expecting a little child of her own with Tristan Thompson, but nothing has materialized as of yet.
There’s also word that their relationship could be on the rocks, but there’s been no confirmation of that.
Maybe Khloe is ready to take Lamar Odom back, or something.
Kidding aside, we hope things are going great between Khloe and Tristan, but she’s stopped sharing snaps of the pair on Instagram, so that could be a red flag.
There’s also the very real possibility that Khloe just wants to use Instagram to promote Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian and share pictures of babies.
Maybe that’s a subtle hint to Tristan that she wants a bun in her oven.