‘Dancing with the Stars’: Cheryl Burke Says She and Cody Rigsby ‘Got Screwed’ by the Judges

After performing remotely with Peloton star Cody Rigsby on Monday night, Cheryl Burke has something to say about the judges’ scores on Dancing with the Stars. At the very least, Burke believes she and Rigsby deserve more credit for performing under challenging circumstances. Find out what Burke had to say after their dance on Britney Night. Plus, Burke talks about the #BooCrew’s fate on DWTS Season 30.

Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli sit at the judges table; Tyra Banks stands in the 'Dancing With the Stars' ballroom as Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke are projected onto the screen for their remote performance
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Tyra Banks; On-screen: Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke | ABC/Christopher Willard

Cheryl Burke’s COVID diagnosis impacts season 30 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 

On Sept. 27, Burke got very personal with her fans, sharing she tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Her Peloton instructor partner shared he was also positive for COVID a few days later on Oct. 1. 

While Burke and Rigsby have been quarantining at home, they’re still part of DWTS Season 30. In week 2, the judges scored Rigsby and Burke’s rehearsal footage. But in week 3, the pressure was on as the two performed live from their remote locations. 

Cheryl Burke and Cody Rigsby receive low scores from the ‘DWTS’ judges 

Burke and Rigsby scored an 18 for their jazz dance to Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” on Monday night. As the judges explained, it was difficult to judge their performance for several reasons. As Burke says in the Pretty Messed Up podcast episode from Oct. 5, she feels she and Rigsby “kinda got screwed by the judges.” 

“We got all sixes,” the Dancing with the Stars pro explains. “We basically have only gotten sixes since we started Dancing with the Stars. What I was looking for was a little bit of acknowledgement of what we did in order to make this whole production work.”

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Cheryl Burke wants the judges to give Cody Rigsby more credit

Leading up to the show on Monday, Oct. 4, Burke shared footage of her living room setup for the performance. She danced from her California home while Rigsby performed from his New York apartment. 

In the “Dancing in my Living Room???!!!” episode, Burke explains that she doesn’t want the judges to talk about her having COVID. Instead, she wants the judges to consider the amount of work it takes to dance as two soloists. 

“[When you’re] dancing together…you can manipulate your partner’s body movement and the musicality,” Burke says. “Having to dance side by side, you gotta give the celebrity a little bit of extra credit for that. It was a little anti-climatic I guess.” In her opinion, they deserved sevens for their performance.

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On top of performing remotely, Burke says she and Rigsby started practicing later in the week than the other couples. At this point, she’s unsure of # BooCrew‘s fate in the coming weeks. 

‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2021 cast remaining in season 30

Aside from Burke and Rigsby, the following couples remain on Dancing with the Stars Season 30. They will perform two dances to Disney music next week in a two-night special. 

  • Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten
  • Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach
  • JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson
  • Kenya Moore and Brandon Armstrong
  • Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess
  • Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev
  • Melanie C. and Gleb Savchenko
  • Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater
  • Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Suni Lee and Sasha Farber
  • Matt James and Lindsay Arnold
  • Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Witney Carson

Tune in to Dancing with the Stars live Monday nights at 8 PM EST on ABC.