‘Dancing with the Stars’ Host, Tom Bergeron Defends Hannah Brown After Judges Gave Her Tough Feedback

The reality show can be hard for celebrities and dancers physically. However, Dancing with the Stars can also be hard on them emotionally.

That can be due to multiple reasons and one is getting tough feedback after working hard. Hannah Brown recently got a tough note from the judges. Find out what host Tom Bergeron said to defend her and more.

Hannah Brown was called ‘disconnected’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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This experience has been harder than I could have ever imagined. When I decided to do DWTS I thought it would be a fun way to channel all my energy after a whirlwind experience as the Bachelorette. I was hopeful that the confidence I gained this year to take pride in the woman I have become would have the opportunity to shine, and I’d feel that reboot in my spirit after it took a bit of a beating after my bachelorette season. I came into this experience a little broken and confused—more than I’ve shared. Everyday has brought its challenges with my past, my fears, and the uncomfortableness of opening myself up again to be judged on something VERY scary like learning a new skill to perform each week. Last night was really defeating for me and a lot of suppressed emotions started to surface from this amazing, but grueling experience. I want to be me. I want to be real. I feel my best when I feel like I have the opportunity to share my heart with others. But I know that’s been lacking in what has been seen on DWTS. It’s true there is a disconnect. I am busting my ass. I am giving this my all. It’s my focus and passion right now. But each week I fall flat. I’ve gotten to the point of being so anxious before I perform that I can’t completely enjoy it like I wish and know I could. I KNOW I have a lot more I can give. I want to be able to feel free and confident to dance with my whole heart. I’m working on getting there. I’m not throwing a pity party. I can take criticism and understand hard work…and I also know that my attitude has to change to rise above this slump I’m in. But this is real life. These are real emotions. It’s okay to be grateful and positive, while also acknowledging the hard days we all have. It’s so important to think positively, but it’s also important to acknowledge and feel all the feels. This pressure to pretend is not good for anyone. That’s how this crazy cycle of perfectionism continues to exist in a lot of us. I’m blown away by the support I see and feel from all of you who love me through it all. So thank you— here’s to another opportunity to grow. See y’all next Monday!

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Things are only getting harder for the reality star the further she goes into the competition. This week the judges accused her of being “disconnected” during her performance.

She later posted about the experience. Brown wrote in the caption, “Last night was really defeating for me and a lot of suppressed emotions started to surface from this amazing, but grueling experience. I want to be me. I want to be real. I feel my best when I feel like I have the opportunity to share my heart with others. But I know that’s been lacking in what has been seen on DWTS. It’s true there is a disconnect.”

She ended the caption with, “This pressure to pretend is not good for anyone. That’s how this crazy cycle of perfectionism continues to exist in a lot of us. I’m blown away by the support I see and feel from all of you who love me through it all. So thank you— here’s to another opportunity to grow. See y’all next Monday!”

Some have shown their support after the episode

Her partner, Alan Bersten continued to have her back. He posted a supportive message on Instagram.

He wrote, “@hannahbrown you have been the epitome of a dream partner. You work hard, you care more than any other person I have met, and you put up with me. No you don’t have experience performing, singing, or acting. I know this doesn’t come easy to you, but you impress me every single day, when you go out there and you give it 100% I am so proud of you.”

Another person who has her back is Tyler Cameron, the runner-up of The Bachelorette. He left a comment on her post according to Comments By Bachelor with, “Fall down 7 times, get up 8! You got this HB. Be where your feet are and enjoy the ride. You’re doing amazing.”

Tom Bergeron didn’t think she is disconnected

Tom Bergeron, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Tom Bergeron, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

The host doesn’t agree with the judges’ comments. He gave his opinion about her performance to Us Weekly.

“I’m not seeing the disconnect the judges addressed, to be honest,” Bergeron said. “I think Hannah is among several contestants who deserve to have an eye [or two] on the Mirrorball.”

There might be another reason why Brown is having a hard time with the competition. She admitted to Entertainment Weekly that she is homesick.

“It’s hard. I feel the support and the love, but there’s nothing like being home,” she said. “Trying to navigate this new life on my own in L.A. has been really challenging. I am grateful, and I never want to seem like I’m not. But, it’s also so crazy how this has happened for me.” Hopefully, Brown will be able to address the judges’ concerns next week.