‘Dancing with the Stars’: Jeannie Mai’s Mother Gave Her (And the Judges) Some Harsh Criticism

This season of Dancing with the Stars has attracted lots of attention for many reasons. For one, longtime host Tom Bergeron has been replaced by Tyra Banks, who has had a handful of live TV gaffes throughout the season. One of the most highly anticipated people on the season 29 cast was Tiger King star Carole Baskin, though she wasn’t able to take the trophy back home to her big cats.

Jeannie Mai
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 29 has many different cast members

Every season of Dancing with the Stars brings in a diverse array of people from all different backgrounds. This makes for an entertaining experience when they each hit the dance floor.

This season has been host to musicians, pro athletes, actors, and TV personalities. One Day at a Time star Justina Machado, Cheer coach Monica Aldama, Selling Sunset realtor Chrishell Stause, Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson, former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe, Catfish host Nev Shulman, soap opera actress Anne Heche, and The Real co-host Jeannie Mai are the TV stars making a splash on the dance floor this season.

Former NBA player Charles Howard and San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis — as well as Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir — are taking their talents to the dance floor. Former Backstreet Boy AJ McLean and rapper Nelly round out the cast.

Jeannie Mai and Jeezy
Jeannie Mai and Jeezy | Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios

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Jeannie Mai isn’t the first ‘The Real’ co-host to appear on ‘DWTS’

Jeannie Mai has been scoring consistently well on this season of Dancing with the Stars. Her bubbly personality is what many fans know her for. But she’s not the first co-host of The Real to dance for a chance to win the Mirrorball Trophy.

Former The Real co-host Tamar Braxton was on season 21 of DWTS in 2015. Though she made it far in the season, she was forced to withdraw from the competition after being rushed to the hospital and discovering several pulmonary embolisms in her lungs. She ended up coming in 5th place.

Jeannie Mai’s mother had some harsh criticism for her daughter — and the judges

Mai has often joked about “Mama Mai” and her tendencies and funny stories as a Vietnamese mother raising her children in the US. Mai even has her own online show called “Hello Hunnay,” the title being a way of poking fun at how her mother speaks.

Mai has noted that Mama Mai was strict as she was growing up, and it looks like not much has changed. In an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show, Mai talked about how her DWTS experience has been, as well as what her mom has had to say about her performance.

“The third week I wish you and Brandon would do something better, because the first week, you got 6-6-6 — 18. The second week, what did you do? The same sh*t. Not only you; the judges do the same sh*t too,” Mama Mai said bluntly. “If I were you, I’d go back to Vietnam and take them with you.”