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Dancing With the Stars pro says Premiere was ‘tough’

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New professional dancer for Dancing With the Stars, Koko Iwasaki, talks about her time at the show’s premiere.

Iwasaki is partnered with “Jersey Shore” alum Vinny Guadagnino, and the pair received low scores after performing their dance at the premiere. By the end of the episode, they were at the bottom of the rankings, although they didn’t finish in the bottom two by the end of the episode.

Iwasaki is the only new professional dancer in Season 31 of the show. All other professionals have been partnered with a celebrity at least twice.

When she got home, Iwasaki took to her Instagram Stories to talk about the premiere and thank her fans.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for voting for us,” she said in the video. “And thank you for letting us stay with this competition to show you what we can do for another week. It was pretty tough today, I’m not going to lie.”

She said that since she was outside for the first time, she had a lot of different feelings and got a little emotional during the video.

“I think improvement is coming with tonight and I’m very hopeful,” she said. “I’m so proud of Vinny. He’s done great and I can’t wait for us to grow and I really hope you just believe in us. I promise.”

Guadagnino and Iwasaki performed a salsa to Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó”. Though the two struggled a bit throughout the performance, falling out of sync at one point and not being fully in sync with each other, the judges seemed rougher on them than other couples, which fans felt were just as bad.

Ultimately, they received 4 and 5 points from the judges, which put them at the bottom of the ranking with 17 out of 40 points.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Guadagnino’s former co-star, took to Twitter to say she thought he deserved a higher score.

“I DON’T AGREE WITH THE JUDGES!!! Vinny did damn well, everyone voted! #dwts”, she wrote on Twitter.

People seemed to agree with her, with a person replies “I rn to all the judges,” alongside a gif of a woman yelling “How Dare You!”.

“I’ve seen timing issues, but that wasn’t a 4 at all!” one person wrote. “He deserves better!”

Another person wrote, “He did a lot better than people who got higher voices. It’s like they’re all preoccupied with how they’ve met people.

“YES! I feel like they judged him harshly and I gave him all my votes!” reads a tweet. “Keep your fingers crossed he survives this week and doesn’t let the judges get him.”

Since Iwasaki and Guadagnino didn’t finish in the final two despite receiving low scores from the judges, it means they have a large army of people backing them. They appear in the second week of the competition, which is themed Elvis Night.

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