Amber Rose took to the “Dancing With the Stars” stage on Monday for the first time since speaking openly about feeling “body shamed” by judge Julianne Hough, and delivered a steamy tango performance for DWTS’ Cirque du Soleil week.
Before Rose wowed the crowd with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, the show’s pre-taped package addressed the tensions between the two women. The root of their conflict occurred when Hough said that Rose’s performance last week made her “uncomfortable,” and Rose took that to mean Hough was uneasy with her body or her sexuality.
“It’s not fair. All these girls are half-naked, and no one says anything to them,” Rose told Chmerkovskiy in backstage footage played during the package.
“I’m just a normal girl, I have feelings too. I’m not a robot,” the 32-year-old talk show host and model told the DWTS cameras in the pre-roll. “I was just really taken aback by what Julianne said. Hopefully she didn’t mean it in that way.”
For this week’s performance, Rose got another chance to show her sultry side with a tango based on Cirque’s sexiest show, “Zumanity”. And she couldn’t have been more excited for the opportunity.
“This week, I’m just going to embrace my sexuality and not apologize for it,” Rose said.
After her amazing, burlesque performance — which included a table dance routine that might have been one of the most intimate numbers in recent “DWTS” memory — Rose and Hough managed to hash things out during an emotional exchange in front of the cheering audience.
“We haven’t had a chance to talk, and, like I said in the package, when you said that I felt very embarrassed, and I felt like you weren’t talking about my dance, but if I misunderstood, than I apologize,” Rose said, with a tremble in her voice.
“I’m a very positive person. I don’t like to argue or bicker or make things weird, so moving forward I just want complete positive energy,” she added.
After applauding Rose for her honesty and her apology, Hough explained what she had meant by her remarks.
“The thing that I love so much about dance is that dance is a universal platform for people to express themselves. Any person,” Hough said. “As a judge on this show, I am here to solely judge you and everyone else in this competition for only the dancing, so I want you to know that.”
As for Rose’s erotic, powerful tango, Hough had nothing but love for its execution and stark, sexual honesty.
“This [dance], to me, is your essence. This is who you are. All of those wigs and the costumes and the themes, tonight you were stripped down, this is authentically you,” Hough said. “This is your true essence, and you delivered that. You gave me the energy that I wanted to see.”
Judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba agreed, heaping praise on the sexy routine. Rose and Chmerkovskiy earned a formidable score of 24 out of 30, placing them toward the top of the night’s leader board.
For more on the heightened tensions between the talk show host and the “DWTS” judge, check out the video below.