Dancing with the Stars judges savage Charlie Albone after 'sloppy' jive

The landscaper landed at the bottom of the leaderboard after messing up his routine.

He may be a gardening expert on Better Homes and Gardens, but dance novice Charlie Albone failed to impress the judges during his debut performance on Dancing with the Stars on Sunday night.

The landscaper was part of the second group of celebrities showing off their moves this season, following strong performances by singer Paulini and Olympian James Magnussen last week.

Dancing with the Stars’ Todd McKenney / Charlie Albone and his dance partner Ruby Gherbaz.
Dancing with the Stars’ Charlie Albone failed to impress the judges with his jive during Sunday night's episode. Photos: Channel Seven

Before hitting the dance floor to perform the jive in a fluorescent yellow leopard print singlet and hot pink suit, Charlie admitted that the last time he had properly danced was 13 years ago at his wedding - which he described as “a little bit of a disaster”.

Unfortunately, Charlie’s TV performance didn’t exactly redeem himself as he messed up a few steps and failed to correctly lift his dance partner Ruby Gherbaz.


The panel of judges certainly didn’t hold back with their thoughts on Charlie’s performance, with Craig Revel Horwood saying he needed a “venus flytrap” to get him out of that dance.

“I felt like the ground opened up and swallowed that dance whole,” he remarked. “Your feet are like shovels, your hands are like spades.

“It was flat-footed, it was sloppy, darling, it was off time. In fact, the best part, I’m afraid, was the end.”

Dancing with the Stars’ Charlie Albone lifting his dance partner Ruby Gherbaz incorrectly / Dancing with the Stars’ Charlie Albone lifting his dance partner Ruby Gherbaz correctly.
Charlie messed up his lift during the performance but redeemed himself after judge Mark Wilson encouraged him to try again. Photos: Channel Seven

Todd's hilarious feedback

Sharna Burgess was slightly more positive with her critiques, telling Charlie “there was some good stuff” and encouraging his partner Ruby to find things he does well and “milk them”.

Meanwhile, Todd McKenney received enormous laughter and applause from the audience when he shared his feedback.

“If you danced like that with your wife at your wedding, she loves you. She really loves you!” he joked. “You know what, you gave it a crack, and Aussies love it when people like you give it a crack.

“But you know what, you once replied to me when I messaged you about a plant on Instagram, so you’re going to get at least one point for that.”

Charlie, who nailed the lift when Mark Wilson asked him to try it a second time, ended up landing at the bottom of the scoreboard with just eight points.

This means he is currently tied with AFL legend Gavin Wanganeen, whose Cha Cha was described as a “complete disaster” during last week’s episode.

Meanwhile, actress Virginia Gay topped the leaderboard on night two with her theatrical Paso Doble receiving 32 points.

Never miss a thing. Sign up to Yahoo Lifestyle’s daily newsletter.

Or if you have a story idea, email us at