I imagine, knowing how the news like to make something out of nothing, the "jaw dropping" announcement or whatever, was the verbal lashing including saying it was "cr@p". I think tensions between judges and contestants was very high in last nights show.
I was not impressed with Laila's dancing at all. I thought the whole Ali thing was a ploy to get ratings. I hate it when people use their famous family members to garner sympathy votes. This was just so staged. This is nothing like last year's Jerry Springer moment. Last night's arrangement was a ratings and vote getting ploy. Probably the best thing I've seen was video of Ali with his girls when they were little. That does bring an "awww" to see the big, bad fighter playing with his little girls.
To be fair, they've (producers) tried to play this card with several others. We've had Ian and Apolo's dads and Joey's daughter. Somehow last night was just too much. Especially when you add in the mean and conflicting judges reactions to each dancer.
There may be some changes in the judging line up next year, or there are going to be stricter guidelines to what they can and cannot say. Of course, much like Rosie on the The View, controversy brings in audiences.