A pop star doesn't necessarily have to be the best dancer though. Even after getting that critique I think she's handled it with an angle of vulnerability that is admirable but also a drive to push her dimensions as a performer.
The most important aspect of her dancing is that even though she may not be a natural dancer skill-wise, she doesn’t appear awkward or rhythmless. There are plenty of pop stars who have tried to incorporate choreography who just look off while doing so (Katy and Taylor come to mind).
Dua has gotten to the place where she can do a one-two step and not look completely out of place, and that’s a big asset to her growth and overall stage presence.
It’s the start of a long campaign and her stuff is usually a slow burn anyways. If this single isn’t the one to hit #1, she’ll get plenty more time to do it. We know how hungry both she and the label are.
For starters, the lead single debuting at #2 is nothing to be sad about. Nor is her highest debut (so far) in the US. I’m sure both Dua and the label are happy. Although a performance would be nice…. kinda shocked she’s not doing the Billboard Music Awards…
Plus, let’s not forget how Levitating dominated the American charts, the year after its release, despite never hitting the top spot…
Despite not reaching number one in the United States, "Levitating" was named the number-one song of 2021. It also ranks in the top 40 of its All-Time list. This song is also the longest-charting song by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending a total of 77 weeks on the chart and placing it 5th overall.