Dancing With the Stars has a knack for shocking eliminations this season, and Monday’s episode was no exception.
With just two weeks to go until the finals, the show has whittled down to the final six couples, but hasn’t escaped controversy in doing so. Thanks in large part to the fan vote, several couples considered strong contenders to win it all have instead been sent home.
Many fans believe that Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars was another instance of an unfair elimination [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD].
The episode on Monday featured an individual dance from each couple as well as a trio routine with either an eliminated pro or a dance troupe member of the contestant’s choice.
The show found frequent bottom dwellers Bill Engvall and Emma Slater matched up against Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy.
To the shock of the crowd, Engvall and Slater lived to dance another day, and it was Elizabeth Berkley who was sent home.
The elimination came after DWTS judge Len Goodman called Berkley the top contender on his list. She had also earned high marks for her trio dance, a salsa routine with Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko
“It’s obvious, my darling, that it takes two to get you going,” judge Bruno Tonioli said. “I agree with Carri Ann, your best performance.”
“You are a girl on fire,” added judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
The couple notched a perfect score of 30 for the performance.
Despite the shocking elimination, Elizabeth Berkley left Dancing With the Stars on a high note.
“I’m sad but I am beyond grateful for this opportunity,” she said. “I want to thank everyone, especially Val.”
With Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy now out, Dancing With the Stars comes down to the final five couples — Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater.