Dancing With The Stars Technical Error Results In Surprise Elimination Twist
Everyone wins! At least in this elimination round.
A rather large twist -- as in a technical glitch -- provided amnesty for the eight remaining contestants on Monday evening's Dancing With the Stars. Producers for the popular reality competition series addressed the system error, which involved fan voting during last week's broadcasts for the East Coast and Central time zones, by ditching viewers' votes in its entirety.
ABC shared in a statement immediately following last Monday's broadcast, "There were technical difficulties with posting the voting numbers during the East Coast broadcast; we are reviewing the data and will determine the best course of action." The network however noted that the errors were fixed for the two remaining Western U.S. time zones.
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Dancing co-hosts Brooke Burke Charvet and Tom Bergeron shared the show's decision to keep everyone after they had announced the bottom two pairs -- Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke; Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. While Elizabeth Berkley and partner Val Chmerkovskiy received a perfect score, the first in season 17, for their snappy Cha Cha Cha routine, Engvall and Slater did the Tango to Jimmy Buffett's Cheeseburger in Paradise. The latter pair's routine was as strange as it sounds and bad enough to warrant the lowest score.
The other memorable routine of the evening went to Corbin Blue and Karina Smirnoff, who danced the Viennese Waltz to the theme song of the actor's favorite television series, "Game of Thrones." Unfortunately, the judges did not favor it. "I’m just glad you didn't go with the Red Wedding tango," said Bergeron.
Fan votes from this week will be added to both Week 5 and 6 to determine which pair will put away their dancing shoes in Week 7. Here are the official scores from Monday night's broadcast:
Elizabeth Berkley, 32 points
Amber Riley, 32 points
Brant Daugherty, 31 points
Leah Remini, 28
Jack Osbourne, 27
Corbin Blue, 27
Bill Engvall, 24