Leah Remini Eliminated on Dancing With the Stars, Season 17 Finalists Announced

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani on Dancing With The Stars
Leah Remini and dance pro Tony Dovolani were eliminated on the Nov. 18 episode of DWTS. ABC/Adam Taylor

Who made the cut? It’s been a season filled with flips, foxtrots, and flops, and now Dancing With the Stars has its four official season 17 finalists. 

But before the finalists were declared, the cast had to say goodbye to sassy semi-finalist Leah Remini and her dance pro Tony Dovolani. The team’s scores were pretty average, and despite beating out Bill Engvall and pro Emma Slater by five points, they were sent packing. 

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This leaves Glee‘s Amber Riley and pro Derek Hough, High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and pro Karina Smirnoff, new dad Jack Osbourne and pro Cheryl Burke, and Engvall and Slater, who will all bye for the mirrorball trophy in a performance finale on Monday, Nov. 25. 

After the show Engvall told Us Weekly his friends a losing money on him because he’s stayed in the competition so long. 

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“They are, and I’m glad they are!” he said. “The only problem is that I told someone if I made it to the finals, I would take my shirt off so we have a bit of an issue. I gave them my word so I’m going to do it. I agreed to it because I didn’t think I would ever make it to the finals!”

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Amber Riley and Derek Hough made it to the finals on DWTS Season 17. ABC/Adam Taylor

Die hard DWTS fans were thrilled to see former pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy return to guest judge, a few weeks after fellow veteran Julianne Hough also judged and gave some controversial criticism of dance pro Mark Ballas. 

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Remini has been praised throughout the competition for her improvement, and has even had some celebrity backing. The former Scientologist had the support of comedian and friend Chelsea Handler who tweeted on Oct. 28, “I’m at a dancing with the stars taping for my friend Leah Remini. Pls vote for her to help her lose more weight.” 

Remini’s exit comes a week after fans were shocked by Elizabeth Berkley‘s elimination after receiving a perfect score with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

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