While some Dancing With the Stars contestants are understandably eliminated for their two left feet, other entrants are sent home far too early.
The voting system got an overhaul for season 28, following the controversial victory of radio host Bobby Bones one season prior, but the changeup didn’t stop formidable competitors from leaving the ballroom.
During season 29, Olympian Johnny Weir was heartbroken when he was sent home. He opened up about the upsetting result following the episode.
“It hurts a lot because it definitely feels like a popularity contest more so than a dance contest but that’s part of it,” Weir told Us Weekly at the time. “I knew what I was signing up for. I can say wholeheartedly that I would always prefer to be myself than be popular.”
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