'Dancing with the Stars' elimination round: Week 2 bids goodbye to Paralympian skier Danelle Umstead
DWTS' Tuesday night elimination round was a Las Vegas themed episode with all the then remaining 12 contestants fighting for their spot on the show.
Spoiler alert, but ABC's reality show Dancing with the Stars was a tear jerker in its latest elimination round. Airing Tueday night, DWTS season 27, episode 4 saw the participating celebrities and their respective pro-dancers perform to the theme of Las Vegas, while certain specific couples battled to secure their spot on the show.
Sadly, one of them had to give up their dream of hoisting the coveted Mirrorball trophy, and exiting the show after week two was Danelle Umstead -- the visually impaired Paralympian skier, whose performances on the show proved to be an inspiration for many.
After last week's elimination round that saw comedian Nikki Glaser exiting 'Dancing with the Stars' following her rather inappropriately timed joke on air, the original group of 13 couples had come down to 12. Last Tuesday saw the lowest scorers from the preceding Monday night performing for their spot on the show. But this week, things were quite different. All the remaining couples performed to the theme of Las Vegas, much along the lines of this Monday night's New York City-inspired performances, and both the episodes' joint score was to contribute to who would get eliminated by the end of the night.
After 12 stellar performances on some iconic Las Vegas songs and special performances from the Blue Man Group, Boyz II Men and Donny Osmond, the show's hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews revealed two lowest scoring duos who were in danger of leaving the competition: Danelle Umstead and pro, Artem Chigvintsev, and John Schneider and pro, Emma Slater. Eventually, the show ended with Umstead bidding a final goodbye to the dance floor with a not-so-impressive score of 19 out of 30.
The Alpine skier -- who has won medals in three Paralympic Games along with her husband Rob as her guide -- held back her tears after her elimination was announced, as she said: "Thank you for everything, it's been amazing." She and Chigvintsev performed a quickstep to 'Luck Be a Lady' on Tuesday night, and adding that to their Monday night scores, it came to a total of 37 out of 60.
As for the 'Dukes of Hazard' actor, Schnieder, and his pro-partner, Slater, the two performed a jive to 'King Creole' by Elvis Presley and earned 20/30 on Tuesday night, but their combined scores were higher than Umstead's. On the other end of the scoreboard were Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong, Milo Manheim and Witney Carson and Juan Pablo di Pace and Cheryl Burke -- all of whom were tied at the top with a combined two-day score of 52 points each.