'Dancing with the Stars' season 27 semi-finale: Yet another shocking double elimination has fans feeling 'robbed' again
As the remaining seven contestants geared up for the semi-final there was the threat of a double elimination looming. But despite that, they hit the floor hard and heavy.
It's another shocking elimination night for ABC's hit reality show, 'Dancing with the Stars' season 27, and much like the previous week, viewers and audience are kind of heated, but kind of satisfied too with the results. As the remaining seven contestants geared up for the big semi-final, which aired on Monday, on ABC, there was always the threat of a double elimination looming. But despite all of that, they hit the floor hard and heavy as they danced their way into the competition for the coveted Mirrorball trophy. Sadly, the end of the night proved to be not so favorable for two contestants and leaving the dance floor this week was - brace yourself for this - Juan Pablo Di Pace (gasp!) and 'Grocery Store' Joe Amabile!
Double gasp, right? Though the last name would have some connoisseurs and critics of the art, that are passionate fans of the show too, go "well, about time!" but still - it's surprising how the 'Bachelor in Paradise' star Joe - who has managed to pretty much breeze through every elimination round so far despite his less than impressive ranks on the leaderboard - couldn't scrape through the big semi-final nights. It's no secret that Joe was a fan favorite - explaining the deluge of votes in his favor - but luck just wasn't his lady for the semi-final night.
Joe's journey on this season of DWTS has been debated and argued over on all kind of social media platforms, with fans blatantly pointing out how he and fellow low-ranker Bobby Bones should have been the ones long eliminated from the competition instead of brilliant performers like Tinashe and DeMarcus Ware. And granted, from not knowing a single thing about dance to achieving an impressive 22 out of 30 from the DWTS judges just last week - Joe has really come a long way, and that has spurred certain fans to argue that this is what the show should ideally focus on - non-trained, non-skilled dancers delivering impressive performances.
Joe Amabile seems like a really nice guy & I like him BUT HE CAN'T DANCE! And it looks like he just may make it into the #DWTS finals over people who CAN DANCE. I really don't know what to say to that except it seems wrong.— ✨Paula✨ (@mspaulayo) November 6, 2018
But sadly, all of that social media debate wasn't enough to help Joe's story further. And as some fans would like to argue, it was about time he was graded based purely on his dance and looks like the inevitable has happened. After weeks of not trying to let his pro-partner Jenna Johnson down, Joe Amabile is officially off DWTS. But was the other elimination - that is, of Juan Pablo - just as justified? The 'Fuller House' star has been one of the most consistent performers on the show, as his pro-partner, Cheryl Burke would like to point out. And for good reason, they have earned about five perfect scores, aka 30 out of 30 in this season so far already.
So when even after achieving their final perfect score, it was announced that Alexis Ren and pro-Alan Bersten were proceeding to the finals, as ecstatic as fans were to see some sort of passive justice being served, it was equally heartbreaking to realize that this was it for Juan Pablo on the dance floor. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight after the crushing results were announced, Juan lamented saying: "I mean, we wanted to go to the finals. At least the finals. I think we worked so bloody hard to get here, and to put on a show every Monday, and to wow. Maybe that's not what people want to see?"
I MADE A TWITTER JUST TO SAY THAT JUAN PABLO WAS ROBBED AND WHO THE FUCK VOTED FOR BOBBY AMERICA HAS DISAPPOINTED ME YET AGAIN #DWTS— Margaret Jett (@MargaretJett5) November 13, 2018
juan pablo & cheryl being eliminated after a night of PERFECT SCORES (A LITERAL 60/60) isn’t how it was supposed to be. juan pablo & cheryl winning the mirrorball trophy is how it was supposed to be!! #dwts #TeamChernando— Isabel (@isabelmanne) November 13, 2018
Cheryl shared her own insight on the situation, sharing: "Or maybe people thought, 'You got perfect scores every week, so we don't need to vote.' That's what happens. And it just depends [on different factors]. Maybe people want to see somebody with two left feet all of the sudden become a dancer. I don't know."