All the news dimmed in the light of the news of James Van Der Beek, the tearful he announced on the show that his wife Kimberly, who was pregnant with her sixth child, had a miscarriage on the weekend.
The pain continued throughout the night. But the show continued, and each dancer performed two dances to reach the final of the next week. The first was a "redemption dance", voted by the judges as the worst dance in each couple's repertoire, followed by a new routine.
Even with the standards of the drama Dancing With the Stars, the tears and pain flowed to a new level on Monday.
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How We Got Here: Last week, Sean Spicer got the judge's boot.
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko
Alaina sat in the hot seat after falling into "Bottom Two" last week. (The judges took Spicer's scalp and let the country singer continue.) Worse, Alaina had to open the show with her worst dance, a paso doble she had dropped twice in Week 2.
But her dance floor command was just right song "What does not kill you makes you stronger," showed another Alaina rocking a Cat Woman-like black velvet dress to show her scandalous, thigh-high stockings.
The final routine was Judge Len Goodman, who trained her in the rehearsals and smiled.
"They had a nice expression and aggression," Goodman said, calling it a "great routine that has been improved so much".
The judges gave just nine points.
First Dance: 27/30
For the second dance, Alaina unveiled a Viennese waltz to "Humble and Kind". She floated out in a sheer pink dress and whirled through a row that was graceful and seemingly effortless.
Goodman fainted and called her "so refined, so classic". Despite the compliments, she did not get 10 when the judges rolled out Nine.
Second Dance: 27/30
Total points: 54/60  Kel Mitchell plays his tango on Monday night. “/>
Mitchell was forced to dance a tango after refueling in week one. Judge Bruno Tonioli taught and urged the actor to be "like a panther". "Mitchell was so fierce in his tango that he wore huge red rose motifs on his pants as he performed nearly perfect moves for" Get Ready. "He showed a painfully perfect dance frame.Tonioli stood and was in the end proud. You delivered with everything I asked, "Tonioli said, calling it" pure, real, real tango. " Inaba said that the star of the dance was" the furthest "on the show. The judges just gave Nines
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson
Mitchell was forced to dance a tango after refueling in week one. Judge Bruno Tonioli taught and urged the actor to be "like a panther". "Mitchell was so fierce in his tango that he wore huge red rose motifs on his pants as he performed nearly perfect moves for" Get Ready. "He showed a painfully perfect dance frame.Tonioli stood and was in the end proud.
You delivered with everything I asked, "Tonioli said, calling it" pure, real, real tango. "
Inaba said that the star of the dance was" the furthest "on the show.
The judges just gave Nines
For his second dance, Mitchell performed a contemporary routine to "I'll love you always" dedicated to the childhood friend he had lost through gun violence. "Mitchell was all drama in number To lift Carson perfectly.
The judges were moved to tears, especially Inaba, who said it was "riveting, it was pure. I'm so thankful. "
Goodman said it all with no words, just getting up and applauding, raising another standing ovation, and the crying judges grabbed the 10 paddles to get a perfect score, putting Mitchell in a solid position.
Second Dance 30/30
Total rating: 57/60
Ally Brooke and Pro Sasha Farber
The pop star Brooke has done three perfect scores in the last two weeks, but Brooke had to work with the Viennese waltz she had flirted in Week 2 (where Goodman gave a six!) Brooke whirled all her dreams and whirled in her sparkling red dress Farber whirled her around three times before pushing her across the floor to finish it, and as an ally Brooke cried her at the end.
Goodman trudging her called it a "wonderful dance. They went from a caterpillar to a butterfly. "Yet he gave her a nine, her lowest score, when Inaba and Tonioli fainted and took out the 10 paddles.
First Dance: 29/30 [ShewastwiceinthebottomtwososheknewherseconddanceonMondaycouldbe"mylast"Inthatcaseshevowedinabrilliantbanana-yellowsuitforaCharlestondance
She threw off her top hat and did every strenuous dance move that was possible in the contagious routine before she comically and literally dropped off the stage her "show-stopper."
Goodman called it a "joyous performance Brooke still held his breath as the judges drew their 10 paddles for their perfect score.
Second Dance: 30/30
Total Score 59/60
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten
Inaba has always pressed Brown. So it was fitting that Inaba was the tutor for Brown's Rumba after criticizing the lack of hip action from the Week 3 original and calling it a "cheerleading dance". The pre-dance video showed a tense stand-off in the rehearsals, when both Inaba and Brown ended up crying and hugging. Brown then released his hips to burst Dancing With a Stranger, whose shirt was completely unbuttoned.
She moved her hips so much that her hair fell to her face. Brown got strong and embraced Inaba again.
"They have improved a lot," said Inaba, adding that Brown was "very comfortable on her hips. I'm proud of her."
The judges have just given nine.
First Dance: 27/30
Brown cried again, talking about her "Bachelorette" times and the lost love in the video before her second dance. She poured her heart into a contemporary dance, with some breathtaking elevators that showed tremendous confidence in bursting. "The emotion came out, it was a great dance," Goodman said.
Second Dance 27/30
Total Score 54/60
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
The "Dawson's Creek" star is one of the favorites to reach the final despite his Achilles heel cha cha cha, which he flopped in Week 2. Before he announced his tragic message, Van Der Beek's disco cha cha cha was on "Canned Heat". with him in a silvery disco shirt and tight pants was exciting. There was a backflip where the fans gasped, pumped their fists and repeatedly threw their hands at the ceiling. He even threw Slater around before landing on his knees to seal him.
But the judges did not want disco. Self proclaimed "bad guy" Goodman said there were too many gadgets.
"I would have liked to see more Cha Cha Cha playing around too much," he said.
Tonioli called it a "Disco Cha 'cha extravaganza", but had problems with the routine The judges were watching
First Dance: 24/30
Before his second dance Van Der Beek surprised the audience by the news of his wife's miscarriage, and there was no dry eye in the house when Van Der Beek told his wife, who was still in the hospital, to make him dance and play one in her honor Tango.
The pain was burned into his face in the passionate dance that intensified the pathos, and Inaba wept noticeably as she revealed her thoughts and notes.
"I do not know how you got over that," said and wiping her tears, "But in the midst of all the tragedies you are going through, you have given me a great attitude."
The judges gave just nine points, but long-time favorite Van Der Beek was out with his scores both dances very at risk of being voted out.
Second Dance: 27/30
Total points: 51/60
So, what happened:
Could Van Der Beek actually be sent home the night he had delivered? such tragic personal news? That was the question all of them asked themselves when judges 'scores were compared to the viewers' votes to determine who would be cut and who would be in the final.
Kel and Whitney were the first to be rescued, followed by Hannah and Alan and a weirdly shocked Lauren and Gleb. Sure enough, the last two couples were Ally and Sasha along with James and Emma. Van Der Beek, who kept his composure, is in great pain on the show.
The judges had to make the terrible decision about who was spared and who was sent home.
"Do I really have to?" Inaba was crying in tears. "The couple I want to rescue are Ally and Sasha, I'm so sorry, James."
The next decisive vote went to Tonioli
"It's incredibly difficult," the judge said. "I've got to tell Ally and Sasha."
The recently voted Van Der Beek embraced Slater with a peaceful expression as the spared dancer Ally Brooke burst into tears and offered to qualify for the final Van Der Beek.
"Can I give it to James, please?" Brooke sobbed. It should not be. Van Der Beek will not participate in the final next week.