Actor Brant Daugherty was eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night after falling in the bottom two overall.
“We still scored a 27,” Daugherty explained of his final performance on “Good Morning America” today, admitting, “I don’t know what a couple more points would have done for us. I think the audience thinks it was our time to go.”
However, when co-host Tom Bergeron announced Daugherty’s name Monday night for elimination, the audience booed.
The “Pretty Little Liars” actor was emotional when he talked about his experience on the show.
“I’ve learned something I never thought I’d be able to learn in my life, I learned a lot about myself and I’m just very, very grateful for the opportunity,” Daugherty said.
Although he was disappointed by his elimination, he was in good spirits about his time on the dance floor, saying he would have laughed four months ago if someone told him he would be a contestant on “DWTS.”
“I never thought I’d be a dancer, I would have laughed,” said Daugherty, who openly gave all the credit to his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, for his accomplishments. “She’s turned me into a dancer.”
Murgatroyd, called Daugherty “an amazing guy.”
“I just had the best time this season,” she told him. “Thank you so much for making every day a pleasure. Thank you.”
Based on their performances from last week, Daugherty and Jack Osbourne were two of the lowest overall scorers.
Elimination is based on combined judges’ and viewer votes. Typically, audience votes from the prior week are combined with the judges’ scores from the live performance, and the star with the lowest overall total is sent home.
Comedian Bill Engvall had the lowest score from judges last week.
During Monday night’s episode – the eighth in the ABC show’s 17 th season – each celebrity danced to the music of Cher, who also served as a guest judge in Len Goodman’s absence.
The stars performed two rounds of dances – one in an individual dance, and a second, short routine in a dance-off challenge with each winner picking up three extra judges’ points.
Monday Night’s Routines
Corbin Bleu: The actor’s sultry Argentine tango drew enthusiastic applause, and the judges commended the performance but found flaws. Carrie Ann Inaba told Bleu he had brought his “A-game,” but she said Bleu’s footwork wasn’t “quite as smooth as it could have been,” and Bruno Tonioli agreed with her, telling Bleu “some passes were not as clean as you can usually do.” Cher thought the performance was “amazing.” Each judge gave Bleu 9 points, for a total of 27 out of a possible 30 points.
Leah Remini: The former “King of Queens” star turned in an airy Viennese waltz set to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe,” the song which recalled the first time that Cher met Sonny Bono, whom she would marry. The pair would go on to be an iconic folk rock duo. Inaba and Tonioli though the routine had minor flaws – Inaba thought Remini was sometimes dancing a little behind the pace of the music, and Tonioli cautioned Remini to maintain body contact with her partner. Each judge gave her eight points, but Cher was touched by the performance, and gave her a 9. ”I was just enthralled that you could interpret what Sonny and I went though that day at that coffee shop, and that was – that was enough for me. It was beautiful …,” she said. Remini earned a total of 25 points.
Brant Daugherty: The actor’s feisty foxtrot earned him 9s from each of the three judges, although Tonioli and Inaba had constructive criticism for him. “Your knees are going in a lot,” Inaba said. “You have to finish your lines. When you’re rehearsing in the mirror you need to look and make sure they look good.” Tonioli said Daugherty’s dance content was “always flawless” and he put so much into his routines, but he agreed with Inaba that the actor needed more refinement in order to take his routines to the next level. Cher said Daugherty and his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, had an indefinable quality that gave them star quality on the dance floor. Daugherty earned 27 points.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren: The actress’s impassioned jazz routine earned her 8s each from Inaba and Tonioli. Tonioli felt Lauren missed many of the musical cues of the song – Cher’s “Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” – and Inaba felt the anger in the routine was “kind of one-dimensional.” Cher liked that it was “rough” and intense. Lauren earned 25 points.
Bill Engvall: The comedian’s earnest, enthusiastic disco routine drew chuckles from the three judges, who praised his outlook even as they critiqued his technique. “It was like John Travolta very, very faded and very, very, very far away but you’ve got the spirit going,” Tonioli said. Inaba said Engvall had a magical ability to make her feel better. “And you can be off beat – which you were … but if I turned off the music that was an amazing disco! But you were off the beat, but, I don’t know – I still loved it!” she said. Cher said she was amazed that Engvall could have turned and twirled his pro partner into so many positions. Engvall earned 24 points.
Jack Osbourne: The TV personality’s passionate tango earned him rave reviews from the judges. Inaba said she was struck by Osbourne’s confidence on the dance floor. Cher had the audience laughing when she told Osbourne that he looked “like a tango-dancing pimp,” and Tonioli told Osbourne: “I tell you: you’ve grown so much as a dancer. That was a proper classic tango.” Osbourne earned 9 points from each judge for a total of 27 points.
Amber Riley: The “Glee” actress’s energetic rumba won her a perfect 10 from Tonioli, who was thrilled with her performance. Her told her she turned around the system of the rumba. “You were leading the dance all the time. You were the one in charge … you were the one slowing it, down you were the one selling it and I bought it, darling!” he said. Inaba awarded a 9, but told Riley it wasn’t her best dance. “I think that there’s more in you and that’s what it is, I want more … you gave a lot but there’s something more,” she said. Cher also gave Riley a 9 and she said the routine was great. “I loved it. I just thought it was fabulous. You owned it … ,” she said. Riley earned 28 points. Because she got the highest score of the night, she was safe from elimination Monday and from the dance-offs.
With Riley safe from the dance-offs, the remaining six couples had to compete against each other in one of three styles of dance. For each pairing, one couple had to dance, immediately followed by another couple performing the same style of dance. The winning couple in each of the three pairings earned an extra three judges’ points added to their total for the night.
Bleu picked Lauren, and they and their pro partners went toe-to-toe in a cha-cha. Bleu won the match-up, finishing up the night with 30 points overall for the night.
Daugherty chose to face-off against Remini. Their rumba match-up ended with Remini on top, and with 28 points overall for the night.
Osbourne faced Engvall in a disco match-up which ended with Osbourne winning and finishing the night with 30 points.