‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2016: Jodie Sweetin Booted in Week 8
Five stars remain in the running for the mirror ball trophy.
The actress was eliminated based on her performance on last week's show, when she landed at the bottom of the leaderboard after two routines. Although she and actor Wanya Morris were both in jeopardy of going home, Sweetin had the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.
"I couldn’t ask for a better way to say thank you. Like, I got to do this, I got to go out on all 10s, that's amazing," she said.
She added that she was starting production on "Fuller House" on Tuesday.
"This has been an absolutely incredible experience. I can't thank you enough, Keo," she said, addressing her pro partner, Keo Motsepe.
Before the results were revealed, the competitors performed two routines -– one with their respective pro partners, followed by a team-up challenge. For that second dance, three sets of couples -– each coached by one of the three judges –- went head to head for judges' scores and viewer votes online.
Highlights of the show included a sensual Viennese waltz from football player Antonio Brown, a high-energy, church-inspired jive from Sweetin, Wanya Morris slipping on a fallen bandanna during his a rapid-fire jive -- and a surprise visit from last season’s mirror ball winner, Bindi Irwin.
Judges’ Team-Up Challenge
Team Bruno: Sweetin and Nyle DiMarco danced Argentine tango choreographed by judge Bruno Tonioli. In this routine, there was a gender switch -– Sweetin dancing with pro Peta Murgratoyd, and DiMarco with Motsepe. Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman gave it 10 points each, and viewers scored a 9, for a total of 29 points to be added to the dancers' scores for the night.
Team Goodman: "GMA" meteorologist Ginger Zee and Morris teamed up to dance a Goodman-choreographed samba –- and the head judge himself made a cameo appearance in the final seconds of the routine. His fellow judges -- and viewers voting online -- gave the routine 29 points.
Team Carrie Ann: Judge Carrie Ann Inaba choreographed a primal paso doble for Brown and UFC fighter Paige VanZant. Her team earned 29 points.
Tonight's top scorers: Sweetin’s effervescent jive was hailed as "euphoric" by Tonioli, and his fellow judges agreed. Goodman said Sweetin's was the dance that made him happy tonight, and Inaba commended Sweetin -- and her pro partner –- for their performance, telling Sweetin: "That was your best dance ever!" The actress earned 30 out of a possible 30 points -– her first perfect score of the season.
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