Simone Biles wows with perfect scores but is voted off 'DWTS'

The U.S. gymnast was eliminated despite earning a perfect score.

ByMick Stingley
May 16, 2017, 5:54 AM

— -- On Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars," the remaining four dancers -- Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles, Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei, NFL running back Rashad Jennings and two-time World Series champ David Ross -- competed to go to next week's finals. Dancers faced two rounds in this week’s semi-finals and each performed individual dances.

In the first round, a "DWTS" judge worked with one of the stars, who performed a dance of the judge's choosing. For the second round, stars performed an entirely new routine.

Simone Biles came out of her shell with some help from judge Carrie Ann Inaba and absolutely wowed on the dance floor in both of her dances with partner Sasha Farber.

She did a jive to "Faith" by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande and later, a rumba to "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato, earning two perfect scores. But in a shocking turn of events, she was voted off at the end of the show.

Nevertheless, the feisty 20-year-old was remarkably upbeat. As the credits and tears rolled, the remaining three contestants and their dance partners circled around Biles for hugs.

Normani Kordei, who so far has been ahead of the pack with consistently strong performances, worked with judge Len Goodman in preparation for her Viennese waltz with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. The dance, to "Desperado" by Rihanna, was nearly perfect but Kordei stumbled coming out of a turn and it cost her a point from each judge. Later, she rebounded in her jazz dance to "What a Wonderful World" by Ray Chew Live and brought in another perfect score. Goodman stood up and applauded her while Bruno Tonioli called her a diva and a star.

The men fared well, with Ross and Jennings both earning compliments from the judges. Ross was the low scorer of the night, though judges noted he is a fan favorite. Chicago Cubs fans and their boundless enthusiasm for the catcher who helped bring them a national title last year may have helped Ross come out ahead of Biles and saved him from elimination.

Also during the show, "DWTS" pro Cheryl Burke performed a dance ahead of her upcoming 30-city fall tour, while British singer Calum Scott performed "Dancing on My Own," alongside a dance from pros Witney Carson and Artem Chigvintsev.

Monday night's standout moment:While Normani Kordei continues to shine, the elimination of giggly and animated Simone Biles at the end of the show was an absolute shocker and, in spite of the magnificent dancing by all, it was the most memorable event of the night.

Judges' Scores:Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – 40 in the first round/40 in the second round, total = 80Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 36/40 total = 76Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – 38/39, total = 77David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – 34/36, total = 70

"Dancing With the Stars" returns for the season finale next Monday night on ABC.

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