Heartbreaking elimination for 'Dancing with the Stars' frontrunner

Ally Brooke was devastated when the judges saved her over James Van Der Beek, who was eliminated in the semifinals, shortly after he opened up about a family tragedy.
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Transcript for Heartbreaking elimination for 'Dancing with the Stars' frontrunner
Back now with that surprising night on "Dancing with the stars." A heartbreaking elimination for the season's front-runner James van Der Beek sent home right after resealing a family tragedy that happened just this week. Kayna Whitworth is on the scene good morning, kayna. Reporter: Yeah, George, good morning. So James van Der Beek shocking the audience last night with the devastating news that he and his wife lost the baby they were hoping to welcome in April and he said it was his wife who urged him from her hospital bed to still take the stage. Amen amen Reporter: It was an emotional ending that left viewers stunned. With my colleagues and say ally and Sasha. Reporter: Ally begging the judges to leave James van Der Beek to stay on the show. Can I give it to James. No, that's lovely to say that. Reporter: He opened up about a painful family tragedy. My wife Kimberly and I went through every expectant's parents' worst nightmare. We lost the baby. Reporter: Earlier in the season the popular contestant joy flow announcing the impending arrival of baby number six. Hearing the heartbeat was -- it's something you never take for granted. Reporter: But last night the devastating news that his wife Kimberly suffered a miscarriage. All you know is that it brings you closer together. It breaks you open. It opens up your heart. Reporter: It was Kimberly who urged him to get back on the dance floor. Take me to church because I worship like a dog at the shrine of your life Reporter: After finishing their routine his emotions pouring out. From the audience his eldest daughter Olivia sobbing and supporting her dad. The judges at a loss for words lending praise and compassion. I don't know how you got through that just now. It's just such an emotional night tonight. For you to come out and dance with so much feeling and emotion, I admire you so much. Well done. Reporter: But then forced to make a choice. Yeah, this is -- this is not easy. Both couples are fantastic. Have proven yourselves in so many different ways. Reporter: Choosing ally Brooke and Sasha to continue on. Despite her plea. Please can I give it to you. No, sweetheart. Reporter: After the show I spoke with ally Brooke about her selfless act. He deserved to stay in this competition. He's been through so much. Of course, especially this week. Such a tragedy and he is such a wonderful man and he is such a beautiful dancer too. And I really felt like he just deserved this spot definitely like more than me. Reporter: And van Der Beek's partner emmatteling us he's incredibly strong. He told me he was so happy he did the show and that it's really been life changing for him and I'm going to go around to his house and teach his kids This isn't the first time that they have experienced this. James and his wife Kimberly have been through three previous pregnancy losses and he took to Instagram last night saying that he is wrecked, devastated and in shock posting that beautiful picture there of his wife and daughter Olivia. You guys, broken hearts all around last night. But he also spoke about, kayna, about the importance of not shying away from talking about something like this, a miscarriage, that people don't -- you shouldn't sweep it under the rug. It's okay to talk about it. It's helpful to talk about it. Reporter: Absolutely. It helps other cups heal. He doesn't like the term miscarriage. He wants a different term for it. Yeah. All right. That's beautiful. That was some night. I cannot believe he was voted off. I can't believe it. He was a front-runner all season long and then the emotion that he showed.

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