This season on Dancing With the Stars 2018, the contestants have had to perform two brand new dances each week, but, starting with week 3, the format is changing. Now, the show shortens to just one episode per week. Like it has in past seasons, the live results are combined with the performance show, which means that eliminations take place on the same night.
According to ABC, “The eliminated couple will be determined based on that night’s judges’ scores, along with the previous night’s judges’ scores and viewer votes … Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite Dancing with the Stars couples via phone and online at www.ABC.com, beginning from the start of [tonight’s] episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT on Wednesday.” Contestants who have already been eliminated this season include comedienne Nikki Glaser and the first-ever blind contestant on the show, Danelle Umstead.
Read on below for the live results from tonight’s episode, as the show airs tonight.
Tonight’s show was set to the theme of Most Memorable Year, which is a staple on the show. Contestants deliver performances that are focused on memorable moments in their past, as well as present. The contestants reveal family tragedies, deaths, and accomplishments in their lives. And, overall, most of the cast members delivered stellar performances. Pro Cheryl Burke and actor Juan Pablo Di Pace earned the first 10’s of the season, with a perfect score of 30.
Unfortunately, there is always at least one couple who gets eliminated.
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold were the final couple to perform and they soon joined the others on stage to receive the live results. The first couple announced as being in jeopardy was Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy. Joining them in the bottom were Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong, who have been killing it in the competition. Clearly, Tinashe just didn’t have the votes, since she was up for elimination.
Ultimately, the couple who was eliminated was Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy. Upon hearing the news, McKeon was overcome with emotion and was speechless when asked about what the experience and her pro partner has meant to her.
Over the course of the season, McKeon fractured her foot, but the injury didn’t appear to alter her spirit at all. According to Hollywood Life, McKeon didn’t want to let the viewers know she had a broken foot when she learned the news, though injuries are common on the show. She didn’t want to tell production or even partner Chmerkovskiy, but she ended up caving.
McKeon revealed that, “I didn’t want to bring it up. I tried to handle myself for a week. I took myself to Urgent Care and the foot doctor. At first, we thought it was tendonitis and welling, and we were working on that. Then I realized it wasn’t getting any better, so I felt obligated to tell them and my partner.”
McKeon will most likely return at the end of this season, as it’s a tradition that the cast-offs perform and celebrate the finals.