ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Reality TV star Terra Jolé won’t be going to the Dancing with the Stars finals, but she went out on a high note Monday after delivering two flawless performances that landed her at the top of the leaderboard.
Jolé — one of the stars of Little Women: LA, a reality show that follows the lives of women with dwarfism — grew emotional and thanked her pro partner, Sasha Farber, for being “extremely supportive” throughout the season. “I wouldn’t be here without Sasha,” she said.
Jolé earned two perfects scores Monday night — 30 points each for her rumba and tango.
Next week’s two-night finale will feature a four-way battle among Indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Pretty Little Liars actress Jana Kramer, and former NFL player Calvin Johnson Jr.
Jolé joined the show three weeks after giving birth, and while she expressed some trepidation early on about being vulnerable and appearing different, her confidence and technical skill on the dance floor earned her strong support from viewers and kudos from the judges.
“I have to say something, my darling, for everybody. We really admire you,” judge Bruno Tonioli told her last night. You show us (that) with determination and the right frame of mind you can achieve anything.”
Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewer votes. Jolé received the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from her performances on last week’s show.
Before the results were announced, the five celebrities and their pro partners each performed in two rounds of fierce competition: first, a couple’s routine, followed by a trio performance that included a second pro dancer.
The Judges’ Scores (1st dance, 2nd dance. Total)
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 30; 30. Total: 60
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber: 30; 30. Total: 60 (They were eliminated.)
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 29; 30. Total: 59
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: 28; 30. Total: 58
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold: 26; 30. Total: 56
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