A fan favorite was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” during Monday night’s installment of the hit ABC series. Any guesses on which celebrity’s dream of winning the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy went up in smoke after being sent home during Season 19’s Semifinals? We’ll give you a hint: He was puff, puff, passed over after not getting enough votes in his favor.
“Cheech & Chong” actor Tommy Chong became the ninth contestant to get the axe from the 2014 season of “DWTS,” leaving Week 10 on a high note. Before he and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were eliminated, the couple performed two mesmerizing dances during the “Unplugged”-themed week. The theme required each couple to perform two different dances to the same song -- a trying task, but not for Tommy!
He warmed the hearts of the judges with his charming Jazz routine to Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and dazzled them with his “magical and fantastical” Rumba performance, which he scored one of his highest scores of the competition (a 34 out of 40).
“I haven't cried in a while. It was like watching the master and the muse. You are a master. That was poetry. That was magic,” Carrie Ann Inaba said of Tommy and Peta’s ballet-inspired second dance.
But even with their best foot forward, the couple still became the ninth duo sent home from Season 19 of the competition. Peta burst out into tears when Tommy’s elimination was revealed, but her cheeky partner brought levity to the unfortunate situation.
He revealed that performing on the show meant “everything” to him. “I just showed that old stoners can perform when they need to," he quipped.
“I’m just so proud,” Peta chimed in. “I can’t say any more. I’m going to start crying!”
With Tommy and Peta gone, that leaves four couples left in the 2014 competition. Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy, Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas will all go head-to-head as the four remaining finalists of Season 19's "Dancing with the Stars."
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