Where’s Whitney? That’s the question “Bachelor” fans had on their minds while watching Week 8 of “Dancing With the Stars” Monday. Chris Soules’ fiancée, Whitney Bischoff, who didn't attend Week 7 of the Season 20 competition, was notably missing again from the crowd as her soon-to-be husband and his partner, Witney Carson, wooed the judges with their romantic contemporary routine to Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down."
“Well, you guys are pulling the stops at exactly the right time,” judge Julianne Hough said to the couple, who face a nail-biting double elimination Tuesday night. The impressed judge added, “To me you win the award for most improved this season. Something just clicked and you’re here.”
While Chris competed during the “America’s Choice”-themed episode of “DWTS,” his fiancée opted to skip out. Viewers speculated turbulence in their relationship considering Whitney was seen enjoying a girls’ weekend at the Kentucky Derby Saturday with fellow “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman instead of supporting her man. However, Chris dispelled the rumors, revealing to reporters after Monday night's show that his beloved wasn’t cheering him on from the crowd (like she did for six weeks straight) because she was doing “something for herself” and spending time with family.
“It’s actually the anniversary of her mom’s death,” he elaborated. During the 2015 season of “The Bachelor,” Whitney confided in her beau that her mother died a decade ago after suffering a blood clot while undergoing a routine procedure. “It was tough. I thought about her all week [because] she was going to be feeling those emotions again,” Chris told Fox411.
However, Chris is hopeful that his “number one fan” will be in the audience during Week 9 -- that is, if he and Witney survive the double elimination. But the former “Bachelor” star noted that both he and his future wife have very hectic schedules at the moment.
“She’s got a life, too. She’s got a job and she’s got a career and she’s doing that. She’s gotta do what makes her happy, and I’m focused on ['DWTS'] and having a great time, and she’s happy for me,” he told reporters. “We’re making the best of a really cool situation that we’re both a part of that’s not going to last much longer.”
But Chris admitted that although he’s motivated to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, he’s looking forward to the competition ending so that he and his fiancée can spend quality time together.
“I know she’s there for me, and when all this is over, it will be nice to just be together,” he said, adding that he’s also looking forward to sleeping for three days straight.
Make sure to tune in to “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.