Season 21 of “Dancing With the Stars” just had its first jaw-dropping elimination. (Seriously … our mouths are still agape!) During Week 9 of the hit ABC series, fans were forced to say goodbye to one of the married couples competing on the show. That’s right: Alexa PenaVega and her husband Carlos PenaVega were the two contestants in danger of getting eliminated during the Monday night installment.
“One of our married couples is in jeopardy,” Tom Bergeron, the show’s host, said. But ultimately it was revealed that Alexa and her “DWTS” partner Mark Ballas would be getting the ballroom boot.
“I wish it had been me,” Carlos said through tears while embracing his wife. But as hard as Alexa tried, she couldn’t console her devastated husband (who previously stated in his Week 9 package that he wanted to beat her!).
“I’m shocked,” Tom’s co-host Erin Andrews reacted to the surprising elimination. “Are you as shocked as we are?”
Alexa, who earned a perfect score for her chilling Week 9 routine, which told the story of her battle against bulimia, stated that she was “so happy” to end on such a high note. Her contemporary routine received high praises -- and a standing ovation -- from the judges.
“You really danced like a woman possessed,” judge Bruno Tonioli said, in his critique of the haunting routine. “It had all the emotional turmoil of a dark psycho drama -- images out of ‘American Horror Story’! And you’ve done it, Alexa. You danced like I’ve never seen you dance before.”
“What a way to leave,” Tom noted after it was revealed Alexa was getting sent home. “No, seriously. Bravo. That was an amazing dance.”
Mark then responded to the surprising elimination, explaining just how proud he was of his partner. “You’ve come so far,” he said. “So much confidence was gained during this experience.”
Were you as surprised as us to see Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas eliminated from Season 21 of “Dancing With the Stars”? Sound off in the comments section below and don’t forget to tune in to the ABC series on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST.