No one got sent home this week on “Dancing With The Stars.” It might sound like a trick statement, but Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill withdrew from the show, allowing for all the couples to remain in the competition.
Whoever was going to be eliminated this week gets to dance their way into week 3.
“DWTS” has been experiencing many firsts at the starts of their 16th season: first jazz routines, first nines of the season and the first contestant to withdraw on the first elimination episode.
The Olympic figure skater came out onto the stage, after being saved, when host Tom Bergeron was getting ready to announce who was voted off. After a few awkward moments, Hamill and her partner Tristan MacManus announced she would be prematurely departing from the show under doctor’s orders because of a cyst on her spine.
Hamill missed a few practices because of the injury, and it showed in her performance. The upset and disappointment were evident on her face. Her medical condition was exacerbated by the grueling “DWTS” practices and it was clear to Hamill and her doctors she could not continue with the show.
"I don't give up," she told TV Guide on Monday. "I made the commitment to do the show and I love it. And as long as I'm not doing anything to make things worse, I want to continue. I really want to learn how to dance and I don't want to leave."
But something must have happened overnight, changing the Olympian’s mind.
"I'm taking the advice of my spine surgeon and I need to withdraw from the competition. I have an injury that could be irreparable -- a nerve damage -- and it would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of these people go home,” she said on Tuesday night’s elimination show.
Saved from elimination by Hamill’s withdrawal were “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump and pro boxer Victor Ortiz.
MacManus made it clear he did not want to leave the show by honestly saying:
"It's a decision that has to be made. I'm certainly not frustrated at her, I'm frustrated with her."
Check out “DWTS” Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC for the 11 remaining couples to compete in Prom Night.