Another week of competition has gone by, and despite seriously low scores and harsh critiques from the judges, Sean Spicer is still remaining in the “Dancing With the Stars” competition. Now, after his save forced the ouster of yet another strong team, some are beginning to wonder if the former White House Press Secretary is going to be the one who actually walks away with the ABC show’s Mirrorball Trophy.

After earning only a 20 for his Jazz routine, by far the lowest score of the night, and also failing to impress the judges during his Cha-Cha Dance-off and missing out on the opportunity to score two extra points, Sean Spicer and partner of the night Jenna Johnson looked about as stunned as the rest of the remaining couples when the results came in—and they were announced as the first team that was safe. With all of the other remaining teams all having held the top spot on the judges’ leaderboard at least once during the competition, it meant that one of them was going home. The show’s cast was also not the only ones stunned by the revelation that Sean was once again dancing another week.

Many zoned in on Jenna’s face after the announcement, with the dancer herself even poking fun at her surprise.

The judges' faces were also noted by some viewers as well.

Several others said they were officially done with the show and noted that the results are likely why there was so much outspoken criticism against Spicer being on the cast before the season began.

The upset only grew when it was revealed that the Bottom Two wound up being “The Office” star Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov and Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber—the latter of whom scored the first perfect score of the season that very same night. In the end, Kate and Pasha were sent home, marking the third week in a row that a higher scoring team (Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy were eliminated in Week 6 while Karamo and Johnson were kicked off last week) was sent home.

Naturally, fans are beginning to wonder if it’s even worth voting any longer, because even with the changes in place that the show enacted to try and prevent outrage over the results (ala Season 27), it doesn’t appear to be fixing the problem that fans had with the show virtually being a popularity contest. Considering who is still left in the competition thus far, any of the other teams going home in week 9, just one week shy of the semifinals, could spark a huge new problem for the show overall.

The current leaderboard when it comes to average scores shows Sean only earning an average of 17.8 points from the judges. His closest competitor is Lauren Alaina, who averages a 23.2. The highest average belongs to James Van Der Beek, who averages 24.7. By comparison, even Season 27’s controversial winner, Bobby Bones, averaged 22.8 judges’ points, while semi-finalist Joe Amabile even averaged 19.5 before his elimination.

However, the shock might still be there for fans and the various members of the cast, but Cheryl Burke, who left after three weeks when Ray Lewis was forced to withdraw due to injury, revealed in a blog post for Us Weekly ahead of Sailor’s elimination that she knew from her own experiences on the show that there was a chance Sean would at least make it to the finale.

“I danced with Tom DeLay. We made it up to week six or seven until he fractured both his feet and then we had to bow out,” she recalled at the time. “I do still think that we would have probably made the semifinal or finally just because of America’s vote. Trump tweeted for Sean Spicer! I wouldn’t be shocked if he made the final. Bristol Palin made the a gorilla suit. She wasn’t the best dancer, but people wanted her there.”

“So at the end of the day, you know, I wouldn’t be shocked,” she added. “I said, ‘Lindsay, just wait, you’re gonna make the finals.’ She’s like, ‘No way.’ I’m like, ‘Oh. For sure you are.’ To have the President of the United States tweeting for everyone to vote for Sean Spicer?”

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Sean Spicer made it through another week of “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC/Kelsey McNeal