(LOS ANGELES) — Von Miller and Kim Fields are done dancing.
That was the result of the double elimination Monday night on Dancing with the Stars during a show in which competitors delivered two separate routines and two dancers — Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee and UFC fighter Paige VanZant — earned the first perfect scores of the season.
With judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week’s performances combined, Wayna Morris, Miller and Fields were all in jeopardy of going home Monday night.
Fields and Miller ended up with the lowest combined totals, putting them out of the competition.
Speaking to a glum-looking Fields after the announcement, the show’s co-host, Tom Bergeron, said he could tell she probably didn’t see this coming.
“Not at all, didn’t see this coming, but I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” the actress said.
Miller, a football player, said the competition was “so much fun.” He praised the prowess of the other competitors and said he had formed a special relationship with his pro partner, Witney Carson.
Performers turned in an individual routine with each of their pro partners Monday night before joining team dances. The men — Team James Brown –- took on the women of Team Beyonce. Each team’s scores were added to each member’s overall score for the night.
Team James Brown’s spirited routine to a medley of James Brown songs gave them the edge over Team Beyonce, with the men earning 28 points and the women 25.
Monday night’s standout moments: Judges heaped their highest praise upon Ginger Zee’s ethereal Viennese waltz, giving it 30 out of 30 points — the first perfect score of the season. Len Goodman said the routine was “like a cool breeze on a warm summer’s day,” and he commended Zee and the choreography of her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba screamed for joy when the routine was over and said it was powerful and elegant, and judge Bruno Tonioli summed up his opinion in a few words: “Content. Style. Interpretation. Impeccable.”
They were equally impressed with Paige VanZant’s fiery jive, a crowd-pleasing routine that earned the MMA fighter 30 points and the judges’ congratulations. Tonioli deemed the routine “smoldering, scorching, almost illegally hot,” while Inaba called it “incredible.” While noting that it was easy to lose discipline with the speed of the jive, Goodman said VanZant’s performance was “UFC -– under full control.”
Judges’ Scores (1st dance; 2nd dance. Grand total.)
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 28. 56
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 30; 25. 55.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: 27; 28. 55
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 30; 25. 55
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: 27; 25. 52. (They were voted off.)
Von Miller and Witney Carson: 24; 28. 52 (They were voted off.)
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: 24; 28. 52
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: 26; 25. 51
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