Dancing with the Stars made two heartbreaking chops as Melora Hardin and Suni Lee were eliminated just short of the season's grand finale
Dancing with the Stars drove the competition into the final home stretch as actress Melora Hardin and Olympic gymnast Suni Lee were eliminated after a night of semi-finals performances.
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Melora and her professional partner, Artem Chigvintsev, were eliminated by a combination of the judge's scores, audience votes, and a final vote between the four on the panel, with the same applying for Suni and her pro, Sasha Farber.
The decision came down to a bottom between Melora and Suni with Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten.
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Melora and Artem were instantly eliminated due to receiving the lowest combination of votes and scores, with the judges then unanimously voting to save Amanda and Alan.
Throughout the competition, Melora wowed the judges and fans with her comedic timing and theatricality, letting them seamlessly translate into her performances. In the latest episode, they ended the night with a solid 72 out of 80.
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Suni, on the other hand, blossomed later in the season, eventually becoming one of the season's biggest firecrackers and brought her gymnastic ability to the stage several times. Suni and Sasha garnered a strong 75 in the new episode, placing them in the middle of the semi-final pack.
Melora and Artem were eliminated just short of the grand finale
The show's semi-finals featured each couple dancing two routines, coached by one of the four judges from the panel.
One of the performances was themed a redemption dance to a style the duo previously performed, while the other consisted of an unlearned style.
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JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson, dancing the argentine tango for their redemption performance followed by a contemporary, were unanimously praised by the judges, with Len calling their first dance "bloody brilliant" and Derek hailing their contemporary as the best they'd ever seen on the show.
Their critiques led them to get the highest score of the night, a perfect set of two 40s, sending them straight through to the grand finale as the big frontrunner.
Also doing well were Amanda and Alan, ending on a 79 out of 80 after an emotional tribute to the former's late husband Nick Cordero garnered them a perfect score.
Suni and Sasha lost the judges' save when placed in the bottom against Amanda and Alan
On the other side of the leaderboard were Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke, with a score of 71, the lowest of the night, despite delivering two dynamite routines that proved that the season is as tight as could be.
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