Carrie Ann elaborated late last month, "I just knew that all four [finalists] -- and even all five, actually, even [James Van Der Beek] -- could have been up here and it would've been great to see anybody win. It was just, for some reason, I don't know why that was shocking."
James' elimination in the semi-finals was shocking because he had been a frontrunner all season long and judges Carrie Ann, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman chose to save Ally and Sasha for the third time, sending James and partner Emma Slater home their first time in the bottom two.
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In addition, James was ousted from the competition after revealing his wife had suffered a devastating miscarriage and she had asked him to dance again for her while she was in the hospital.
"Yeah, I was heartbroken for that. But what I was proud of was James' strength and his wife's strength to be able to share their pain with the world because I know so many people who have experienced loss and the loss of a child," Karamo, who is also a father, told Us.
"And a lot of times we feel like we need to hide that. And so the fact that he was open to share that was pretty amazing."