'Dancing with the Stars' ousts Christine Chiu and Pasha Pashkov on Britney Spears Night
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/05/2021
Dancing with the Stars eliminated Christine Chiu and her professional partner Pasha Pashkov after the 14 remaining couples of Season 30 each took the stage and performed a dance paying tribute to popstar Britney Spears during Monday night's episode on ABC.
The actress and Pasha landed in the bottom two along with The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore and pro partner Brandon Armstrong based on the combination of judges' scores and home-viewer votes cast live as Dancing with the Stars aired in the Eastern and Central time zones on Monday night.
Carrie Ann voted to save Kenya and Brandon, and then Bruno also voted to save Kenya and Brandon. Although two votes was enough to carry, Len revealed he would have voted to save Christina and Pasha if given the opportunity.
"Due to a potential COVID exposure, and although he is fully vaccinated and tested negative, Derek will sit out tonight's show out of an abundance of caution," Dancing with the Stars host Tyra Banks announced at the top of the broadcast.
Prior to Christine and Pasha's elimination, each celebrity and professional pairing performed one time for "Britney Night" -- and three couples won the night by topping the leaderboard.
The following three couples tied for first place on the judges' leaderboard: social-media sensation Olivia Jade and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy, popstar and Dance Moms alum JoJo Siwa and pro partner Jenna Johnson, and talk show host Amanda Kloots and pro partner Alan Bersten.
The three couples each received 24 out of 30 possible judges' points for their Britney-inspired dances.
Olivia and Val performed the tango to "Hold It Against Me," JoJo and Jenna took the stage with an Argentine tango set to "Hit Me Baby One More Time," and Amanda and Alan danced the cha cha to "Cirus."
Brian and Sharna danced a tango to "Till the World Ends," and Iman performed a tango to "Piece of Me."
And finally, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby and pro partner Cheryl Burke landed in fourteenth -- and last -- place on the judges' leaderboard with only 18 points, which appeared to disappoint the couple.
Cody and Cheryl both tested positive for breakthrough coronavirus last week and so they were unable to rehearse together in the studio and perform in the ballroom on Monday night.
However, Cody and Cheryl were feeling pretty good since they had been fully vaccinated and had been cleared by doctors to perform, and so Cheryl taught Cody a jazz routine to "Gimme More" remotely over videochat.
On Monday night, Cody and Cheryl performed the same routine at the same time from their respective homes, and Dancing with the Stars showed the two performances on a splitscreen.