'Dancing with the Stars' ousts James Van Der Beek after miscarriage announcement, Hannah Brown gets emotional recalling 'The Bachelorette' breakup
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/19/2019
Dancing with the Stars eliminated James Van Der Beek and his professional partner Emma Slater in one of the most emotional goodbyes the show has ever had after James revealed his wife had suffered a miscarriage during Monday night's Season 28 semi-finals performance show on ABC.
The actor and Emma landed in the bottom two along with pop star and Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and partner Sasha Farber based on the combination of judges' scores from Monday night and the home-viewer votes cast live as Dancing with the Stars aired in the Eastern and Central time zones on ABC.
"This is not easy. First of all, this is not at all what I expected to see here. You both are amazing... and have proven yourselves in so many different ways. The couple I want to save -- and I'm so sorry -- is Ally and Sasha," Carrie Ann announced.
Bruno called the decision "incredibly hard" but made his decision "based on the season." He therefore saved Ally and Sasha.
Once Ally learned she'd be competing in next week's Dancing with the Stars finals instead of James, she broke down into tears.
Ally wasn't the only person in the ballroom crying given James had revealed earlier in the episode he and his wife had just lost their sixth child.
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"You're going to go crush it," James assured Ally, who was absolutely sobbing by the end of the broadcast.
The judges believed Ally and Sasha deserved a spot in the finals because they had topped Monday night's judging leaderboard in first place with a total of 59 out of 60 points.
Each of the five couples in the semi-finals took the stage with a new individual dance as well as a "Redemption Dance," which was a new and improved version of a previously-performed routine from this DWTS season.
Ally and Sasha's redemption dance was their Week 2 Viennese waltz. The couple danced to "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran and received 29 out of 30 points from the judges.
Ally and Sasha also danced the Charleston in the hope of silencing Ally's haters and showing why Ally deserved to be in the finale. The couple earned 30 out of 30 points for this dance.
Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell and partner Witney Carson finished in second place on the judges' leaderboard with a total of 57 points.
After reprising their Week 1 tango to "Get Ready" by The Temptations -- which received 27 judges' points -- Kel and Witney performed a beautiful contemporary routine to "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston.
Kel's 30-point worthy dance paid tribute to a friend he had lost to gun and gang violence. Kel's friend was sadly murdered in Chicago at age 16.
Lauren and Gleb first took the stage with their redemption dance to "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson, which was an improved version of their Week 2 paso doble. The couple received 27 points for the routine.
Lauren and Gleb then followed that up with a Viennese waltz set to "Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw. Lauren's dance was a dedication to her parents, and it received an additional 27 points from the judges.
Hannah and Alan's redemption dance was their Week 3 rumba set to "Dancing with a Stranger" by Sam Smith and Normani.
Although Hannah and Alan gladly received 27 points for the routine, it was a difficult week for Hannah, who had to work closely with Carrie Ann in rehearsals.
"Carrie Ann has always been a little bit harder on me, which is okay. She's a judge. But she has not been my source of confidence," Hannah told the cameras.
As Carrie Ann critiqued Hannah during rehearsal, Hannah started to cry, but Carrie Ann insisted she was just there to help and not be "an adversary."
"I shut down when I'm personally..." Hannah began.
Hannah told the cameras, "I feel that a lot of the critiques the judges give me are very personal, which makes them sting a little bit more."
Carrie Ann apologized for making Hannah feel that way and nearly cried herself. After Hannah took the stage, however, she also apologized to Carrie Ann for seeming "dismissive" of her guidance and advice.
"I had a really hard day that day and it was really emotional learning my contemporary, and I feel like... I didn't handle my emotions very well. It was nothing about you, and I know you're trying to help me," Hannah told Carrie Ann, later adding, "I just wanted to say I'm so sorry."
Hannah and Alan's contemporary dance was to "Lose You To Love Me" by Selena Gomez. The routine, which earned 27 judges' points, was designed to show Hannah's strength following her The Bachelorette breakup with Jed Wyatt, her now former fiance.
"My Bachelorette experience did not go like I thought it would. It hasn't been easy. It's still a process. I thought he was honest, and he wasn't," Hannah was shown saying in her package prior to her contemporary dance.
"I did not know what was next, really. Like, what just happened to my life? I never thought this is where I would be at. I really wanted to find somebody, and I didn't."
Hannah added, "I think the disappointment and the heartbreak is what has made me strong. I do want to love somebody someday, but right now, I'm totally fine being on my own. Being in the finale would be a symbol of the blessings that have come from the pain and be able to love myself every single day."
And finally, James and Emma landed in fifth -- and last -- place on the judges' leaderboard with a total of 51 points.
James and Emma initially danced their cha cha from Week 2 to "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai. The routine only received 24 judges' points, which was a little disappointing for James.
"I want to just allude to something -- and I know you're going to talk to [co-host Erin Andrews] about it later -- but this has been a tough week for you and we'll get into that later. That could've been a complicating factor here," Tom told James after the dance.
In the video package that aired prior to James and Emma's foxtrot to "Take Me To Church" by Hozier that earned 27 points, James shared how his wife had lost her pregnancy, which had been celebrated at the beginning of the Dancing with the Stars season.
"I really didn't think I'd be dancing tonight," James admitted to the cameras.
"But Kimberly, from her hospital bed, said, 'I am not done watching you dance.' Kimberly, I love you... Kimberly, I'm dancing for you -- I'm dancing for us."