The other couple in jeopardy of elimination prior to Nancy and Val's exit was pop star Tinashe Kachingwe and partner Brandon Armstrong; however, they were not necessarily the other bottom-two couple based on judges' scores and America votes.
Monday night's broadcast, dubbed "Most Memorable Year," featured each celebrity and professional pairing performing one dance in honor of each celebrity's most memorable year of his or her life.
Actor and Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace and partner Cheryl Burke topped the judges' leaderboard in first place after receiving the season's first perfect score of 30 points.
Juan Pablo and Cheryl danced a samba, paying tribute to the year 1999 when he had moved from Buenos Aires to the United States in order to chase his dream of becoming an entertainer. Juan Pablo's dream became a reality in Los Angeles when he was cast in the film Mama Mia!.
Len gave the couple a standing ovation for their routine, saying no words were needed. Bruno gushed it was "one of the best sambas" he's ever seen in 27 seasons of the show, and then Carrie Ann noted Juan Pablo and Cheryl's performance was "off the charts."
Second place turned out to be a three-way tie on the leaderboard at 27 points among the following celebrities: Tinashe, singer and dancer Milo Manheim, and actress and Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch.
The pair earned 24 points for their Viennese waltz routine that paid tribute to the year 1984, when Mary Lou won the gold medal at The Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA.
But six weeks before she competed, Mary Lou suffered a knee injury and was advised by doctors not to compete. However, Mary Lou was determined to win.
Country music radio personality Bobby Bones and partner Sharna Burgess finished in eighth place on the judges' leaderboard with 23 points after taking the stage with a contemporary routine inspired by the year 1998, when Bobby became the first member of his family to graduate high school.
Bobby had a difficult childhood, as he recalled not even having a bedroom to sleep in. His mother apparently struggled with addiction when she was a teenager.
Nancy and Val placed ninth on the leaderboard with their 22-point worthy rumba routine.