Tom De Lay, the former House speaker, was tied with Ireland at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard with only 18 points, but he wasn’t named one of the three contestants who were at risk of elimination during tonight’s show.
That dishonor went to the actress Debi Mazar and the snowboarder Louis Vito.
Celebrities appearing on Dancing with the Stars include "actors, singers, comedians, musicians, entrepreneurs, athletes, reality stars, journalists, internet personalities, newsmakers, and where-are-they-now personalities". Seven of those withdrew from the competition: Sara Evans of season three left the show to "give her family full attention" after filing for divorce; Misty May-Treanor of season seven was forced to pull out after an ankle injury; Tom De Lay of season nine reportedly withdrew "due to stress fractures in both of his feet"; Dorothy Hamill of season sixteen withdrew due to a previous injury that was unrelated to the competition; Billy Dee Williams of season eighteen quit due to a back injury; Kim Zolciak-Biermann of season twenty-one was forced to withdraw after suffering a mini-stroke, which prevented her from flying to California; and Tamar Braxton of season twenty-one withdrew due to pulmonary embolisms in her lungs.
At age 14, actress Willow Shields of season twenty was the youngest contestant to compete on the show.
The first (and, as of now, only) contestant to pass away after appearing on the show is Florence Henderson of season eleven, who died in November 2016, six years after her participation.
Forty-four professional dancers have partnered with the celebrities.
It was an unusual week of “DWTS.” The head judge, Len Goodman, had a work commitment in England and was replaced by the film director Baz Luhrmann, whose “Strictly Ballroom” was an inspiration for this show’s British original, “Strictly Come Dancing.” Like many celebrity guest judges on reality shows, Luhrmann was a little easy on the contestants, and he was more willing to preface his tougher votes with kind comments than the man he called “Uncle Lenny.” He was also more likely to forgive slight deviations from strict ballroom rules.
Many of the regulars talked about this week as if they were fifth graders and had a lenient substitute teacher.
Here’s how the stars lined up in the judges’ votes after Monday’s performance show: Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 27Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 27Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 25Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 21Mark Decascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 21Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 20Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 20Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Balas: 19Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: 19Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: 19Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 19Tom De Lay and Cheryl Burke: 18Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani: 18 Aaron Carter, the former preteen idol, and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, had come in first last week as well.We appreciate each of our dancers dedication to the show, so this is a very difficult decision.Louis Vito was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in the nearby city of Bellefontaine."I’ve been a pro dancer on the show for about seven years now and am eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of 'Dancing With the Stars.' I'm going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations." Hightower, who has been a "DWTS" pro since 2009, let the news slip that she would not be returning for this season of "DWTS" in an airport interview with TMZ last week.(“Luckily, Len isn’t here,” said Carrie Ann later.) From then on, the routine was near perfect.Dancing to Touch and Go’s “Would You Go to Bed With Me?There, he spent his high school years snowboarding in the morning and studying in the afternoons, and traveling to competitions when time permitted.Snowboarding Grand Prix Overall Championships, six X Games medals, two Winter Dew Tour Cup Overall Championships, among many other accolades.In the following list, the winner of each season is shown in gold, second place in silver and third place in bronze.September 2009 - October 2009'Dancing With The Stars' partners Chelsie Hightower and Louie Vito were rumored to be together back in 2009 when they looked steamy onstage, but the flirting never turned into a real coupledom."Our wedding was beyond magical," the Dancing With the Stars pro, 40, tells Us.The twenty-five winners of the show, in chronological order, are Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Hélio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brooke Burke, Shawn Johnson, Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Hines Ward, J. Martinez, Donald Driver, Melissa Rycroft, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Meryl Davis, Alfonso Ribeiro, Rumer Willis, Bindi Irwin, Nyle Di Marco, Laurie Hernandez, Rashad Jennings and Jordan Fisher.The fourteen professional partners who have won are Alec Mazo, Cheryl Burke (twice), Julianne Hough (twice), Mark Ballas (twice), Derek Hough (six times), Kym Johnson (twice), Karina Smirnoff, Peta Murgatroyd (twice), Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy (twice), Emma Slater and Lindsay Arnold.