The competition was fierce Monday night as Dancing With The Stars cut down the list of contestants to the top 12. After a night full of twists and drama, 51-year old Psycho star Anne Heche was ultimately voted off.

After her near-elimination last week, Heche spoke about overcoming difficulties, such as making her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres public in the late 90s. Heche stated she “moved the needle for equal rights forward.” She then performed a Paso Doble to Katy Perry‘s “Rise” with an outfit change midway that saw her donning a pride flag.

Judge Bruno Tonioli called Heche a “multicolored warrior” for her performance. The actress earned 7’s across the board, marking her highest score of the season but the lowest of the night.

There was not a single eye left dry in the ballroom last night. In one of the most emotional moments of the show so far, former Disney star Skai Jackson paid tribute to her late friend and Jessie co-star Cameron Boyce, who died of an epileptic seizure in 2019 at the age of 20.

The heartfelt performance to John Legend‘s “Ordinary People” moved Carrie Ann Inaba to tears. The judge awarded Jackson the first 10 of season. The other two judges awarded her 9’s, making her total 28, the highest score of the season so far.

The night closed out with one last bit of drama as host Tyra Banks announced the couples being spared from elimination accidentally dismissed Cheer coach Monica Aldama. Banks had to go off script and bring Aldama back out for possible elimination.

“Please have Monica come back. There has been an error in the control room,” Banks said. “This is the craziness of live TV. I’m so sorry. This is live TV.”


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Here’s an overview of each performance and standings after the wild night at the ballroom:

Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten:

Foxtrot, “Ordinary People” by John Legend

Judges’ Score: 28/30

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev:

Viennese Waltz, “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs

Judges’ Score: 25/30

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber:

Salsa, “Que Viva la Vida” by Wisin

Judges’ Score: 24/30

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson:

Rumba, “Because You Love Me” by Celine Dion

Judges’ Score: 24/30

Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy:

Samba, “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus

Judges’ Score: 24/30

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart:

Jive, “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John

Judges’ Score: 24/30

AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke:

Cha Cha, “Larger Than Life” by the Backstreet Boys

Judges’ Score: 24/30

Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko:

Foxtrot, “Adore You” by Harry Styles

Judges’ Score: 22/30

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd:

Rumba, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

Judges’ Score: 22/30

Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong:

Tango, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Judges’ Score: 21/30

Jesse Metcalf/e and Sharna Burgess:

Cha Cha, “Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas

Judges’ Score: 21/30

Nelly and Daniella Karagach:

Paso Doble, “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khalid

Judges’ Score: 21/30

Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe:

Paso Doble, “Rise” by Katy Perry

Judges’ Score: 21/30

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