Celebrities were thrilled when “Dancing with the Stars” decided not to eliminate anyone on Monday night due to a voting blunder the previous week.
As xfinityTV has previously reported, the show goofed by posting the wrong voting numbers after the East Coast broadcast of the show aired last Monday night, October 14. In just one example, Corbin Bleu and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s numbers were transposed.
So the stars couldn’t be happier with host Tom Bergeron’s surprise announcement at the end of Monday night’s show that there would be no elimination this week.
Snooki told xfinityTV backstage, “All the votes were messed up. We’re spending another week with everybody, which is cool.”
According to the former “Jersey Shore” star, her dance partner, Sasha Farber, suspected they might be having a non-elimination moment. “You whispered it in my ear, ‘No one’s going home,’ “ Snooki reminded Sasha in front of reporters.
Meanwhile, Corbin said of the reprieve, “That was the best! You don’t want to see anybody go home. They said the names and you’re pulling your hair out, and then — it was only fair — I think with what happened with the numbers, that was a wonderful solution. This joy washed over me.”
The “High School Musical” star revealed it wasn’t only his and Snooki’s phone numbers that were wrong: “It ended up being everybody had numbers switched so it’s technical difficulties, it happens, but I think this was a really beautiful solution.”
But, Corbin, who dances with Karina Smirnoff, admitted, “It makes it a little bit scary for next week because that means we’ll probably have a double elimination.”
Meanwhile, Brant Daugherty’s partner Peta Murgatroyd said candidly about the move, “What else could they really do when they stuffed up the numbers?”
And “stuffed up” is an Australian term for a bad mistake!
But the most relieved star was comedian Bill Engvall, who looked like he had finished last with partner Emma Slater on Monday night before Tom surprised everyone with the news that they were all safe.
“I thought they had made a decision about the scoring problem and maybe it wasn’t as bad as everybody thought it was,” Bill commented to reporters backstage. “But I give kudos to the producers of the show—I think they did the right thing, not because we’re here but I think for anybody to have been let go, there would have been that asterisk on it.
“My guess is, next week they’ll probably let two people go because they gotta stay on schedule with the finale.”
The comic said he prepared partner Emma for the worst: “I pulled her in I said, ‘Look, if this is it, I have no regrets. I’ve been proud of every dance we’ve done and we walk out of here with our heads up’ and she said, ‘I agree.’ And when they said we were safe it was just like,” he mimicked his eyes going wide with joy.
Emma agreed of Monday night, “We were a little emotional.”
Bill and Emma plan to dance the quickstep next week, which might be difficult considering that the “DWTS” underdog admitted, “My knees are shot.”
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.