Thompson, 53, said she was proud of what she had accomplished on the show, including losing 10 pounds and getting back in shape. In the first dance, they performed with their pro partner to a style of dance, music and costume all chosen by viewers.
At the end of the night, Thompson and reality TV star Sadie Robertson were both in jeopardy of going home. Thompson hugged Chigvintsev when she first learned of her elimination.
Since Thompson has improved throughout the season her exit came as a bit of a surprise, and there were some shouts of disbelief from the audience.
Comedian Tommy Chong, who has struggled at or near the bottom of the leaderboard throughout the season, and his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, seemed surprised that they made it to the finals. Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy won immunity after earning a perfect score for their contemporary routine on Nov.
Five others stars return on Nov. This is the 19th season of program. Individual Routines Alfonso Ribeiro: Head judge Len Goodman said the routine was full of razzmatazz. Chong, who was surprised to learn tonight that he had made it to the semifinals, earned praise for his Viennese waltz. The judges said they observed a greater level of confidence from Thompson when she performed her samba. I was in Austria.
Inaba said Robertson appeared to have trouble with the rapid kicks and flick in the first part of her routine, but she commended her for rallying in the second half. Goodman loved the dance content, and while he noted that the kicks and flicks could have been a little tighter, he said he thought the routine was terrific.
Robertson earned 33 points. Inaba and Hough believed it was the best performance of the night. Goodman said the routine had all the key elements of a quickstep. Parrish earned 38 points. The other judges were equally appreciative. An enthusiastic Tonioli said the routine was reminiscent of a gothic ringmaster chasing space vixen, and Hough added: That was good entertainment man … I loved every second of that number.
While she loved the performance, she said she wanted to see a closer connection between Mota and her partners as is typical of the style of dance. Goodman and Hough disagreed with her. Mota earned 38 points. At the end of her foxtrot Robertson confessed to co-host Tom Bergeron that she forgot the last part of her routine and he softly told her, softly, that the judges might not have noticed.
The tribal-inspired salsa won judges over. Goodman and Hough both said they would have liked to see more salsa content, but they, too, commended the routine highly.
Parrish earned 39 points. Total Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: