8:10am PT by Natalie Stone
'Dancing With the Stars' Bids Lea Thompson Adieu; Youngest and Oldest Celebrities Remain
Dancing With the Stars waved farewell to veteran dancer Lea Thompson and surprised Tommy Chong with semifinal standing and Sadie Robertson with a tear-filled perfect score on Monday night.
Though the Switched at Birth actress and director scored a combined 70/80 from her and pro partner Artem Chigvintsev’s samba and trio round Paso Doble, “America’s Choice” night sent the two home in the quarterfinals.
“I definitely inspired myself,” Thompson said. “The dancing was great. It was so fun. I’ll never forget it.”
The mother of two, who received immense praise for her toned physique, set out to inspire fellow mothers through her dancing. When asked what she will miss most about performing this season, Thompson did not miss a beat: “Artem, 100 percent.”
Tommy Chong and partner Peta Murgatroyd opened the show with a shocked and elated response after host Tom Bergeron’s announcement that the oldest remaining contestant will compete in the semifinal round. Though Murgatroyd expected the duo to be released from season 19 within the first three weeks, Chong’s ability to entertain audiences secured the pair into the top five couples competing for the Mirror Ball trophy.
Duck Dynasty’s Robertson, the youngest remaining celebrity, was surprised to earn a perfect score with Mark Ballas and Emma Slater after improvising a portion of the trio’s foxtrot. “It was just a really relieving feeling because it’s the ninth week now and we hadn’t gotten 10s yet, so to get that when you didn’t expect that was crazy,” Robertson said.
A history-making move, Ballas’ decision to have pro dancer Slater partner with Team Quack Attack was the first time a professional female has danced alongside a celebrity female in the trio round.
“When I make a decision, I try not to be nervous about it after I make it. I definitely took a minute to evaluate who I wanted after my original choice was taken, but I feel like I made the right decision. It really served her well, somewhat made history tonight on the show, — it’s never been done before — and I always kind of like to strive to do things differently,” Ballas told The Hollywood Reporter. “It went all according to plan for the most part.”
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (who also earned a perfect 40/40 for their Paso Doble trio performance), Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Bethany Mota and Derek Hough will also compete in the semifinal round of DWTS.
Tune in at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC to see which couples advance to the final round.