But how do you stretch out a simple elimination announcement to a full hour? Stuff the show with awkward comedy sketches, brilliant dance routines by professional performers, and a beautiful musical number by Josh Groban singing a semi-operatic version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" featuring an interpretive dance by 12-year-old dancing sensation Maddie Ziegler.
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough (and Sasha Farber, technically) were also safe from elimination this week, likely due to Hough's popularity and the fact that Nastia is an amazing dancer who often looks like she's one of the show's pros. It's no surprise that she'll be moving on.
The first two stars facing ejection were Noah Galloway and Robert Herjavec. Both have had relatively low scores throughout their time on the show, but Noah's inspirational struggle and appeal (and abs) were enough to give him the edge and Robert was sent home packing along with his pro-partner Kym Johnson. Now they can kiss all they want without having Erin Andrews grill them about it every week.
At the end of the episode, it all came down to Chris Soules and Riker Lynch. Chris has, nearly every week, had one of the lowest scores. Meanwhile, Riker has consistently been at the top of the leader board, so it should have been a no-brainer. However, after Willow's defeat, and with Chris's Bachelor fame propping him up, anything was possible.
Luckily, America didn't make the same mistake twice and Riker ended up securing a spot in the semi-finals while Chris and his partner Witney Carson were eliminated. While Chris was improving -- and Witney is always one of the most adorable people ever -- it was time for the reality star to go home.