'Dancing With the Stars' Sends Home Second Star, Len Goodman Leaving Show for a Few Weeks

by Zach Seemayer 8:37 PM PDT, September 27, 2016
Playing 'Dancing With the Stars' Sends Home Second Star, Len Goodman Leaving Show for a Few Weeks

*Caution: Spoilers ahead!*

Season 23 of Dancing With the Stars trimmed down the field of contestants on Tuesday during their second two-hour results special, and said goodbye to one contestant who'd struggled to improve their scores throughout the first three weeks of competition.

After avoiding elimination last week, former Texas governor Rick Perry couldn't avoid the inevitable.

The 66-year-old politician and his partner, Emma Slater, were voted off after three weeks of consistently earning the lowest scores from the judges.

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"I probably lasted a week longer than I thought I would -- if you want to know the truth of the matter -- knowing what little I knew of dancing," Perry told ET's Angelique Jackson backstage after the show. "I just had a really good instructor."

Perry is such a fan of Slater's that he's even asked her to help him learn a few moves for a very special upcoming event in his life. "She's gonna help on the foxtrot that we're gonna do at my daughter's wedding," Perry revealed. "So she's still not through teaching me yet."

Despite getting kicked off, Perry said the important thing is the memories and the friendships he's forged during his time on the show. "I get judged every day and have for the better part of my adult life and I go on about it," he explained. "So, more importantly than whether or not I stayed or didn’t, was that the experience that I had was amazing. It was 30 days of making some great friends that will last now for the rest of my life."

As for who they're rooting for when it comes to the remaining contestants, the choice was pretty clear. "We're kind of biased. We're for Sasha [Farber] and Terra [Jole]," Perry said.

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"Terra is a good Texas girl, [from] San Antonio, and she's kinda fond of Sasha," he added, referring to Slater's relationship with the 33-year-old dancer.

Before Perry's elimination, several couples also found themselves on the chopping block, including Terra Jole and Farber, as well as Amber Rose and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The contestants weren't the only ones making news after Tuesday night's episode. Len Goodman, DWTS' head judge, also announced that he would not be appearing on the show for a few weeks, because he had to fulfill his commitments as head judge on Britain's Strictly Come Dancing.

"It's difficult to fly every week there and back," Goodman explained. "I'm going to miss it because I've enjoyed so much watching the progression. But I'm going to be well-informed of what's going on. Make sure that it's a ballroom dancing competition, it's not all about razzle dazzle. Show us some proper ballroom dancing."

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DWTS co-host Erin Andrews also called out this week to be with her boyfriend, Jarett Stoll, whose nephew recently died. Former DWTS pro Kym Johnson Herjavec co-hosted the show with Tom Bergeron

While the results special was primarily recaps of the previous night's dances, it did give the stars and viewers the chance to hear some behind-the-scenes comments and feedback from the judges that wasn’t heard during Monday's show due to the one-hour time constraint.

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The special also featured live performances from Florida Georgia Line and Fitz and the Tantrums, while troupe members and pros rocked the dance floor with dazzling routines.

Check out the video below for a look at one of Monday’s best performances from Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and former DWTS champ Val Chmerkovskiy.