'DWTS' Names Semi-Finalists After Quarterfinal Elimination Sends Home a Fan Favorite

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*Caution: Spoilers ahead!*
Monday night's elimination came down to two couples -- Bonner Bolton and partner Sharna Burgess and Rashad Jennings and partner Emma Slater.
While this season has had some huge surprises already, it was pretty obvious that Bolton was going to be getting the axe, and the 29-year-old professional bull rider and male model was indeed sent packing.
Despite his best efforts, Bolton was never really able to improve his scores from week to week, and Monday night was no exception. The pair's first dance, an Argentine tango set to Imagine Dragons' "Believer, earned them a lackluster 30 out of 40.
Their second dance of the night, a trio performance with troupe member Brittany Cherry, earned them an even lower score of 28.
For much of the season, Bolton was limited by the injuries he suffered a little over a year ago when he was temporarily paralyzed during a bull riding accident that shattered part of his spine.
While he received a lot of credit for being able to come as far as he did, he ultimately couldn't grow as a dancer fast enough to keep up with his fellow contestants.
Speaking with co-hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron after the elimination, Bolton shared his appreciation for the opportunity to dance and the chance to see how far he could push his recovering body.
"I was very, very surprised at how far I went," Bolton shared. "I went further than I ever knew I would and I'm so thankful for the journey I got to take. I found out how I can really push myself, and how much I can take."
With Bolton gone, the field has been narrowed down to four competitors: Jennings, Simone Biles, David Ross and the scoreboard-leading frontrunner Normani Kordei. The DWTS semi-finals kick off next Mondayat 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
For more on Bolton and Burgess' steamy Dancing With the Stars partnership, check out the video below.