You knew something was up on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” with all the filler performances and Tom Bergeron vamping endlessly. Keen viewers would’ve also noticed that Bergeron never once said that one couple will be eliminated at the end of the show. And look at that, there was no elimination. Disney magic at work yet again. Neither Bergeron nor Erin Andrews said if next week will be a double elimination, but here’s a twist: There will be two double eliminations this season — and one of them will happen on finale week.
We have Carrie Ann Inaba to thank for spilling the beans. The judge posted a photo of the Disney Night itinerary on her Instagram Story on Monday, and the shot included the season-long schedule. Inaba censored the upcoming themes (though not very well), but did not conceal the two lines that revealed that five couples will go into Night 1 of the finale on Monday, Nov. 19 and three couples will go into Night 2 of the finale on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Yup, that means a double elimination at the end of Night 1. Since there are currently nine couples remaining and the photo shows that six couples will be in the semifinal, there will also have to be a double elimination in the next two weeks, but Inaba’s photo does not reveal which week that will be.
So based on this intel, this is what we have to look forward to:
Monday, Oct. 29: Halloween Night, nine couples –> seven OR nine –> eight
Monday, Nov. 5: Country Night, seven couples –> six OR eight –> six
Monday, Nov. 12: Semifinal, six couples –> five
Monday, Nov. 19: Finale Night 1, five couples –> three
Tuesday, Nov. 20: Finale Night 2, three couples –> winner
This will be the first time five couples will enter the finale in the show’s history. “Dancing” typically had final threes until Season 16, when it had its first final four. Since then, with the exception of Seasons 20, 22 and 24 and not counting “Athletes,” the show has done final fours, eliminating the fourth-place couple at the end of the first night.
“Dancing” has had multiple double eliminations in a season before. Again discounting “Athletes,” Seasons 22 and 25 had two doubles, while Season 9 — which boasted the largest cast ever with 16 people — and the all-star 15th season had three doubles.
But if only they had a non-elimination last week and saved Tinashe.
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