Bindi Irwin Vows to Overcome Injury – Plus Dancing with the Stars Eliminates Another Couple
Dancing with the Stars has said goodbye to another couple, but because of unusual circumstances, it wasn’t the lowest-ranking pair of the night.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Monday’s episode of DWTS.
The Real Housewives star was stuck in Atlanta after being hospitalized last week for a mini stroke. After an emotional prerecorded segment, as well as a Skype appearance, Zolciak-Biermann was told she would have to withdraw in accordance with the show’s rules. (More on her exit here.)
Because she was eliminated, the show was not forced to say goodbye to the two bottom couples of the week. Despite being in danger, Paula DeenLouis Van Amstel were safe, as were Andy Grammer and Allison Holker.
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Earlier in the episode, the show’s stars whipped out homages to their favorite TV shows – from The Jeffersons to Breaking Bad. Read some of the big highlights below.
Bindi Competes with an Injury
She got a little support from Jeffersons star Marla Gibbs, who said she loved the dance.
Though Bindi scored solid 8s across the board, the judges didn’t think she was quite herself, and told her so.
“It’ll be totally fine. It’s just a little bit sore,” Bindi told reporters backstage. “A couple of the tendons in there are screaming at the moment, but they’ll be totally good. It looks a lot worse because it’s all kind of taped up.”
Alfonso Ribeiro Returns Triumphant
Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro received a warm welcome from fans as he returned to guest judge the episode.
“You guys gave it your all. Carlos, all I want from you is to deliver a little more energy,” the former champ said.
Breaking Bad Cooks Up a Great Score
They gave the couple 36 out of 40, but Ribeiro cautioned that Alexa would have to give herself to her partner if she wanted to win.
“What I want you to remember is this – you two can win. You and Carlos cannot. This is your relationship in this ballroom. And remember this going forward, for both of you.”
For more from Carlos and Alexa, check out their exclusive PEOPLE blog.
The Muppets Help Out
In honor of TV night, Kermit and Fozzy tried their best to help out in the control room at the top of the hour. Sadly, they couldn’t get the tagline correct.
“Live, holly in the woods – its Dancing with the Stars!” Fozzy said. Close, but not quite.
Meanwhile, Miss Piggy filled in for Erin Andrews as co-host during the intro, but soon left to go flirt with the men on the show (Derek got the brunt of it).
Next week, DWTS is switching things up as pros will dance with different stars.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.