'Dancing with the Stars' Explains Why Head Judge Len Goodman Will Miss a Few Weeks – and Sends Its Second Contestant Home

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

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Two familiar faces will be absent from Dancing with the Stars in week 4.

On Tuesday night’s results show, host Tom Bergeron revealed to audiences that Len Goodman will miss a few weeks of the ABC reality dancing competition series to fulfill his commitments as head judge on Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing.

But although Goodman, 72, will be M.I.A. for the following weeks, he assured both the dancers and viewers that he will “be well-informed of what’s going on.”

“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.”

“The amazing Len Goodman who will come back in a few weeks,” Bergeron said of the British judge after the dancing troupe performed a number in his honor.

At the wrap of the episode, Bergeron announced that Amber Rose and Terra Jolé were safe from elimination, and that Rick Perry would not be proceeding in the competition.

“My daughter’s getting married the 15th of October, but I can promise you I will look good on the dance floor for her,” Perry, 66, said after being eliminated. “And I’m dong it for all the veterans out there and I hope everybody will find a great veteran’s cause to go help these guys. We’ve got one called Advance the Colors that I hope everyone will go take a look at. Thank you guys!”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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