'War on the Floor': Drew Scott Is Eliminated from DWTS as He's Dubbed 'Most Improved Dancer'
"This is becoming the war on the floor because I'm so excited about tomorrow evening because I have no clue who's going to win!" head judge Len Goodman said on Monday night's episode
On night one of the season 25 finals, Scott was sent home on Monday evening after delivering his two final dances with pro partner Emma Slater.
Scott, 39, was the first celebrity contestant to kick off the night with his Paso Doble, for which he was awarded a 36/40 by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and returning guest judge Julianne Hough.
When Scott hit the floor for his second number of the night — a freestyle — he wowed judges with his improvements and earned a near perfect score: 39/40.
“If you could recall back to week one, I said if you were a house, you’d be a fixer upper. Well, let me tell you, on that performance, the house is fixed and you’ve become a hot commodity,” Goodman remarked of the Property Brothers star, who the head judge dubbed the “most improved dancer on this show.”
Despite earning solid scores, Scott’s three fellow contestants came out strong and earned higher overall scores: 76/80 for Frankie Muniz, 80/80 for Jordan Fisher and 80/80 for Lindsey Stirling.
After Stirling delivered the final dance of the night, Goodman admitted that he had “no clue” who will take home the Mirrorball Trophy on Tuesday night’s finale.
“This is becoming the war on the floor because I’m so excited about tomorrow evening because I have no clue who’s going to win! It’s just become a fantastic competition,” Goodman said after Stirling performed her freestyle dance.
Upon being eliminated at the end of the show, Scott reflected on his time on the reality dancing competition series.
“There’s no way I could have done anything that I did out here without her. And it’s been such a ride. Look at the amazing amazing talent,” said Scott. “I can’t even believe I’m here with these guys. Thanks to the judges and the crew and everybody, you’ve made this a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Speaking with reporters after the show, Slater said of being eliminated: “I feel awesome. There’s nothing to be sad about here. There’s no disappointment, no bittersweet. It’s just sweet. We were absolutely stoked to be in the finals and looked at this week as a blessing and gave it our all. But like I said earlier, my measuring stick is completely different and no first place or Mirrorball is the be all end all. For me, it was just about getting to know this guy this entire season and making it all the way to the end – literally to the finals. We’re missing out on one day, which is tomorrow and we’re going to be there in full form anyway.”
Scott said of his partner, “Honestly just to be in the final four means everything. I honestly didn’t think that I would make it here and it’s all because of this gal right here. I couldn’t thank her enough.”
The season 25 Dancing with the Stars finale airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) on ABC.
—Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ