Monday’s episode of “Dancing With The Stars” ended with an elimination that left quite a few viewers shocked and confused. Generally how elimination works on the show is that the judges give a score to the couples as they perform. This is then combined with audience votes, and the couple with the lowest total gets eliminated.

At the end of Monday’s “Grease” themed episode, the couples with the lowest total score ended up being Mel C and Gleb Savchenko, tied with Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy.

As a result of the tie, the judges had to pick one couple to save. However, the problem persisted when Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli chose to save Mel C and Gleb, while Derek Hough and Len Goodman picked Olivia Jade and Val.

Since Goodman is the “head judge,” his vote was taken as the tie breaker, essentially counting as two votes. As a result, Mel and Gleb were eliminated. Olivia Jade, of course, was in favour of this outcome, saying that “[Len] has the ultimate say.”


However, this explanation of Len’s vote has left some fans baffled, as it seems to be different from Len’s earlier use of the tie-breaker. Check out these tweets below.

Some of the professional dancers spoke with Us Weekly about the rule of Len Goodman’s tiebreaker.

“I’m in favor of this situation,” Olivia Jade said. “Basically his vote counts, like, it’s a tiebreaker. He has the ultimate say. So that’s how it works for those confused. Last week, I was really confused. This week, love it. I really understand it now.”

Witney Carson said of the decision, “It’s such a close call. I think anything he does right now is going to have a little bit of backlash.”

Artem Chigvintsev said, “Yes, I do think there is an option of, let’s say, there’s a bottom two,” he said. “If the judges can’t decide who to send home, then it should be going into the voting system. Who got the most votes?”

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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