The third couple to go home as part of week three’s triple elimination during “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is Chris Mazdzer and partner Witney Carson. Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe and Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten were also eliminated.
Tonight, the couple danced an elegant foxtrot to “I Got Rhythm” and scored a 33 out of 40. He also went head to head with Josh Norman in the dance-off round, but fell to the NFL cornerback. Last week, the couple danced a touching Viennese waltz to “Next To Me” and earned 33 points. During the premiere, Mazdzer danced a spirited salsa to “Mr. Put It Down,” which received 21 out of 30 points. Ultimately, however, he fell just short of next week’s finale.
Carson was the season 19 Mirrorball champion, winning the trophy with partner Alfonso Ribiero. Her previous partners have included singer Cody Simpson, former “Bachelor” Chris Soules, NFL linebacker Von Miller and actor Frankie Muniz.
Social Media Reacts to Mirai Nagasu and Partner Alan Bersten’s Elimination
NOOOO my faves Chris and Witney are eliminated #DWTS
— Erica (@lilsushigirl) May 15, 2018
— Kari (@kschro2991) May 15, 2018
NO CHRIS SHOULD BE IN THE FINALE NOT THAT MF TONYA!!!!! BYE. #DWTS
— charly (@charlyy_brownn) May 15, 2018
Well, the good news is Mirai is gone. Chris was better than Tonya. Adam’s got this, guys. #DWTS
— Ashley Collins (@Galinda) May 15, 2018
I’ve never been more mad about a @DancingABC result in 26 seasons. Why is this only four weeks?! Why do so many people have to go home?! Why aren’t @mazdzer and @WitneyCarson in the finale?! #DWTS #DWTSAthletes
— Matthew Schmidt (@schmatacus) May 15, 2018
— Paul #TeamDaela (@PaulParmar1) May 15, 2018
HOW in the FREAKIN HELL did tonya BEAT OUT MIRAI AND CHRIS
….I don’t even want to talk about it #dwts
— emily (@emilyxruba) May 15, 2018
It was rigged esp how they took ur vote away on dance off @mazdzer @WitneyCarson be proud you went to week 3 Chris and Witney #DWTS and you became a fan favorite had u been on a longer season u would have gone to finals. Love this partnership
— Hillary Mendez (@hillarymendez3) May 15, 2018
@mazdzer congratulations on your incredible journey on the show! thank you for being such a great partner/friend to witney, and for putting all that hard work in. i couldn’t be prouder of you, and have enjoyed your dances a lot this season! it was a pleasure to support you! #dwts
— sandra☽ (@WitneyCarsonFan) May 15, 2018
I’m sad we won’t get to see Chris and Witney one more week…. i loved their friendship and hard work it’s unfair they deserved that final #DWTS #TeamMoveItOrLugeIt will be missed (witney’s choreos too)
— chachi (@LoveSoundsregui) May 15, 2018
— Dive bar on the East Side, wya?¹³ (@chelsssssssss13) May 15, 2018
.@mazdzer and @WitneyCarson had charisma in every dance they performed. They started out strong, and they ended with a bang. And even in three weeks, he grew quite well. #TeamMoveItOrLugeIt #DWTS #DWTS26 #DWTSAthletes #TripleElimination
— DWTS Interact (@DWTSInteract) May 15, 2018
CHRIS AND WIT WERE ROBBED #DWTS
— dánae (@danaemolina) May 15, 2018
— Bill Yanney (@indybill23) May 15, 2018
— paige (@paige_t) May 15, 2018
Mazdzer is an Olympic luger. According to ABC, “Chris made history becoming the first-ever American athlete to win a medal in the Men’s Single Luge event” at this year’s Winter Olympics. He “is continuing his training and intends to compete for Team USA one last time in 2022, in what will be his fourth Olympic Games.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The finalists are Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, NFL star Josh Norman and former figure skater Tonya Harding. The finale of this season’s all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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Author: Erica Abbott