Season two champion Drew Lachey and season five champ Helio Castroneves were sent home Tuesday after scoring the lowest viewer votes in the reality competition’s third week.
Lachey, who was partnered with Anna Trebunskaya, was first to go, landing in the bottom two with Kirstie Alley.
“I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said following his ouster. “Everybody questioned why I would come back — I came back because this is fun…I had an amazing partner.”
Looking ahead to next week, a new twist in the show saw the remaining couples choosing the dance their rivals would have to perform in week four. The results were as follows:
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas chose for Bollywood style for Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy chose disco for Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel.
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower chose Mambo for Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy chose Bolero for Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani chose Hip Hop for Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff chose Jitterbug for Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke chose Contemporary for Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough chose Broadway for Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel chose Charleston for Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas got Rock and Roll.
In the second round, Sabrina outlasted Helio, shocking many who predicted Bristol wouldn’t make the cut on double-elimination night after a string of lackluster performances.
In their farewell appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, the former winners Drew and Helio discussed where they keep their mirrorball trophies.
Race car driver Helio said he keeps his “right beside my three Indianapolis 500 trophies,” prompting a perceptive Dew to wisecrack, “Way to get that in there…mine’s next to all my boy band stuff!”
As we previously reported, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, the show’s 15th season overall, is the first to bring back former competitors. All are judged with more scrutiny, having been on the show before.
Dancing with the Stars: All Stars continues next Monday on ABC at 8/7c.