The View's Sherri Shepherd was surprisingly eliminated Tuesday, prematurely ending a promising run, as the charismatic Chicago native seemed to be gradually improving each week.
Shepherd was in the final two with Disney star Roshon Fegan after her tango got her 21 points Monday, prompting judge Len Goodman to remark about how high the bar has been set for this season's crop of famous faces.
"All of us judges are in total shock," Goodman said. "This is beyond ... the standard is so high, anyone can be in jeopardy, anyone can be safe."
After she was eliminated, a teary Shepherd said, "I loved this whole experience. I love to dance. I just want to say thank you for letting me live a dream I've always had."
She then encouraged her fans to chase their dreams, even if they're intimidated by the task.
After the show, the 44-year-old, who was paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, took to Twitter to express her anguish over the loss.
"Heartbreaking to have to leave my very tearful & confused son … 'Mommy are you going to dance again tomorrow?' its over Jeffrey," she tweeted early Tuesday. "Thx to every1 for your encouragement & votes. #DWTS is a memory I will cherish forever. I learned how to 'do it scared.'"
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Dancing with the Stars' 14th season continues on ABC Monday at 8/7c.