ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” semifinals turned out to be highly emotional Monday when star James Van Der Beek admitted that he almost dropped out of the night’s contest as his girlfriend, Kimberly, had a miscarriage a few days ago. Instead, at the end of the show, when he was paired up against singer Ally Brooke in the bottom two, the judges decided to eliminate Van Der Beek — which prompted Brooke to break down crying and begin pleading to give Van Der Beek her slot.
“Can I please give it to James?”Brooke was weeping for Tom Bergeron to host. Also in tears was his co-host, Erin Andrews.
“No, no,” said Bergeron gently in an attempt to comfort her. “It’s nice to say that.” Brooke turned to Van Der Beek and begged him to replace her. “Yes,” she whispered, “yes.
He laughed and shook his head, Van Der Beek. “You’ll crush it,” he said to her. As the credits rolled, they were surrounded for a group hug by Brooke’s professional partner, Sasha Farber, and the rest of the cast. Brooke will compete against singer Lauren Alaina, actor Kel Mitchell and star Hannah Brown for the Mirror Ball Trophy in Monday’s season finale.
The controversial decision to save Brooke sparked a furious backlash from fans on social media when passions were already running high. The hashtag #DWTS has been a top trending subject for hours on Twitter around the world. Many were pretty upset that Brooke was already in the run, both because they felt that Van Der Beek was a better dancer, and the judges saved her twice this season from elimination.
While Brooke was one of the judges ‘ favourites, inching out Van Der Beek and Brown for the highest total average score, Van Der Beek stayed the front runner. Oddsmakers named the “Dawson’s Creek” star as the smart choice to win last week; GoldDerby’s betting page also had it as No. 1. But as the arguments continued, at the end of the show, some objected to the kind act of Brooke.