The two-time winning Daytona 500 raceauto driver was disqualified a week shy of participating in the DWTS quarterfinals


Dancing With the Stars waved the black-and-white checkered flag on Monday evening, through NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip crossing the finish line last.

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The Kentuckian raceautomobile driver and skilled companion Emma Slater were released from the seachild 19 competition on “Dynamic Duo” night after eight weeks of intense training, nationwide traveling and also personal development.

“We’re sad to go. It’s funny. We knew we most likely weren’t going to win … it’s not around not winning. It’s around the endure and also that we came to be as people and also how a lot I loved acquiring up in the morning and driving to some studio to fulfill Emma and not only dance and also talk, however just share stories,” Walpilgrimage shelp. “I’ve never loved doing something I’ve hated so a lot, so much.”

It was a pleasant surprise to audiences that Walexpedition and also Slater on maintained their spot in the competition best as much as the quarterfinals as the duo consistently lived at the bottom of the scoreboard throughout their run. But Tommy Chong, the oldest challenger to continue to be in a DWTS competition as long as he has, and also Peta Murgatroyd were conserved from elimicountry at the close of the night.

Competing couples, who embodied well-known and also recognizable pairings, vied for the greatest score for elimicountry immunity, which was awarded to Janel Parrish and also Valentin Chmerkovskiy for their perfect 40/40 contemporary performance of Romeo and also Juliet.

Youngest remaining contender Sadie Robertson and also partner Mark Ballas danced a modern number, taking on the Biblical theme and embodying Adam and also Eve, to a live performance by BC Jean. Head judge Len Goodman was not impressed by Ballas’ choreography in week salso, renoting that the Halloween layout distracted from the couple’s dance, yet praised him for the pair’s intense modern in week eight.

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It was a large week for the Robertkid teenager, as her first book Live Original hit shelves Oct. 28. “I want it to be an encouraging book to human being, that possibly if they need a little rise in life, that they have the right to check out it and also obtain something from it,” Robertboy sassist.

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The 6 remaining couples competed versus one one more — Bethany Mota and Derek Hough versus Robertkid and also Ballas, Chong and also Murgatroyd versus Walexpedition and also Slater, and also Lea Thompson and also Artem Chigvintstev versus Alfonso Ribeiro and also Witney Carson — in dance-offs to earn a second three points to be added to couples’ scores. Mota and Derek, Chong and also Murgatroyd and Ribeiro and Carboy each impressed the judges enough to beat out their equivalents.