The rules have changed over at the Dancing with the Stars set, leaving the show with a surprising elimination Monday night (Sept. 23.)
In the first elimination of the new season, the Supremes legend, Mary Wilson, was sent home by the judges. The 75-year-old singer was definitely not the worst dancer on the floor, but her scores from home viewers combined with judges put her in the bottom two for the evening. And in a new twist this season, the judges are the ones to decide who goes home out of the bottom two.
In years past, it was the fan voters who would decide the celebrity to leave the dance floor. However, some would say that Bobby Bones’ controversial win last season was part of the reason for the change. Bobby was not the best dancer last season, but had a large reach to fans to call and vote to keep him going. Fans of the show were outraged that Bobby had lowest-scores of the 2018 finals but still took home the mirror ball trophy.
Monday night came down to Mary Wilson and Ray Lewis in the bottom two. That’s when the judges had to make the call. Carrie Ann Inaba voted to save Mary Wilson to say and of course, Bruno Tonioli voted to save Ray Lewis, leaving judge Len Goodman to make the final decision.
“One I want to judge from my heart,” Len said. “The other I have to judge with my brain. And my brain says I’ve got to save Ray and Cheryl.”
Mary spoke with Good Morning America following her loss and had this to say about the elimination.
“I’m not happy because we really worked hard,” Mary said. “But you know what, everyone there was wonderful. I mean everybody. It’s just one of those things, somebody’s gotta go”
We’ll miss you Mary!