Week 9 of “Dancing With the Stars” ended with the elimination of Paralympian Victoria Arlen.
Interested in DWTS?
Add DWTS as an interest to stay up to date on the latest DWTS news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
After dancing the Charleston and earning her first 10s of the season, Arlen said the elimination was “devastating.”
“Our two dances were probably the best we’ve had all season, and you just felt so good with them,” Arlen said today on “GMA.” “I was really excited. I mean, last night couldn’t have gone greater, until the end, but I’m really proud of what we achieved and the fact we did get those 10s.”
Val Chmerkovskiy also addressed the elimination, saying, “With every challenge is a great opportunity. I’m so grateful that the show trusted me with this incredible young woman and I got to tell her story.”
Over the past few weeks, Arlen has shared the heartbreaking story of the adversity she faced when she was 11 and diagnosed with two rare conditions: transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which impaired her ability to speak, eat, walk and move.
She managed to overcome it and went on to become a gold medalist swimmer in the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Her story was inspirational, but she had the lowest combined judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week, and although she made it to the semifinals, she won’t be competing in the finals for the Mirror Ball Trophy.
This week featured two rounds of competition: dancer’s pick, in which the pros picked a song that best represents their partner, and a classic routine, in which the couples reinterpreted an iconic dance from past seasons.
“Property Brothers” co-host Drew Scott kicked off the show with a tango in high-Scottish elegance to the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” in a red tartan kilt, which matched a long dress that his partner, Emma Slater, wore.
In spite of a lively performance, judge Len Goodman was tough on Scott about his technique, saying, “Well done, Braveheart. You came out full of determination and attack. However, dance is a balance. It was so full on, you lost your posture, you lost your technique.”
Scott and Slater still drew 8s from each judge, for a score of 24.
Chmerkovskiy and Arlen had a moving contemporary routine, for a score of 27.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold performed an Argentine tango, though Arnold had some difficulties with her leg, which gave out during…