Dancing With the Stars 2020 finalists: who reached the top?

Dancing With the Stars 2020 finalists: who reached the top?

The show must go on, and indeed, it has. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, producers of Dancing With The Stars have managed to keep the show running, albeit with a few tweaks here and there. And while Dancing With The Stars season 29 is definitely different from the previous 28 seasons due to the measures taken to curb the spread of the virus, this season is not any less interesting than its predecessors. Since it premiered in September 2020, the show has taken us viewers through a whirlwind of emotions, the last of which came on Monday, November 16, during the semi-finals. Who went home on Dancing With The Stars on Monday? Find out this plus all the other details about the Dancing With The Stars 2020 finalists.

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The 'program' for the November 16th episode was quite simple - The evening featured two dances for each team, the first being a redemption dance and the second a new style that they had not yet performed before.

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In the end, the field of six was trimmed to four, with those teams qualifying for the chance to take home the Mirror Ball as the winners of Dancing With The Stars.

So, who got the boot, and who is left on Dancing With The Stars?

Dancing With The Stars 2020 finalists

There was a double elimination in the latest episode of the ABC competition series, leaving four stars to head to next week's finals.

The double-elimination sent Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart home first as the lowest recipient in the fan voting. They were followed by the remaining bottom two, Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten and Justina Machado and Sasha Farber, with their position in the finale resting in the judges' hands.

Derek Hough chose to save Machado as Carrie Ann Inaba followed suit, resulting in Jackson and Bersten packing their bags with a fifth-place finish.

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So, who is left on Dancing With The Stars?

The final four teams that will compete for the Mirror Ball trophy in the finale on Nov. 23 are:

  • Nelly & Daniella
  • Nev & Jenna
  • Kaitlyn & Artem
  • Justina & Sasha

Who was voted off Dancing With The Stars on Monday?

Johnny & Britt and Skai & Alan left the show.

Johnny & Britt were eliminated for the lowest scores/lowest fan votes, and the judges saved Justina & Sasha, sending Skai and Alan home.

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Here is all you need to know about what went down during the November 16th episode of DWTS - Dancing With The Stars results for each team included.

1. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev

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Kaitlyn Bristowe is best known for being on The Bachelorette. She is in second place when you add up all of her dance scores, for an average score of 25.7 after 11 dances.

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Bristowe would be the second straight Bachelorette to take home the title after Hannah Brown won the season 28 trophy a year ago.

In fact, Bristowe already has a higher judges' average than Brown did when she took home the Mirror Ball.

For the November 16th episode, Kaitlyn Bristowe and pro Artem Chigvintsev performed a redemption Paso Doble to Hanuman by Rodrigo Y Gabriela. For their new dance, they performed a Contemporary to Cowboy Take Me Away by The Chicks.

Kaitlyn shared that her best friend, who died at 18, once said she wanted Cowboy Take Me Away to play at her funeral — and it did. Kaitlyn avoided listening to the song for years, so the dance was extremely emotional.

Carrie Ann said after the routine,

"This is the dance that I knew you would be incredible at. You guys have come together as a really beautiful team and it's lovely to see."
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They received a perfect 30.

Semi-finals results

  • Redemption dance: Paso doble to Hanuman (Score: 30/30)
  • New dance: Contemporary to Cowboy Take Me Away (Score: 30/30)

Scores throughout the competition

  • Week 1: 20 points
  • Wk 2: 22
  • Wk 3: 23
  • Wk 4: 25
  • Wk 5: 27
  • Wk 6: 27
  • Wk 7: 27
  • Wk 8: 25 + 3
  • Wk 9: 30
  • Wk 10: 30 + 30
  • Total: 286 out of 335

2. Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten

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Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson and pro Alan Bersten performed a redemption Cha Cha to Move Your Feet by Junior Senior (which they first performed in Week 6 to fairly disastrous results.); then for their new dance, a Viennese Waltz to Lonely by Noah Cyrus.

For the first routine, Skai stepped on the wrong foot in an early combination. But she pulled it together for the rest of the routine.

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The duo wowed the judges, who gave them a perfect 30 for their second routine, in which Skai was both emotionally connected to the choreography and incredibly graceful through every twirl.

After all was said and done, the judges unanimously decided to save Justina, which meant Disney darling Skai got the boot despite landing a perfect score in her earlier dance.

Both Skai and Johnny expressed their gratitude for the show and their pro partners when speaking after the elimination.

Johnny told Entertainment Tonight:

'The best thing that has come out of Dancing With The Stars is Britt. We are bound now for life, and I will support her until I can no longer text. I feel horrific. I gave everything that I had for this competition, and I have no regrets at all about the performances that we gave. At the end of the day, it does come down to your scores from the judges as well as how the public sees you and if they choose to vote for you.' He continued: 'Honestly, I would 100 times choose to be myself over being popular, and I think that that is a strong message that we have shown this whole competition.'
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Skai stated:

'We literally did the best we could. Obviously it's a really sad thing, but I'm not really sad sad about it. I'm just happy that I was able to be on this journey with such an amazing person. 'I feel like we made it so far, we made it to week 10, we got through all the dances except for the finale and it's just been really awesome. It's sad, of course, but I'm actually happy at the same time.'

Semi-finals scores

  • Redemption dance: Cha-cha to Move Your Feet (Score: 27/30)
  • New dance: Viennese waltz to Lonely (Score: 30/30)

Scores throughout the competition

  • Week 1: 21 points
  • Wk 2: 15
  • Wk 3: 18
  • Wk 4: 28
  • Wk 5: 24
  • Wk 6: 18
  • Wk 7: 27
  • Wk 8: 25 + 2
  • Wk 9: 27 + 2
  • Wk 10: 27 + 30
  • Total: 264 out of 335
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3. Nelly and Daniella Karagach

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Nelly and Daniella. Photo: Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images
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Grammy-winning rapper Nelly and pro Daniella Karagach performed a redemption Paso Doble to Run Boy Run by Woodkid; then for their new dance, a Jive to Jump Jive An' Wail by The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Ahead of Nelly's last dance of the night, a jive with partner Daniella Karagach, their intro package showed him struggling, and the pro revealing she's pushing him harder than ever before the finale. But the pushing clearly worked! The judges were in awe of how much dancing Nelly actually did during the routine, and he received a perfect 30 in the second round.

Nelly is best known for his rap music career. His average score for the season so far is 22.6 after 11 dances.

Semi-finals results

  • Redemption dance: Paso doble to Run Boy Run (Score: 26/30)
  • New dance: Jive to Jump Jive An' Wail (Score: 30/30)
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Scores throughout the competition

  • Week 1: 16 points
  • Wk 2: 18
  • Wk 3: 18
  • Wk 4: 21
  • Wk 5: 24
  • Wk 6: 24
  • Wk 7: 27
  • Wk 8: 21 + 2
  • Wk 9: 24
  • Wk 10: 26 + 30
  • Total: 251 out of 335

4. Justina Machado and Sasha Farber

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Justina and Sasha. Photo: Eric McCandless via Getty Images
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Actress Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) and pro Sasha Farber performed a redemption Tango to El Tango de Roxanne from Moulin Rouge; then for their new dance, a Contemporary to Holding Out for a Hero by Ella Mae Bowen and Bonnie Tyler.

Justina and Sasha began by improving greatly upon their Week 7 tango, with much more fluidity and much less bounce on Justina's part. But their real shining moment came during their contemporary in Round 2.

Justina and Sasha dedicated their contemporary routine to each other. Following the dance, Justina told audiences:

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"I'm a 48-year-old proud Latina woman, and I have been killing it on this dance floor, so no matter what happens, anything is possible!"

Justina Machado's average score for the season so far is a 24.6 after 11 dances. She topped the judges' leaderboard in week one, but she only made it to the top one more time after that, and she didn't get her first perfect 30 out of 30 from the judges until the semi-finals.

Semi-finals results

  • Redemption dance: Tango to El Tango de Roxanne (Score: 28/30)
  • New dance: Contemporary to Holding Out for a Hero (Score: 30/30)

Results throughout the competition

  • Week 1: 21 points
  • Wk 2: 21
  • Wk 3: 19
  • Wk 4: 24
  • Wk 5: 24
  • Wk 6: 27
  • Wk 7: 26
  • Wk 8: 27 + 2
  • Wk 9: 24 + 2
  • Wk 10: 28 + 30
  • Total: 273 out of 335
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5. Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson

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Nev Schulman is famous for being the host and producer of the hit MTV series Catfish. He has the best average score of the season, with a 25.9 after 11 dances.

TV host Nev Schulman and pro Jenna Johnson performed a redemption Foxtrot to Sign of the Times by Harry Styles; then for their new dance, a Contemporary to If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels.

Derek and Bruno Tonioli were almost speechless by Jenna and Nev's contemporary to If the World Was Ending. The judges also commended Jenna for challenging Nev to such a difficult routine, in which he flawlessly performed. He received a second 30.

Semi-finals results

  • Redemption dance: Foxtrot to Sign of the Times (Score: 30/30)
  • New dance: Contemporary to If the World Was Ending (Score: 30/30)

Results throughout the competition

  • Week 1: 20 points
  • Wk 2: 21
  • Wk 3: 24
  • Wk 4: 24
  • Wk 5: 26
  • Wk 6: 26
  • Wk 7: 30
  • Wk 8: 27 + 3
  • Wk 9: 27 + 2
  • Wk 10: 30 + 30
  • Total: 290 out of 335

6. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart

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Olympic figure skater and on-air commentator Johnny Weir and pro Britt Stewart performed a redemption Salsa to X by Jonas Brothers featuring Karol G; then for their new dance, a Jazz to I Lived by One Republic.

Semi-finals results

  • Redemption dance: Salsa to X (Score: 27/30)
  • New dance: Jazz to I Lived (Score: 30/30)

Results throughout the competition

  • Week 1: 18 points
  • Wk 2: 18
  • Wk 3: 24
  • Wk 4: 24
  • Wk 5: 29
  • Wk 6: 22
  • Wk 7: 27
  • Wk 8: 27 + 3
  • Wk 9: 30
  • Wk 10: 27 + 30
  • Total: 279 points out of 335

After all the Dancing With The Stars contestants had performed, the teams that were saved to proceed to the finale were:

  • Nelly and pro Daniella Karachi
  • Nev Schulman and pro Jenna Johnson
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe and pro Artem Chigvintsev

The couples in jeopardy were:

  • Justina Machado and pro Sasha Farber
  • Skai Jackson and pro Alan Bersten

Those saved by the judges:

  • Justina Machado and pro Sasha Farber (saved by all three judges)

Therefore, those eliminated (who got voted off Dancing With The Stars) were

  • Johnny Weir and pro Britt Stewart (eliminated immediately due to lowest combined scores/votes)
  • Skai Jackson and pro Alan Bersten (not saved by judges)

Who was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars?

Apart from Johnny Weir and Skai Jackson, other DWTS contestants who got the boot this season are: A.J. McLean, Monica Aldama, Charles Oakley, Carole Baskin, Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe, Vernon Davis, and Chrishell Stause. Jeannie Mai quit for medical reasons.

Here is a breakdown of who went home on Dancing With The Stars and when they were eliminated.

  • Week 1 elimination - No one!
  • Wk 2 elimination - Charles Oakley and Emma Slater
  • Wk 3 elimination - Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov
  • Wk 4 elimination - Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe
  • Wk 5 elimination - Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess
  • Wk 6 elimination - Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Wk 7 elimination - Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Wk 8 elimination — double elimination - Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong withdrew for health reasons before the broadcast. Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko were eliminated live.
  • Wk 9 elimination —AJ McLean - Backstreet Boy AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke
  • Wk 10 elimination — double elimination - Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart, Skai Jackson, and Alan Bersten.

When is the Dancing With The Stars finale?

The Dancing With The Stars season 29 finale will be Monday, Nov. 23.

With only 4 exceptionally talented duos left, there's no telling which of the Dancing With the Stars 2020 finalists will win. All we can do is wait for the 23rd with bated breath.

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