Warning: spoilers ahead for the first half of the two-part finale of Dancing with the Stars Season 25.
Dancing with the Stars has been going strong on ABC in Season 25 despite a dash or two of seeming melodrama and even injury. The cast of dancers was whittled down to four couples ahead of the first half of the big two-part Season 25 finale, and it was difficult to guess just who would be eliminated. All four couples performed well in the finale, but the fate for one duo was settled based on their performance last week. Based on the combined scores of the judges and the voters, Drew Scott and Emma Slater were eliminated from competition. They will not be in the running for the top prize in the second half of the finale.
In the first half of the finale, Drew Scott and Emma Slater danced a Paso Doble to Rayelle's "Get Ready" and a freestyle to Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line." The four judges--including a guest appearance by Dancing with the Stars alum Julianne Hough--responded relatively well to their performances, and the duo scored a 36. Sadly for them, it wasn't enough to avoid elimination. Their time on Dancing with the Stars this season has come to an end.
The three couples who remain in the running in Season 25 should deliver stiff competition. In the first half of the finale, two pairs managed to earn perfect scores of 40 overall from the judges. Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold kicked off their performances of the night with a Charleston to "Bad Man" by Pitbull, then finished with a freestyle to "Puttin' on the Ritz 2017," earning 10s from all four judges. Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas started with a Quickstep to Royal Crown Revue's "Barflies at the Beach" and finished with a freestyle to Fort Minor's "Remember the Name," and they also earned 10s.
The pair not to hit the magic number of 40 was Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson. They began with a foxtrot to "I Won't Dance" by Frank Sinatra, then went with Woodkid's "Run Boy Run" for their freestyle. Their total at the end of the night was 38. It should be interesting to see how the votes from viewers compare to the scores granted by the judges. The competition could still end in a number of different ways, and the finale should be one to watch.
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The second half of the Season 25 finale of Dancing with the Stars will air tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. For what you can watch in the coming weeks now that Dancing with the Stars is on the verge of ending, take a look at our fall TV guide and our 2018 midseason TV premiere schedule. For the shows that sadly won't be returning to the airwaves next year, swing by our rundown of all the 2017 TV cancellations.