Monday night’s broadcast of “Dancing with the Stars” featured a crazy mix-up that host Tyra Banks was forced to clean up.
At the end of the episode, Banks announced that actress Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe, as well as former NFL tight end Vernon Davis and pro Peta Murgatroyd, were in the bottom two.
However, seconds later, Banks clarified there was “an error,” and that the bottom two were actually Heche and Motsepe, and “Cheer” star Monica Aldama and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
“Please come back. Please have Monica come back,” Banks said on live TV. “There’s been an error in our control room, but we’re making it happen. This is live TV, right? This is the craziness of live TV.”
After Aldama and Chmerkovskiy made their way back to the dance floor, Banks explained that she was “reading my cards, but my cards were wrong.”
“So here we go. OK, again, it’s going to be up to the judges to save one of these couples and keep them in the competition,” she continued. “As always, if two of the judges are divided, the third judge will cast the deciding vote. And again, we apologize for this. This is live TV, and we’re all human.”
After judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Derek Hough both decided to save Aldama and Chmerkovskiy, Heche and Motsepe were sent home from the competition.
That night, Banks released a statement on Twitter, commenting on the gaffe.
“Wowzers. Live TV. Wrong name on cards,” she wrote. “So challenging to deal with moments like these. But we power through.”
Wowzers. Live TV. Wrong name on cards. So challenging to deal with moments like these. But we power through.— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) October 6, 2020
Twelve pairs remain in the competition, including our very own Jeannie Mai and her dancer partner Brandon Armstrong.