Fans of “Dancing With the Stars” are still not over the elimination, which took place during the Prom Night episode on Tuesday, October 18.
Joseph Baena and Daniella Karagach were fan favorites, but they were eliminated at the end of the two-night special, having never been in the final two.
The pair ended up there along with Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev, who consistently had high scores throughout the competition. Fans have since theorized that the only reason the bottom two consisted of these two couples was because of the dance marathon, which pushed contestant Jessie James Decker to the top of the leaderboard from the bottom.
Some fans went so far as to call the show “rigged” after leaving.
After Jessie James Decker is eliminated from the competition, many fans are demanding justice for Baena.
Fans want Baena back on the show
In the episode’s live discussion thread on Reddit, many fans spoke about wanting justice for Baena after he left the show.
“If she hadn’t won that godforsaken dance marathon last week, she would have gone home for Joseph. JUSTICE TO JOSEPH!!” one person wrote.
another wrote“That’s what Jessie gets for taking our baby Joseph away from us.”
Some fans also took to Twitter to call for justice.
“Okay, when I watched this rendition, Heidi didn’t even look that excited to be rescued. Justice for Joseph, at least it was exciting to see #DWTS.” one person wrote.
Another tweeted“Daniella I LOVE YOU SMMMMM #JusticeForDaniella #JusticeForJoseph #DWTS #DWTS31.”
However, Baena freely sided with him in the episode following his departure Instagram stories that he snuck in through the back entrance and ended up staying throughout the show, even taking a selfie with Karagach backstage.
Karagach and Baena also shared images of people demanding justice for them on their Instagram Stories throughout the night.
Baena & Karagach were surprised to be in the bottom 2 and busted
Baena said leaving Dancing With the Stars felt like the “worst breakup” of his life, although he’s grateful for the time spent competing.
Baena spoke to people following the elimination, which came just a day after judge Carrie Ann Inaba called his rumba the “best” she had ever seen from a male celebrity on the show. He and Karagakh also received their highest scores of the competition between the two nights.
“It’s hard not to be shocked when you really put your heart on the ballroom floor,” Baena told the outlet. “I had my best results last night. I had my second best results tonight and it was like these were my two favorite dances, my best dances yet, or, well, they were my best dances.
Baena said TV Insider that it was “a shock to be in the last two”.
He told the outlet that both he and Karagakh will return to the show for the finale.
Karagach took to Instagram following the exit to pay tribute to her partnership with Baena.
“It was my absolute pleasure to turn this kindhearted, talented and genuine man into a ballroom dancer,” she wrote. “@joebaena like I said from the start you are one of the purest souls I have met in a long time. Our path was not always easy, but we found our way and made it our own.”
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Disney+.
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