Ally Brooke Shares Her Thoughts after James Van Der Beek Is Sent Home Ahead of DWTS Finals

On Monday's semifinals of “Dancing With the Stars (DWTS)” ended with an elimination that was unexpected. Frontrunners Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber and James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater sat in the bottom two.

Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all had to agree on who to send home. The judges were quite surprised by both couples in the elimination round.

Ultimately, they all decided to save Brooke and her partner. Van Der Beek and Slater were sent home but after hearing the results, Brooke did something quite unexpected.


Ally Brooke at Music Choice on August 21, 2019, in New York City | Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Ally Brooke at Music Choice on August 21, 2019, in New York City | Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

All teary-eyed, she went up to host Tom Bergeron and asked if she could surrender her spot so that Van Der Beek could stay on. Brooke again pleaded with the judges.

She even turned to Van Der Beek and said: "James can I give it to you, please?” The actor’s response was inaudible but he appeared to be comforting the musician.

Earlier in the show, the actor had revealed that he was dedicating his dance to his wife, Kimberly. Over the weekend, she suffered a miscarriage while the couple was expecting their sixth child together.


Moments after, Brooke spoke to Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima and explained what she was thinking and feeling during Van Der Beek’s elimination. She said:

"I'm really sad and I just feel like it's not right that he went home and that is how I feel. Obviously I know Sasha and I have been through hell and back on the show. We've overcome so many obstacles and we're strong people, we adore the show more than anything.”

Brooke continued:

“I have had the time of my life on this show. But it's really tough, especially given James' circumstances that he went tonight."


The singer shared that she thought it was unfair that the actor was sent home. She wanted to give up her spot so he could continue with the show.

The musician added:

"He's been through so much and he's overcome so many things. Especially this past week, I just felt it was right to give it to him. Obviously he didn't accept it. I talked to him and he was proud of me. He told me, 'Don't be afraid to shine.' So I'm going to take that with me and I just have to do this for him, is what I feel."


In a different interview, Brooke shared that the many hours of intensive rehearsals each week for the dance competition had positive results for her. She revealed that she felt healthier than ever.

Speaking about how she had prepared herself to take part in the show, the singer said:

"You would think that maybe I would go on this crazy exercise regimen or change my diet but I didn’t really do anything different. I wanted to go into the competition fresh and new and so that’s exactly what I did."

She revealed that she’d already lost 10lbs.


On next week's finals, Brooke and Farber will be competing for the season 28 mirrorball trophy. They will be going up against Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten, and Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko.

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