After getting eliminated from season 29 of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir gave a brash assessment of the show, describing it as a "popularity contest."
Professional figure skater Johnny Weir and his dance partner Britt Stewart were one of the standout performers on season 29 of ABC's reality TV dancing competition "Dancing With The Stars."
Weir, 36, and Stewart forged such a great partnership that shone through each of their performances. However, their amazing journey on the show came to a disappointing end on Monday, November 16, during the semifinals.
Following their semifinal performance, the dancing couple was the first pair eliminated from the popular show after it was revealed that they had pulled the lowest votes from viewers.
The Olympian was visibly upset about the results and shared his thoughts while speaking to Us Weekly. In his words:
"It hurts a lot because it definitely feels like a popularity contest more so than a dance contest, but that's part of it."
Weir added that he knew what he signed up for when he joined the show and reiterated that he had no regrets about staying true to himself throughout his time in the dance competition.
Finally, he hammered on the importance of being authentic to one's self and urged his fans to forget about social media fame and focus more on being at peace with themselves.
Fans took to various social media platforms to reveal their dissatisfaction at the results, with some of them even threatening to boycott the season finale...
Meanwhile, Weir's dance partner Stewart became the show's first Black female pro in season 29, after being a part of the show for five seasons. The professional dancer has been thrilled about the upgrade and documented her journey for "Good Morning America."
During her last installment, Stewart fondly reflected on her 11 weeks on the show. She also spoke about the solid bond she formed with Weir. In her words:
"Our connection to each other was instantaneous. It was honestly a bit strange how quickly we connected because we are both fiercely private people."
Unsurprisingly, it was not only the dance couple that was left disappointed by their semifinal elimination. Many "DWTS" fans were left outraged after Weir and Stewart were eliminated alongside Skai Jackson and her partner Alan Bersten.
Fans took to various social media platforms to reveal their dissatisfaction at the results, with some of them even threatening to boycott the season finale on November 23.
Some of the fans complained that the show had become a "popularity contest" and were of the opinion that Weir and Jackson deserved a place in the final. Interestingly, Weir and Kaitlyn Bristowe earned perfect scores during the "Icons Night" episode of the show.