October 8, 2020
'DWTS' Pro Artem Chigvintsev On Shocking Elimination Error: 'I'm Sure They're Feeling Very Upset'

Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev spoke out about the October 5 awkward live TV blunder when host Tyra Banks accidentally told Monica Aldama and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy that they were safe from elimination when they weren't.

Artem opened up to Parade following the show and admitted he thought the duo were probably "upset" by the incident.

"It's a shame because once you tell someone, 'Yes, you're through. You're good to go,' and then they have to come back, it's a tough realization," he said.

"I'm sure they're feeling very upset about that. But, luckily, they did not go home. So, I hope they're in a better spirit than they were during those final minutes show," the pro, who's competing with reality star Kaitlyn Bristowe on Season 29, added.

Artem also shared how the moment made history for the ABC series, as it was the first time such a thing has ever happened on the American version.

"I think it's the first time in [the] history of Dancing with the Stars. I know Bruno [Tonioli] said that it did happen on another version of the show, but I was definitely not part of that season," he said.

Artem has previously appeared on several seasons of the British version of the franchise, Strictly Come Dancing.

Artem Chigvintsev attends the premiere of ABC's
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Contestant Johnny Weir also shared his thoughts with the site and had nothing but praise for Tyra's handling of the awkward situation. The Olympic figure skater is competing with professional dancer Britt Stewart.

Tyra had to ask for clarification from the control room live on air after she noticed three couples -- Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe, Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd, and Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko -- were left in the ballroom instead of just the bottom two.

She had to call Monica and Val back and clarified they were in the bottom alongside Anne and Keo, with the latter couple sent home by the judges.

Monica and Val spoke candidly about the incident shortly after leaving the stage and called the whole thing "shocking" and "crazy."

"We went from zero to 100, back down to zero really fast," the Cheer star explained to Entertainment Tonight.

The cheerleading coach noted they were pushed back out and had to "smile" and listen to the judges without really knowing what was going on.

Val joked that despite it being a tough moment for everyone involved, he was able to "laugh" about it after learning they were safe and had made it into the Top 12.