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Dancing with the Stars dumps all viewer votes because of on-air screw-up

Dancing with the Stars eliminated no one last night after all viewer votes were thrown out because incorrect phone numbers were displayed last week, resulting in viewers voting for people they didn’t intend to vote for.

While first pretending they were going to eliminate someone at the end of the episode (“so mean,” Brooke observed), Tom Bergeron explained:

“Last week, at the end of the show we had a technical problem in the broadcasts of the eastern and central time zones. The incorrect phone numbers were shown and may have resulted in some votes accidentally cast for the wrong couple. So, in fairness, we have decided to discard all the viewer votes and not eliminate anyone this week.”

Brooke said that “all of the judges stores and bonus points from tonight will carry over to next week,” but neither said whether there will be a double elimination, which would make sense to keep the show on track for its finale.

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