Tyra Banks’ Ballroom Blunder — Was It the Biggest Mistake in ‘DWTS’ History?
Monday night, Tyra Banks suffered a major ballroom mix-up on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Banks announced the wrong names for the bottom two, telling viewers that actress Anne Heche and her pro partner Keo Motsepe, as well as NFL player Vernon Davis and pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd, were on the brink of elimination.
Quickly realizing that the bottom two were actually Anne and Keo along with “Cheers” star Monica Aldama and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, Tyra said, “There's actually been an error. I'm looking right now, and we have three couples. So we need to clarify this for a second."
Banks then called Monica and Val back onstage after revealing they were “safe.” She emphasized, “There's been an error in our control room, but we're making it happen. This is live TV, right? This is the craziness of live TV."
In response to the blunder, judge Bruno Tonioli commented from his seat, “Nobody is infallible. I'm sorry, guys. You know, it happened in the UK."
After Monica and Val came back onstage, Tyra apologized, saying, “I'm so sorry. This is live TV. I was reading my cards, but my cards were wrong."
Monica and Val were eventually saved, while Anne and Keo were sent home.
After the show, Banks took the mishap in stride, tweeting, “Wowzers. Live TV. Wrong name on cards. So challenging to deal with moments likethese. But we power through."
“Extra's” Rachel Lindsay spoke with Bruno, who offered his take on what went down. He said, “Live television. Things like this happen… The votes come in at the last minute and there is such a small difference within the numbers. And that's why they say vote. It's that close.”
Johnny Weir praised Tyra for how she handled everything, telling Rachel, “Tyra was a boss when it came to trying to direct that traffic.”