In week 8 of Dancing with the Stars, Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars after their Monday night dance. After a longer than anticipated run on the show, in which low scores and harsh criticism seemed to come more often than not, Lochte danced his final dance on Halloween.
Lochte and Burke performed the Tango to “Howlin’ for You” by The Black Keys and received a low score of 23 which tied for the bottom spot among the seven remaining couples. Unfortunately for the pair, the fan vote could not save them from elimination.
Later on in Monday night’s episode, Lochte and Burke danced for the final time in a dance-off. The pair’s final dance was a cha-cha to The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face. Despite winning the dance-off against Marilu Henner and Derek Hough, the were still eliminated.
After their elimination, Lochte said, “I learned a lot about myself, that I can — no matter how hard I get knocked down I can keep fighting. And this family, I love it.” He went on to say, “I’m sad I’m going home, but everyone here has touched me in a special place right here,” as he patted his heart.
Lochte also spoke a lot about his focus shifting to wedding planning. He said, “Now that the show is over for me I can sit down, take a deep breath and start thinking about the wedding, that’s what we’re going to be doing for the next nine months, 10 months, or however long until our wedding date.”
The duo definitely left their mark on this season and Lochte was able to change the conversation surrounding his name from Rio to DWTS. Watch Lochte’s final two dance’s below: