On Monday night's episode of Dancing with the Stars, Motown legend Gladys Knight struggled in her rumba with Irish partner Tristan MacManus for the lowest score of the night: only 21 points.
That led to last night’s aptly named Dance Duel between the pair and other low scoring duo, Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower. Someone was going to be eliminated. Would it finally be curtains for Gladys? Or would the “Empress of Soul” triumph against her much younger competitor to dance another week? (Spoilers ahead!)
In the end, the jive to stay alive decided it. Gladys and Tristan danced to Queen’s "Don't Stop Me Now." Doesn’t that seem like an odd choice for Motown Week?
However, the judges’ vote on who would go home was not unanimous. Although Carrie Ann Inaba tried to save 67-year-old Gladys, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli both chose 20-year-old Roshon to stay.
Although it seemed a bittersweet ending to Motown Week, the always gracious Gladys had this to say of her time on the show, "I am just so amazed at this journey. It's been absolutely extraordinary. I learned so many things ... I'm just overjoyed.”
The singer has a greater loss to be positive over – she’s reportedly lost 60 pounds during her “Dancing With The Stars” experience. Plus her partner Tristan sweetly remarked, "I will probably miss Gladys as much as I miss Ireland when I'm here. And I really, really miss Ireland."
Fittingly, Glady’s departing song was “Midnight Train to Georgia,” her 1973 number-one hit single with the Pips.
The remaining contestants will return on Monday. Knight is due back for the finale but hasn’t said if she will be singing.