Poor Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was sent back to the Jersey Shore last night on Dancing With the Stars Season 17, Week 7. It was a big surprise — especially to Snooki, who was still dressed as a zombie from her Team Spooky Bom Bom performance.
She got emotional in her brief on-camera goodbye with partner Sasha Farber, and stayed emotional behind the scenes.
"I definitely didn't think I was going to to go home yet and I'm not ready to go home,” Snooki told reporters after the show (via Us Weekly). “This experience has been amazing. Sasha's amazing.” She couldn’t hold back the tears, but she was proud to learn “I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was.”
She told People she’s “happy and grateful” for the DWTS experience, and to show the softer mom side of her personality. But it’s also “really sad to say goodbye to everybody.” She added, "I just wasn't ready to go yet." (At least now she can spend more time with baby Lorenzo!)
Snooki and Sasha were in the middle of the pack in terms of judges’ scores, but last night they ended up under the scary “in jeopardy” lights with Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. Bill and Emma were at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard and seemed more likely to be eliminated. Emma is also Sasha’s girlfriend, so she has to be relieved to keep one partner, but sad to lose another. "She's a great dancer," Emma told People of Snooki. "We lost a great couple tonight."
Do you think the right couple went home? How did you vote in the past two weeks? Watch Snooki and Sasha say goodbye in the post-show On the Red Carpet video below.