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Brant Daugherty has been sent home from Dancing With the Stars Season 17, and the hotness level will never be the same.

Along with losing one of our favorite sources of DWTS eye candy, Brant and Peta's elimination continues the trend of solid, but comparatively middle of the pack, competitors being sent home over apparently more appealing low scorers. Brant and Snooki are out, while Bill, Leah, and Jack are still around (though Leah and Jack are also scoring better these days).

That said, the whole point of this show is that stars live and die not just on the strength of their technique, but on how appealing they are to the audience. The voters have spoken, and at this point, it seems clear that they prefer dancers with strong improvement arcs over stars like Snooki and Brant, who started in the middle and basically stayed there.

What do you think — is it fair that Brant went home this week over arguably weaker dancers, or do you think the voters made the right call? And what is it about the stars that are still around that make them so appealing to people?

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Catch the next episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 17 on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.