Poor Sabrina Bryan. Many Dancing With the Stars fans considered her Week 6 elimination on Season 5 one of the most shocking DWTS eliminations ever, and now history has repeated itself on Season 15 All-Stars. This time around, the boot was even more painful, because Sabrina scored the first perfect score of the season in the same week she was sent home.
But Sabrina is far from the only star to go home surprisingly soon. Take a walk down memory lane with us as we go over our picks for the seven most shocking DWTS eliminations ever.
7. Giselle Fernandez, Season 2
That anyone — even Kenny Mayne — lasted longer than Master P shocks us. But especially TV journalist Giselle Fernandez, who was probably the victim of a "who the heck is Giselle Fernandez?" curse. She and partner Jonathan Roberts were eliminated on Week 3, despite getting a score of 22 for her Tango, tied with George Hamilton and higher than both Jerry Rice's 19 and Master P's 14. It's funny how often talent loses to sympathy/train wreck votes.
6. Willa Ford, Season 3
Sexy singer/actress Willa Ford & Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated on the week where they tied for first place. It was Week 5 and they received a 27 for their Rumba. Granted, so did Emmitt Smith, Mario Lopez, and Monique Coleman. The lowest score was a not-that-low 24, given to Sara Evans — who withdrew from the competition the very next week — and total joke Jerry Springer, who usually got scores in the teens. When the scores are this close, every vote counts.
5. Chynna Phillips, Season 13
One false move can send you home. That was the story of Chynna, a very talented dancer who just blanked out during Week 4’s Movie Night, earning a lower-than-usual score of 21 out of 30. It wasn't the lowest score of the night — that honor went to Carson Kressley — and Chynna tied with Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace. But Chynna and Tony Dovolani danced first, which can often be the kiss of death for a couple, and Chynna didn't have that passionate fan base pulling for her. She needed to stay on top with the judges to stay in the game and after one slip, she was gone. This elimination came the week after Kristin Cavallari's shocking departure and it's safe to say they are the reasons for the new Dance Duel where the judges can save better dancers.
4. Kristin Cavallari, Season 13
Kristin didn't do anything wrong — except fail to have an emotional story to tell on Most Memorable Year Week. Everyone else had touching stories except for Kristin, who danced a strong Samba to the theme of ... moving to L.A. after high school. Not exactly stirring stuff. The Samba got a 24 out of 30, which put her and Mark Ballas in the middle of the pack on Week 3. The lowest scores went to Chaz Bono, with an 18, Nancy Grace with a 21 and Carson Kressley with a 23. Maybe fans just assumed Kristin and Mark were safe. Maybe those other couples just had more interesting stories. Whatever the reason, Kristin and Mark fell through the cracks and were the third couple eliminated in a shocking twist. It made it clear to everyone that the fans would be running the show, not the judges.
3. Brandy Norwood, Season 11
We all thought that Season 13 would come down to Brandy and Maks vs. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, with technically talented Brandy giving Maks a strong shot at the Mirror Ball he still hasn't won. So when Brandy was eliminated in the semi-finales in favor of likable but not particularly talented Bristol Palin — who had already stayed over other more elegent dancers like Audrina Patridge and Rick Fox — fans were outraged, and some even started spouting conspiracy theories.
2. Shannen Doherty, Season 10
Brenda! Why was she first? Shannen's Week 1 Viennese Waltz score of 18 wasn't great, but it was far from the worst. She tied with Niecy Nash and Chad Ochocinco and beat Kate Gosselin (16), Aiden Turner (15) and Buzz Aldrin (14). That put her roughly in the middle of the pack. She should've had fan support from 90210 fans and she had a nice backstory in that she went on the show for her father. Plus, she was paired with Mark Ballas, one of the most popular and positive pros. So what happened? We still don't know. But Kristin's fate is further proof that the Mark factor isn't as big a deal as we thought.
1. Sabrina Bryan, Season 5 and Season 15
This was the big shocker. Sabrina & Mark Ballas — who became a couple after the show — were the frontrunners for the first five weeks of the season. They even received a perfect score of 30 on Week 4 for their Paso Doble. They got their lowest scores ever on Week 6, a not-too-shabby 25 for their Foxtrot. It wasn't the lowest scores of the week; they tied with Cameron Mathison and beat Marie Osmond (23) and Jane Seymour (22). So when they were eliminated, it knocked everybody out. Carrie Ann said that if another elimination like that happened, she'd quit being a judge for the show. Sabrina Bryan & Mark's elimination was rated as the most shocking TV event for 2007. The next week, the remaining competitors wore fake tattoos of cheetah paw prints in honor of Sabrina's role in the Cheetah Girls.
Sabrina's elimination remained in fans' minds, and she was voted into the All-Stars season as the fan choice contestant. It looked like she was headed for redemption with new partner Louis van Amstel. They came out of the gate doing well. Really well. It seemed clear she was going to avoid early elimination when she scored the first perfect 30 of the season during Week 6, landing her at the top of the leaderboard going into the elimination. And then she went home anyway. Yeah, we still don't really know what to say.
Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.