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Perfection can't save Simone Biles in bewildering 'Dancing With the Stars' elimination

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber perform during the May 1 episode of "Dancing With the Stars." (ABC / Eric McCandless)
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber perform during the May 1 episode of "Dancing With the Stars." (ABC / Eric McCandless)

"Smiling doesn't win you gold medals."

That's what Simone Biles taught the world on last week's episode of "Dancing With the Stars. This week, the Olympic gold medalist learned that perfection doesn't win you mirror-ball trophies. 

Biles was eliminated from Monday night's episode of "DWTS," failing to make it to the season finale, despite earning perfect scores from the judges on both of her dances. 

How could this happen? 

Pretty easily, it turns out. 

While the judges' points matter, they don't matter as much as you might think. And don't underestimate the audience vote. Here's how it works:

Each of the four remaining contestants — Biles, former baseball player David Ross, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei and NFL running back Rashad Jennings — were judged on their two dances and given numeric scores, with a maximum of 40.

Biles
Jive: 40
Rumba: 40
Total: 80

Jennings
Rumba: 38
Quickstep: 39
Total: 77

Kordei
Waltz: 36
Jazz: 40
Total: 76

Ross
Foxtrot: 34
Tango: 36
Total: 70

The totals were then used to calculate the overall percentage of the judges' points each couple earned. (Confused yet?) Since the judges awarded 303 total points Monday night, the breakdown looked like this:

Biles: 80/303 = 26.4%
Jennings: 77/303 = 25.4%
Kordei: 76/303 = 25.1%
Ross: 70/303 = 23.1%

Those percentages are then added to the percentage of overall North American viewer votes each contestant receives. If those votes had broken evenly, then it would be Biles, Jennings and Kordei moving to next week's finals. 

Since Biles dropped from first to last with the addition of audience votes, that means that Ross earned more than 3% more of the viewer votes than the Olympian.

So what caused "DWTS" fans to turn on Biles?

It's possible that last week's "smile" exchange -- during which host Tom Bergeron interjected during Biles' judging, "I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments; you didn’t," followed by Biles' tart retort -- left a bad taste in viewers' mouths.

Telling a woman to smile is treacherous territory, but perhaps some in the "DWTS" audience were put off by Biles' refusal to embrace Bergeron's critique. 

Or maybe viewers just love to see a former baseball player dance.

The final "Dancing With the Stars" performances of the season will air on ABC next Monday, with the winner being announced the following night, May 23.

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