Dancing With the Stars fans are wishing celebrity competitor Jeannie Mai a speedy recovery after she was forced to leave the competition early. Mai, who has taken the dance stage throughout Season 29 alongside her pro dancing partner Brandon Armstrong, exited the series ahead of Week 8 after being hospitalized with a potentially life-threatening inflammatory condition called epiglottis.
Confirming the news in a statement to Good Morning America Monday morning, The Real host said that her "doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery." As a result, she said that she was "heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here," adding that throughout her time on the competition, she has "pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we've come." Armstrong, meanwhile, said that he and Mai "are devastated by the news that we're gonna have to cut this season short" and thanked "all the fans that have helped get us this far and we are praying for a speedy recovery from Jeannie."
News of Mai's departure shocked Dancing With the Stars fans who have been rooting for her to take home the Mirrorball Trophy since Week 1. Across social media, as they look forward to Monday night’s all-new episode, fans were quick to send their well wishes to Mai. Scroll down to see how fans are reacting to the news.
Oh no!!!!! @jeanniemai I always look forward to your dances, your energy and your overall radiance, but your health is way more important than anything. Wishing you a speedy recovery!— ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻Doe Eyes✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@__Doe_Eyes__) November 2, 2020
Oh noo 😭 wishing her a speedy recovery— Lauren 😍 (@CALDERONSCV) November 2, 2020
Mai and Armstrong were slated to perform the Charleston to "Shout" by The Islay Brothers. Due to Mai’s hospitalization, they will no longer be competing in the series.prevnext
Noooo I loved her energy so much! Get well soon girl— Tashley☆ (@TashleyJ03) November 2, 2020
Oh no!! I hope she’s ok! Im gonna miss her so much!! 😢😢— 🎃🎃 Spooky Anastasia Beaverhausen 🎃🎃 (@djgirl40) November 2, 2020
Viewers tuning in to Monday's night's all-new episode will still get to see Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev jiving along to "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen. Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten, meanwhile, are slated to take the stage to perform a salsa to "Work It" by Missy Elliott.prevnext
I'm sooooooo sad, but hope she's okay!— Erika (@erikaxtc) November 2, 2020
nooooo I loved watching her and brandon together 😢 @jeanniemai get well soon. sending you so much strength and love 💕— ☼ olivia ☽ (@brokenxhds) November 2, 2020
According to Gold Derby, Justina Machado and Sasha Farber will perform a samba to "Magalenha" by Sergio Mendes. AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke's routine is said to be a rumba to "Way Down We Go" by KALEO.prevnext
I hope that Jeannie Mai feels better— Edward Sanchez (@edwardistheman) November 2, 2020
Oh no I’m so sorry Jeannie 😢😢 get better soon— Caroline (@Carolin07039519) November 2, 2020
Nelly and Daniella Karagach are set to perform a rumba to "Nobody Knows" by The Tony Rich Project. Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson will dance a Viennese waltz to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's "Stuck with U."prevnext
Sending her preyers and thinking of her ❤️🙏— Melissa (@okanagangirl87) November 2, 2020
Wishing you the best @jeanniemai— Bianca 💙 2 Days 💙 VOTE 🗳 (@BiancaGodsil) November 2, 2020
You were one of my favorites this season! I’ll miss seeing you and Brandon dance every week!
Rounding out the performances, Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko will also perform a Viennese waltz, taking the stage to "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart, meanwhile, are slated to perform a foxtrot to "Wonder" by Shawn Mendes.prevnext
Oh no! She was one of my picks to win.☹️— michelle mcclain (@gmprm) November 2, 2020
nooooo my favorite couple— maddie jones ミ☆ (@maddiejones1229) November 2, 2020
Monday's episode is also set to bring back relay groups, in which the remaining couples are split into three relay groups — cha-cha, samba or Viennese waltz — and will perform one at a time during their respective relays. One judge is assigned to each group and will rank the couples within that group for bonus points, which will then be added to their individual scores and the live votes. Despite Mai's exit from the competition, the relays are scheduled to go on, with one group having two couples instead of three.prevnext
We will miss seeing her-she had such a great energy on the show. Very fun to watch! I wish @jeanniemai all the best and a speedy return to full health!— Lisa (@OpenMindedLi) November 2, 2020
I feel so bad for Jeannie Mai and Brandon— Edward Sanchez (@edwardistheman) November 2, 2020
Due to Mai's forced exit, Monday night's episode will not feature the promised, and dreaded, double elimination. Instead, Dancing With the Stars confirmed that "tonight's show will feature the eight remaining couples and a single elimination."prev