The audience booed its displeasure at the outcome of the elimination.
When co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet sought a reaction from the Jersey Shore star, she replied tearfully: "I can't even talk right now, but I love everybody here."
Based on their performances from last week, Polizzi and Bill Engvall were two of the lowest scorers. He was tied for the lowest spot after his tango, while Polizzi had the third-highest score of the night for her energetic foxtrot.
Elimination is based on combined judges' and viewer votes. Typically, audience votes from the prior week are combined with the judges' scores from the live performance, and the star with the lowest overall total is sent home.
No one was sent home last week after a technical problem caused votes to be cast for the wrong dancers and the show decided to forgo the elimination.
During Monday night's episode – the seventh of the season – each celebrity danced an individual routine for which he or she got an individual score, and also performed a second freestyle routine in one of two groups, sharing in the group's score.
Music legend Cher will perform and also serve as a guest judge on next week's show, Bergeron said.
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