Bethany Mota had a nice run on season 19 of Dancing With The Stars, but the jig is up. The YouTube beauty icon has been eliminated from ABC’s popular reality show, finishing just one place shy of the season finale.
Mota, whose participation in DWTS allowed ABC to add a fresh face and attract younger viewers, ultimately finished fourth. She was eliminated during the first night of the reality show’s two-night finale, setting up a November 26th showdown between Duck Dynasty‘s Sadie Robertson, Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish, and Alfonso Ribiero, whose dancing skills should come as little surprise to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans.
Between their two dances of the evening, Mota and partner Derek Hough scored 76 out of a possible 80 points, including a perfect score on their second dance. Those high marks were not quite good enough, and they earned Hough a rare elimination; including this year, he has finished in the top three in seven of the past nine DWTS seasons.
Despite her elimination, Mota maintained the chipper attitude that has helped her become one of YouTube’s biggest stars. “I think I’ve improved so much. Not even in a specific dance style, but just overall as a dancer,” she said. “I feel more confident when I move than I did in week one, and I think you can really see that in the dances.”
With her appearance on DWTS completed, Mota will return to her YouTube channel, where she has more than 7.7 million subscribers. That’s not a bad consolation prize.