Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars is in full swing, and the original cast of 15 singers, actors, and reality stars have all been given the opportunity to show off their skills. While they all showed their talents and pleaded for votes, it wasn't enough for everyone to stick around.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev
Former Bachelorette and current Off the Vine podcast host Kaitlyn Bristowe is one of the frontrunners of Season 29. With extensive dance experience — she pursued it professionally in her early adult years — Kaitlyn is the one to beat.
Plus, DWTS has a history of crowning women from Bachelor Nation. Hannah Brown won Season 28, and former Bachelor runner-up Melissa Rycroft won All Stars.
Ahead of the Sept. 21 episode, Kaitlyn did sustain an ankle injury that threatened to cut her time on the competition short. But, she managed to still perform, and she maintained her first position status on the leaderboard.
Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson
Let's be honest — who was expecting the Catfish host to have some skills in the ballroom? Not us, but Nev Schulman shocked many viewers with his foxtrot debut, which he followed up with a cha-cha in Week 2.
Nev has remained on the upper half of the leaderboard.
Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten
The Disney darling and activist is another top contender for Season 29. Despite having a bit of a mess-up in Week 2 because of the slippery dance floor, many fans are still convinced that the 18-year-old has what it takes to win the Mirror Ball trophy. With Alan's win in Season 28, will he be able to secure his second consecutive victory?
Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko
After Week 1, Chrisell and Gleb were at the bottom of the leaderboard, with only Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley beneath them. The Selling Sunset agent and soap opera actress improved during the second week, and she received three sixes.
Each week, Chrisell is maintaining or improving her score, which is usually a good sign for her longevity on the show.
AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke
Though AJ has dance experience as a member of the Backstreet Boys, the band's choreography could not prepare him for DWTS. After opening up the season with the first performance, AJ impressed the judges. He's maintained a solid standing on the leaderboard each week, allowing him to be back again.
Will he beat "Everybody" and his fellow band member Nick Carter's second place finish on Season 21? It's TBD.
Nelly and Daniella Karagach
The "Ride Wit Me" singer performed to his own song in Week 1, and he's stayed in the middle of the pack for four consecutive weeks. His score improved by three in Week 4, and the judges love to see steady improvement.
With his backflips and the coolest dancing shoes on the floor, Nelly could have what it takes to make it to the top.
Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong
The Real host certainly caught the judges' attention in Week 1 when she did some acrobatics with partner Brandon during their salsa. They received a total of 18 for the first week, and they evaded elimination. The TV personality performed a cha-cha for the second week, and she got the exact same score.
Jeannie's emotional Up performance earned rave reviews from the judges, but she lost a point in her score for Week 4.
Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd
The former NFL tight end and Super Bowl winner is used to performing at his best. He had a solid debut in Week 1 with the foxtrot, and Derek admitted he was "surprised" by Vernon's abilities.
He improved his score by one point in the second week with his passionate Paso Doble performance (during which he also showed off his abs).
Vernon has held steady at a 22 for his third and fourth week dances.
Justina Machado and Sasha Farber
The One Day at a Time actress is taking her DWTS experience one week at a time, and many are convinced that she could win first place. She's placed near the top of the leaderboard each week. After a Week 3 struggle, Justina recovered and scored a 24 for her next performance.
Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy
Though the Cheer coach is all about precision and nailing the choreography when critiquing the Navarro squad, she admitted that she's been struggling with those elements herself on the show.
Monica and Val were one of the few duos who actually went down in score after their second performances.
They landed in the bottom on Week 4, but they were saved by the judges. Unfortunately, the track record for Season 29 so far has been that every couple who is saved by the judges ends up going home the following week.
Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart
Johnny is no stranger to effortless performances on the ice, but the ballroom is entirely different for the figure skater. He got to perform to a Lady Gaga song during his second week, who is one of his all-time favorite artists, but it wasn't enough for the first place finish on the leaderboard. His Mulan performance during Disney week earned him a score of 24. He maintained that number the following week.
ELIMINATED: Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess
John Tucker Must Dance!
The actor and heartthrob impressed the judges with his quickstep in Week 1 (which is known for being one of the toughest dances featured on the show). He improved his score by two in the second week, which is a good sign for any competitor, and he's been steady ever since.
However, the actor finished at the bottom of the board in Week 3 and was hoping to once again impress the judges the following week. But, Jesse once again was one of the lowest-scoring couples of the night and was ultimately put up for elimination against Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd. Unanimously, the judges decided to keep the later, and Jesse and Sharna were sent home.
ELIMINATED: Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe
The actress and mom of two surprised her own kids with her dancing abilities, but she wasn't the one to help Keo secure his first win on the show.
After landing in the bottom with Carole Baskin during Week 3, it was clear that the writing was on the wall for Anne and Keo.
ELIMINATED: Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov
Despite performing to "Eye of the Tiger" in Week 1, nothing could help Carole become one of the top competitors for Season 29. To add insult to injury, her former husband Don Lewis' family even paid for a commercial to run during the premiere about how they believe the animal activist is involved in his disappearance.
The Tiger King alum narrowly missed the first elimination by getting saved by Derek Hough.
She was cut from the show in the third week of competition (and she was the second star eliminated overall) after performing to The Lion King during Disney Night.
ELIMINATED: Charles Oakley and Emma Slater
The former Chicago Bull is accustomed to winning on the court, but he couldn't make it happen on the dancefloor. His footwork was the subject of criticism from the judges, and he floundered at the bottom of the leaderboard for two consecutive weeks.
He was the first dance hopeful to get cut from the series, after receiving votes from both Carrie Ann and Derek. While some viewers were convinced that Carole was only saved for the purpose of ratings, it was evident that Charles wasn't likely going to make it to the finals anyway.
Find out which celebrity will get the chop next on Dancing with the Stars, which airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.