Live television is never without its wrinkles.
During Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, confusion arose after new host Tyra Banks accidentally named the wrong stars when announcing which pairs had landed in the bottom two. She later addressed the misstep on Twitter, chalking up the moment to an internal error.
“Wowzers. Live TV. Wrong name on cards,” she tweeted. “So challenging to deal with moments like these. But we power through.”
She also tweeted about a wardrobe malfunction she suffered during the show, writing, “OMG! When I changed outfits, I wasn’t zipped up and had to hold my outfit up while introducing the next act. Live TV, y’all!”
During the episode, Banks, 46, accidentally declared Cheer’s Monica Aldama and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy as safe before it was revealed that they had actually landed in the bottom two alongside Anne Heche and her partner Keo Motsepe.
At the end of the show, Heche, Vernon Davis and Chrishell Stause stood on the ballroom floor as Banks announced, “Anne and Keo and Vernon and Peta are in the bottom two.”
She then clarified: “There’s actually been an error. I’m looking right now and we have three couples, so we need to clarify this for one second. The bottom two couples are Anne and Keo and Monica and Val.”
She proceeded to explain that there had been an “error” in the control room. “This is live TV. I was reading my cards, but my cards were wrong,” Banks said. “So here we go. … And again, we apologize for this. This is live TV, and we’re all human.”
After judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Derek Hough decided to save Aldama and Chmerkovskiy, Heche was sent home from the competition.
Banks has been candid about the inevitable challenges she’s encountered since replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as host of the ABC dance competition show. In a video posted on TikTok last month, she responded to some of the criticism she’s received.
“Tonight I hosted the second episode of Dancing with the Stars … and yeah, it wasn’t perfect,” she admitted. “Yeah, I had a lot of fun, but I messed up, I said the wrong words, but I kept, kept going. … Forgive yourself when you mess up and keep going.”