Ailing Tamar Braxton returns to 'Dancing With the Stars' as another contestant gets the boot

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven't watched Monday's episode of "Dancing With the Stars")

The drama on "Dancing With the Stars" was dominated by Tamar Braxton's health crisis on Monday, which overshadowed some truly spectacular performances by the seven remaining couples.

At the opening of the show, host Tom Bergeron told viewers: "Tamar is not here, she was taken to the hospital today mid-way through dress rehearsal. This is very much a live show, we don't have all the information at this time. She might return to dance live here, we will keep you posted as we find out."

While she was absent from the first half of the show, the R&B singer was featured in video clips of rehearsals, which revealed what a busy week she had juggling co-hosting "The Real" with whirlwind trips to Las Vegas and Orlando, and a concert in Los Angeles on Friday. "It's just non-stop" she said.

"According to the rules, the judges are going to be critiquing a performance from today's dress rehearsal," Bergeron explained when it was her turn to dance.

"She came on the lot 15 minutes before we danced that, sick with pneumonia and exhausted. That's been the schedule," pro-partner Val Chmerkovskiy said after the video aired.

Miraculously, Braxton did make it back later in the night to take part in the team challenge where the contestants had to perform to show-stopping routines from Broadway, Vegas and touring shows. Braxton, Chmerkovskiy, Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess performed a Cirque du Soleil number from the Beatles' "Love," and received a score of 27 out of 30 — meaning that despite her medical emergency, the Grammy-nominated singer is safe for another week.

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If she had not shown up — like Kim Zolciak-Bierman before her — Braxton would have been ejected by the network's lawyers, Bergeron explained.

After marveling about what drugs she'd been given, judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Braxton she was "astounded by her courage to come back."

Ultimately, someone did have to go home, of course — and it came down to married couple Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega in the bottom two, with Alexa and Mark Ballas getting the boot. "I wish it was me," her supportive husband said after the announcement.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2104 - Each celebrity set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorated their most memorable year on 'Dancing with the Stars' LIVE on MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple danced to a song of the celebrity's choosing that encompassed a memorable time, or truly incredible experience in their life. These heartfelt performances showcased some of the most exciting choreography and emotionally powerful routines of the season yet. At the end of evening, one couple was eliminated from the ballroom competition. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) NICK CARTER, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2104 - Each celebrity set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorated their most memorable year on 'Dancing with the Stars' LIVE on MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple danced to a song of the celebrity's choosing that encompassed a memorable time, or truly incredible experience in their life. These heartfelt performances showcased some of the most exciting choreography and emotionally powerful routines of the season yet. At the end of evening, one couple was eliminated from the ballroom competition. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) HAYES GRIER, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2104 - Each celebrity set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorated their most memorable year on 'Dancing with the Stars' LIVE on MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple danced to a song of the celebrity's choosing that encompassed a memorable time, or truly incredible experience in their life. These heartfelt performances showcased some of the most exciting choreography and emotionally powerful routines of the season yet. At the end of evening, one couple was eliminated from the ballroom competition. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) ALLISON HOLKER, ANDY GRAMMER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2104 - Each celebrity set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorated their most memorable year on 'Dancing with the Stars' LIVE on MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple danced to a song of the celebrity's choosing that encompassed a memorable time, or truly incredible experience in their life. These heartfelt performances showcased some of the most exciting choreography and emotionally powerful routines of the season yet. At the end of evening, one couple was eliminated from the ballroom competition. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) BINDI IRWIN, DEREK HOUGH
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102A - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. The couples danced another dance to a song that the pro dancer chose that reminded them of where they grew up, on Dancing with the Stars, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102 - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In 'Hometown Glory' night, each couple danced two new dance styles to songs that reminded the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week was eliminated, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102 - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In 'Hometown Glory' night, each couple danced two new dance styles to songs that reminded the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week was eliminated, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102 - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In 'Hometown Glory' night, each couple danced two new dance styles to songs that reminded the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week was eliminated, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102 - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In 'Hometown Glory' night, each couple danced two new dance styles to songs that reminded the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week was eliminated, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102 - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In 'Hometown Glory' night, each couple danced two new dance styles to songs that reminded the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week was eliminated, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - Episode 2102 - The couples geared up for one of the toughest weeks of the competition this season with two live shows and a double elimination. In 'Hometown Glory' night, each couple danced two new dance styles to songs that reminded the celebrity and pro dancer of the places that shaped who they are today. At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest combined judges and viewer votes from last week was eliminated, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2101' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, LIVE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2101' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, LIVE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2101' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, LIVE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2101' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, LIVE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2101' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, LIVE, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
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As for the other hopefuls, after landing at the bottom of last week's board by a whopping eight points, Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos was forced to take drastic measures. "I'm having a tough time being sexy — I am just not a sexy guy," he admitted during rehearsals while being forced to both strip off his shirt and wax his chest.

Feeling the pressure after being put on a pedestal following a few flawless weeks, Bindi Irwin won praise for "taking risks" with a traditional Viennese waltz. "There were frightening things happening ... it was gorgeous," Julianne Hough gushed.

'Dancing With the Stars': Bindi Irwin's Chill-Inducing Viennese Waltz

Nick Carter led the board last week but hip pain from his years of performing with the Backstreet Boys literally had him on the floor during rehearsals. Luckily the boy bander was feeling better by the time he had to perform live, and was cheered on by his former bandmates.

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