In her final “Us Weekly” blog for the season, Cheryl Burke speculates that she doesn’t think Van Der Beek was speaking specifically about his surprising elimination in the semifinal when he said that the show needs to do “a little soul-searching,” but rather about the series in general and how it’s deviated from its core.
“What [the judges] did to him was harsh. I think just the world we’re living in right now, there’s no grounding,” Burke wrote. “People need to actually talk from their hearts and instead, people are on the defense constantly. People are always trying to prove themselves when really you need to just be yourself and be authentic and whatever that is to you. I think that’s what this show is missing.