They each handled it very differently, however.
After sweating the evening out, Cristian de la Fuente came up with a new plan backstage to win over the judges:
"To make Carrie Ann happy," the actor joked, "Cheryl and I are going to make out. To make Len happy, my arms will be framed perfectly. And to make Bruno happy, we're going to work on my footwork."
Partner Cheryl Burke, meanwhile, was more matter-of-fact, jumping in to inform de la Fuente that they were "going to work on everything." At least these two showed a sense of humor about the results, though.
The same can't be said for Shannon Elizabeth. She broke down in tears during the final commercial break.
"When they give you â€˜The Speech,'" the still teary-eyed actress said to People Magazine after the show, referring to the final stage directions from the crew, "I started to think about what I would say, it kind of freaked me out!"
The actress was able to pull herself together, fortunately, thanks to the help of partner Derek Hough, Marlee Matlin and even judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
It's okay, Shannon Elizabeth: even if you lose Dancing with the Stars, you'll always have a mediocre movie career on which you can fall back. Remember Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back?