Guest judge Leah Remini praised him for overcoming his struggles to dance on the show.
She said: “I don’t think people understand that Odom is not a dancer, and on top of that he’s dealing with [an accident where he was] almost dying.
“It’s not easy to learn a dance. Because not only are you learning a new thing that you have never learned in your whole life, but you’re doing it live.
“I think he represents what the show is. The fact that he’s out there … and also, I think, he’s used to a game face. He’s not really used to showing his emotions. He’s also a man in sports, I just don’t know if they’re used to showing their emotions out there.”
And fellow contestant Sailor Brinkley-Cook was also emotional about Odom’s exit.
She said: “I felt like I was going to sob. I’ve been watching Lamar really give his all and put the work in and try and be the best. It made me so sad to see him go because I really wanted to see him improve even more.”