"Honestly, I don't know what I'm going to do with the time off," said Cameron after host Tom Bergeron revealed he was the eighth celebrity participant sent packing. "But not one, single bit of me wanted to go home. Clearly this has been a great competition."
Cameron and Edyta finished as the week's lowest scoring couple based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode that featured each of the five remaining couples perform two routines and home viewer votes cast following the broadcast. Similar to last week's results show broadcast, Dancing with the Stars did not reveal the identity of the week's second-lowest scoring couple.
Cameron and Edyta first performed a Viennese waltz during Monday night's performance episode, for which they received a 27 out of 30 possible points from the judges, tying their best score of the season. Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli said the waltz had a "majestic sweep and gliding quality like a big, gray albatross," which was a pleasant surprise since he said Cameron has a tendency to "overdue it."
"I really loved it. I thought it was very beautiful," said fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba before giving Cameron advice for a semifinal round he would never reach. "Cameron, I love your lines and holds. Just as we go towards the semifinals next week, just watch in-between the holds."
"You took hold, you had that beautiful rotation -- natural turns to the right, reverse turns, you attempted a fleckle over here -- and I grew to love it more and more. Well done," said Len.
Cameron and Edyta's second performance during Monday night's broadcast was a cha-cha routine, which received a 24, and the feedback wasn't nearly as good from the judges as it was for the waltz.
"I didn't find it terrible," said Len. "What I will say is, it was a bit like painting-by-numbers. It was all taut. It was wooden, it didn't have a naturalness about it. That's the thing that disappointed me."
Bruno agreed that the performance was "too hard and stiff for the cha-cha-cha."
"The cha-cha-cha has a flowing move, especially in-between steps, and we keep telling you that," said Bruno. "There has to be refinement between the movement. You've got to work at it."
Carrie Ann said she truly enjoys watching Cameron dance and thought the audience felt the same way. Similar to her comments for Cameron's waltz, Carrie Ann offered advice for him to use in the next round, which he never got to.
"I would say what you need to work on -- and this is important, so listen up -- you hit the lines, they're beautiful," she said. "You're stature works for you in that way because you hit these lines and they're like, 'Whoa! Beautiful!' But then it's how you move from form to form. It's all in-between movements is what you need to work on."
Cameron and Edyta's combined score of a 51 out of 60 possible points for their two Monday night routines found them in third-place on the judges leader board -- however before their elimination was revealed last night -- Cameron seemed aware that anything was possible.
"Obviously it was one off dance," said Cameron, a reference to the cha-cha, "and we could be going home."
Following their elimination, Edyta said she was "truly, truly proud" of Cameron because she "never thought" he would go this far since he entered the competition with "no experience."
"I can't believe what you've done with me from the beginning of this to now, and how far I've come," said Cameron to Edyta. "I'm so grateful for that. I'm so genuinely grateful."
Reclaiming the top spot on the judges leader board -- a position they hadn't held since Week 2 of the competition -- were IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves and professional partner Julianne Hough, who received a combined score of 57 out of 60 possible points for their two routines. The couple's cha-cha scored a 27, while their quickstep gave them their first perfect score -- a 30 -- of the season.
Hot on Helio and Julianne's heels with a combined score of 56 were Spice Girl Melanie Brown and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who had been atop the judges leader board for the previous three weeks. They received a 28 for their Monday night tango routine and then almost scored their third perfect score in as many weeks for their mambo, which Len and Bruno gave a 10 but Carrie Ann awarded a 9.
Behind Cameron and Edyta on the judges leader board were former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth and professional partner Derek Hough -- who received a 24 for their jive and a 26 for their foxtrot -- giving them a combined score of 50. At the bottom of the judges leader board with a combined score of 49 were entertainer Marie Osmond and her professional partner Jonathan Roberts, who received a 24 for their rumba and a 25 for their jive.
However home viewer votes were enough to place Jennie and Derek as well as Marie and Jonathan ahead of Cameron and Edyta and into the semifinals.
Dancing with the Stars 5's ninth performance episode will air live on Monday, November 19 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, with each of the four remaining couples performing two routines of their choice from the ballroom and Latin styles.
On Tuesday, November 20 at 9PM ET/PT, another couple will be eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes.
Dancing with the Stars final fifth-season performance episode broadcast will air live on Monday, November 26 at 8PM ET/PT, with the three remaining couples each having one last chance to perform for the judges and fans. Dancing with the Stars two-hour fifth-season final results show broadcast -- in which one of the couples will receive the mirror ball trophy -- will air on Tuesday, November 27 at 9PM ET/PT on ABC.
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