'Dancing with the Stars' cuts Priscilla Presley and Louis van Amstel
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/16/2008
Priscilla Presley has left the building.
Elvis' ex-wife and her professional partner Louis van Amstel were revealed to be the fifth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' sixth season during last night's live results show broadcast on ABC.
The couple was booted from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
"This has been an incredible experience that is life changing," said Priscilla after her ouster was revealed. "I did things that I didn't think I could do... I learned so much about myself and all the things I can do."
Priscilla and Louis had performed a rumba routine during Monday night's performance episode broadcast and the judges scored it a 21 out of 30 possible points -- the lowest judges' score of the night.
"Priscilla, you always play well your part -- sensual but not trashy, available but reassuringly expensive. I like that," judge Bruno Tonioli had commented after the performance. "But the problem is with the rumba being so slow, it exposes a lot of folds. The walks, you missed an underarm turn and sometimes you're a bit shaky... I think you pushed a little too far this week, technically. But your performances are always good."
Fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she could tell Priscilla was "definitely going for the technique" because she was "in her mind a little bit too much this week."
"I think you were concentrating too much on getting the technique right," she added. "It didn't just flow from your body effortlessly. I think weeks before you've done a lot more flowing. This one was a little too much thinking for my taste."
Len Goodman had summed up his thoughts with one word: "disappointed."
"It lacked spontaneity for me. It was too careful," added Len. "I was disappointed with the performance."
After her elimination was revealed during last night's live broadcast, Priscilla said she agreed with the judges' comments.
"I really felt that you were right on the money. I was in my head last night," she said. "I don't know how that happened."
Before Priscilla and Louis' ouster, host Tom Bergeron revealed telenovela actor Christian de la Fuente and his partner Cheryl Burke were the other couple in the bottom two based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
"What this makes you realize is that one false move -- one bad performance, one ill-advised routine -- and you are in jeopardy," said Len when the bottom two were revealed. "For Priscilla, my heart wants you to come back. My brain wants you to come back Christian. I think it's a terrible situation."
Christian and Cheryl performed a rumba routine on Monday night and received a 23 out of 30 possible points -- their lowest score from the judges since their first two performances. Christina said being in the bottom two felt "bad."
"We're having a great time and it's a great show. I've got the chance to meet great people and dance with the best dancer in the show. It's sad to have the thought of leaving," said Christian after it was revealed he was in the bottom two with Cheryl. "I think challenges are very important in life. When you have a little pressure in life, you're not depressed. You have something to wake-up [to], something to change in your life, something to be better at... This is a great challenge in my life."
Sitting atop the Dancing with the Stars judges' leaderboard for the fourth week in a row were Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas. It was the second week in a row the couple scored a 29 out of 30 possible points -- this time for their rumba, which also received a set of 10's from Len and Bruno.
As has been the case throughout much of the competition, NFL star Jason Taylor and his partner Edyta Sliwinska were hot on Kristi and Mark's heels -- scoring a 27 for their rumba. Tied with Jason and Edyta were R&B singer Mario and his partner Karina Smirnoff with their samba.
Tony Award-winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur and her partner Tony Dovolani scored a 24 for their samba routine, placing them one point ahead of Christian and Cheryl and actress Shannon Elizabeth and her partner Derek Hough with their samba. Derek still performed on Monday night despite being hospitalized earlier in the day with a bout of food poisoning.
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin and her partner Fabian Sanchez rounded out the judges' leaderboard, scoring a 22 for their samba.
Dancing with the Stars' next sixth-season performance episode broadcast will air Monday, April 21 at 8PM ET/PT. On Tuesday night beginning at 9PM ET/PT, one couple will be eliminated based on a combination of the judges scores from Monday night and home viewer votes cast immediately following the broadcast.
(Photo credit ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
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