The singer and actress and Dovolani became the fourth couple ousted from the competition based on the combination of the Dancing with the Stars judges' scores they had received during Monday night's performance show, which featured the season's nine remaining couples performing to the most famous music scores in cinematic history, and the home viewer votes that were cast afterwards.
"I'm disappointed. I'm sad but I have to take responsibility. I messed up and I have an amazing partner. I love you, Tony, you're amazing. Tony is amazing. He's been there for me 100% percent of the entire way and I'm very grateful to have been on the show and have the opportunity. Thank you, everyone, who voted for me," Phillips said following her ouster, referring to how she had forgotten part of her routine during Monday night's performance show.
"Well the first thing that crossed my mind was to try to take care of her because I saw the frightened look on her face, and I just wanted to calm her down and tell her it was okay. It's a live show and things happen," Dovolani told Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron when asked what was going through his mind during the moment he noticed Phillips had drawn a blank onstage.
"Blackouts have happened to all of us, and the thing is, she finished the routine and kind of listened to me. So, it was cool."
The two other couples who had also received 21 points were legal commentator Nancy Grace and partner Tristan MacManus and transgender advocate Chaz Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer. Grace and MacManus danced a paso doble routine to Flash Gordon's music score, and Bono and Schwimmer performed a paso doble to the theme music from Rocky.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians sibling Rob Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke were the other couple still in danger of elimination prior to Phillips and Dovolani's ouster, however Bergeron and Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke did not specify whether they were the second-lowest ranked couple based on the combination of the judges' scoring and home viewer votes from Monday night's performance show.
Kardashian and Burke had finished tied for third place on the leaderboard with American women's soccer star Hope Solo and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy after they each received 24 points from the judges. Kardashian and Burke performed a paso doble routine to Superman's theme song, while Solo and Chmerkovskiy danced a foxtrot to Toy Story's "You've Got a Friend in Me."
Former talk show host Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough had topped the judges' leaderboard in first place for the third time in a row after they received 29 points for their tango which was choreographed to the theme music from the movie Psycho.
Iraqi war veteran and All My Children soap star J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff had finished in second place on the judges' leaderboard after they received 26 points for their foxtrot routine choreographed to The Pink Panther's music score.
Actor David Arquette and partner Kym Johnson had finished in fifth place on the judges' leaderboard for their Raiders of the Lost Ark paso doble which earned them 23 points.
Fashion expert and former Queer Eye star Carson Kressley and partner Anna Trebunskaya had finished at the bottom of the leaderboard in ninth place with 20 points after they danced a Viennese waltz to the theme music of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl that wasn't nearly as well received by the judges.