"It was so worth doing this. This has just been an unbelievable dream," Jane said after host Tom Bergeron revealed she was the seventh celebrity participant sent packing. "I'm kind of teary about it just because I've had the best time of my life."
Jane and Tony were among the bottom two couples this week based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode -- which saw each of the six remaining couples perform two routines -- as well as home viewer votes cast following the broadcast. For this first time this season, Dancing with the Stars did not reveal the other couple that was in the bottom two.
Jane and Tony first performed a quickstep routine during Monday night's performance episode, for which they received a 24 out of 30 possible points from the judges. Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman said while Jane's "lovely grace, elegance and posture" is unquestionable, he also reminded the couple that the competition is "getting down to the nitty-gritty."
"The two biggest mistakes for me were total lack of body contact throughout the dance, which you've got to try and get, and occasionally poor footwork," said Len following the quickstep routine.
Bruno Tonioli echoed Len's statement that Jane has "natural class," but also agreed with his fellow judge's less complimentary point.
"Len is absolutely right. At this stage, we are looking to detail," said Bruno. "The detail needs to work. Everybody needs to do that. It's very tough... We're going to be tougher."
"You have to excite us. You just can't be good," Carrie Ann quickly added. "You have to be outstanding to win this. Everybody's fair game in this competition to take home the title I think -- and if you're one of the contenders -- you've got to be outstanding, and I think you need to bring a little more excitement to the routine. But I thought you executed it very well."
Jane and Tony's second performance during Monday night's broadcast was a cha-cha routine, and Jane received compliments from all three judges on her gold dress before the couple was awarded 26 points.
"That was a very well executed, well-placed cha-cha-cha," said Bruno. "You look sexy, you have your hips moving, and I think you did very, very well."
Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno, but Len thought the cha-cha lacked excitement.
"You've got to come out and give us a few fireworks. That's what's lacking for me," said Len. "You've got to come out here and wow us a little more."
Jane and Tony's combined score of a 50 out of 60 possible points for their two Monday night routines found them at the bottom of the judges leader board. This was the second week Jane and Tony found themselves in the bottom two, and before last night's results were revealed, Jane seemed at peace with the fact her Dancing with the Stars journey might be coming to end.
Jane's Dancing with the Stars experience certainly didn't lack drama. The 56-year-old was the oldest female Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant in the show's five seasons, and also performed with a fused spine and herniated disc.
"I can't believe what Tony got me to do," said Jane after her ouster was revealed. "You have to understand I have a fused spine, a herniated disc; My doctor doesn't even believe I'm doing this. The biggest thank you of all has to go to the fans because they've just been unbelievable."
Atop the judges leader board for the third week in a row were Spice Girl Melanie Brown and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy with a combined 54 points for their two routines. The couple received a 24 for their first Monday night routine -- the foxtrot -- and then collected their second perfect score of the season, a 30 for their Paso Doble.
Right behind Mel and Maksim on the judges leader board were former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth and professional partner Derek Hough -- who received a 25 for their Viennese waltz and a 28 for their rumba -- giving them a combined score of 53.
Placing just ahead of Jane and Tony with a combined score of 52 were IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves and professional partner Julianne Hough -- who received a 25 for their tango and a 27 for their samba; as well as entertainer Marie Osmond and her professional partner Jonathan Roberts, who received a 28 for their military-themed quickstep and a 24 for their cha-cha.
However Osmond was not in attendance during last night's live results show broadcast due to the death of her 90-year-old father George early yesterday morning. Instead, Osmond traveled to her family's home in Utah.
Tom revealed at the beginning of the broadcast that Marie and Jonathan were safe from eliminated based on a combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes cast following Monday night's broadcast.
"Marie is not in the studio tonight due to the death of her father," Tom told viewers during last night's broadcast. "She will be competing again however next week."
"Marie's going to be fine. She's with her family right now," Jonathan told Samantha during last night's broadcast. "It's going to be a rough week, but we're going to be back. When I talked to her earlier, she just said she called her dad [Monday] afternoon and told him that our quickstep was dedicated to him, and that he watched it. It was a good way to say goodbye."
Dancing with the Stars 5's eighth performance episode will air live on Monday, November 12 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, with each of the five remaining couples performing two routines. On Tuesday, November 13 at 9PM ET/PT, another couple will be eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes.