'Dancing with the Stars' cuts Pamela Anderson, Damian Whitewood
By Reality TV World staff, 05/05/2010
Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and professional partner Damian Whitewood became the sixth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' tenth season during Tuesday night's live results show broadcast on ABC.
Anderson and Whitewood were ousted from the competition based on the combination of theDancing with the Stars judges' scores they had received during Monday night's performance show and home viewer votes that were cast afterward. The show had featured the competition's six remaining couples performing individual dance routines and then competing in a "cha cha cha challenge" in which they were divided into two teams and performed an additional group number that was also scored by judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
"This has been on of the best experiences of my life and that says a lot, I've had a lot of good experiences," Anderson said after Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron revealed the couple's elimination.
"Damien's amazing, I just want to thank him. I never knew that I could dance -- I don't really know if I can dance yet -- but he just helped me so much. I just want to thank you very much for doing this and I'm sure he's going to be around a long time with you guys," Anderson continued. "And I just wish everybody well -- all the dancers, just continued success. I love everybody here."
"I'd just like to thank you very much, you've been an amazing person to work with, and so dedicated to learning how to dance, which made my job even easier. So thank you," Whitewood said.
Prior to Anderson and Whitewood's elimination, Bergeron had revealed ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the other couple in the week's bottom two based on a combination of the judges' scoring and home viewer votes from Monday night's performances.
While the judges had been disappointed by both couples' bottom two status, Andrews and Chmerkovskiy's inclusion had completely shocked them.
"Erin, you've done incredible, incredible work all the way through, I'm very surprised to see you there," Tonioli said.
"I have to say, I'm truly shocked Erin that you're in the bottom two. It doesn't make much sense to me because you have been a beautiful, lyrical dancer from Day 1 and I really thought I'd see you standing at the end, so this is shocking," Inaba added.
"To think one of these two couples has danced for the last time, it's nonsensical because you should both be here next week. So it's absolutely heartbreaking to see," Goodman said.
Both couples had finished tied for fourth place with 51 total points on Monday night's final judges' leaderboard.
Andrews and Chmerkovskiy had finished tied for second place during the individual round after earning 27 out of 30 possible points for their quickstep routine but fell into a fourth-place when their "Team Madonna" group received only 24 out of 30 points in the group round.
Anderson and Whitewood had finished in last place during the individual round after receiving 24 points for their waltz but finished tied for fourth place when their "Team Gaga" group earned 27 points in the group round.
After battling back and forth for the top spot throughout the competition's first six weeks, Evan Lysacek and Nicole Scherzinger had finished tied for first place on Monday's final judging leaderboard.
Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya had finished in first place during the individual round after they received a perfect 30 points for their Argentine tango routine but slipped into a tie with Scherzinger and partner Derek Hough when they finished with 54 total points after their "Team Madonna" group received only 24 points.
Scherzinger and Hough had performed a waltz that had earned 27 points and left them tied for second place during the individual round but finished tied for first place after their "Team Gaga" group received 27 points.
NFL star Chad Ochocinco and partner Cheryl Burke had finished in third place with 52 total points after they received 25 points for their Viennese waltz and 27 points for their "Team Gaga" group performance.
Actress, comedian and Clean House host Niecy Nash and partner Louis van Amstel had finished in last place on the final judges' leaderboard with 49 total points. Although they had tied for fourth place with Ochocinco and Burke after performing a quickstep that earned 25 points during the individual round, they slipped to last place when their "Team Madonna" group received only 24 points.