'Dancing with the Stars' Jennie Garth "knew" her ouster was coming
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/23/2007
Former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth apparently had a hunch that she was going to be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars during Tuesday night's live fifth-season results show broadcast, however she didn't mind that her ouster came on the verge of reaching the finals.
"I hate to say it, but I knew this was coming. Not that I knew exactly, but I had a feeling," Garth wrote Wednesday morning on her Dancing with the Stars blog. "I know so many of you were pulling for me, lifting me up when I fell, just being there for me and going along on this journey with me. I thank you all for that and want you to know it's okay that I'm out. I'm actually not torn up about it. I'm just happy to be able to be with my family."
Garth said she had a feeling she'd be getting the boot with professional partner Derek Hough due to their remaining competition in the contest. Since IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves and his professional partner Julianne Hough as well as Spice Girl Melanie Brown and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy both scored a perfect 60 out of 60 for their two Monday night routines, there was really no danger they'd be booted.
In addition, while Marie Osmond and her professional partner Jonathan Roberts found themselves at the bottom of the judges leader board for the second week in a row, fan votes had always been enough to save the couple before. Garth wrote she wasn't surprised that Osmond's "really devoted fans" once again saved her.
"Last season my good friend Ian Ziering [and his professional partner Cheryl Burke] also went out at the same position," wrote Garth. "But I'm not going to sit here and say there's some kind of 90210 curse!"
Following Monday night's performance episode -- for which Garth and Hough received a 58 out of 60 from the judges for their two routines, including their first perfect 30 of the season -- Garth wrote on her blog that she was "so excited." Because in her assessment everyone "did such a great job," she was unsure who was going to be ousted on the cusp of next week's finale.
While she received her answer during the results show, Garth is at peace with what happened.
"It's been a blessing to be part of the show and it's now a blessing to go back and be with my family full-time," said Garth, who spent Thanksgiving with her family. "Being on the show has really made me realize my priorities in life. Actually, I always knew what they were, and this experience has just reinforced the feeling that spending time with my family is the most important thing to me."
Similar to previous comments she has made, Garth said she was sometimes "cursing" how far she made it in the competition because it was "really challenging."
"But in the end I'm glad that I did it and I persevered," she wrote. "In the face of defeat I feel really good about everything. I've learned that even when I thought I couldn't do it, I actually can do it. To be able to teach my daughters the lesson that they can do anything, even when the odds are against them, if they just try hard, is great."
Garth added her "only regret" is that she wasn't able to give Hough a spot in next week's finale alongside his sister Julianne, who will be gunning for her second-straight mirror ball trophy as a professional.
At this point, Garth said she's unsure what's next for her.
"We'll see. I did this show for the pure journey of it, and I am not really out there actively seeking work," she wrote. "Honestly, I'm only interested in doing a sitcom because that's the only kind of show that would work with my schedule with the family... Speaking of family, I feel like I've been saying this a lot, but Peter and I would love to have another child some day, but before the rumors hit the Internet -- we're not working on that just yet!"