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'Dancing with the Stars' ousts Jaleel White and partner Kym Johnson


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/02/2012 

Dancing with the Stars ousts Jaleel White and professional partner Kym Johnson during Tuesday night's sixth live fourteenth-season results show on ABC.

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White -- an actor who is best known for his role on ABC's sitcom Family Matters -- and Johnson became the sixth couple ousted from the competition. 

They were ousted after Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli opted to save fellow couple Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower instead following the season's new dance-duel format in which both pairs -- who were the bottom two couples based on the combination of the judges' scores they received during Monday night's performance show and the home viewer votes that were cast afterwards -- were required to perform different rumba routines simultaneously for the judges in a last ditch effort to save their place in the competition.

Dancing with the Stars' judges based their decision to eliminate White and Johnson instead of Fegan, who is a Disney Channel star, and Hightower solely on the quality of their rumba performances they saw during last night's results show. Inaba, Goodman and Tonioli unanimously voted to save Fegan in the competition because they believed he maintained his focus and energy throughout the dance while White's performance started out strong but deflated a bit throughout.

"I'm going to tell you a secret. I really only thought I would last about three dances in this competition. I wanted to get three good dances off. That's what I told my mom. I said, 'Mom, I want to give three good dances. I promise you I aint going out first,'" White said following his ouster.

"So to get this far -- I've made incredible friends. The fans have been incredible. I love Roshon Fegan. I'm happy [the judges] saved him; He has a bright future. Len, give him a 10... The transformation I've seen in myself is incredible. My daughter thinks I'm a professional dancer now. Dancing with the Stars is hands down the toughest thing I've ever done. Life's a journey. This is part of my journey. I bow to the beast that is the dance floor."

"He's just done an amazing job. I'm so proud of you Jaleel that you came into the competition. You're just amazing. Thank you so much for a great experience," Johnson added.

White and Johnson finished in sixth place on Monday night's judging leaderboard with a total of 51 out of 60 possible points.

The couple performed a Viennese waltz to a classical song which received 24 out of 30 possible points from the judges and then participated in the "team dance" round which required the competition's seven remaining couples to be divided into two teams in which one team worked together to perform a tango routine while the other danced a paso doble. Each dance was eligible to receive up to 30 possible points -- which would be added to each contestants' individual scores -- from the judges.

White and Johnson were a part of "Team Tango" and earned 27 additional points for that routine.

Fellow bottom two couple Fegan and Hightower finished in fifth place on the judges' leaderboard with 52 total points. In addition to the 27 points they earned from their "Team Tango" dance, they also performed an individual Argentine tango routine which received 25 points from the judges.

Entertainment reporter and Extra host Maria Menounos and partner Derek Hough topped the leaderboard and finished in first place for the first time this season with a grand total of 57 points. Menounos and Hough danced an individual paso doble which received 30 points -- the first perfect score of three 10s of the season -- from the judges and performed a dance with "Team Tango" that earned 27 additional points.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas finished second on the leaderboard with 54 total points. They danced a rumba which received 27 points and followed it with their "Team Tango" dance that earned 27 points from the judges.

Telenovela star William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke and NFL player Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd finished tied for third place on the judges' leaderboard after each couple earned 53 total points. After each pair danced a Viennese waltz that received 27 points from the judges, they then returned to the dance floor and performed their "Team Paso" dance that earned 26 points.

Former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished in seventh -- and last -- place on the judges' leaderboard with 47 total points after they danced an individual Argentine tango that received 21 points and then performed the "Team Paso" routine which earned 26 points.

Dancing with the Stars' next performance show will air on Monday, May 7 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.



(Photo credit ABC)


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