The rapper and Hightower became the seventh 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 and the home viewer votes that were cast afterwards.
"I'm surprised because I did one of my best dances last night, but at the same time, I'm not surprised because the competition this year, it could be anybody [that] could go at any time, but I'm happy. We went out with a bang. That's the most fun I had in my life yesterday," Romeo said following his ouster.
"People don't understand that this show has changed my life forever. You don't know that I was terrified of dancing. I didn't dance at my own prom. I turned down a lot of movies because I was terrified of dancing. Coming to this show and having a teacher like Chelsie definitely opened my eyes up. I think it only bettered my future. I think I showed kids anything is possible if you try. I think a lot of kids, they're afraid to fail."
"The dropout rate of high school is [bad]. I want to show kids, 'Don't be afraid to try. You might go out there and fall on your face a few times, but don't be afraid to get back up.' I love you guys -- all the judges, all the fans -- ya'll made this possible and I'm fearless now. I was able to conquer this eight weeks later. I never thought... I love you Chelsie. I wanted to do this for you. You know, we can still dance after this," Romeo joked.
"Take me to a salsa club and we'll do it! No, you know, I'm so proud of you. You came in the first week and you wouldn't even shake your hips, and you were out there last night shaking your hips all over the place. So, I'm super happy and super proud of you... I love this kid!" Hightower added.
Romeo and Hightower had finished in fourth place on Monday night's judging leaderboard after they danced one routine to their own choice of music and then performed a second "instant" dance in which they learned the music selection for their routine only 20 minutes prior to performing it live.
Actor and The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff were the other couple still in danger of elimination prior to Romeo and Hightower's ouster, however Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron noted they were not necessarily the other couple in the bottom two based on the combination of the judges' scoring and home viewer votes from Monday night's performance show.
Macchio and Smirnoff had managed to dance both their dances even though Macchio has been hampered by a ruptured cyst on the back of his knee this past week. However, since the injury severely restricted their ability to practice, the couple finished in fifth -- and last -- place on the judges' leaderboard with only 46 total points.
Macchio and Smirnoff danced a Viennese waltz which received 25 points and followed it with an "instant" cha cha which received 21 points from the judges.
Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane and professional partner Mark Ballas had finished in first place on the judges' leaderboard with 55 total points after they performed a waltz which received 29 points -- including the season's first pair of perfect 10's -- from the judges and an "instant" salsa that earned 26 additional points.
NFL football star Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson had finished just behind Kane and Ballas on the leaderboard in second place with 54 total points. They danced a foxtrot that received 28 points and followed it with an "instant" jive that earned 26 points.
Actress and former Kirstie Alley's Big Life star Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy had finished in third place on the judges' leaderboard with 53 total points.
After dancing an Argentine tango that earned 28 points, Alley and Chmerkovskiy returned to the dance floor and performed an "instant" salsa that received 25 points from the judges.
(Photo credit ABC)
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