'Dancing with the Stars' stunner: Sabrina Bryan, Mark Ballas ousted
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/31/2007
Disney's The Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan and her professional partner Mark Ballas were surprisingly revealed to be the sixth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' fifth season during last night's live results show broadcast on ABC.
"Oh my gosh... [this was] an amazing opportunity. An incredible cast," a visibly shocked Sabrina said after host Tom Bergeron revealed she was the sixth celebrity participant sent packing. "I have grown so much as a performer out on this stage."
However Sabrina and Mark were among the bottom two couples this week based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode -- a 25, their lowest judges' score of the competition -- as well as home viewer votes cast following the broadcast. All My Children actor Cameron Mathison and professional partner Edyta Sliwinska were the other couple in the result show's bottom two.
Sabrina and Mark performed a foxtrot routine during Monday night's performance episode, and Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman backed of his comments from last week that the couple had "no weaknesses."
"The one thing you have to have in dance is light and shade," explained Len during Monday night's episode. "For me, although the performance was excellent, it was all too hard! It was too aggressive. This is the foxtrot... It was too powerful."
Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli said he knows Sabrina can be a "leading lady," but also agreed with Len's assessment of the routine.
"Now you have to work in the finesse," he said. "Spatial flowing. Blend the moves into each other."
Bruno also pointed out that Sabrina lost her footing during a portion of the foxtrot routine, a misstep that wasn't lost on Dancing with the Stars third judge Carrie Ann Inaba. But overall, she was the kindest of the judges in her comments.
"Don't listen to them because I don't know what they're talking about tonight. I actually thought that was wonderful," commented Carrie Ann. "You were feisty when you needed to be feisty and you were smooth when you needed to be smooth. I thought Len was way too hard on you. I thought you did a great job."
The 25 Sabrina and Mark received for their foxtrot placed them in fourth place on the judges' leaderboard following Monday night's performance episode broadcast, tied with Cameron and Edyta, who danced to a samba routine.
"Cameron's had this incredible momentum in the last few weeks and I genuinely come out here excited to see the growth that you're bringing," commented Carrie Ann during last night's broadcast after the bottom two were revealed. "I would be devastated if either one of you left..."
However Jane was not in attendance during last night's live results show broadcast, as Tom explained that she was suffering from a suspected case of food poisoning prior to the start of the broadcast (It was the second results show broadcast Jane has missed, the first one coming earlier this month when she was in England following the death of her mother).
Only one week after landing in the bottom two and being saved by home viewer votes, Jane and Tony were once again rescued to dance another day by home viewers.
"There's a speculating case of food poisoning. But [Jane's] gonna feel a whole lot better when she finds out she's safe," Tony told Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris after it was revealed they were safe.
Sabrina and Mark's elimination drew gasps from the live Dancing with the Stars studio audience once it was revealed, but the biggest look of shock for the night came from Marie when she learned she wouldn't be sent packing. She seemed to be anticipating being in the bottom two prior to the results being revealed.
"You know what?" Marie asked Samantha. "You have to realize that yes, it is a competition, but I still love everybody here... I'd like to go home and see my kids and come back!"
Dancing with the Stars 5's seventh performance episode will air live on Monday, November 5 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC. On Tuesday, November 6 at 9PM ET/PT, another couple will be eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes.
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