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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Karina Smirnoff cut from 'Dancing with the Stars'


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/17/2007 

Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff were revealed to be the fourth couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' fifth season during last night's live results show broadcast on ABC.

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"It feels marvelous just being here. Just to get to this plateau," said Floyd after host Tom Bergeron revealed he was the fourth celebrity participant sent packing.  "All the fans that supported me to everybody that's behind the scenes, I really appreciate it."

Floyd and Karina were among the bottom two couples based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode and home viewer votes cast following the broadcast.  Spice Girl Melanie Brown and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the other couple in the result show's bottom two.

Floyd Karina performed a Paso Doble routine during Monday night's performance episode, and Dancing with the Stars' judges scored it a 23 out of a possible 30 points.  It was the highest judges' score the couple had received in the four weeks of competition, and the judges were glad Floyd was showing improvement.

"What I like about you Floyd, you come out 100% and give it your all," Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman said following Floyd and Karina's Paso Doble routine.  "Because you do that, you lose a bit of control.  I'm not going to go on about technique and all that, but you lose it... But you're great entertainment.  That had the most content of any routine you've done.  Bloody good job."

Fellow Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli commented how Floyd went from a "bulldozer" to a "bullfighter" in "one giant leap."

"What you did -- and I praise you for this -- you applied yourself," added Bruno.  "You really worked on the dance.  You tried to do the Spanish line, you stayed in character all the way through, you didn't do your own thing.  I was absolutely right last week when I said this was your dance, this is your dance."

Dancing with the Stars third judge Carrie Ann Inaba described it as "the most improvement" she had seen from Floyd.

"You had posture tonight, much better than ever before," said Carrie Ann.  "I thought your footwork was much better."

However it was apparently too little, too late for Floyd and Karina, as they were booted from the competition. 

Disney's The Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan and professional partner Mark Ballas scored Dancing with the Stars 5's first perfect score during Monday night's performance episode, receiving a 30 for their Paso Doble.  It marked the third time in four weeks that Sabrina and mark were atop the judges leader board.

Hot on Sabrina and Mark's heels were IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves and professional partner Julianne Hough; former Beverly Hills 90210 actress Jennie Garth and professional partner Derek Hough; and All My Children actor Cameron Mathison and professional partner Edyta Sliwinska, who all scored a 27.

One point below them with a 26 were entertainer Marie Osmond and professional partner Jonathan Roberts; actress Jane Seymour and professional partner Tony Dovolani; as well as Mel and Maksim, who performed a waltz during Monday night's performance episode broadcast.

"I'm just so shocked," said Carrie Ann when it was revealed Mel and Maksim were members of the bottom two during last night's broadcast.  "You've been doing so well, you've been like Top 3-ish the whole time.  I love watching you and Max grow... I'm a little stunned right now."

"I'm going to tell you as it is," added Bruno.  "I mean there's no question -- I'm not going to take anything away from Floyd, he did a great job -- but Melanie is the best dancer.  There is no question... Come on people!  This is insane!  She is the best dancer!  She should stay!"'

While they didn't come right out and say it, the judges were presumably surprised Mel and Maksim were members of the bottom two instead of billionaire entrepreneur and former The Benefactor star Mark Cuban and professional partner Kym Johnson -- who received a 22 -- placing them behind even Floyd and Karina on the judges leader board. 

But Mark's plea to his fans via his personal website apparently worked, as he and Kym remain in the competition.

"It's amazing," Mark told Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris after it was revealed he and Kym were safe.  "All I can do is say, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you' to everybody who got behind us.  It's motivating.  We're the little engine that can.  We will.  We'll work harder and harder and harder for everybody that got behind us."

Monday night's performance episode also wasn't without some controversy, as Carrie Ann and Len accused some of the couple, specifically Floyd and Karina; Jennie and Derek; as well as Jane and Tony, of performing lifts in their routines

"We do have a rule against lifts, and you guys pushed it I felt," said Carrie Ann following Jane and Tony's waltz on Monday night.  "I felt that you did a lift.  I felt your feet came off the ground."  Jane later refuted Carrie Ann's allegations.

"She's wrong," said Jane.  "I felt my foot.  My foot was on the floor.  This isn't a question of liking something or not like something with Carrie Ann, I mean she said I broke a rule.  I did not break a rule."

None of the couples accused of performing lifts were penalized in the judges scoring, however Len said during last night's broadcast that will be the case going forward.

"First I'd like to congratulate the professionals.  We think they've all done a fantastic job," said Len at the beginning of last night's broadcast.  "I realize each week, you're trying to produce more and more spectacular performances.  Unfortunately last night there were some lifts, and this was against the rules.  So let's draw a line under it, turn the page.  We are expecting no lifts from now on.  If you do lifts, we will penalize you with our marks -- and we don't want to do that -- so please, please cut out the lifts."

While some of the Dancing with the Stars participants may not have agreed with the judges' assessment, at least one audience member with a background on the show did.

"You can't lift your toes off the floor with help, and I did see a lot of those lifts and that is in the rules that you can't do it," said Ashly DelGrosso, a Dancing with the Stars professional partner who appeared in the first three season of the show before announcing she was pregnant prior to the fourth season and giving birth to her first child in August.

Dancing with the Stars 5's fifth performance episode -- "Latin Night" -- will air live on Monday, October 22 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, with each of the eight remaining couples dancing either the samba or rumba.  On Tuesday, October 23 at 9PM ET/PT, another couple will be eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores and home viewer votes.

(Photo credit ABC/Carol Kaelson)

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