"Thank you for this amazing experience," said Josie when host Tom Bergeron revealed she and Alec were eliminated. "Thank you Alec, you're an incredible teacher and this has changed my life. I have the dancing bug."
Josie and Alec were among the bottom two couples based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode, which saw the six female celebrity participants perform, and home viewer votes cast following the broadcast.
Billionaire entrepreneur and former The Benefactor star Mark Cuban and professional partner Kym Johnson -- who ranked last among the combination of the judges' scoring and home viewer voting for Tuesday night's performance episode, which featured performances from the competition's six male celebrity participants -- were the other members of the result show's bottom two couples.
"The key to foxtrot is elegance. And I must say, you came out and you looked fantastic. You looked so elegant," said judge Len Goodman during Monday night's broadcast. "The problem was -- and Alec, I know what you're up to here -- you did virtually the whole routine in holds because I've got a feeling Josie you can't dance free. Your too soft. Your hands don't control your arms. Your feet don't control your legs... The one constant throughout the whole thing was that your footwork was bad."
Fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba tried to be a little kinder in her comments, telling Josie that she appeared to be "a little out of her element" but still thought she did a good job. However third Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli picked up where Len left off.
"You look like a beautiful sailing ship stranded on a sand bank," said Bruno following Josie and Alec's performance. "I think a lot of it was nerves. You've got the package, but you've got a lot of work to do. If you come back in the Latin, hopefully you'll relax more and you'll knock us dead."
Josie and Alec never got that chance as the judges scored their foxtrot a 16 out of a possible 30 points -- the lowest score of any of the 12 couples who performed -- and home viewers apparently agreed with the judges.
"Well, I guess thanks for being honest," said Josie once it was revealed she was the first celebrity participant ousted from the competition.
Disney's The Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan and professional partner Mark Ballas -- who is making his Dancing with the Stars debut -- received the highest ever first-show score from the judges, a 26 out of 30.
"You're fierce!" exclaimed Carrie Ann following Sabrina and Mark's cha-cha. "I've never, ever, ever seen anyone do a cha-cha like that on this show."
"The gauntlets been laid down," said Mark prior to learning he was in the bottom two. "We've got to work hard, and that's exactly what I think we're all going to do. We're in it to win it. It's been fun, it's exciting."
With its special three-night debut now over, Dancing with the Stars 5 will settle into its regular broadcast time periods beginning next week. Ninety-minute performance episodes will air on Mondays at 8PM ET/PT beginning October 1 and one-hour results shows will follow on Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT beginning October 2. The 11 remaining couples will be performing either the mambo or quickstep during Monday night's performance episode.
(Photo credit ABC/Carol Kaelson)
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